6.18.2012

Atheists in Congress

Congress

According to The Hill, Edwina Rogers of the Secular Coalition for America recently said that 28 of the 525 members of Congress do not believe in any sort of gods. Only one, Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) has been willing to say so publicly, but it is encouraging to know there may be others. It is also good to see the Secular Coalition for America and other secular groups getting some attention by The Hill.

The best quote of the article went to Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation for this gem:

There’s almost like a religious litmus test for public office, where candidates are forced to declare their piety and compete against each other for who invokes God and ‘God bless you’ the most.

Sad but true. Maybe one of these days, we'll get ourselves organized into a secular voting bloc of some sort and demand representation in Congress that is more consistent with our growing numbers. When you stop and think about it for a moment, it seems fairly obvious that having one person in Congress willing to identify as non-religious is not sufficient. Electing more will not be easy, but not much worth having ever is, right?