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And Then There Were Six

Jim Burroway

November 13th, 2012

Last week’s historic record number of openly LGBT congressional representatives who won their races went up by one when former Democratic State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) was declared the winner of a very close House race to represent Arizona’s Ninth Congressional district. The newly-created district resulting from Arizona’s population gains in the 2010 census includes portions of North Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Ahwatukee.  The latest results from the Secretary of State shows Sinema leading former Paradise Valley mayor Vernon B. Parker (R) by 104,506 (48.24%) to 98,006 (45.24%), with the libertarian candidate, Powell Gammill, picking up 13,835 votes (6.39%). Sinema becomes the first openly bisexual member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Timothy Kincaid
November 13th, 2012 | LINK

Just one tiny itty bitty quibble… with the title.

“Then there were six” has connotations associated with Agatha Christie’s “Then There Were None” (previously named Ten Little Indians… and with another name before that), the world’s best selling murder mystery and among the top selling books ever.

The novel revolves around an old children’s rhyme about a series of diminishing Soldier Boys (previously Indians, etc.) who suffer calamities. For example,

Seven little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

In the novel, ten people lured to an island for a party are killed off one at a time in a manner that reflects the rhyme sequence.

The book was adapted for the stage in 1943, and was the subject of movies in 1945, 1965, 1974, and 1989. It was spoofed famously in Murder by Death, starring Truman Capote.

Stefan
November 13th, 2012 | LINK

She is also the first atheist to be elected to Congress.

Richard Rush
November 13th, 2012 | LINK

Stefan said, “She is also the first atheist to be elected to Congress.”

I think it would have been much more accurate to say, “She is also the first OUT atheist to be elected to Congress.” I believe there are multitudes of closeted atheists who simply “go along to get along,” and that certainly applies disproportionately to politicians.

Timothy Kincaid
November 13th, 2012 | LINK

I think Pete Stark is an atheist. And he’s retiring.

And Hement Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, is reporting that Kyrsten Sinema is not an atheist (he’s also a bit cynical about her bisexual identity). He tried to trace back the source of her atheism and it was just a giant circle. So he asked.

She’s – as best I can tell – a not-non-believer but maybe not exactly a believer either. Perhaps an agnostic?

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2012/11/09/breaking-kyrsten-sinema-is-not-an-atheist/

For what it’s worth, I think that the Congress benefits from having an atheist included. But perhaps Sinema, as a not-non-believer, can fill that role.

Timothy Kincaid
November 13th, 2012 | LINK

Richard

I would say that there are a number of very loud and obnoxious Christians in Congress who wear their faith on their sleeve who are secretly atheists. Or, at least, secretly don’t believe in the angry punitive god they are ranting about.

If they did, they would never do the truly creepy and vile stuff they do.

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