A new analysis conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has provided new information on what the 113th Congress (consisting of both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate) is going to be in terms of religious affiliations. According to this new study, there is a growing number
of Senators and House Representatives who do not identify with any particular religion. In short, you have more politicians in Washington for this Congress that do not belong to any particular religious faith.
According to the religious makeup
, as analyzed by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, is the following for the US House: 247 Protestants, 136 Catholics, 22 Jews, 8 Mormons, 8 Unspecified, 5 Orthodox Christians, 2 Buddhists, 2 Muslims, 1 Unitarian Universalist, 1 Hindu, and 1 Unaffiliated. In the case of the US Senate: 52 Protestants, 27 Catholics, 11 Jews, 7 Mormons, 2 Unspecified, and 1 Buddhist. It mentions Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) as the first Hindu to be elected to the US House and Senator Mazie K. Hironi (D-HI) as the first Buddhist to be elected tot he US House.
In further breaking down religion the study says that Lutherans are split between the GOP and Democratic Parties. Protestants, in general, have more Republicans than Democrats. At the same time, more Catholics part of the Democratic Party than the Republican Party. Non-Christians in the Congress are exclusively Democrat at the moment.
While not connected, it is reported that the American Family Association (AFA) has issued a warning to all Christians
. The AFA has said that the “family unit” is dissolved. According to this group, conservative Christians are going “to be treated as second class citizens
” in the United States by 2060. Furthermore, the AFA says that when that happens, it'll be like the Civil Rights Era. In short, this can be perceived as paranoia from the AFA.
With that said, the number of members that don't affiliate with a specific denomination of religion is growing. At the same time, you have the AFA saying that conservative Christians will be treated as second class citizens in the future.