A CONGRESSIONAL CALLING
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.”