January 8th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

My take: 'Atheist' isn’t a dirty word, congresswoman

Editor’s note: Chris Stedman is the author of "Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious" and the assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard. You can follow him on Twitter at @ChrisDStedman.

By Chris Stedman, Special to CNN

(CNN)—This year, Congress welcomed the first Buddhist senator and first Hindu elected to either chamber of Congress, and the Pew Forum noted that this “gradual increase in religious diversity … mirrors trends in the country as a whole.”

But Pew also noted one glaring deficiency: Religious “nones” were largely left outside the halls of Congress, despite one in five Americans now saying they don’t affiliate with a religion.

There is, however, one newly elected “none” — but she seems to think "atheist" is a dirty word.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, was sworn in a few days ago without a Bible, and she is the first member of Congress to openly describe her religious affiliation as “none.” Although 10 other members don’t specify a religious affiliation — up from six members in the previous Congress — Sinema is the only to officially declare “none.”

This has gotten Sinema a fair amount of attention from the media. Many identified her as an atheist during her congressional campaign, and after she won, sources touted her as a nontheist. Even this past weekend, Politico declared in a headline: “Non-believers on rise in Congress.”

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But there’s a slight issue: Sinema doesn’t actually appears to be a nonbeliever. In response to news stories identifying her as an atheist, her campaign released this statement shortly after her victory: “(Rep. Sinema) believes the terms non-theist, atheist or non-believer are not befitting of her life’s work or personal character.”

As a nontheist, atheist and nonbeliever (take your pick), I find this statement deeply problematic.

It is perfectly fine, of course, if Sinema isn’t a nontheist, and it is understandable that she would want to clarify misinformation about her personal beliefs. But to say that these terms are “not befitting of her life’s work or personal character” is offensive because it implies there is something unbefitting about the lives and characters of atheists or nonbelievers.

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Try substituting a religious group of your choice in place of atheist if you don’t agree: “[Rep. Sinema] believes the term Muslim is not befitting of her life’s work or personal character.” Does that sound right? It shouldn’t.

Of course, many do view Muslims as unfit for political office. In that respect, political opponents have regularly misidentified President Obama as a Muslim. Many have defended the president from such attacks by noting that Obama is a Christian.

But former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell rightly pointed out the pernicious underlying message such a defense sends:

The correct answer is: He is not a Muslim; he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, ‘What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?’ The answer is ‘No, that’s not America.’ Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?

Just as Muslim is used as a political smear, politicians seem to avoid "atheist."

This is probably because the American electorate views both Muslims and atheists more unfavorably than they do other groups: According to a Gallup poll released in June, only 58% of Americans would vote for a “generally well-qualified” Muslim candidate, and only 54% would vote for an atheist. (This is the first time that number has been above 50% for an atheist candidate.)  By contrast, 91% would vote for a Jewish candidate, 94% for a Catholic and 80% for a Mormon.

There seems to be a greater general tolerance for, or blindness to, comments that marginalize or diminish atheists than those aimed at other groups.

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Prominent individuals like Powell rightfully decry anti-Muslim fear-mongering in politics, but few speak out against those who wield accusations of atheism as a political weapon.

Whether people don’t see it or simply aren’t bothered isn’t clear, but it remains a problem.

I respect Sinema’s right to self-identify as she chooses, and I don’t wish to speculate about her religious beliefs. But while I celebrate that she is comfortable enough to openly identify as bisexual, I find her response to being labeled an atheist troubling.

Why not instead say that she’s not an atheist, but so what if she was?

The 113th Congress is rich with diversity. As an interfaith activist, I am glad to see the religious composition of Congress more closely reflect the diversity of America. As a queer person, I’m glad that LGBT Americans are seeing greater representation in Washington.

But as a proud atheist and humanist, I’m disheartened that the only member of Congress who openly identifies as nonreligious has forcefully distanced herself from atheism in a way that puts down those of us who do not believe in God.

We are Americans of good character, too.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Chris Stedman.

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  1. Clarence

    There are quite a few people that feel that subscribing to a certain set of beliefs would not fit them. That's where I fall. I was raised Christian (Baptist), but I realized that I did not agree with the principles taught at my church. I visited many churches and found many different "beliefs" taught at each one. In fact, I couldn't find two that beleived that same thing. This is the issue that I have with saying that I am an atheist or agnostic etc. When you classify yourself as one group, you have to be willing to fit into all the standards of that group (good and bad). I do not think that this is impossible for anyone. Gandhi said that there are as many religions as there are people. This is true. Do you beleive EVERYTHING that anyone you know believes? Think about that before you think that she was wrong to say that classifying herself as an Atheist "is not befitting of her life’s work or personal character. That is reading too far into a simple explanation.

    July 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  2. Dave Harris

    Whatever she is, she's pretty hot.

    July 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  3. rick

    rob is indeed hateful n mean, if he was a real christian he would be a compassionate person, not hating atheist or nones,im a christian n i respect nones because they have a right 2 not believe! many hateful words of so called Christians make many don't believe n god as well.

    July 9, 2013 at 11:32 pm |
  4. Victor

    What a discussion. Heavy!!!

    July 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
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    June 9, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  7. Elliott Carlin

    There are two tenants to atheism: 1. There is no God, and 2. I hate him.

    If you don't believe something exists, why spend so much time spewing hate at others? I don't believe in unicorns. Therefore, I do other things on Saturdays.

    Grow up and mend that fence w/your father. Sounds like some people had bad childhoods.

    June 9, 2013 at 8:29 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      I don't hate god. There are no gods so it is impossible to hate what does not exist.

      Do you worship ALL of the thousands of gods that are out there? No? Then you are an atheist too, except for the ONE of the thousands that you think is there.

      June 9, 2013 at 8:33 am |
    • Don't be silly

      One can't hate something that doesn't exist.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:10 am |
    • Elliott Carlin

      You should probably get in touch then with Hitchens and ask why he was so angry all of the time....the only time he came remotely close to a smile was when someone in the audience made a penis joke at his expense-then again, where he lives now, his phone has probably melted.

      Best give Dawkins a call while you still have him..

      June 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Elliot, What utter nonsense. Where do you get your "information"?

      July 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • jc

      Way to witness for your lord through sarcasm and hate full words. Did god give you a list of how to rank sin's so that you know these people's sin's are worse than your own? Did he give you the right to question free will? It would appear you believe you were entrusted with judging other's while hating thy neighbors. I'm sorry, butt still after a Christian education I have yet to get to this holier than though approach which is winning so many over. Is it a worse sin to not believe, or believe and witness through hate and anger.

      July 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
      • Beebop

        Thank you for a thoughtful comment. I find discussion with religious people very troublesome most of the time. I am an atheist and if all Christians were like you, I would have very little to complain about.

        July 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
      • diaphanein

        Thank you for such a level headed comment. As an atheist, raised methodist, I appreciate it. I do not get why so many people of varying religions feel the need to try and beat their beliefs into those around them. I thought religion was supposed to be a personal thing, between you and your god(s).

        After a youth of studying math and physics, later to become an engineer, I realised there is no "god" after contemplating the turtles problem. Ancients used to think the world stood on the back of a giant turtle. When asked what the turtle stands on, they responded it stands on other turtles, and so forth, hence it's "turtles all the way down". I think modern religion is attempting to answer a similar question: why do we exist? Well, according to christians, god created us in his image. Ok, then why does god exist? What created god? God is a turtle holding up the world by any other name.

        Truth is, I don't need a "god" to exist. I know I exist because I do. I couldn't ask the question if I don't exist. I don't know why I exist, but I do. I also don't need religion or a belief in a supernatural being to have a strong moral code. While some religions has some good guiding principles to offer, they tend to have a lot of hate and vitriol towards anyone that doesn't follow exactly what they say.

        July 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
    • NGT

      I have never in my life hated God, or even the idea of at god. I know of no atheists who do hate God. We don't even hate religious people. I think the question is, why are you so afraid of us? Do you think that we might convince others that there is no God? Frankly, if God was real, I would think he would make it obvious. Not obvious in the "everything in nature is proof" way, because that's not obvious at all. Nature is amazing on its own and does not need a deity to make it so. No, I want God to come down, in the flesh, floating on a cloud, on video and with every person on Earth to see. Then again, that would violate the idea of faith. Faith requires people to believe in something that can't be proven. I can't do that, and I would be a hypocrite if I tried.

      July 17, 2013 at 1:06 am |
  8. exlonghorn

    @mikesyummyrecipes, why is it that you feel enti.tled to invalidate the entire factual argument for evolution, abiogenesis, etc., simply because athiests cannot prove what happens to a "soul" (a dubious concept in itself) after death? Since you can't prove a soul exists, why should I have to prove what happens to that soul after death? Riddle me that, Batman.

    June 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
  9. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    So the gist of this article is that Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is a cowardly sh1t? Ok, i'll agree with that assumption.

    May 29, 2013 at 10:13 am |
  10. lou

    I pray to the Emperor of Mankind.

    In the story he destroys all religions and sets the "Imperial Truth" that is that gods do not exist. Great short story called "The Last Church" explains it.

    May 29, 2013 at 9:51 am |
  11. Former News Chick

    The beautiful thing about America is that you are free to worship (or, not worship) as you please. Folks get into trouble when they decide that their belief is the only belief and all others must be shunned or "dealt with" in terrible ways. The more we write about differences, segregate people for the purpose of politics by race, color or creed we will continue to perpetuate discrimination and never rid our world of it. So, enough already. Write about how to help people in need, how to get kids to respect and yearn for education and how to assist our elderly so that their final years are not lonely and a misery. Now those are worth our time, energy and treasure.

    May 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
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  13. ohsleepyme

    Absence of evidence, is evidence of absence.
    Not sure who said that but it seems legit to me.

    May 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
    • Bazoing

      It is just as silly to believe all this including you experiencing this due to a chance happening in nothingness as it is to believe in an already existing personality (someone already experiencing this). Whether you are an atheist or some other religion, you are none the less believing something for which "no evidence exists". It is hard to say what explains the ultimate origin of whatever. Most physicists have modified some aspect of the big bang as we know it. However, whatever it or its modification is called now, its origin is still unexplained. Is it religion you distrust, or the distortion that was shoved down your throat by relatives, schools, and just plain crooks? Beware of organized religion, but consider the possibilities for a personal approach to religion that includes equity and compassion.

      June 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
    • James D. Chinn

      Christopher Hitchens

      June 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Rod

    Who says atheism is a dirty word? And why would anyone care what others say, anyway? The people who claim to know "God" the most are the ones to steer clear of in my opinion. To me, it is just as unfruitful and tiring to contemplate the opposite of "God" as it is to contemplate "God." Agnosticism is much easier. The real importance is not what we profess to believe, it is what we actually do believe. As in the Book of James, it is by our works that we are known. Or, to paraphrase Buddha, as we think therefore we do. So, are you kind and helpful to other people? Or, are you self-centered and egotistical? Buddha was asked many questions about the divine and the hereafter. Just as the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus into making claims one way or the other. But like Jesus, Buddha was very wise. He only taught people what they needed to know to cross over the river of self and attain true peace. Simple people do not debate theology. They smile when the son rises and sets, and are thankful for the rain and harvest.

    May 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • cadiwampus

      Jesus didn't teach that. He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me." John 14: 6 In that singular verse, He eliminated all options by declaring an absolute truth. See John 8: 31-36.

      May 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  15. faith

    aren't you proud of dodo?

    May 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • faith

      i am too smart for you idiots

      not even fvcktard by sambo?

      May 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • faith

      i prophesied a while ago, our Nazis would never respond to my challenges directly; that they would divert.

      still batting 100%

      May 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • Observer


      Like you said, there were no Nazis that answered. That's because there aren't any on here.

      Ooops. 100% wrong apparently.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  16. faith

    our nazi atheists learned much from the original nazi propagandists. our god-hating demon infested liars expect readers to buy their line that congress is filled with christians to the exclusion of atheists. these fools try to perpetrate this same kind of bull regarding hitler's faith. it never dawns on them that most people are smarter than they are.

    May 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
    • faith

      to wit, saying "i am a christian" means about as much as sambo the pervert saying she doesn't hate god. never occurs to these idiots that saying something and meaning something are different. or, if it does, they don't want you to figure it out.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
    • faith

      nice touch

      test the spirits. try them. many idiots run around preaching garbage. our idiots believe jesus was merely an amalgam of various myths taken from other cultures and fashioned together to make a big political splash 300 years after he was crucified. that is exactly what these morons ram down your throats.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
    • faith

      collapsing a child's skull by vacuuming the brain from her head to make it easier to flush the child from the birth canal, a spectacular breakthrough in modern medicine? who knows? they shy away from discussing that marvel, or didn't you notice?

      May 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • Observer


      Speaking of being smarter, you might do some reading and learn that Nazis don't exist in any significant numbers today.

      Ooops. Your obsession with them is anything but "smart".

      May 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • faith

      dorothy says she's a scholar.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • faith

      uh oh. u got me

      big dick nixon wasn't a crook. fdr was not going to involve america in the war overseas.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Observer


      "big dick nixon wasn't a crook. fdr was not going to involve america in the war overseas.'

      Yep. TOTALLY clueless what a Nazi is. Education would help. Why not try it so you don't look so foolish?

      May 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Insane troll is insane.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • J


      May 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
      • nam vet


        July 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
    • lou


      They are getting mad that their supposed moral authority is being torn down.

      May 29, 2013 at 9:01 am |
    • James D. Chinn

      Hitler was a christian and backed by the Roman Catholic Church.

      June 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
  17. faith

    if you refuse to post it, why do u care if its a duplicate, dodo?

    May 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  18. Rob

    uh, why is the author of this article wearing earrings??

    May 4, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • mnharleyrider

      What does his wearing earrings have to do with anything?

      May 8, 2013 at 7:54 am |
  19. Rob

    NOBODY is an atheist right before they die. FACT.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      You know this how exactly? I have it written in my Living Will that any talk of god on my death bed is to be ignored, no minister of any faith is to brought in...I have sat and watched my Mom die...she hallucinated horribly-the human brain goes through changes when faced with death and I don't know anyone who wishes to die, so we conjure up things to try to ease the suffering. The fact is that no-one has ever returned from the dead to tell us if there is life after death and until there is that evidence, there simply is no reason to believe. I'm afraid of the process of dying, not death itself-for all I know nothing further occurs after that and unlike you, I am fine with that.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
      • nam vet


        July 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Generally when people end their claims with the word "FACT", they are talking out their ass.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • faith

      shortly before he died, with his wife gone, and after a long life dedicated to mocking christians and god, dad received Christ as his savior and he lives in heaven

      May 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
      • ZenSoapbox

        That is a very touching story. It's comforting to know that even on my deathbed I could be welcomed back into the loving arms of Jesus.

        August 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
    • faith

      specifically, when demon possessed, disgusting nazi terrorists speak, they are spewing hateful lies

      May 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Observer


      It is DELUSIONAL NONSENSE that you claim you know what goes through EVERYONE'S mind before they die.

      You don't have clue in the world what the word "FACT" means. Get a dictionary. Pathetic.

      May 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • mikesyummyrecipes

      FACT? Well since facts can be backed up by data, we will be anxiously awaiting the results of the studies done on EVERY atheist who has died. Pfft.

      May 8, 2013 at 7:48 am |
    • cadiwampus

      "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.'" Psalm 14: 1 "

      May 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • Atheism is for everyone

      And as stupid as your comment is, even if it were true. That would still not be considered evidence of your imaginary friend being real.

      May 15, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • exlonghorn

      @mikesyummyrecipes, why is it that you feel enti.tled to invalidate the entire factual argument for evolution, abiogenesis, etc., simply because athiests cannot prove what happens to a "soul" (a dubious concept in itself) after death? Since you can't prove a soul exists, why should I have to prove what happens to that soul after death? Riddle me that, Batman.

      While you're at it, why don't you disprove any of the observable scientific evidence compiled against the major religions? Can you take curing cancers, for example, and show that it is much more likely the work of a diety than of good doctors and good technology? How about gravity? Evolution?

      June 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Edward

      I have died twice and both times I was STILL an atheist. Fact.

      July 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • Edward

      I am an atheist, I have died twice. I was an atheist before, during and after these experiences. By the way, that's one more times than Christ.

      August 29, 2013 at 6:37 am |
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    • Rob

      You will burn in HELL!

      May 4, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Rob: Do you tell your kids that? Do you not think that's abusive?

      May 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • tallulah13

      People like Rob are one of the many reasons that, if I actually believed in a god. I would never be christian. I don't consider such blind, ignorant, almost rote hatred to be moral.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • old golfer

      Come on Rob. There is no hell. Even if there was, what's to burn, a corpse??

      June 27, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
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