What is the religious affiliation of those who lead our country and make our laws? (Click HERE for source. Bold emphasis mine.) Aside: Click on the picture to the right to enlarge it for better reading…
The 113th Congress won’t be sworn in until January, but it’s already making history on the religious-diversity front.
Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard scored a first as the first Hindu elected to Congress, while another Hawaii Democrat, Rep. Mazie Hirono, became the first Buddhist elected to the Senate. California Democrat Ami Bera became the only Unitarian Universalist member of Congress after winning his recount against Republican Rep. Daniel E. Lungren.
A “Faith on the Hill” study released Friday by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life found that the newly elected Congress may be the most ecumenical in U.S. history. At the same time, the 113th could be seen as the least devout, with 11 members reporting their religion as either “unaffiliated” or “don’t know/refused.”
The results shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that Congress tends to track the direction of American society, according to the report.
“This continues a gradual increase in religious diversity that mirrors trends in the country as a whole,” said the Pew report. “While Congress remains majority Protestant, the institution is far less so today than it was 50 years ago, when nearly three-quarters of the members belonged to Protestant denominations.”
I don’t know which metaphor to use… “Frog in the kettle” or “Slippery slope.” I guess it is best not to use a metaphor but go to Scripture. Isaiah 6:1-3…
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”