Over at the CNN Belief blog, Stephen Prothero has an insightful post about a recent study identifying the religious affiliations of the members of Congress. He draws three basic conclusions:
1. Mainline Protestants may not be able to fill their churches on Sunday mornings, but they are holding their own in the political sphere. As Prothero puts it: “Americans may not want to be Episcopalians or Presbyterians or Methodists…as much as they did in the past, but they continue to want to vote for members of these tried and true denominations.”
2. Evangelicals are not overrunning Washington. They actually lag in influence there.
3. When it comes to the corridors of power, the United States is still very much a Christian nation. The Congress has only 3 Buddhists and 2 Muslims.
Prothero concludes: “Is this a Christian nation? No way, says that Constitution. But U.S. voters are telling us something else altogether.
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