You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


Congress: Fighting, but not about religion

Continue reading below

In much of the world, it would be sheer fantasy to think hundreds of Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, and Hindus could serve together in peace. On Capitol Hill, it is par for the course.


Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, will be the first Hindu in the US House.

According to an analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, the incoming Congress will be the most religiously diverse in US history. The House of Representatives will welcome its first Hindu, Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard. She will take the seat now held by fellow Democrat Mazie K. Hirono, who will become the first Buddhist to serve as a US senator. Two other Buddhists are returning to seats in the House. So are two Muslims. There will be 15 Mormons in the 113th Congress, as well as 32 Jews, 5 Orthodox Christians, and 161 Catholics.

It’s safe to say the members of Congress sworn in early next month will find many reasons to quarrel with each other. That religious doctrine won’t be one of them is a remarkable achievement that an increasingly diverse society should celebrate.

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of