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Some Methodist leaders have expressed doubt that the 45 members of the United Methodist Church in Congress will effectively cooperate as a unit.

Despite the common religious affiliation, some Methodists outside of the federal government doubt that there will be cohesiveness among the UMC members of Congress. Mark Tooley, president of the Institute for Religion & Democracy and author of a book on the history of Methodism in America, told The Christian Post that after Prohibition, cooperation among Methodist politicians has been rare.

“Perhaps, but their UMC affiliation likely won’t play strong role in that cooperation. There are few public policy issues that unite UMC members except possibly gambling,” said Tooley.

“Ideally, UMC members would unite behind defense of traditional marriage, sanctity of life, religious liberty domestic and global, and opposition to gambling, human trafficking, pornography and pernicious narcotics.”

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