Saturday, November 11, 2017

[Audio] Congressman not sure if God exists, reactions to rare announcement; Humboldt’s last week of news

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at

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In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (8:14): The Congressman that represents us at the federal level made national headlines because he decided to publicly say he’s not sure if there’s a God. The Washington Post found experts on religious identity in Congress saying Jared Huffman is only the second member in contemporary records to go on record saying his ethical system is not based on God.

The 53-year old who grew up in a religious home and has repped the North Coast since 2013 says he is a Humanist; He thinks people have a responsibility to be good but he isn’t so sure about the supernatural stuff. “I'm not pushing my views on anyone and I'm not judging anyone else's religious choice,” reads the start of his statement. “I value my working relationships and friendships with people of faith, the interfaith community, spiritual seekers and all sorts of secular, non-religious people. I think we should all work together to make the world a better place…”

In the podcast a local pastor and two local politicians share different perspectives. Matt Messner, a Senior Pastor at the Faith Center in Eureka, shares a diplomatic response. Humboldt County Supervisor Rex Bohn leans on the skeptical side. And Arcata City Council Member and Vice Mayor Sofia Pereira voices her support.

Also included are statistics on belief in God, stats on non-theist views in politics, local reactions on social media, and more.

The story begins at 8:14.

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Also covered

Those “killer” robbers in SWAT-style gear, potentially sick sea lions, NFL-bound HSU student Alex Cappa is smart, a defendant turns on another in the Manila murder case, statue perspective, fresh-cut karma for local thieves, and other top stories from last week.

Jared Huffman, public domain photo

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