Pete Stark (D-CA) is the only openly non-theistic congressperson. I sometimes wonder how much his colleagues know about his non-theism. Is it something they ever talk about? Joke about? As far as I can tell, Stark barely mentions it…
The congressional newspaper The Hill recently published an exchange Stark had with Ron Paul (R-TX). They don’t give us much context, but if it’s any indication, Stark’s colleagues are definitely aware of his atheism.
There was an interesting exchange between Reps. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) last week.
Passing each other in the Capitol on Thursday, Stark smiled and told Paul, “Keep on doing the Lord’s work.” Paul laughed.
Stark announced in 2007 that he is an atheist.
If he can make a passing comment like that, I have to think Stark brings up faith (even in a friendly-mocking sort of way) during one-on-one conversations with other members of Congress, too.
Oh, to be a fly on that wall…