Number of Latinos identifying as “nones” has almost doubled since 2010.

We’re just making progress everywhere:D

The number of Hispanic American “nones” — those who say they have no particular religion or are atheist or agnostic — is growing at a clip that would make GOP operatives green with envy. According to the Pew Research Center’s 2013 , 18 percent of Hispanics are not affiliated with any religion.

Put differently, almost 1 in 5 Hispanics now says he has no religious affiliation, more than the approximately 1 in 6 who (many of whom are ).

And just like everywhere else, this is more pronounced in the younger generations:

And the ranks of the Hispanic nones are growing quickly — nearly doubling from 10 percent in 2010, with the most pronounced jump occurring among younger Latinos. A whopping 31 percent of those ages 18-29 say they are religiously unaffiliated, about two-thirds the number of those who say they are Catholic (45 percent).

Like nones in other racial demographics, a small number of Latino nones actually identify as atheist/agnostic (even though many/most of them are probably functionally atheist).  This doesn’t really worry me.  When I see people convert away from a religion it’s usually in steps: from fundamentalist to moderate, from moderate to liberal, from liberal to spiritual, then to agnostic, and perhaps eventually to atheist.  It’s a process, and I suspect it works the same way on a large scale.

One of the best parts of the article though, was the last paragraph:

So while Hispanics may not be lining up to buy the latest , the growth of the left-leaning Latino nones suggests that the Republican Party’s “Hispanic problem” may only get worse. And given , it may not be long before the real question facing the GOP is how to address its “nones problem.”

Oh how I love that the religiously unaffiliated and atheistic are becoming a block that must be politically considered.  :)

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.