I am blogging this on Christmas Day from Seattle, where the snow continues to fall and fall and fall.
In case some of you are thinking more about politics than prayer on this Feast of the Nativity, let me steer you to the Pew Forum’s Web site, where they’ve posted “Faith on the Hill,” which contains some surprising facts about the incoming Congresss.
First, some groups — such as Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Episcopalians and Presbyterians — are way overrepresented in Congress compared with their numbers in the general population. Catholics, who number 24 percent of the U.S. population, constitute 30 percent of the new Congress. The figures on Jews are even more lopsided.
Contrast this to Baptists, who have far fewer members in Congress than their share of the population would warrant. One wonders whether there are certain religions in which members are encouraged to run for public office or that see public service as an honorable occupation. Or, in this year of the Democratic sweep, were there many Baptists who ran — but lost? Baptists, by the way, are America’s largest Protestant group, followed by United Methodists.
Note to Baylor University (a large Baptist institution in Texas): Might want to throw a few more poly sci classes into the curriculum.
— Julia Duin, religion editor