Where Have All the Atheists Gone?

In the Huffington Post article, There Are Still No Open Atheists in Congress, the newly sworn in Congress and their beliefs, or lack thereof, are examined. It turns out, despite the fact that 3.1 percent of Americans identify as Atheist, according to the Pew Research Center, there are still no openly atheist officials in Congress. One member of Congress, Kyrsten Sinema, bravely remains “religiously unaffiliated,” but the majority of Congress reports that they are Christian.

The Pew Research Center found that atheism was a political liability. In 2007, they found that 63 percent of U.S. adults said they would be less likely to support an atheist presidential candidate. The fact that no one in Congress identifies as an atheist, may not necessarily mean however that there are no atheists represented in government. They just may be too afraid to expose their true religion. (Julia)


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