Liberals have been quick to point out how “progressive” the new 116th Congress is:
“No other Congress has ever looked like this,” a CNN headline read.
“The 116th Congress makes history with the number of women and African-American and Hispanic members sworn into office Thursday,” CNBC reported.
“A record 127 women will serve in Congress, with 106 Democrats and 21 Republicans — roughly 24 percent of all the seats, according to the Center for Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Twenty-five women will serve in the Senate, with 17 Democrats and eight Republicans,” the CNBC report continued.
The CNN report mentions the 116th Congress includes the first Native American women in Congress, the first Muslim women in Congress, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
CNN reported other “notable firsts” as well:
Republican Marsha Blackburn has the distinction of being the first female senator from Tennessee.
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith made history in the midterms by becoming the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi.
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema became the first female senator elected to represent Arizona. Sinema will also make history as the first openly bisexual senator.
The state of Texas sent its first Latinas to Congress after Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won their congressional races to serve in the House of Representatives.
Incoming Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley is now the first black congresswoman to represent Massachusetts, while Democrat Jahana Hayes is the first black congresswoman from Connecticut.
A fact that went much, much less reported was the overall decline of Christians in Congress. As the Western Journal reports, the number of Christians elected in the 116th Congress was the lowest ever.
A new study found that the current Congress has the fewest Christians among its members since surveys first recorded the religious affiliation of those elected to Washington.
The Pew Research Center survey found that the current 116th Congress has 471 members who identify as Christian. That’s a drop from the 505 recorded in the 87th Congress in 1961.
Although 88 percent of the new Congress identifies as Christian, that represents a 3 percentage point drop from the 115th Congress.
The Congress that comes closest to the current one in terms of the number of Christians is the 111th Congress in which 477 Christians took part.
According to the report, the overall decline in the number of Christians was a result of the Democratic surge in the election.
Per the report, 253 of the 255 Republicans in Congress identify themselves as Christians—more than 99 percent. The other two members are Jewish.
Democrats offer a much more religiously diverse group. Of their 282 members: 221 identify as Christians, 32 are Jewish, three are Hindus, three are Muslims, two are Buddhists, and 18 refused to identify with a specific religion.
See a full breakdown of the members’ religious affiliation, via Pew Research Center below:
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.