Saturday, January 26, 2013

Christian Representation in the 113th Congress of the USA

by M. J. Joachim
“Catholics still largest denomination in Congress,” states the headline on the front page of my community catholic newspaper. And get this, 10% of them are Jesuit grads too.

That’s quite a few people representing beliefs near and dear to my heart, things like recognizing babies as human beings and protecting them from being aborted, keeping the words “one nation, under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, allowing religious organizations to hire people with consistent beliefs and respecting people of faith across the board.

Somehow, I’m not overly impressed with the numbers. All those Christians determining the fate of fellow Americans…they’re still politicians first, and they don’t live by the same set of rules.

There are 163 Catholic Congress members (30.6%). Add in Protestant denominations and other Christian groups, and we now have more than 85% of the 113th Congress of the United States of America representing Christianity on our behalf.

Yet we continuously battle the age-old arguments on human rights. We are still being stifled by laws (new laws even) that have no regard for our individual faiths and morals, in the name of separating church from state. It’s the timeworn story of taxation without representation, a story capable of dividing and conquering a nation, or at the very least, oppressing its people with rules and financial burdens that fail to abide by their conscience.

Until next time, I wish you well,

M. J.

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