Progress comes in small increments sometimes. Makes me very happy.
When the 113th Congress is sworn in today, its new members will include the first Hindu member of Congress and the first Buddhist to serve as senator. Also for the first time, Congress will welcome a member who describes her religion as "none."
Democratic Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who was raised a Mormon, is religiously unaffiliated but does not describe herself as an atheist. Her campaign was unavailable for comment to Whispers due to the swearing in, but spokesman Justin Unga told the Religion News Service in November that Sinema favors a "secular approach." He told the New York Times the same month that Sinema "believes the terms 'nontheist,' 'atheist' or 'nonbeliever' are not befitting of her life's work or personal character."