From San Francisco Chronicle:
"It's not courageous to make a simple statement about personal
beliefs,'' he told about 70 people at the San Leandro City Hall. "What is
courageous is to stand up in Congress and say, 'Let's tax the rich and give
the money to poor kids.' Now that's courageous.''
And more importantly:
Thomas was even happier to see that most of the people at the town
hall meetings weren't interested in talking about Stark's position on God.
Instead, Iraq, health care, global warming, immigration and other national
issues that drove the hour-long sessions.
"It's great that (atheism) didn't come up,'' he said. "There are far
more important things to be concerned about than what Congressman Stark
From The Gospel of Prothero on MSNBC:
In Prothero's utopian world, Americans would have enough religious
knowledge to debate ethics positions using holy texts, to understand
Biblical references in political speeches, to question their own
beliefs about God—and to encourage others to question theirs. Only then
will we enjoy one of the greatest privileges of the educated, which is
to change our minds.