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Religious diversity in the U.S. Congress

The 113th Congress embodies more religious diversity than any other in U.S. history, including one new member who describes her religion as “none.” Another congressional freshman was sworn in using the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred text for Hindus. This Congress also saw the arrival of the first Buddhist. The slow diversification of Congress is a lagging indicator of the increasing diversification of the U.S. populace, according to a 3-minute video news story conversation between managing editor Kim Lawton and host Bob Abernethy of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, a source for cutting-edge reporting and analysis of religion news. The video, which details the religious diversity of the 113th Congress’ and talks about its many religious firsts, is suitable for use as a conversation starter or sermon illustration. 

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