Jared Huffman

In Theory: A humanist congressman risks revealing his atheism

U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, a California Democrat who represents a district stretching from north of San Francisco to the Oregon border, has released a statement identifying himself as a humanist who doesn’t necessarily believe in God.

The Congressman had declined to state his religious beliefs on questionnaires in the past, saying “there’s too much religion in politics.” Taken aback by “negative” expressions of religion made by members of the Trump administration, he says he made the decision to open up about his own beliefs — and lack thereof — to counter what he fears are efforts by government officials toward maligning some faiths and celebrating others.

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