New Report Shows Total Number of Christians in 116th U.S. Congress is Down Slightly

The total share of Christians in the new 116th U.S. Congress is down slightly, though still high, according to a report by Pew Research Center.

Christians still make up the vast majority of Congressional members, at 88 percent of the total, though that represents a three percentage point drop from the 115th Congress, which in turn had a lower percentage of Christians than the 114th Congress.

Various Protestant denominations made up 54.9 percent of the entire Congress, with Baptists, at 13.5 percent of the total, being the largest group in that classification.

With 163 Congress members, Roman Catholics retained close to a third of the entire Congress, at 30.5 percent.

There was a significant difference in the share of Christians when it comes to political identification, however. Only two of the 252 Republican members said that they do not identify as Christians, while 61 of the 282 Democrats said the same.

The first two Muslim women to join Congress, Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, are the ones making headline news, however.

Tlaib was sworn in on Thursday while wearing a traditional Palestinian dress. It was initially reported that she would take her oath by swearing on a Quran owned by Thomas Jefferson, but she changed her mind.

She told the Detroit Free Press that she would swear on a family Quran instead.

“My swearing in on the Quran is about me showing that the American people are made up of diverse backgrounds and we all have love of justice and freedom,” Tlaib declared.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov