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Mon Aug 19, 2013, 02:26 PM

Map: What Religion Does Your Member Of Congress Identify With?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hunterschwarz/map-what-religion-does-your-member-of-congress-belong-to

A breakdown of Congress’ religious makeup. One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.

posted on August 19, 2013 at 12:42pm EDT
Hunter Schwarz
BuzzFeed Staff




BuzzFeed has mapped out the religions of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives by their districts, according to how they have publicly identified themselves as well as statements their spokespeople have made to BuzzFeed.

There are 31 religions represented in the House, including 26 different sects of Christianity. Catholics make up the largest group with 136 members, followed by Baptists with 66 members, Methodists with 45 members, Anglicans/Episcopalians with 35 members, Presbyterians with 28 members and Jews with 22 members. There is only one atheist.

The majority of Catholics and Jews are Democrats and the majority of Anglicans/Episcopalians, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Mormons and Presbyterians are Republican. Among religions with more than more than five seats, Jews are the most partisan; 21 of the 22 Jews are Democrats. Mormons are the second most partisan; seven of the eight Mormons are Republicans.

Other than states with a single seat, Idaho and Utah are the only states to be represented exclusively by a single religion.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 02:30 PM

1. Money.

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 02:31 PM

2. What?

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Response to cbayer (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 02:38 PM

3. i think that means they pray to the almighty dollar.

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Response to unblock (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 02:41 PM

5. Of course. I missed that and agree that there is truth there.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 02:39 PM

4. Mammon

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 02:50 PM

6. Most of them adhere to the capitalistic religion ....

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 03:00 PM

7. personally i find this map misleading given that it splits the 26 sects of christianity

reminds me of various public high school functions, including my graduation, in which there was always an "ecumenical" benediction, where they announced how proud they were to have worked with all religions to come up with a prayer with which everyone could feel comfortable. so of course it merely referred to jesus christ as our lord, which was the extent to which "all religions" could agree.

i mean, to hell with us jews, right?

christianity is *one* religion. it has sects, just as other religions do, but it's *one* religion.

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Response to unblock (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 03:17 PM

8. While I agree that your experience with the public high school is completely wrong,

I do think there are reasons to break down christianity to some extent. The RCC shares little with the fundamentalists. Some protestant denominations are very progressive, while others are very regressive.

I see christianity broken down into 7 groups. That may be too many, but some of the splits make sense.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 03:23 PM

10. i think two maps are in order, first with chritianity as a single religion,

then another showing only christianity broken out by sect.

perhaps it could be combined in a single map, but only if it's done so it's very clear what is "christianity" and what is not.

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Response to unblock (Reply #10)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 03:39 PM

11. Agree. One that lumped, then one that split would provide a more accurate picture.

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Response to unblock (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 03:20 PM

9. It also lumps Atheist with "other"

I think that splitting all the sects is fine here, they are not similar, and if things weren't so peaceful right now you can bet they would be chomping at the bit to have religious wars like they used to (can you imagine the Mormons waging war on the country?)

Or we can take it one step further and lump all the Abrahamic religions together and see how it turns out.

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Response to Lordquinton (Reply #9)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 03:42 PM

12. Good point. There is only one atheist. I would guess the others

in that group are the "nones" - no religion but not self-identified atheists... at least not publicly.

I suspect there are quite a few more atheists than this reflects as well.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 04:41 PM

13. Pretty cool map

But alot of those colors are REALLY hard to separate from one another.

Mormon and Muslim are way too similar for example.

They got my part of texas absolutely correct. Its very catholic out here.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 04:48 PM

14. Some surpises there.

The Kansas Catholicism is one. The north Colorado Jewish spot is another.

I would have chosen the colors differently. Anglican and Catholic should be similar, so should Methodist and Baptist.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 01:50 PM

15. ...interesting. There is "identify with" (a label)...now "abide by" - THAT would be a map!

And, yes, we would need a big $$$ sign, and a big H for hypocrisy indicator!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #15)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 04:53 PM

16. Agree. I think the "identifying" may have more to do with constituencies than true beliefs

at times.

And that, as you say, has the most to do with money.

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