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Miguel De La Torre

Why I Don’t Eat Hamburgers

April 10, 2024 by Miguel De La Torre

For over a decade, I have not eaten meat or poultry. Although many good reasons exist for this stance, including better health and animal rights, my primary motivation is the environment. What we eat hurts our planet. Your hamburger is responsible for much of the…

Ending White Affirmative Action Programs Known as “Legacy”

April 2, 2024 by Miguel De La Torre

Intellectual deficiency is best signified by the belief that a political opponent cannot generate good ideas and lacks reason, common sense or morality. But people are seldom purely evil or purely good. While some lean closer toward one of these extremes, most of us vacillate…

The Problem Isn’t Their Age, It’s Their White-Savior Complex

March 12, 2024 by Miguel De La Torre

Biden is too old, at 81. He seems senile. Trump is just as old, at 77. He seems confused. Both men have made many gaffes that raise questions about their age. Biden confused the leader of Egypt with the leader of Mexico. Trump confused the…

My Callous Heart

March 5, 2024 by Miguel De La Torre

I remember my first reaction to a mass killing. It was the summer of 1984. I was a young man in my twenties, sitting in my La-Z-Boy reading the Miami Herald. This was before mass shootings were frequent occurrences, so I was not yet desensitized….

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…