24 August 2012

Growing number of Latinos have no religious affiliation

Growing number of Latinos have no religious affiliation, by Jacqueline Mejia (NBC Latino, 23 August 2012)

It’s been three years since Alicia Martinez, a Los Angeles college graduate, left the Catholic Church and still is on the search for a church that will “complete her”. “I have been going to Catholic churches my entire life but it never clicked with me. Time is too short to just go through the motions and not feel connected to the religion you’re attached to. Now that I’m older, I choose not to be associated with a religion until I know it’s right in my heart,” says Martinez. Martinez is one of the growing thousands of Latinos not choosing to identify with a specific religion.

A Pew Hispanic Center’s National Survey in April 2012 shows Latinos have become increasingly less religious with newer generations.  The survey explains while only about one in ten foreign-born Latinos are religiously unaffiliated (9 percent), twice as many native-born Latinos are unaffiliated (20 percent). The  trend continues to increase in third-generation Latinos, with 24 percent saying they are unaffiliated.

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