It’s not just the Mormons.

One of the interesting things about the “Solidarity With Hate” letter is that none of the Mormon members of Congress signed it. Mormons currently serving in Congress are:

Sen. Robert Foster Bennett (Republican – Utah)
Sen. Mike Crapo (Republican – Idaho)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (Republican – Utah)
Sen. Harry Reid (Democratic – Nevada)
Sen. Tom Udall (Democratic – New Mexico)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Republican – Utah)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Republican – Utah)
Rep. Jeff Flake (Republican – Arizona)
Rep. Wally Herger (Republican – California)
Rep. Dean Heller (Republican – Nevada)
Rep. Jim Matheson (Democratic – Utah)
Rep. Howard McKeown (Republican – California)
Rep. Mike Simpson (Republican – Idaho)

Religious affiliations of the elected officials who signed the Solidarity With Hate letter are:

Baptist (8)

  • John Fleming is a member of First Baptist Church of Minden, Louisiana, where he has served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and Sunday school director. (Southern Baptist Convention)
  • Trent Franks is a member of North Phoenix Baptist Church. (Southern Baptist Convention)
  • Louie Gohmert is a member and former deacon of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. (Southern Baptist Convention)
  • Gregg Harper is a deacon at Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon, Mississippi. (Southern Baptist Convention)
  • Don Manzullo
  • Kevin McCarthy
  • Roger Wicker is a deacon and sings in the choir at First Baptist Church of Tupelo, Mississippi. He’s a former chairman of deacons at First Baptist. (Southern Baptist Convention)
  • Tim Pawlenty, a former Roman Catholic, attends Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The church is affiliated with both the Baptist General Conference and the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference. Pawlenty’s pastor, Leith Anderson, succeeded Ted Haggard as president of the National Association of Evangelicals.
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    Roman Catholic (6)

  • John Boehner
  • Sam Brownback was brought up Methodist and later joined Topeka Bible Church. He was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 2002, but still attends Topeka Bible Church.
  • Ken Cuccinelli
  • Bobby Jindal was brought up Hindu, but converted to Christianity when he was in high school and joined the Roman Catholic Church when he was in college.
  • Steve King
  • Steve Scalise
  • David Vitter
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    Non-denominational Christian (3)

  • Jim Jordan attends Grace Bible Church in Springfield, Ohio.
  • Mike Pence attends Community Church of Greenwood, Indiana.
  • Joe Pitts is a member of Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
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    Lutheran (2)

  • Michele Bachmann belongs to the conservative Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
  • John Carter
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    Presbyterian (2)

  • Jim Inhofe belongs to the PCUSA, the largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S.
  • Jim DeMint belongs to the PCA, a Christian Right denomination.
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    Anglican (1)

  • Peter Roskam is a member of the Anglican Mission in America, an anti-gay denomination under the jurisdiction of the Church of the Province of Rwanda.
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    Christian Scientist (1)

  • Lamar Smith
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    Episcopalian (1)

  • Jeb Hensarling is a member of St. Michael & All Angels Church in Dallas. The Dallas Morning News has described St. Michael as “a ‘big tent,’ where theological liberals, moderates and conservatives join in worship and mission work.”
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    Jewish (1)

  • Eric Cantor is the only Jewish Republican in Congress.
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    United Church of Christ (1)

  • Fred Upton is a member of First Congregational Church UCC of St. Joseph, Michigan.
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    2 Responses to It’s not just the Mormons.

    1. The Mormon church got burned on the PR front when their well-organized and successful efforts on California’s Prop 8 legislation backfired, making them look like self-righteous and inhumane bigots. They’ve tried to change their image (spent lots of money doing it) and their members follow their lead right on cue. Now they “lead the fight” against discrimination, although they still maintain their gawd-given right to define marriage. It’s all about image and PR. LDS Inc. schools and instructs its members.

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