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US Hispanics undergoing a 'Latino Reformation' (TIME Magazine Features the Evengelico's)
Ecumenical News ^ | 04/06/2013 | Elizabeth Dias

Posted on 04/07/2013 8:26:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Hispanics in the United States are becoming evangelicals at a rapid rate Time Magazine reports this week. 

"Latino evangelicals are one of the fastest growing segments of America's churchgoing millions," said Elizabeth Dias, the  author of the report.

Time calls  the  phenomenon "The Latino Reformation".

Dias's account is Time's cover story in its April 4 edition.

"They call themselves Evangelicos," Time's managing editor Richard Stengel told MSNBC."They are Latino Americans who have embraced an evangelical form of Protestantism."

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"They have forsaken Catholicism for all kinds of reasons," he said. "They look at a kind of charismatic Protestantism as a way of becoming more American, of assimilating.

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"Its changing the church, the country and it's fascinating," said Stengel.

The Time article also indicates that Hispanics are turning to evangelicalism because they believe it gives them  a more personal relationship with God than Catholicism. There is no priest as a "middleman".  

Currently 62 percent of the approximately 52 millionHispanics in the U.S. are Catholic according to a 2012 Pew poll.

Stengel predicted that by 2050 half will be evangelical.

"It is difficult to track the groundswell of these new Protestants," said Dias in a background story. "They often meet in storefronts or living rooms, and language barriers complicate the census process."

After Dias began noticing a number of Hispanic churches in her travels around the Washington, D.C. area she decided to investigate.  She attended two of the largest congregations located in suburban Maryland.

"What I discovered signaled a Latino Reformation", she said."Both churches were doubling in size every few years. 

Dias met with many of the people attending and listened to their stories. 

"To the mainstream American culture, and even other white evangelical churches, they were invisible", she said. "But they were hiding in plain sight."

"The story of both churches repeats itself across America", added Dias. 

The rise of Hispanic evangelicals appears to be influencing the current political debate over immigration.

The common view is that evangelicals oppose granting rights to illegal immigrants. However, ABC News reported this week that evangelical leaders in several states are producing an advertising campaign aimed at changing the minds of conservative Christians on immigration reform.

ABC noted that one of the reasons for the push for immigration reform among evangelical leaders could be the large increase in Hispanics attending their churches.

The senior pastor of a Houston church, David Fleming, told ABC that the current immigration system isn't working.

He also cited humanitarian reasons for the need for Christians to embrace reform.

"These people speak English, they work hard, they pay taxes," said Fleming. "They are great neighbor. They are friends of ours."

"We live together. We serve together. We serve together. We are all in this together."

Another significant influence of the Hispanic evangelical movement is its imact on future elections.  

Stengel noted that Hispanic evangelicals are "extremely"  social conservatives.    

MSNBC commentator Joe Scarborough indicated that this fact could contradict the idea that moving undocumented Hispanics into the mainstream of society will be  a boon to the Democratic Party.



TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: aliens; evangelicals; evangelicos; hispanics; immigration; latinamerican

1 posted on 04/07/2013 8:26:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah...and they are all gonna vote Republican if we just could figure out a way to “do something humane about the poor indigent waifs from Mexico thronging here to seek their dreams.”


2 posted on 04/07/2013 8:31:20 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

A huge sigh of relief that it is Evangelism instead of Islam, or a return to Paganism of the nasty, Mesoamerican variety.


3 posted on 04/07/2013 8:31:32 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

“ABC News reported this week that evangelical leaders in several states are producing an advertising campaign aimed at changing the minds of conservative Christians on immigration reform.”

Of course, ABC does not source their information....


4 posted on 04/07/2013 8:36:25 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Gaffer

Post Mortem Polls of the November 2012 elections showed that 78% of Evangelicals voted for Romney.

I would bet the other 22% who went Obama were Hispanic Evangelicals.


5 posted on 04/07/2013 8:37:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Possibly true. It is with regret that I conclude we will likely never know the real reason during out lifetimes.

Personally, I think this election was stolen. Stolen in a select group of precincts in a select group of contested states. Their ground game for cheating was worthy of future text books... we won’t ever see the proof, though, because History belongs to the victor.


6 posted on 04/07/2013 8:40:29 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

The election was stolen, fixed, you name it. The second the Republican party establishment annointed McQueeg in ‘08 and Willard in ‘12, the race was fixed for the Government Party.


7 posted on 04/07/2013 8:44:21 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SeekAndFind

“They look at a kind of charismatic Protestantism as a way of becoming more American, of assimilating.”

Assimilating is not they’re main interest here.


8 posted on 04/07/2013 8:45:49 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Gaffer

I agree.


9 posted on 04/07/2013 8:52:43 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: Gaffer

Were not there poor indigent waifs from Italy, Spain, Ireland, Poland before?

Remember the signs posted in stores that said “Catholics need not apply.”??????????

Where is your heart? Or do you just not love other people?


10 posted on 04/07/2013 8:58:27 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SeekAndFind

And what about the 95 percent of black Protestants that voted for Obama?

What is happening with them?


11 posted on 04/07/2013 9:00:42 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

RE: And what about the 95 percent of black Protestants that voted for Obama?

I guess no different from the 95% of the black catholics...


12 posted on 04/07/2013 9:02:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

These Latinos, if they were baptized Catholic, will always be Catholic — regardless of where they go to church.


13 posted on 04/07/2013 9:02:35 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

RE: These Latinos, if they were baptized Catholic, will always be Catholic — regardless of where they go to church.

Even if they don’t recognize the Pope as Primate of the Church any longer?


14 posted on 04/07/2013 9:03:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

You do remember these stats, don’t you?

**8 out of 10 white Protestants voted for Romney...95% of black Protestants voted for Obama...

6 out of 10 White Catholics voted for Romney...75% of Mexican Catholics voted for Obama...**


15 posted on 04/07/2013 9:04:51 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I also remember that 75% of Hispanic Catholics went Obama.
OVERALL, Catholics went for Obama by 2% points.

So, I would guess that Black Catholics like Black Protestants, voted OVERWHELMINGLY Obama.


16 posted on 04/07/2013 9:08:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, but black Catholics aren’t in those stats. Just black Protestants. Please read them again.

Bye.


17 posted on 04/07/2013 9:13:28 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The Time article also indicates that Hispanics are turning to evangelicalism because they believe it gives them a more personal relationship with God than Catholicism. “

Many are becoming Muslims, too, and they use the same reason.

More US Hispanics drawn to Islam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1710677/posts

They could all become ‘evangelical’, but they’ll still vote democrat.


18 posted on 04/07/2013 9:16:52 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

“A huge sigh of relief that it is Evangelism instead of Islam”

Don’t be so sure.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1890255/posts

They’re called the Latino American Dawah Organization, or LADO for short.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1326561/posts
Mexico Discovers Islam

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1418168/posts
Islam on march south of border - (not comforting)

Among illegal aliens, especially the ones involved in the drug cartels, the religion of choice is La Muerte...worship of the dead....they’re symbols are always found in the national forest pot growing farms...along with LOTS of guns.


19 posted on 04/07/2013 9:21:24 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another article from the MSM telling us why there is no need to worry about amnesty for illegals. But with all the previous articles about how so many are going back home, it’s a wonder there are even enough left in the US to write about.

More lapdog media propaganda put out to soften opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens.


20 posted on 04/07/2013 10:03:53 AM PDT by Will88
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To: SeekAndFind

Far be it for me to agree with Time on anything, but locally there are a lot of Iglesia Bautista churches popping up and quite a few of the more missionary-minded large Baptist churches are either sponsoring them or have growing Hispanic ministries. Protestant-identified Hispanic immigrants have been shown again and again to be far more likely to vote majority Republican.

I don’t like the policy of virtually unrestricted immigration from south of the border, think it’s very disruptive with the likelihood of altering the future political trajectory of this nation in ways that are not positive. But, if you can’t stem the tide convert it into something productive, I guess.


21 posted on 04/07/2013 10:17:15 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: SeekAndFind

Same thing happening in S America for decades


22 posted on 04/07/2013 11:00:03 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: AuntB

La Muerte is a serious concern. It is clearly a throwback to an Aztec death deity, and one that has around 1m at least casual followers.

The biggest problem is that they could get a charismatic leader who could turn them into an army of Thuggees, murdering (and robbing) people in Mexico and the US as a matter of faith.

The British in India were finally made aware of the Thuggee when they were going to hang five or six robbers and murderers, and while up on the scaffold, they called out to their goddess, then jumped, hanging themselves before being hung.

So they brought over a major criminologist, who with the help of the British Army, pretty much exterminated them. They did rise up a second time, and the British didn’t hesitate at all in exterminating them. To wide, popular approval throughout India.


23 posted on 04/07/2013 11:12:11 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Yes, but it makes you wonder why Catholicism is in retreat among them. It seems not to “stick” in a meaningful way among mexicans.


24 posted on 04/07/2013 11:23:02 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

Remember that there’s a long history there, and not a particularly nice one. Most recently seen in the Cristero War of 1926-’29.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristero_War

However the origins of anti-Catholicism in Mexico are somewhat like the anti-Catholicism of France, but with a twist. Historically, it wasn’t that long ago that the Indians of Mexico were pagans, and there was a lot of religious and secular persecution that went on for a very long time.

Even in the US, in living memory, though the church did not directly control public offices, as such, it had such inclusive social control over Catholics that it effectively got what it wanted in Catholic regions. And non-Catholics were pretty much shut out of the process.

In Mexico, by the time the atheists came to power, they wanted to do to the church what Henry VIII did to it in England, strip it of its properties, prohibit clergy from most public life, etc. There was real anger and hatred in what they did.

And to a great extent, there is still an undercurrent of that among Mexicans. While many are very devout, there are those who would not mind seeing the church destroyed.


25 posted on 04/07/2013 12:50:51 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Salvation

RE: Sorry, but black Catholics aren’t in those stats. Just black Protestants. Please read them again.

I know, but I have little reason to believe that black catholics vote differently from black protestants, it’s the “black” that seems to be the common factor.

Why do I say this? because over 95% of BLACKS vote Democrats. That doesn’t break things down into denomination, but this in itself is a strong indicator that whatever denomination they belong to doesn’t seem to affect their voting pattern.


26 posted on 04/07/2013 12:54:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Don’t get your hopes up..Republican Bush allowed in more Muslims after 911 than the previous two decades...During wartime yet.


27 posted on 04/07/2013 12:54:33 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: vladimir998
>> “They look at a kind of charismatic Protestantism as a way of becoming more American, of assimilating.” <<

>> Assimilating is not they’re main interest here. <<

And the article makes no logical sense considering there are far more Americans of Irish or Italian Catholic origin than those from "charismatic Protestantism" background. (About 70 million Catholics in the U.S. vs. 30 million charismatic protestants), not to mention that charismatic Christianity is ALSO a growing movement WITHIN Catholicism itself (nearly one-quarter of all charismatics in the U.S. are Catholics), so if Hispanics were interested in charismatic Christianity, they wouldn't have to convert from Catholic to protestant in order to join a charismatic congregation.

Makes as much sense as arguing Hispanics are embracing Obamacare in order to curry favor with the general public, IMO.

28 posted on 04/07/2013 2:45:29 PM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Thanks for the info.


29 posted on 04/07/2013 2:57:58 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: SeekAndFind
RE: These Latinos, if they were baptized Catholic, will always be Catholic — regardless of where they go to church. Even if they don’t recognize the Pope as Primate of the Church any longer

you are not obligated to recognize the Pope to be a Catholic. For instance, protestants do not recognize the Pope as head of their church, but if they were legitimately baptized, they were baptized Catholic...

30 posted on 04/08/2013 8:48:11 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: terycarl

RE: but if they were legitimately baptized, they were baptized Catholic...

So, an atheist can also be a catholic? A Muslim can also be a Catholic if they were legitimately baptized as an infant?


31 posted on 04/08/2013 9:31:15 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
So, an atheist can also be a catholic? A Muslim can also be a Catholic if they were legitimately baptized as an infant?

that is correct. If the person was legiyimately baptized, he/she was baptized Catholic. There are more than a few who do not practice the faith that they were baptized into, but that's on them...

32 posted on 04/09/2013 4:12:04 PM PDT by terycarl
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