Atheists, nonbelievers, secularists, "nones
," and other nouns to describe those without faith in a higher being are starting to gain a foothold in politics, reports Politico
from the Pew Research Center, the report notes that the nation's 113th Congress includes ten representatives who refuse to specify any particular religion as their own, and another, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who more boldly claims no religious affiliation whatsoever.
And where religion is still present among the nation's elected officials, notes Pew, it's more diversified than it used to be: "While Congress remains majority Protestant, the institution is far less so today than it was 50 years ago, when nearly three-quarters of the members belonged to Protestant denominations."
's Charles Mahtesian sums up: "The Pew numbers seem to be a sign that the taboo about religious identification is being broken and members of Congress are increasingly comfortable admitting they don't adhere to any particular faith."
Via Politico and the Pew Research Center