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Miguel De La Torre

Where are the tea party patriots when you need them? Finally, a government policy is enacted into law that truly demonstrates a fascistic trend – and yet, total silence from tea party activists.   Here is a law worth going into the streets and protesting. I’ve seen the signs that tea party protesters carry during […] Read More

Two days prior to the presidential visit, handbills were circulated throughout the city. It pictured two photos of the president – one facing the camera, the other depicting his left profile, resembling a police mug shot. Beneath the pictures, in bold letters, was the caption “Wanted for Treason,” followed by seven reasons why the president […] Read More

On Sunday morning, March 21, I will be preaching at the Foundry Church in Washington, D.C. That afternoon, I plan to march with tens of thousands of Americans demanding that President Obama remember his campaign promise to propose comprehensive immigration reform, a promise he seems to have forgotten. I will march on Washington not because […] Read More

Jesus is a Nazi commie. Okay, Glenn Beck didn’t exactly say that, but that is how he described the Jesus whom I call Lord and Savior. What Beck did say is that “social justice” and “economic justice” are code words for Nazism and Communism. Real Americans, who see their churches use these terms on their Web […] Read More

The 1950s television star Desi Arnaz – best known as Ricky Ricardo in the sitcom “I Love Lucy” – had a sign posted on his dressing room door: “English is broken here.”   For those of us who are Latinos and Latinas, this spoken, broken English becomes a unifying source, regardless of national origin. Though […] Read More

Editor’s note: asked Miguel de la Torre, editor of the new Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Religion, to offer readers his perspective on why the journal is necessary.   Religion scholars of color have an epistemological privilege concerning reality unavailable to those who have no need to know what is occurring within disenfranchised communities. […] Read More

Women were raped. Children were disemboweled. Men fell prey to the invaders’ swords. Within a generation, the lives and culture of the indigenous people of the Caribbean came to a bloody end. Avarice for gold and glory took its course and decimated the population. The original inhabitants suffered cruelly at the hands of their conquerors. […] Read More

In April 2007, New York Times columnist David Brooks interviewed a presidential hopeful named Barack Obama. At one point, Brooks asked if Obama ever read the writings of Reinhold Niebuhr.   “I love him. He’s one of my favorite philosophers,” was the reply.   Brooks proceeded by asking what, if anything, Obama took away from […] Read More

On Dec. 1, President Obama addressed the nation and made a case why more war was needed to bring the present war in Afghanistan to a close. Immediately, many ethicists charged that Obama’s proposal failed the “just war” litmus test.   Just war is a Christian concept used mainly by Euro-Americans to validate wars as […] Read More

From a cramped, dingy Birmingham cell, he wrote a letter to the liberal and moderate civic leaders of the community. It was a letter written to those who were supposed to be allies in the struggle for basic human rights, but instead were cautioning “patience” and privileging political expedience over justice.    This prisoner of […] Read More