The Humanist Hour #152

In this special hour and a half episode, we hear from several humanists on a variety of issues covered this past May 7-10 at the AHA’s 74th Annual Conference in Denver, CO. Listen as Kim Ellington interviews Gretta Vosper, Kevin Jagoe, Steve Hill, Joe Brady, Dr. Calvin and Tonda Kelly, Stephanie Downs Hughes, Juhem Navarro-Rivera, and Bishop McNeil.

The Humanist Hour #152: 2015 AHA Annual Conference Interviews, Part I

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 23

Our latest podcast guest is Juhem Navarro-Rivera, research associate at the Public Religion Research Institute. PRRI publishes some of the most important and credible surveys when it comes to tracking religious demographics in the United States.

Before joining PRRI, Juhem was a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College, where he served as the lead analyst for many studies, including the landmark American Religious Identification Survey. He also taught political science and Latino Studies at the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut.

We spoke with Juhem about how PRRI collects its data, whether the results themselves can draw criticism, and how to grow the diversity within the atheist movement.

Five Years Since the Release of ‘New Muslim Cool’: Hispanic Muslims Growing Segment of U.S. Muslim Religious Culture

We should not be surprised by the existence of Muslim Latinos. Spain was controlled for most of the Middle Ages by Muslims and many linguistic and cultural characteristics of Spanish and Latinos are owed to this Islamic heritage,” said Juhem Navarro-Rivera, Research Associate with the Public Religion Research Institute and the author of PRRI’s Hispanic Values Survey, in an email exchange for this piece.

Quoted by Julie Harbin in ISLAMICommentary

Evangelicals may be holy grail of Latino vote

And the Public Religion Research Institute, which studies Hispanic values, found that 7 percent of Latinos were raised as evangelicals; among those ages 18 to 29, the figure is 10 percent. Cubans and Puerto Ricans are more likely to identify as evangelicals than other Latinos are, said Juhem Navarro-Rivera, research associate for the nonprofit institute. In Florida, a state with a large Cuban and Puerto Rican population, 20 percent of Latinos are evangelicals.


“Latino evangelicals and Latino Catholics are on the same page on the immigration issue,” said Navarro-Rivera. “Three-quarters of both groups support immigration reform.”

Quoted by Haya El Nasser in Al Jazeera America