Letter From Pete Stark

Adam at Daylight Atheism sent a contribution to Congressman Pete Stark’s campaign after his announcement and received a letter from Stark’s office.

Go check it out!

One excerpt:

Some say it took courage to acknowledge being a non-theist. Actually, real courage is exemplified when we work to bring peace around the world through honest diplomacy; address the hunger and poverty that continues to grown [sic] amid areas of wealth; provide high quality health care to every resident; and ensure quality education for all children. We don’t need divine guidance to tell us what is needed. All we need to do is listen to our neighbors, open our hearts, and make the hard political choices that will lead us to a better life for all.

Wow. That is terrific. Adam’s response to the letter is worth reading

On a side note, I just learned how to use HTML coding for a highlighter. Woo!

I’ll stop going overboard with that.


[tags]atheist, atheism, Daylight Atheism, Congressman, Pete Stark[/tags]

  • Karen

    Beautifully stated! Based on that letter, I would say we nontheists have a representative we can be extremely proud to embrace (and I will give him a free hug if I ever chance to meet him!).

    I loved Adam’s response as well:

    I don’t think there is any necessity for Rep. Stark to be modest – in the current political climate, it does take courage for an elected official to announce their nontheism, whether we like it or not – but it’s absolutely correct to say that the mere announcement does not by itself solve anything. What we should all be doing, atheist and theist alike, is working together to address the need that still exists in our society, and cooperating to build a better world for everyone. There will always be people who scorn the idea of helping others, or try to lead us astray by promising easy, painless answers to difficult problems, but we must also find the courage to set these illusions aside and do what we must. Human reason and conscience alone plainly point to the necessity of this step; revelation or prophecy is not needed.

    Woo-hoo! {Applause} My sentiments exactly.

  • http://atheisthussy.blogspot.com/ Intergalactic Hussy

    We don’t need divine guidance to tell us what is needed. All we need to do is listen to our neighbors, open our hearts, and make the hard political choices that will lead us to a better life for all.

    I couldn’t agree more. Although this cannot accurately portray the actual numbers of nontheists in political positions, it definitely is a step in the right direction. The Second Enlightenment is coming…