Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.
By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN
(CNN) - The 2012 election has been widely hailed as a diversity moment — a coming out party for an American electorate no longer dominated by white men. And it was a triumph as well for religious diversity, thanks especially to Hawaii, which is sending the first Hindu to the House and the first Buddhist to the Senate.
But is this religious change more symbolic than real? In “Faith on the Hill,” a study on religion in the 113th Congress released Friday by the Pew Forum, the story seems to be static rather than change.
For all the talk of the election of 2012 inaugurating a new era in American politics, Protestants will continue to be overrepresented on Capitol Hill, where they will account for 56% of our representatives versus only 48% of American adults.
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Moreover, the religiously unaffiliated will continue to be scandalously underrepresented in the 113th Congress. Though 20% of American adults are “nones,” there is only one “none” (Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema) in the new congressional delegation.
That said, there are striking differences between Democrats and Republicans in the incoming 113th Congress.
The GOP delegation will be 69% Protestant, while Protestants will account for only 43% of the Democrats. Mormons also lean heavily Republican, with three Democrats versus 12 members of the GOP.
Catholics, by contrast, lean Democratic, accounting for 36% congressional Democrats and 25% of congressional Republicans. Moreover, all the Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists in the incoming Congress are Democrats. And all but one of the 32 Jewish members (Virginia Republican Eric Cantor) are, too.
The bottom line? I see two takeaways.
First, this data provides evidence for the now common wisdom that Republicans represent old-fashioned America while Democrats reflect new demographic realities. In the 113th Congress, Republicans will be disproportionately male and disproportionately Protestant. Democrats, by contrast, have a higher portion of women and minority religions.
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Second, this data shows that the much heralded “new America” is still years away. Yes, the Senate will be 20% female, but women are more than 50% of the population. And the U.S. Congress will still be far more Christian (87%) than U.S. adults as a whole (70%).
At least when it comes to religion, the U.S. Congress doesn't yet look like the voters who are sending them to Washington.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.
This story is anti-religious bigotry. Many of the Protestants are very liberal compared to the average Protestant..
Rub a dub dub
CNN needed something else to complain about today. They have rounded the corners on the race card this week, after all.
It makes perfect sense to me that the same people who are republicans are also religious.
Both preach fear, and racism and are both scorn education.
Each appeal to some form of ideology that puts people in different camps and pits them against each other.
So there is no suprise that people who gravitate to guns and violence are repubs and believe in god.
Because nothing shows how much you love jeebus and follow his teachings then using your gun to kill another living thing......
Conservatives tend to be far more educated than Democrats. Think about it. In order to win the election, Obama has to scarp people out of the gutters to get them to register because they really don't care about their own society to stay involved on their own....and then he had to bribe them. Pathetic. And niknak...I'll put my mind against yours any day chump.
Alrighty, then. Let's just all lay our guns down, US military included, and let the evil dictators of the world kill us or enslave us all.
To stereotype an entire political party that their platform is only about guns and religion speaks more to your intelligence rather than those you accuse of ignorance.
End Religion, no joke, me and two colleagues came very close to opening a design house called, Three Guys Plumbing".
posted in wrong spot. sry
My Word Lays Upon Truth's Doors
Mathew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God!"
Luke 17:21, "The kingdom of God is inside you!"
John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world!"
1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!"
Godless and the ungodly, for these are the choices from which commonwealth atheists do make felt upon their habitual senses denying the goodly of Godly intent. Many young-bucks of godlessness and the ungodly tender to avail themselves with the nailed doldrums' sciatica and do abound with much societal unpleasantries toward the abaters of wanton deniabilities against them, those ungodly and godless beings of smirked vials of randomized intention-abilities. Their deniabilities are not without compromising or so they do entail and also do weave upon the where-with-alls laments.
The mockeries of these godless and ungodly against the goodly who do themselves believe upon Godly importance may well live on past all and onto every garden's Aged endings. How else could Life Truly End and Real Living thusly Begin? To believe or not believe for these are Life's choices. Still yet are found mercies, for the mercifilled are one of Life's greatest treasures and livings' sweetest unending rewards.
What was first made can never again become that which was made first for only in varying differential constructs can another thing be made to be outdone against that which was firstly made. The pillars of one's DNA, the spirals of all celestial life forms and formations is where God's Sons and their given wives are taken in as residents there abouts.
The Kingdoms of God lay where the inner structures of celestial Life do share in the abundancies of Living Fractals in Cosmological Paradigms. As mankinds' hunting for the Codifying of Life's laws in Cellularized Confinements continues onwards, many will ever become non-complacent in our societal grandeurs for wanting sakes trying never to be outdone by those who tend to be in simplifications' adjuring. May we be merciful upon those who deservidely aspire to be merciful toward others.
A scattering is upon us in these trying days and Age. Leave your wantings behind and never take wind of one's longings for the weightiness of one's longings will smite even the most influential. Carry away nothing and leave. Head to the places inside one's being and do not keep ajar your door for many will want to enter in and should not. Your loving this Life is for the world to have needs of and you should not heed the rumors from others as to just what is truly right. It is therefore best for mankind to simmer in their yet unfinished juvenile pottages never rationalizingly 'assaying' one's diffuse detriments, the very smallest of life's grains. As smitten breeds, our splendors reveal one's characters to be traitorous to one's analogous fold. Where then does True Life end and Real Living begin?
Who before this day's Age is found worthy of Goodly praises? Who after us will find peace set before them? Who in today;s timeline is this "son of man" that many should fear him for his worthiness stance? Who above can see the below? Who that is below can see what be above? From the very smallest crevice to the most high chasms, the Sea of Nothingness is the Holy Spirit. May the elemental Gods find favor in this found son of man that he may not be afflicted with this world's power but rather he should carry upon him the angst from his manhood till his natural death.
What I spiritually believe in is that the Families of God including God Himself lives upon the very first created Cosmos which is the inner Cosmos. Our being but upon this celestial cosmos is due our being cast out of the Inner Cosmos for many reasons. Some were cast out of this Inner Cosmos for faultering and some for continuing to do the Lord's Will here upon this celestial realm of gigantic life forms whereupon their insides are living many families of God's members. We live upon this realm doing what we want while many of us unify ourselves in the communal. My way is not your way and yet when we cross paths we receive each other and after a spell do walk on and are parted.Therefore, walk placidly amid the noise and waste ever being mindful of the peace one finds in finding peace there about.
Is God to be made a mockery by those who tend to instill anti-leveraged pragmatisms? Are we to believe in the godless and the ungodly who care little about the piecemeal subjectives' ordinates?
Jesus, was the very first of many immeasurable 'elemental beings' and was in the Beginning an elemental king of all the elemental Gods. Jesus, in His cunning, did thru Chaos' manueverings, established the gravimetrical waves for the elementals to gather in broods thusly was formed the beginnings of celestial nebulas.
As time did force the nebulas to progressively surround the gravimetric oscillations where from did come about galactic formations of the elementals' soundness. As systems of photonic elementals, the infinitesimal finite elemental Gods did shower the solarized systems with their embodied beings. And in the Now, we are but made from the photonic elementals' stillnesses, the stardusts of the Ages.
My "Physicist" knows very well the quantum physicalities of natured atomic stimulations. I call this "Physicist" God. He has strewn His Sea of Nothingness with 'photogenitisms' or the stillness of the photons creating all manner of the first materials needed to become thru timeliness all the elementals' members of our declared Periodic Table of Materialized Photogenitis.
Sciences are but the dreams dreamt and are atheists' treasure troves of good books they hardly ever do read, for many atheists aren't too bright yet they stand by these scientists without one iota of deniability to question science books that even the commoner seldom reads nor truly understands. Who among us knows about the 'Self-Similar Cosmological Paradigm'? Who among us truly understands that energy equals mass times light squared and its' true potential? What is the point in adoring scientific reasoning when one's IQ level can be counted on ten fingers?
Inside of the Fractals within Bio-Cosmological Paradigms lays all inter-cellular activities only just recently becoming known by mankinds' Sciences. All religions have been left in the dustiness sideroads where Truth does prevail upon many of mankind's teachers students of Bio-Technicalities wanting to willingly know about the kingdoms of God which lay upon the insides of all celestially nomenclatured biological life forms and life formations.
As this Age of Great Enlightenments upon the Kingdoms of God does progressively teach one is taught from its outward creviced distances toward almost absolute finiteness or the very very smallest of distinguishable degrees, God will allow our students and teachers of such studies to meaningfully create biologic mechanisms for the better welfare of all our physical needs and trade orientated desires.
What I believe is; "The Cosmos is immeasurably full of ever unkowable to us universes." The 'analogous' variabilities of moving universes is so slow in their plights that trillions upon trillions times triliions of our years will pass by before any other universe will gain entrances onto any other universe. As our Ages of tenureships figuratively coalesce in the extemities ponderances, the forlorn and the 'un-abled' will ever need others to carry them along and alongside the tapestries of Life and its garnered adaptabilities. Love therefore and do never 'not' love for one would be wasting away their love for living and the need for loving is tantamount and above reproach.
I feel a compelling want to tell you about some verses in Gospel scripture. Is it not written to above all things to seek firstly the "Kingdom of God". This said, have you ascribed to doing so? Where does one look to or towards in order to find that which we are told to seek as scripture does declare one to do?
Mathew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God."
I've searched the Gospel writings and have found a single verse telling all who have found it as to the true and literal location of God's Kingdomly Domains!
Luk 17:21 "The kingdom of God is inside you."
I take Luke 17:21 quite literally and so should all who believe in One God and His One Son of perhaps oodles upon oodles of otherly Sons and Daughters too numerous to really expound upon! Christ is special because he was born to take upon his being the sins of those who were and then were also and of times yet to come! God's Kingdoms being inside us and within our ownliness bodies can also be associated with another verse of scripture ,,,,
1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.
The just above verse does tell much more than just glimpsing over it could proclude! Our being labourers with God may well seem to give us all an equal footing with God and his aspirations for our betterment's sakes! His being our husbandry may well regard God as having a firm footing in our conceptions of childbirthing beyond mere genetic understandings!
But in the aboveness verse, the very understanding that we or our bodies are God's buildings may well inspire one to disavow such a claim due one's foresightedness sakes and lacking of rationalisms' of credible resources. Yet, as I see things, we, our bodies are not only God established and God created buildings for the benefits of the Godly who reside inside of us, but are for our benefits for learning and understanding the precepts of "Fractal Cosmologies"!
We have seen that which our bodies are made up of and they are of cellularized structures not "unlike" nebula structures in outer space places! These celestial nebula structures are yet a work-in-progress and our body-like buildings are a progress in the works!
These words are revelations of my Faith and as to my Godly understandings regarding the Kingdom Domains of God, his Sons and his Daughters-in-law and all forms and mannerisms of Life-ever-lasting principles and principalities of ever living progressives!
Written by God's Oldest Dreamer
lionlamb my friend, you are becoming unbearable.
For people who can't get enough church and bible study....
Normally, I admire the use of the word 'fractal' in a sentence...
yes, when it is used properly and in context.
Notice who is most quoted in the Golden rule. Jesus Christ's wisdom. The FBI returned my couch but it smells like a hospital. After their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.
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No thank you,,,
I'll be going to Golden Coral sometime soon!
Golden Corral? Yuck.
If I had to resort to Golden Corral for my meals, I'd rather starve.
Try our Tom Tom Tacos! Soft corn tortillas filled with Mahi Mahi, cheese, cabbage, onion and creamy dressing. Add rice and beans and make it a meal. $4.99.
Plus, Golden Corral suffers from bulge inequality.
I hate that.
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The have all that at the Golden Corral? Who new.
My brother and I considered opening a restaurant called "No Pickles". Every dish will say it comes with a pickle but we will never serve a single one. We will not allow pickles in the building.
American cafés have some weird fascination with serving a pickle with every meal. I don't get it. The juice from the pickle (or slices) ruins everything on the plate. And no matter how politely one asks to ditch the pickle, the establishment seems to have a legal requirement to serve it. I've had to resort over the years to, when ordering, very clearly let the server know that if I get a pickle they get no tip. It is unfortunately the only way I've been able to keep a pickle from appearing with my sandwich and chips.
Add to this equation that neither one of us knows anything about the food service business, and I'm sure this concept would have been a success!
My restaurant would definitely have bulge equality.
Pickle upon request.
CNN should be ashamed of having such a xenophobic author write an article on their website.
The religion of the candidate is not relevant. The qualifications and accomplishments of the candidate should be the sole requirement on electing people to office.
The author is expressly calling for discrimination against better-qualified candidates just because they are Christian.
What's wrong with keeping Christians out of office? I don't want crazy people running the government.
How is Stephen Prothero in any way xenophobic?
Who says that candidates are necessarily better-qualified candidates because they are Christian?
I would argue that they are not. Fundamentalists who reject science are not well qualified to represent me.
I thought John Boehner, sitting next to Obama, was going to cry again, on his birthday.
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"Bulge inequality" has me laughing still...
I can't stop cracking up...
Prayer changes things
Should not all TRADES be allowed and governed by lawful declarations c o n s t i t u t i n g the regulations as being the taxing authorities?
1. The Drug Trades
1a. All recreational drug usages should be regulated and governed , not as is now the cases by making such trades to be illegal.
2. The S e x Trades
2a. All recreational s e x should be governed and made legal and not done as it now is being portrayed.
3. The Gambling Trades
3a. Recreational gambling is nowadays highly regulated by governing bodies.
3b. Our governing bodies should legalize all recreational forms and types of gambling instead of putting restrictions upon many angles of gambling.
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Dear European, hindu, pagan Christians, Isreali Jews, my Taliban father, wahabi crook, and Is'lambic goons, have settled in America by hook and screwism, crook, by committing terrorism against innocent of America, now it is time for you to kick Is'lamb out of America, leave ism, racism and Mithra ism, pagan savior ism, behind and act according to base of America, truth absolute GAWD, not GOD, free your self from Taliban ism, filth of gentile is, serfdom, you ancestral legacy and act like brave being by consti tution of USA, message of One nation under GOD and kick on ass for Is'lamb. It is better to be human than to be a mullah pig criminal in following of Salahfism, racism to follow muslman Mithra sim filthy savior ism of your pagan home land Europe. Is that too difficult to understand goons?
sorry I am not a hindu desire of truth absolute GOD, hindu pagan Christian, mentally hindu, Niqqur, but sure you are, looking white out side but very niqqr darkened by nature in side.
Where are all the faqqot christians with their "we're losing the country" and "there is a war on christianity" garbage?
Dear European hindu pagan Christians, you have settled in America by hind, hook and hinduism, crook, by committing hinduism terrorism against innocent of America, now it is time for you to leave hinduism, racism and hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism, behind and act according to base of America, truth absolute GOD, free your self from hind, filth of gentile is, serfdom, you ancestral legacy and act like human being by consti tution of USA, message of One nation under truth absolute GOD and human equality. It is better to be human than to be a hindu criminal in following of hinduism, racism to follow hindu Mithra sim filthy savior ism of your hindu pagan home land Europe. to learn truth about your hindu Mitra ism, pagan savior ism called Christianity please visit, limitisthetruth.com to be a American and a normal peace, Islam loving civilized human being.
I recommend that all Muslims and all Arabs not be allowed to comment on CNN articles. Makes CNN look like a sympathizer!
I recommend you go troll somewhere else.
This is the United States.
We have freedom of speech here, even if the speech is incoherent and nonsensical.
I recommend you go troll somewhere else ism.
Take you hindu ignorant recrimination and shove it in your hind, it hind, stinks, not any less than your hindu stinky brother skunk.
Absurdity of troll-ism, hind, ignorant.
Did you get fed up posting as Matt Damon?
My thought exactly, Veritas.
john boehner in pink tie looks moron.
He doesn't wear black because he is not a Muslim refuge like some people. Pink is for women's cancer but of course, the Koran hates women and Sharia Law defiles womanhood. At least he is decent. What's your problem with decency?
I see nothing *indecent* about MAD's opinion...I think you have a slight problem with his name, however, eddy.
Enjoy crying Boehner, Edward!
Dear European, hindu, pagan Christians, Isreali Jews, my Taliban father, wahabi crook, and Is'lambic goons, have settled in America by hook and screwism, crook, by committing terrorism against innocent of America, now it is time for you to kick Is'lamb out of America, leave ism, racism and Mithra ism, pagan savior ism, behind and act according to base of America, truth absolute GAWD, not GOD, free your self from Taliban ism, filth of gentile is, serfdom, you ancestral legacy and act like brave being by consti tution of USA, message of One nation under GOD and kick on ass for Is'lamb. It is better to be human than to be a mullah pig criminal in following of Salahfism, racism to follow muslman Mithra sim filthy savior ism of your pagan home land Europe. Is that too difficult to understan goons?
HOW ABOUT SOME SHUT UP-ISM
ISLAM SUCKS, I WAS SAYING THAT TO YOUR MOM EARLIER WHILE ME AND THREE FRIENDS MADE GOOD USE OF ALL HER HOLES
take my all sisters, and goats, and pigs, and camels, goon, stop reading my posts, absurdity of my Hindu father.
STOP POSTING YOUR POSTS DIMWIT
SOLVES THE WHOLE PROBLEM
NO ONE CAN REALLY READ YOUR POSTS ANYWAY, THEY MAKE NO SENSE
hindu's, lairs one the hind, rope, hind, cry hindu, lairs cry, your hinduism illegality is exposed for human to have skinah, peace Islam of heart. hindu's, ID thief's.
"free your self from Taliban ism"?
Thought you WERE Taliban, Salami.
Really not sure why all these christian freaks keep obsessing with him,
but it's pretty F'ing sad...................................
Inside of the Fractals within Bio-Cosmological Paradigms lays all inter-cellular activities only just recently becoming known by mankinds' Sciences. Religions have been left in the dustiness sideroads where Truth does prevail upon many of mankind's teachers students of Bio-Technicalities wanting to willingly know about the kingdoms of God which lay upon the insides of all celestially nomenclatured biological life forms and life formations. As this Age of Great Enlightenments upon the Kingdoms of God does progressively teach and is taught from its outward creviced distances toward almost absolute finiteness or the very very smallest of distinguishable degrees, God will allow our students and teachers of such studies to create biologic mechanisms for the better welfare of all our physical needs and trade orientated desires.
Let Us Love,
Let Us Not/
There is no god, you insane child molesting imbecile.
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