How America Gains 600,000 New Christians Each Year—Without Evangelism

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America has been gaining more than 600,000 new Christians each year—all without the help of any evangelism efforts.
According to a new report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 620,000 Christian immigrants received green cards in 2012, joining the nearly 250 million Christians in the U.S. overall.
The data presented in Pew's latest, wide-ranging analysis are based primarily off of estimates, since the government doesn't track specific religious affiliation for new permanent residents. Even so, the report contains interesting findings, including the fact that the majority of U.S. immigrants—both authorized and unauthorized—are Christian.
Pew estimates that the share of new, Christian legal permanent residents (LPR) decreased seven percent over the past 20 years, down to 61 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, the shares of LPR immigrants who belong to minority faiths including Islam and Hinduism increased, and 1 in 4 green card recipients now is a religious minority. This corresponds with a rising share of immigrants from regions other than Latin America, including southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
By contrast, unauthorized immigrants mainly come from Latin America and the Caribbean, where countries have established Christian (usually Catholic) majorities. As a result, an overwhelming majority (83 percent, or 9.2 million people) of unauthorized immigrants are Christian. According to Pew, that's more than the Christian percentage of the U.S. population as a whole, which clocked in at 80 percent in 2010.

Interesting the illegal immigrants coming to the USA are 83 per cent Christian. Maybe the GOP should change their thinking on illegal immigration and get behind these Christians. So, an easier path to citizenship = more Christians in the USA. More Christians = GOP growth
 
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Djinn

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I suspect that this number is dwarfed by the number of Christians who distance themselves from the Christian faith each year.
 
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America has been gaining more than 600,000 new Christians each year—all without the help of any evangelism efforts.
According to a new report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 620,000 Christian immigrants received green cards in 2012, joining the nearly 250 million Christians in the U.S. overall.
The data presented in Pew's latest, wide-ranging analysis are based primarily off of estimates, since the government doesn't track specific religious affiliation for new permanent residents. Even so, the report contains interesting findings, including the fact that the majority of U.S. immigrants—both authorized and unauthorized—are Christian.
Pew estimates that the share of new, Christian legal permanent residents (LPR) decreased seven percent over the past 20 years, down to 61 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, the shares of LPR immigrants who belong to minority faiths including Islam and Hinduism increased, and 1 in 4 green card recipients now is a religious minority. This corresponds with a rising share of immigrants from regions other than Latin America, including southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
By contrast, unauthorized immigrants mainly come from Latin America and the Caribbean, where countries have established Christian (usually Catholic) majorities. As a result, an overwhelming majority (83 percent, or 9.2 million people) of unauthorized immigrants are Christian. According to Pew, that's more than the Christian percentage of the U.S. population as a whole, which clocked in at 80 percent in 2010.

Interesting the illegal immigrants coming to the USA are 83 per cent Christian. Maybe the GOP should change their thinking on illegal immigration and get behind these Christians. So, an easier path to citizenship = more Christians in the USA. More Christians = GOP growth
What portion of those Christians are Latino? I mean, cool e o that you're thinking outside of the box to get the GOP's legs under them... but if a large portion of those legal immigrants are Latino, you won't do well simultaneously enticing them by their faith and throwing them under the bus by their ethnicity.
 
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Some do it like the Duggars (20 kids)...



But christians in India have got them beat...

Then you have Pu Ziona, a leader of a Christian sect in India who has 94 children with 39 wives.


LINK
 
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What portion of those Christians are Latino? I mean, cool e o that you're thinking outside of the box to get the GOP's legs under them... but if a large portion of those legal immigrants are Latino, you won't do well simultaneously enticing them by their faith and throwing them under the bus by their ethnicity.
Exactly! Thanx, Chief (thanks button still AWOL).
 
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Most illegal immigrants come here because they are desperate and impoverished. Desperate people seek desperate answers.
 

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America has been gaining more than 600,000 new Christians each year—all without the help of any evangelism efforts.
According to a new report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 620,000 Christian immigrants received green cards in 2012, joining the nearly 250 million Christians in the U.S. overall.
The data presented in Pew's latest, wide-ranging analysis are based primarily off of estimates, since the government doesn't track specific religious affiliation for new permanent residents. Even so, the report contains interesting findings, including the fact that the majority of U.S. immigrants—both authorized and unauthorized—are Christian.
Pew estimates that the share of new, Christian legal permanent residents (LPR) decreased seven percent over the past 20 years, down to 61 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, the shares of LPR immigrants who belong to minority faiths including Islam and Hinduism increased, and 1 in 4 green card recipients now is a religious minority. This corresponds with a rising share of immigrants from regions other than Latin America, including southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
By contrast, unauthorized immigrants mainly come from Latin America and the Caribbean, where countries have established Christian (usually Catholic) majorities. As a result, an overwhelming majority (83 percent, or 9.2 million people) of unauthorized immigrants are Christian. According to Pew, that's more than the Christian percentage of the U.S. population as a whole, which clocked in at 80 percent in 2010.

Interesting the illegal immigrants coming to the USA are 83 per cent Christian. Maybe the GOP should change their thinking on illegal immigration and get behind these Christians. So, an easier path to citizenship = more Christians in the USA. More Christians = GOP growth
Okay, this kills me. First, you're just now realizing that the majority of the Hispanics who come here are Christians?! You didn't know this all along? Second, the fact that the vast majority of Hispanics are Christians and still vote mostly for Democrats kinda blows your theory about how being a Christian automatically equals Republican. Jus' sayin'.......
 
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What portion of those Christians are Latino? I mean, cool e o that you're thinking outside of the box to get the GOP's legs under them... but if a large portion of those legal immigrants are Latino, you won't do well simultaneously enticing them by their faith and throwing them under the bus by their ethnicity.
Latinos are deeply committed to christianity... damned shame for the GOP that they'll get zero support from this influx.
 
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Djinn

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But the percentage of Americans who identify themselves as religious has been dropping - at increasing rates - over the past few decades.

At this rate, we should be seeing news of multiple religious-school closures any day now, due primarily to drops in enrollment.

And when's the last time you looked up statistics regarding church attendance?
 
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