On October 26, 2002 Beliefnet reported that "the death of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone in a plane crash is a tragedy and a deep personal loss. Paul was a beautiful human being and a principled Jewish progressive. He was a frequent contributor to Tikkun Magazine and a person who stood with us in our commitment to Middle East peace. In our frequent conversations with him, Paul consistently articulated a vision of hope that affirmed the best in Judaism and the best in the secular humanist traditions. He stood with the progressive voices in American politics in public, when many others would only whisper to us privately that they agreed with us but dared not say so publicly."