Latinos and the Future of American Secularism

This is a guest post by Juhem Navarro-Rivera. Juhem is a political scientist and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & Culture (ISSSC) and blogs about Latinos, Politics and Secularism at The LatiNone … Latinos are considered to be a very religious and socially conservative group. While the assumption [Read More...]

Who Needs God to Do Good Work?

This past Monday, a group of college students in South Carolina helped out at a place that really needed it: Volunteers in West Columbia spent their afternoon cleaning and sorting medical supplies at The Good Samaritan Clinic, a free facility that serves the Hispanic population. “We’ve been moving filing cabinets, helping with magazine racks and [Read More...]

Latinos Divorcing Catholicism?

Hi everyone, this is Ron Gold. Latino-Americans have traditionally been dependable Catholics, though they are slowly but surely becoming more religiously diverse, as seen below: Notice the number who report no religion has almost doubled from 1990 to 2008, going from 6.4% to 12.4%. This is encouraging, because it shows that cultural influences can drive [Read More...]

Minorities + Religion = Depression

A new longitudinal study shows that for whites and blacks, religious participation leads to “fewer symptoms of depression.” No surprise there. You figure life won’t be as bad when you’re part of a tight knit community. But surprisingly, the same stat doesn’t hold true for everyone: … for some Latino and Asian-American adolescents, attending church [Read More...]

I Would Be Less Likely to Vote for a(n) _____ as President

Here are the latest poll results from the Pew Research Center and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. How many people would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate if the person was: Black? 6% Catholic? 7% Jewish? 11% Woman? 12% Hispanic? 15% Evangelical Christian? 16% Mormon? 25% Muslim? 45% Atheist? [Read More...]