On an episode recorded on International Blasphemy Day Juhem and Luciano talk with Dr. Yazmin Trejo about her project on secular Latinx history and stories. Dr. Trejo talks about the motivations for the project, some of her findings so far, and how to help her document laicismo and secularism in the Greater Latinx community in the U.S. and Latin America. Luciano delves into the history of International Blasphemy Day to start the episode. Links: Latin American History And International Blasphemy Day (Luciano GonzalezSin/God) To share secular Latinx stories with Dr. Trejo please email: secularlaico AT gmail DOT com
Luciano and Juhem continue their discussion of Latinx secularism as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. They mention the importance of online communities in creating a safe space for Latinx people who doubt religion and to meet others with similar doubts. They also discuss how irreligion is spreading in Latin America and why religious identification varies so much across the region. Links: Secular Latino Alliance Hispanic American Freethinkers Religion in Latin America (Pew Research)
En nuestro segundo episodio Juhem y Luciano discuten varios temas. El primer segmento se enfoca en la estrategia de los líderes del partido Demócrata para ganar las elecciones del 2018. El segundo segmento trata de apropiación del término "valores familiares" para el uso de la población no religiosa. El programa cierra con una discusión de los eventos en Charlottesville el mes pasado.
Luciano and Juhem recap the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia last month. They argue about what to do with Confederate monuments and disagree about what's the best way of contextualizing those artifacts. They also discuss President Trump's response. The show closes with observations about weaponizing vehicles and the GOP enablers of this practice. Links: After Charlottesville Rally Ends in Violence, Alt-Right Vows to Return (Sarah Posner, Rolling Stone) Update: US President Trump’s Response to Charlottesville Events (Human Rights Watch) Legislation, Cars, And Protesters: How Laws Can Be Affected By Tragedy (Luciano GonzalezSin/God) Be Not Constrained: James Croft on Humanists’ Responsibility to Fight Oppression (Point of Inquiry)
En este primer episodio de "La experiencia de Benito Juárez" los coanfitriones Luciano Gonzalez y el Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera hablan de sus metas para esta versión en español de su podcast The Benito Juárez Experience. También hablan sobre los temas discutidos en la versión en inglés del podcast.
Juhem and Luciano explore Latinx identity with Dr. Arlene Sanchez-Walsh, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Asuza Pacific University. Toptic include: navigating identity as an ethnic minority in the country and a religious minority in the community, "reverse" missions from Latin America to the USA, sociological explanations of Pentecostal conversion.
About the guest
Arlene M. Sánchez-Walsh, Ph.D., is associate professor of religious studies and the author of the award-winning book Latino Pentecostal Identity: Evangelical Faith, Self, and Society (Columbia University Press, 2003). She has authored more than a dozen articles and book chapters on the subject of Latino/a Pentecostalism, and has served as a media expert for outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and “On Being” with Krista Tippett, and served as an expert on Latino/a religious history for the PBS series “God in America.” Sánchez-Walsh’s current writing projects include a textbook on Pentecostalism in America, and a monograph on Latinos/as and the prosperity gospel. Her current research is on the rise of nonbelief among Latinos/as.
This week Juhem and Luciano discuss two articles exploring the same piece of research: Are atheists undercounted in the United States? Juhem focuses on the different ways surveys measure non-belief while Luciano questions whether people who do not use the word atheist should be identified as such. The discussion, naturally, later revolves about politics and whether an openly atheist politician can have a long and successful career.
Is one American in Four an Atheist? (Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard)
Way More Americans May Be Atheists Than We Thought (Daniel Cox, Fivethirtyeight.com)
'American Nones' ISSSC Report (2009)
'Nones on the Rise' Pew Report (2012)
'Exodus' PRRI Report (2016)
Secular Nation podcast on the Freethought Equality PAC
Image source: Religion News Service
In April the Pew Research Center released a report exploring the educational attainment statistics of various religious groups.
All Americans PRRI 2014: http://ava.prri.org/#demographics/2014/States/education/1,2,3,4
All Religions PEW 2014: http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/educational-distribution/
Agnostics PEW 2014:
Nones PEW 2014:
LATINO NONES HS Grads