Hey, there is at least one openly atheist politician in the US after all! One of the laments of author Sam Harris and others who write about reason vs faith is that religious beliefs are held in such high esteem in this country that it’s hard for an elected official to admit to not believing in God. This article from the Tri-Valley Herald says that Congressman Pete Stark of California identifies himself as an atheist. You can also read a press release from the Secular Coalition for America, which was offering a $1,000 prize to whoever could “identify the highest level atheist, agnostic, humanist or any other kind of nontheist currently holding elected public office in the United States.” Actually there are several other elected officials who identify as non-theist, but they are not in as high an office as Rep. Stark. Thanks to Ray for passing this one along.