In the interview that Sally Steenland, Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress did with me, published earlier this week, I noted that we should absolutely celebrate the election of the most sexually, racially, and religiously diverse Congress in history.
In case you haven’t yet seen it, ThinkProgress put together this great infographic depicting the many diversities increasing in the Congress after the 2012 election.
Though The Friendly Atheist has written more about whether or not Kyrsten Sinema is a non-theist (she apparently isn’t interested in that label), as this image depicts, it remains true that we have our first Hindu and first Buddhist in Congress, a decided step in the right direction of pluralistic representative democracy.
With 20 women in the Senate, too, we are headed in the right direction but by no means are we anywhere close to adequate representation of women in our governing system.
As the writers at ThinkProgress point out, “Though Congress remains whiter, older, and more male than the nation as a whole, the incoming class will be the most diverse in history.”
Let’s hope the old white men pay attention.