A CON­GRES­SIONAL CALL­ING

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

A new Pew Re­search Cen­ter anal­y­sis re­veals that 88 per­cent of the mem­bers of the 116th Congress are Christian. This find­ing prompted the poll­ster to de­clare that “Chris­tians are over­rep­re­sented in Congress.” But let us ex­am­ine the num­bers. Of that 88 per­cent, 55 per­cent of the law­mak­ers are Protes­tant, 30 per­cent Catholic, 13 per­cent Bap­tist, 8 per­cent Methodist, and 5 per­cent each say they are Epis­co­palian, Pres­by­te­rian or Lutheran.

The anal­y­sis is based on CQ Roll Call data, which tal­lied the re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tions of the law­mak­ers through ques­tion­naires or phone in­ter­views.

“In the 116th Congress, just two of the 253 GOP mem­bers do not iden­tify as Christian: Reps. Lee Zeldin of New York and David Kustoff of Ten­nessee are Jewish,” the anal­y­sis says.

“By con­trast, 61 of the 281 Democrats do not iden­tify as Christian. More than half of the 61 are Jewish (32), and 18 de­cline to spec­ify a re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion. Con­gres­sional Democrats also in­clude Hin­dus (3), Mus­lims (3), Bud­dhists (2), Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ists (2) and one re­li­giously un­af­fil­i­ated mem­ber.”

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