"The new Congress is 91% Christian. That's barely budged since 1961."
Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Pew Research Center.
By Debra Mason
The Pew Research Center’s new report entitled “Faith on the Hill” has found that the religious beliefs of those in congressional leadership have remained consistently Christian despite the American population’s progression toward more diversified belief systems (Bromwich, 2017). The center’s research found that over 90% of the 115th Congress reported “identified as Christian” with only a 4% decline occurring since 1961. The report’s author, Aleksandra Sandstrom, stated that “’Congress is really, at least religiously, staying very, very steady’”(2017). In fact, Pew stated that “[o]nly one member of Congress has ever said that he does not believe in some form of God” (2017). Overall, more diversity of religions was found in Democrats as compared to Republicans, with only 80% of the current Congress’s Democrats identifying as Christian as compared to 99% of Republicans (2017). While it is unsurprising that the majority of Congress is religious since the American public has indicated that they would be disinclined to vote for a “presidential candidate who does not believe in God,” it is difficult to determine why the overarching “religious composition of Congress” has maintained such great consistency. To read the full Pew report, click here.
Bromwich, J. E. (2017, January 3). The New Congress is 91% Christian. That's Barely Budged Since 1961. Retrieved from The New York Times
"22 powerful posts from people of faith at the Women's March"
By Debra Mason
This piece shows a variety of social media posts from Women’s Marches that took place across the country on January 22, 2017. The focus, however, is placed on individuals of a variety of different faiths, including “Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs, and many more” (Kuruvilla, 2017). These individuals used their faiths to try to establish unity toward one common goal in the midst of their differences. Click here to see the posts from the Women's March.
Kuruvilla, C. (2017, January 23). 22 Powerful Posts from People of Faith at the Women's March. Retrieved from The Huffington Post