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The Nones, the Nons and the Buts Luke 9:51-62

The Nones, the Nons and the Buts

On the Jesus road, there's no room for "But first ..."

At a Glance

We begin with a Pew Forum study that reveals the religious affiliation of members of Congress. What's interesting is that the percentage of our elected officials who check "none" continues to rise. From the "nones," we move to "nons" and finally to "buts" -- which gets us to our text.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle reading, see "The Excommunication of the Hamburger," July 1, 2001, at

When members of the 113th Congress took their seats last January, they became the most ecumenical gathering of that body since its beginning. It includes the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate, the first Hindu to serve in either chamber and the first member to officially and publicly describe her religious affiliation as "none." Ten other members of the 113th Congress did not specify a religious affiliation, up from six members of the previous Congress. Religion-wise, those 10 plus the one who said "none" all fall into a category demographers label...

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