Local Congressman Jared Huffman Comes Out of the Closet–He Says He’s a Humanist
In an article in the Washington Post this morning, Jared Huffman, this area’s Democratic congressman, comes clean about his religious affiliation…he is a humanist. The American Humanist Association defines that as a “progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity.”
According to Huffman in the Post interview, ““I’m not hostile to religion, and I’m not judging other people’s religious views,” he said. He also thinks that in 2017, people like himself should be able to be open about their basic faith perspective.”
The Post notes that in 2014 Huffman sparred with Stephen Colbert in The Colbert Report over his leaving his religious status “vague”.
Today, though Huffman took this a step further becoming, according to the Post, “only the second member [of Congress] in contemporary records to describe his ethical system as not being God-based.”