If the House of Representatives is actually supposed to represent the American public when it comes to religion, it’s not working very well. Buzzfeed has a map and a report on the religious views of the current House and the numbers are pretty much what one would expect:
There are 31 religions represented in the House, including 26 different sects of Christianity. Catholics make up the largest group with 136 members, followed by Baptists with 66 members, Methodists with 45 members, Anglicans/Episcopalians with 35 members, Presbyterians with 28 members, and Jews with 22 members. There is only one atheist.
The majority of Catholics and Jews are Democrats, and the majority of Anglicans/Episcopalians, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Mormons. and Presbyterians are Republican. Among religions with more than more than five seats, Jews are the most partisan; 21 of the 22 Jews are Democrats. Mormons are the second most partisan; seven of the eight Mormons are Republicans.
I’m sure more than one are atheists, but in the current climate they can’t really admit that. So they go through the motions and write down some mainline Christian denomination on the forms because that’s the politically safe thing to do. One of the primary goals of this entire movement is to change that reality, to break down the negative stereotypes and increase public acceptance of atheists. When we reach the point where the question of one’s religion is viewed as completely irrelevant, we will have succeeded.