The Mainstream Media has made quite a show of the election of the first two Muslim women to ever serve in the House of Representatives.
Is this media attention due to the fact that women living in Muslim countries are almost “caged in their homes?” In America, Muslim women are full human beings, exercising their God-given talents, thanks to the US Constitution and Christian tolerance.
DECLINE OF CHRISTIANS IN CONGRESS: ALL DEMS
There are 252 GOP members in the 116th House & Senate: two are Jewish, 250 are Christians.
Among the 282 Democrats, 61 members are not Christian. These 61 self-identified as Jewish (32), Hindus (3), Muslims (3), Buddhists (2) and Unitarian Universalists* (2). One stated that she is religiously unaffiliated, while 18 declined to specify a religious affiliation.
CHRISTIANS IN CONGRESS:
FEWER AMONG FRESHMEN CLASS
The new, 116th Congress, has the largest freshman class since 2011, when the Tea Party emerged: 97 new members join 437 incumbents as Congress convenes this month.
Of the new members, 81% self-identify as Christians. While this is lower than the Christian share of incumbents, it is still higher than the share of U.S. adults who are Christians (71%).
The number of Christians declined from 91% in the last congress to 88% in the new. Mormons lost three seats. Evangelical Christians increased by 18 seats.
AMERICANS LIKE TO ELECT CHRISTIANS
Christians remain overrepresented in both parties compared to their numbers in the general public.
While 78% of Democrats in Congress call themselves Christians, among registered Dem voters in the U.S. adult population the percentage of Christians drops to 57%.
Among Republicans, 82% of registered voters are Christians, compared with about 99% of Republicans in Congress. The number of Christians in Congress is the lowest recorded since the survey started in 1961.