Monday, February 1, 2010

Andrei The things people find to get upset about

August the 26th will mark the 100th anniversary of Mother Theresa's birth.

And what better way for the US Postal Service to mark it than to issue a commemorative stamp?

Nobody could object - right?      Wrong!

I have noticed before that there is something about Mother Theresa that incites atheist ire.

Anyway according to The Freedom from Religion Foundation's spokesidiot, Annie Laurie Gaylor, the woman behind the outrage
the foundation's only concern is the "other things that deserve to be commemorated but are not because the people behind it didn't have the power of the Catholic church."

"It's enormously difficult to get them," she said, referring to commemorative stamps, "and people have huge campaigns, and to me this speaks of the power of the Roman Catholic Church in hierarchy.

"They want to make her a saint and this is part of the PR machine."
Does anyone really think the Roman Catholic Church really needs to draft the US Postal Service into a PR campaign as part of its canonization process?

Or that the issuance of a stamp will have any effect on its eventual outcome one way or another?

Apparently so.

2 comment(s):

ZenTiger said...

She takes a licking and keeps on ticking!

I'm amazed at the intense dislike (and often hate) dealt to her by people that seem to think Mother Teresa needs to be perfect in all aspects of her life: she didn't manage money effectively enough; she didn't turn into an angry political campaigner demanding leaders of questionable regimes step down; she didn't build a proper hospital which would have miraculously catered for everyone left lying on the streets of Calcutta; she didn't deal with death and dying the same way her arm chair critics thought she should, they never having done touched an untouchable themselves.

I've met and talked to people that have had some personal experience with Mother Teresa, and I'll take their accounts over a drunken Hitchens rant any day.

Ross said...

Having been in Kolkata in November, I took the opportunity to visit Mother House and also volunteer for work in a home for disabled boys with cerebral palsy. I have to say I was tremendously impressed with the organization that Mother Teresa has left, the cleanliness of the homes that they run, and the caring and compassion that they bring to the destitute in Kolkata. The work speaks for itself.

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