Converts have cited such similarities as respect for social solidarity, the family, the importance of religion, and education.
Many Latino converts come from Catholic backgrounds and the similarities between Catholicism and Islam give them a sense of familiarity with their new religion.
The findings continue to support the theory that the GOP may have an opening in the Latino evangelical community.
(Note: “Protestant” in most Latino communities tends to be synonymous with both evangelical and Pentecostal charismatic—Latino communities in the mainline Protestant churches are much smaller by comparison.) The social service priority of these congregations is significant draw.