Religion in communities of color and it's origins as an oppressive force versus more recent uses as a tool of liberation is a conversation you need to TREAD VERY CAREFULLY AROUND. If it bothers you because it was forced upon us during colonization then the most hypocritical thing to do is trying to "colonize" us out of it.

I'm not saying it isn't a valid observation but it's best to just stay the hell out of it and let the community deal with it.

Signed, a formerly Catholic Latina