Immigrants from Latin America are shifting from a historically Catholic identity to a more evangelical and pentecostal faith. This trend produces a kind of religiosity that is "more spiritual, more experiential, more inviting," says a report in the Christian Science Monitor.
U.S. churches are adapting to the changing spiritual sensibility to create a more friendly environment for Latinos. However, this social trend could make U.S. religion more conservative and less hospitable to gays, says the report:
Experts say the movement has broad implications for religion in the US - making it more socially and theologically conservative. Such churches tend to emphasize a literal reading of the Bible and take a conservative stance on contentious issues like gay unions or abortion."