Speaking in Tongues

May 25, 2006 by Miguel De La Torre

“Then Gilead cut Ephraim off from the fords of the Jordan, and whenever an Ephraimite fugitive said, ‘Let me cross,’ the men of Gilead asked him, ‘Are you an Ephraimite?’ If he answered ‘No,’ they said, ‘Then say Shibboleth.’ He would say ‘Sibboleth,’ since Ephraimites…

Bananas

April 10, 2006 by Miguel De La Torre

They come here to take away our jobs and use up our social services. They come in search of the American Dream hoping to find a better life for themselves and their families. These are the two most common answers given when asked why They…

The State of the Empire

January 2, 2006 by Miguel De La Torre

The president of the Northern Kingdom strutted toward the podium. Tonight he would address the empire, sharing his impression of the state of the union. Overall, the news was good. True, at the fringes of the empire the imperial army battled insurgents for control of…

A ‘Spanglish’ Christmas

December 21, 2005 by Miguel De La Torre

As all good theologians know, Heaven is a lot like a tropical island in the Caribbean, where cool gentle breezes refresh the land and the soul from the heat of the day. Hence Christmas is best celebrated in shorts and a tank top, preferably at…

‘Full-Quiver’ Theology Appeals to Race

December 14, 2005 by Miguel De La Torre

In a July 27 column in Baptist Press, Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (my alma mater) insists that couples who choose childlessness are guilty of “rebellion against parenthood [that] represents nothing less than an absolute revolt against God’s design.” He bases his…

Illiterate Ethicist

March 30, 2005 by Miguel De La Torre

My mother was illiterate and never had a chance to go to school. She fled Cuba for the United States during the political turbulence of 1958 with her infant son. What my mother lacked in formal education she made up for in street smarts. She,…

When the Bible Is Used For Hate

February 2, 2005 by Miguel De La Torre

Are you ready, kids? Whoooo lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants! Absorbent and yellow and porous is he. SpongeBob SquarePants! But wait, this silly frolicking sponge is really a sexual pervert teaching our innocent children to be pro-homosexual–at least according to James…

Is U.S. ‘Purveyor of Violence’?

August 28, 2003 by Miguel De La Torre

The United States has given the world the gift of noble concepts like democracy, and it has the potential to be a light to a hurting world. While appreciating what this country offers the rest of humanity, I refuse to worship this culture as though…

2013 – 2017

July 1, 2003 by Miguel De La Torre

2017  Oct 17, 2017   Time for Me to Say: #MeToo Sept 28, 2017 Anti-Semitism & Criticism of Israel are not the Same Aug 18, 2017  Keeping the White House White July 27, 2017  No, I am not an Angry Latino June 13, 2017  Interfaith Relations and…

2010-2012

June 1, 2003 by Miguel De La Torre

2012 Dec 31, 2012   Leap Off the Fiscal Cliff Dec 27, 2012   When Food Oppresses Dec 10, 2012   Binders of Hispanics Nov 9, 2012     Tea Party Cost GOP Nov 5, 2012     What Election Day Won’t Fix Nov 1, 2012     Why No Moral…