What Happens to Dems as our Atheists "Come Out of the Closet"?

Is one's atheism or agnosticism strictly a personal issue, or can it also become a political advocacy issue within the Democratic Party?  At  DailyKos, atheism/agnosticism has become a new political activism, with some people seeking to normalize atheism/agnosticism in the public consciousness by making the public more aware of its presence within the Democratic Party.

Now, I can just hear you politically-minded Democrats wondering, "How many votes can we pick up and how many will we lose by starting a highly-public atheists' caucus within the Democratic Party?" Some of you are asking yourselves, "Is this analogous to the Gay Rights Movement, and will this become a wedge issue that we should be aware of?" Still others are urgently demanding, "Don't we all have a right to be who we are, regardless of the political consequences?"

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First member of Congress to openly announce nontheism

Details found at the Secular Coalition of America press release:

http://secular.org/news/pete_stark_07031 2.html

"Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), a member of Congress since 1973, acknowledged his nontheism in response to an inquiry by the Secular Coalition for America (www.secular.org ). Rep. Stark is a senior member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and is Chair of the Health Subcommittee."

This will hopefully be the first among many to be open about their secular beliefs.


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