Today I learned that Pete Stark, a congressman for California, is an open atheist. The only one in congress. This gives us hope that one can still be a politician in the US and be open about one’s atheism.
Stark is the first openly atheist member of Congress, as announced by the Secular Coalition for America. Stark acknowledged that he is an atheist in response to an SCA questionnaire sent to public officials in January 2007.
On September 20, 2007, Stark reaffirmed that he is an atheist by making a public announcement in front of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, the Harvard Law School Heathen Society, and various other atheist, agnostic, secular, humanist, and nonreligious groups. The American Humanist Association named him their 2008 Humanist of the Year, and he now serves on the AHA Advisory Board.