Congress and America’s Religious Diversity
The face of America is changing. The nation is becoming more and more diverse – ethnically, culturally, and religiously. For some in our communities this is a rather frightening prospect. We hear it said on a regular basis that the traditional American way of life is disappearing – and by that people mean that the days seem to mean Waspish America. It is true that an America that’s defined in White, Protestant, Anglo terms is fading into the past. Yes, the days in which America’s religious diversity could be summed up in the words “Catholic, Protestant, Jew” are gone. Although these three traditions didn’t comprise the entirety of the American religious landscape a half century ago, most of the other faith traditions existed on the margins of society. Those who once lived on the margins have begun to take their place in the center of our society, and as a result a new American reality is being forged. What that will look like in the end, no one knows, but a new America is in the process of being shaped.