Behind the Scenes of Congressman Pete Stark’s Announcement

On Monday, March 12, the Secular Coalition for America announced that Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) is the first openly nontheistic congressperson in history. Congressman Stark has served in Congress for California’s 13th District since 1973. He is currently a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Chairman of its Health Subcommittee. He [Read More…]

Tomorrow’s Announcement

After the Secular Coalition for America announces the first openly nontheistic congressperson in history tomorrow, stay tuned here for a behind-the-scenes look at how the announcement happened from start to finish, along with the names of the other openly nontheistic elected officials! (Oh yes, there are others!) [tags]Secular Coalition for America, atheist, atheism[/tags] [Read more…]

Nontheistic Congress Member Update

Quick update on the story: Some people on this blog and others were wondering why the congressperson was coming out as a “nontheist” instead of an “atheist”… According to the Secular Coalition for America‘s lobbyist, Lori Lipman Brown: His staffers say he does not identify as an “atheist” So we can lay that to rest. [Read More…]

First Openly Nontheistic Member of Congress

Next Monday, March 12, the Secular Coalition for America will be making history when they announce the first openly nontheistic member of Congress! Read more information here. Just to reiterate: Congress. Not a local mayor. Or dogcatcher. Someone’s also getting the $1,000 prize… [tags]atheist, atheism, congress, Secular Coalition for America, Congress[/tags] [Read more…]

Interview with Co-Directors of The Brights’ Net

After the 2002 “Godless Americans March On Washington,” Paul Geisert was upset. … the choice of the name “Godless” for the march [distressed Geisert]… and he [searched] feverishly for an alternative name to use in unifying such a gamut of individuals. Not long after the march, Geisert coined a new term for this group of [Read More…]