The places of worship like the churches, temples, mosques and synagogues are considered to be the civic associations where people from different communities meet occasionally. Visiting these places is a hope to continue the traditions of the community. Religion can enforce an identity of a group but it can never help in political aspirations for the minority community. Religion is of course a major way that a group communicates its culture (Wald, Calhoun, 283). The norm of minority communities does not allow separating the religious cultures. Religion, to the minority group represents a system based on trust, and a connection to a broad racial and ethnic community.
Some challenges that continue to influence the religion in minority community is the secular leadership. The favorable laws of civil rights movement allowed the blacks to explore in the areas that were once considered a barrier for the growth of the minorities. The Latino community is considered catholic and this nature affects their political engagement as they follow apolitical tradition. Religion now appears to be relevant to the structuring of contemporary political attitudes in Latino community (Wald, Calhoun, 295).
The Muslim American community considers religion for their political inclination and a reason to vote in the elections. Though they are not strongly affiliated with politics, they are traditionalists on moral issues. The religious diversity has seen an increase in the past few decades. Another small community known as Non-Judeo-Christians is increasing at a rapid rate. The religion and politics among the racial and religious minorities informs about the common characteristics of religion and the ways it can be used for political engagement.
Wald, Kenneth D., Calhoun-brown, Allison. Religion And Politics in the United States, 5th Edition, Illustrated. Rowman & Littlefield (2007). Print.