Ousted Congressman Pete Stark Speaks At American Atheists Meeting

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Rep. Pete Stark is on the verge of leaving the House after 40 years, but that doesn’t mean he’s not in demand.

Stark, who had been Congress’ only avowed atheist, will be a featured speaker at the 2013 convention of American Atheists, the group announced today.

“Congressman Stark proved that the assertion that one needs to be religious to be elected is false – atheists CAN and DO get elected to Congress – we just need to do it more often,” American Atheists President David Silverman said in a news release.

Stark, D-Fremont, announced his atheism in 2007, and in early 2011 introduced a resolution designating February 12, 2011 as Darwin Day. H.Res. 81 stated, “Charles Darwin is a worthy symbol of scientific advancement and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity.”

“Congressman Stark has never apologized for being nonreligious, and was re-elected again and again, as an atheist, based on the issues and his record,” American Atheists Managing Director Amanda Knief said in the news release. “His speech, which will focus on atheism and politics, will surely be an exciting and unique experience, well suited to our 50th Anniversary Convention.”

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  • Cathy Bernatowicz

    Great another non believer trying to take us who believe lights away, good rediance!

  • Jen

    I noticed he announced his atheist belief in 2007. So really until then, apparently no one knew? He was not voted in time and time again as stated in the article. He was in 6 years after that point and ousted. My advise to other Atheists who wish to remain in office is not announce it as this article misleads you to believe it does not matter.

  • Linda

    He was in congress for 40 years and forgot to tell his constituents that he was an athiest? I would say that it took some time to get the word out so the first oppritunity they voted his sorry a$$ out. Good for them!!!!! That’s what happens when you deceive the people you are supposed to represent.