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U.S. 115th CONGRESS

The new U.S. Congress met in Washington D.C. yesterday. Republicans control both House and Senate.

Did you know that the new Congress is overwhelmingly Christian, with nearly a third of its members Catholic?

The share of U.S. adults who describe themselves as Christians has been declining for decades, but the U.S. Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center. Among all members of the new, 115th Congress, 91% describe themselves as Christians. Of 293 Republicans all but two identify as Christians.  Among the Democrats 80% are Christian.

As regards Donald Trump: his parents were Presbyterians, and they and their five children attended a Church in lower Manhattan. Donald retained a connection to that church in his adult life. He and his first wife, Ivana, were married there in 1977. Though not currently an active member, Trump has stated publicly that he still considers  that to be his church.

What might Trump’s religious background tell us about him? Well, that he has enough exposure to Christianity so as not to seem entirely foreign, religiously speaking. Christians for whom religion is the central thing in their lives will likely be more put off by him than those whose connection to Christianity is more limited.

He has never been public about his faith, and when he has tried, it has been futile. It's not his language, but that doesn't mean it's not his heart. Trump is a businessman, not a preacher. He doesn't have studied answers about religious questions. But that doesn't mean he's irreligious. He has said himself: "I think people are shocked when they find out that I am Christian, that I am a religious person. They see me with all the surroundings of wealth, so they sometimes don't associate that with being religious. That's not accurate."

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Trump doesnt act on his faith, so for him to say he is a Christian is very hypocritical of him.

Maybe the only thing he believes is that he will get a pass at the end... but until then..
Trump doesnt act on his faith, so for him to say he is a Christian is very hypocritical of him.

Maybe the only thing he believes is that he will get a pass at the end... but until then..
My husband works in construction and knows personally as do many who have had business interactions with him that Trump does not pay his bills. Trump lies and cheats. I do not consider that Christian behavior. I think you are being too kind. Trump is not a good businessman. He is a con artist who lies, cheats, and does not pay those who do work for him. I also don't think a true Christian sits on a gold throne in their own home. A true Christian releases their tax returns and shows they give at least ten percent to charity.

I believe Jesus would be appalled by Trump in every way. Saying one is Christian and religious has no meaning unless it is backed up with action and heart.
I would say that Christ himself was the only 100% Christian. I certainly couldn't!
You should really love the Supreme Court then. It is five Catholics and three Jews.
lol in politics religion is a sham
it means nothing - tell the voters what they want to hear
sign on the dotted line so it looks good

money is what buys elections
so make sure the money interests are satisfied

Trump is a total sham
"by their fruits you will know them"
just look at his fruits

Christ himself told us not to be judgemental.
is looking at actions being judgemental?

"not everyone who says to me 'Lord Lord' will enter into the kingdom"
That Christ loves Donald Trump, I have no doubt.

That Donald Trump loves Christ, I have every doubt.
If Trump is a Christian then I am God
For a nation supposedly separating church and state, we fall woefully short in practice. Presidents give their oath of office with their hands upon a Bible, and members of Congress swear on books of God - almost universally the Bible, either new and/or old testament (except for Congressman Keith Ellison who uses the Quran, since he is Sunni Islamic).

I keep wondering if we will ever have a practicing Pagan in Congress or in the Oval Office, and if so, what book he/she will swear on. Maybe it won't be a book at all, but the branch of a flowering tree to denote a new hope.

- Erulisse (one L)
someone - i've forgotten who - sorry - swears on a copy of the constitution
i like that idea!
Oh yeah - that's brilliant!

- Erulisse (one L)