Congressman comes out of the closet -- as a "nontheist"

Nonono, just kidding. It’s not Tancredo. But the idea of some of our readers thinking it was, if only for a moment, fills me with glee.

Seriously, though — we finally have our champion, fellow nonbelievers. The only member of Congress, according to the Secular Coalition of America, to admit to irreligion.

And sure enough, he’s a peacenik environmentalist from California … with the most liberal voting record in the House of Representatives.

For two years running. Sigh.

We’re never going to shake this stereotype, are we?

In October, 2006 the Secular Coalition for America, a national lobby representing the interests of atheists, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheists, announced a contest. At the time, few if any elected officials, even at the lowest level, would self-identify as a nontheist. So the Coalition offered $1,000 to the person who could identify the highest level atheist, agnostic, humanist or any other kind of nontheist currently holding elected public office in the United States.

In addition to Rep. Stark only three other elected officials agreed to do so: Terry S. Doran, president of the School Board in Berkeley, Calif.; Nancy Glista on the School Committee in Franklin, Maine; and Michael Cerone, a Town Meeting Member from Arlington, Mass.

When asked to define his specie of “nontheism,” he listed “Unitarian.” If that sounds confusing, rest assured, it did to me too. But after a few minutes of googling, voila. You learn something new every day.

Except what constitutes “worship” in a nontheist, non-creedal religion.

Exit question exclamation: Ugh.