So the other day the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a major “report”:http://pewforum.org/surveys/hispanic/ on how Hispanics are affecting Christian practice in this country.
Now the American Jewish Committee is also focusing on Hispanics — suggesting that the Jewish community had better spend more time getting to know the fast-growing Hispanic community.
“Existing research supports the conclusion that Hispanics hold more negative views of Jews than non-Hispanics do, but the extent of that difference and its pattern are unclear,” writes Tom W. Smith, director of the General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center and author of a new AJC report, Hispanic Attitudes Toward Jews.
Smith offers several possible reasons, including “anti-Semitic elements in Latin American Catholicism; fascist political movements in Latin America; little positive exposure to the Jewish community in both Latin America and the U.S.; and socio-demographic and attitudinal differences separating the Hispanic and Jewish communities in the U.S.”
The AJC report is “here.”:http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nl/content3.asp?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=846725&ct=3826767