The meetings are small right now, but they’re growing:
[NYC Atheists president] Mr. [Ken] Bronstein said that the meetings were still relatively small, with about 15 members attending, but that there were around 50 people on an e-mail list. “We’re going to bust out pretty quickly in attendance,” Mr. Bronstein said. “We think there’s a major group of nonbelievers, atheists, in this community.”
Mr. Bronstein, who does not speak Spanish, said the meetings were directed by Juan Castro, an atheist from the Dominican Republic and the author of “Una Cruzada por la Humanidad,” or “A Crusade for Humanity,” a book that critically examines the world’s religions in Spanish.
What a great service to offer. Bigger churches do this all the time — they might have a few services over the weekend for the English speakers and then offer one additional service conducted in Spanish. The audience for those services are just as large as the others.
I would think Spanish speakers constitute a minority of atheists, but just like with all demographics in this area, the number is probably grossly underestimated.
I’m really excited that NYC Atheists are doing this and I hope their experience can eventually transfer to other big cities.