There are a lot of guessing games going on as to what “nontheist” actually means.
In Congressman Pete Stark‘s case, here’s what happened:
When the Secular Coalition for America wrote to him, he filled in the choice that read:
“I am a nontheist* and describe myself as: _________________. I also agree to allow the Secular Coalition for America to release this information to the general public.”
In the blank, he filled in “Unitarian.”
The footnote from the * asterisk read:
“*the term nontheist includes atheists, humanists, agnostics and
other freethinkers who do not believe in the existence of a supreme
being or beings.”
However you want to describe that, the fact is Congressman Stark is a Unitarian, but he does not believe in a God. He would not use the words atheist, Humanist, etc. to describe himself.
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