Will Stark's Admission Make Area Lose Faith?

March 14, 2007

Author: Matthew Artz

Source: Inside Bay Area


FREMONT - Rep. Pete Stark believes in democracy and free speech - but not in God.

Stark, who says he's "a Unitarian who does not believe in a supreme being," is the first member of Congress - and the highest-ranking elected official in the country - to do so.

The 18-term Fremont Democrat's beliefs became public after the Secular Coalition for America offered a $1,000 prize to the person who nominated the highest-ranking public official who does not believe in God.

Of the 47 nominees, Stark was one of four to acknowledge that he was a nontheist - a grouping that includes atheists, agnostics and other types of secular humanists.