Religious Make-Up of Congress

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  1. Marcia

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/05/AR2007010501507.html


    Interesting item in the Washington Post, Jan 6, re Christian Scientists (all Republican), Mormons, 2 Buddhists, and others in Congress. The article gives a breakdown of the various faiths represented.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/05/AR2007010501507.html


    I am wondering if the Christian Scientists were counted as Christians. Probably, although Christian Science is not Christian at all.
     
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    I think a more interesting bit of information would be a congressman's views on certain doctrine. I think we'd find far less Christians.
     
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    Wow - what a shock. The US Congress is religiously diverse.

    Thats what they meant when they said that no religious test could be required.

    An amazing and wonderful country we have.
     
  4. Marcia

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    I wasn't posting this because I am amazed of all the different faiths represented in Congress. My main point was about the Christians Scientists possibly being counted as Christian.

    Also, I noticed that the Soka Gakkai representative because I talk about Soka Gakkai in my New Age talks.

    I mainly posted this as informational and just to see people's thoughts, if any. Also, the article (if you read the whole thing) points out some trends that have changed over time.
     
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    Some Congressmen attended the Rev. Moon's coronation. Naturally, later they said they didn't know he would be there.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61932-2004Jun22.html

    Religion seems to be very big in Washington DC. They even have an annual prayer breakfast in which people from many nations and many faiths attend.

    http://www.worldviewweekend.com/secure/cwnetwork/article.php?ArticleID=476

    In reference to your post, Marcia, Christians Scientists possibly being counted as Christian may have been done since the term "Christian" has become more or less generic.
     
  6. Marcia

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    Oh, yes, I know about this. I think I started a thread on it, as did a few others, around the time it happened. No one speaks out against Moon here, and the Christians all read his paper, The Washington Times. I, along with others, have led outreaches to 4 Moon gatherings here. He buses in pastors and their flock to his events.

    I live here and I would re-word this to say that a show of religion is big here. Religion is not really big here except that there are a lot of Mormons. The "religion" of this area is actually secularism. Evangelical churches are few, although there are some large ones here and there outside DC. I am not sure about DC except for one church that I know of. Image and power are what counts here; image and power, power and image, image and power, power and image.....



    Very true, LE.
     
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    Back in the late 70's, or thereabouts, the Moonies were just trying to get a foothold in the Philippines, and many young people were disappearing. In the region I was at, the Moonies' man was a Korean Communications Engineer.
    I was a field agent then with one of the Philippine Intelligence offices, and my team was tasked with locating the missing teens in our region.
    We infiltrated the movement, and found the missing teens way down South in another island.
    Just remembering.
     
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    from the text:
    When the Muslim King of Jordan rose to give the benediction at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on February 2, thousands of evangelical Christians rose with him to pray as he petitioned Allah for his blessings on the assembled crowd. When the breakfast was opened in prayer by an Orthodox Jew who has rejected Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the crowd of evangelicals bowed duly and prayed to a God that did not include their Saviour. The name of Jesus Christ was, in fact, barely mentioned at the event, according to the Washington Times. Evangelical leaders of the annual breakfast had been criticized for having too much of Jesus at past events. They made up for it this year by all but ignoring Jesus Christ and giving the benediction prayer to a Muslim for the first time.

    In it's quest for universal acceptance of all religions, there is only one gaining universal disfavor among those of faith. It is Christianity, and these efforts at appeasing Islam are emphatic illustrations of that.
    Jhn 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.


    Amidst the glad handing and the adrenaline rush of supping with power, something very vital was ignored by the thousands of Christians in attendance. What was ignored was the fact that praying with those who reject Christ as God come in the flesh is to disobey the Word of God.

    “Be not equally yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” II Corinthians 6:14-17
    I think perhaps the Christians in attendance would bow in respect for the one praying, but pray to the Father. It would be wrong to not bow the head.

    But a strict interpretation of the above may forbid attendance of the meeting altogether
     
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    Why is that?
     
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    I think politicians always bow their heads when someone of any faith prays. It is customary and decorous.
     

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