Sunday, March 6, 2011

Catholic Legislators Even Score With Catholic Democrats in Indiana General Assembly

The history of this state is that the political parties have for more than a century been divided sharply by religion, with Protestants identifying more with the Republican Party, and Catholics siding heavily with the Democrats.  Growing up in a Catholic household, I remember that it was highly unusual for Catholics to call themselves Republican.  My parents' generation and the one before that were Democrats frankly because that's what Catholics were historically.

The election of 2010 ushered in a significant historical development that seems to have flown under the radar.  The Criterion recently published a list of Catholics serving in the Indiana General Assembly. Of the 10 Catholic Senators, half are Republican. Of the 36 Catholics in the Indiana House, eighteen, again half, are Republican.

Interesting...well to me it is.


Bill said...

Justices Roberts, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito are also Catholic. I'm not really so surprised.

Pete Boggs said...

Catholics & Protestants have something profoundly in common- Jesus.

Evening the score is a recurrent problem, especially considering that retribution belongs to the Lord.