North Carolina’s congressional delegation is composed entirely of representatives of the Christian faith, though only 77 percent of adults in the state identify as Christian, according to the Pew Research Center.
The Pew Research Center found over half of the nation’s state delegations are solely comprised of Christians. The 115th Congress is no exception to historical trends — congresses are consistently more Christian than the U.S. populace as a whole.
Randall Styers, a UNC religious studies professor, said these religious patterns are not necessarily a cause for concern since the Christian religion is so large and varied. Styers said problems only arise when people apply narrow moral and religious judgments on the greater population.
“The concern would be if particular members of Congress tried to impose their particular religious values in the law of the nation,” he said. “In North Carolina, of course, we’ve seen it recently with HB2, where a number of conservative state legislatures did attempt to impose their religious values in ways that I think proved very detrimental to the state.”
But Styers said he still sees a place for religion in politics while still maintaining a separation of church and state.