(WASHINGTON TIMES) The 113th Congress won’t be sworn in until January, but it’s already making history on the religious-diversity front.
Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard scored a first as the first Hindu elected to Congress, while another Hawaii Democrat, Rep. Mazie Hirono, became the first Buddhist elected to the Senate. California Democrat Ami Bera became the only Unitarian Universalist member of Congress after winning his recount against Republican Rep. Daniel E. Lungren.
A “Faith on the Hill” study released Friday by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life found that the newly elected Congress may be the most ecumenical in U.S. history. At the same time, the 113th could be seen as the least devout, with 11 members reporting their religion as either “unaffiliated” or “don’t know/refused.”