A Growing Number of Latinos Are Not Religious

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A Pew Hispanic Center National Survey shows that with each new generation, Latinos have become ingreasingly less religious. The survey shows that while around one in ten foreign-born Latinos are not religiously affiliated (9 percent), that number doubles for native-born Latinos (20 percent). Third-generation Latinos continue the trend, wtih 24 percent reporting that they are not religiously affiliated. 

"This has accelerated since 2008," Juhem Navarro-Rivera, a research associate at the Public Religion Research Institute, told NBC Latino. "[Back then], the difference was not so large."

This trend isn't just limited to young Latinos -- Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 are leaving their childhood faith and mostly ending up unafiliated. They're more likely than the general population to be unaffiliated. 

“Latinos are changing the way we understand race in America. But America is also changing Latinos,” says Navarro-Rivera. “While we cannot predict how the future of religion in America will look like, given their increasing numbers and their growing impact in the culture, it is certain that Latinos will play a major role in it.”

What do you think of this change? Do you think that religion should be more important?

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