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20 Percent of Americans Don't Believe in God--So Why Is Our Congress So Religious?

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The new Congress includes a Hindu, a Buddhist and someone who doesn't identify with any religion, but the majority of members remain Christian.

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Roseann d (178)
Monday January 7, 2013, 1:20 pm
I did just see an article that we are finally getting more non-believers in Congress. Thank God!!!

DORIS L (61)
Monday January 7, 2013, 4:00 pm
May God save us from religion!

Jason S (50)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:14 pm
You can do good without god in your life, humanity, love and kindness go a lot ways to better the world.
Good Posting, thanks

Carrie B (306)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:38 pm
Many in Congress who profess to be religious/good Christians are far from it. They have shown by actions their lack of humanity, love, and kindness. As Jason pointed out not having God in one's life does not mean he is not a good and loving person. Just as saying one has God in one's life does not make him a good person and loving person.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 1:47 pm
Only 20% don't believe in God? Really?

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 3:57 pm
I read that report, on the Pew site, and thank Carrie for posting it here.
That's a good question, and I'm guessing that it has something to do with the way people move through the political ranks, to the point at which they can even think, usually of running for congress. I expect that people have to kiss up a lot, on the way, and act "properly", or they will be shunted aside by the process; like an informal, unofficial vetting process.
In the midst of this, I expect, one can not easily give voice to "different" religious points of view without political risk.
Hopefully, as time goes on, as new norms (as I've noted elsewhere) take time to suffuse through a society, this will change.
Then, it will , perhaps, be bizarre for a congressperson to get up, in Congress, ON THE RECORD, and spout drivel like "God would not let that happen," in a discussion about climate change...or any thing else.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 4:05 pm
It is alleged that if you embrace the evangelical god and lifestyle you will get ahead in the military much more quickly than a non-believer.
My idea of heaven isn't sitting around all day strumming a harp or singing praises because I'm a doer. I like to learn and I like to think and accomplish things.
In dog I trust and I'm really Sirius about that.

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 4:22 pm
I think they can "justify" harmful or poor policies by bringing "God" into it.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 5:07 pm
Greenplanet, you may be right, but there is no justification for hate and harm caused to others.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday January 14, 2013, 2:21 pm
Thanks for posting, Carrie. Was glad to read there are more "non-believers" in Congress. Previously, I guess only Rep. Pete Stark from CA was the only self-proclaimed atheist. A brave man. But, things will only begin to reflect the true facts about the population when at least 25% of Congress can proudly proclaim that they're not beholden to any religion.
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