Redefining Antisemitism

February 12, 2024 by Miguel De La Torre

The term “antisemitism” is being redefined to silence those standing in solidarity with the disenfranchised and dispossessed. It is being weaponized to intimidate those speaking against apartheid. Antisemitism has always been rooted in conspiracy theories– Jews kidnapping Gentile babies to drink their blood. Plagues caused…

The Business of the Supreme Court

February 2, 2024 by Miguel De La Torre

When we think of monumental Supreme Court decisions, we usually think about cases that fuel the culture war, such as abortion, affirmative action, marriage or racial equality. To our detriment, we often ignore those cases regarding business. The justices recently heard arguments for two corporate…

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners and What is Wrong with Today’s Youth

January 23, 2024 by Miguel De La Torre

What’s wrong with today’s youth? Baby Boomers like to ask this question. I found the answer in the Japanese anime series “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.” David Martinez, the street kid protagonist of the anime, is trying to survive in a dystopian, late twenty-first-century world. The economic policies…

Rachael Weeps

January 9, 2024 by Miguel De La Torre

Editor’s Note: For many Christian traditions, the season of Epiphany begins on January 6 and ends on the first day of Lent.  One of the benefits of growing up a Latine child in the U.S. is that we get presents twice during the Christmas season….

Why Must Mary Remain a Virgin?

December 14, 2023 by Miguel De La Torre

Could it have more to do with controlling women’s bodies than any attempt to fulfill some biblical prophecy of Isaiah? A close look at the seventh chapter of Isaiah reveals the church’s misinterpretation of the text. In the fourteenth verse, the prophet Isaiah addresses the…

I Am Vermin

December 1, 2023 by Miguel De La Torre

I am vermin, a pestiferous being to be eradicated, exterminated, extinguished. For you see, to call someone “vermin” is to embrace the belief of the danger vermin poses to the body. Pesticide is the only appropriate response to pestilence. As far as former president and Republican…

The Ethics of Turner’s Rebellion

November 14, 2023 by Miguel De La Torre

Before exploring the ethics of Nat Turner’s four-day slave revolt, it is important to plainly state my position, lest, as so often happens, people refusing to carefully read my writings impose upon them what they think are my opinions so as to dismiss me or…

Reimagining Satan as Trickster

October 25, 2023 by Miguel De La Torre

Halloween is just around the corner. As I decorate my house with hideous diabolical symbols, my thoughts return to a book historian Albert Hernandez and myself wrote a few years back, titled “The Quest for the Historical Satan.” Śātān appears nine times in the Hebrew…

Killing Capitalism

October 20, 2023 by Miguel De La Torre

Capitalism is devouring itself. The greatest threat to entrepreneurship is the savage neoliberal global economic order which has developed. No longer does financial opportunity exist for the one who builds a better mousetrap. Our current neoliberal order suffocates the entrepreneurial spirit capable of lifting individuals…

A Violent Tale of Two Cities

October 10, 2023 by Miguel De La Torre

The day after I flew out of Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Hamas fired more than 2,000 missiles into Israel from the Gaza strip. Israel responded unmercifully. Hundreds are dead, thousands wounded. These numbers are expected to rise as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…