Atheists outraged over a stamp honoring Mother Teresa

posted at 1:13 pm on January 31, 2010 by Cassy Fiano

Mother Teresa was a woman universally beloved across the globe for her humanitarian efforts in India and around the world. Her work with the poor and the dying, the disabled and disadvantaged, with refugees, and so on earned her the Nobel Peace Prize (an honor that was actually earned, imagine that) in 1979. So when the United States Postal Service decided to honor her life with a commemorative stamp, most people were happy. But of course, since a Christian is being honored, a group of atheists are outrageously outraged and want the Post Office to cancel the stamp.

An atheist organization is blasting the U.S. Postal Service for its plan to honor Mother Teresa with a commemorative stamp, saying it violates postal regulations against honoring “individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings.”

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is urging its supporters to boycott the stamp — and also to engage in a letter-writing campaign to spread the word about what it calls the “darker side” of Mother Teresa.

The stamp — set to be released on Aug. 26, which would have been Mother Teresa’s 100th birthday — will recognize the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner for her humanitarian work, the Postal Service announced last month.

“Noted for her compassion toward the poor and suffering, Mother Teresa, a diminutive Roman Catholic nun and honorary U.S. citizen, served the sick and destitute of India and the world for nearly 50 years,” the Postal Service said in a press release. “Her humility and compassion, as well as her respect for the innate worth and dignity of humankind, inspired people of all ages and backgrounds to work on behalf of the world’s poorest populations.”

But Freedom from Religion Foundation spokeswoman Annie Laurie Gaylor says issuing the stamp runs against Postal Service regulations.

“Mother Teresa is principally known as a religious figure who ran a religious institution. You can’t really separate her being a nun and being a Roman Catholic from everything she did,” Gaylor told FoxNews.com.

Postal Service spokesman Roy Betts expressed surprise at the protest, given the long list of previous honorees with strong religious backgrounds, including Malcolm X, the former chief spokesman for the Nation of Islam, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

“In fact we honored Father Flanagan in 1986 for his humanitarian work. This has nothing to do with religion or faith,” Betts told FoxNews.com.

Gaylor said the atheist group opposed Father Flanagan’s stamp but not those for King and Malcolm X, because she said they were known for their civil rights activities, not for their religion.

Martin Luther King “just happened to be a minister,” and “Malcolm X was not principally known for being a religious figure,” she said.

“And he’s not called Father Malcolm X like Mother Teresa. I mean, even her name is a Roman Catholic honorific.”

The “darker side of Mother Teresa”? Really?

And it seems to me that they’re kind of picking and choosing who they’re outraged over, aren’t they? Martin Luther King Jr. was just as well-known a Christian as Mother Teresa was a Catholic. I doubt Martin Luther King thought he “just happened to be a minister”.

What difference does it make if someone who is being honored for their good works was a Catholic nun or not anyways? Being a Catholic nun or a Christian leader is not something you can separate those two people from. Is the argument then that you cannot honor a good person who did amazing things for their entire lifetime simply because they were Christian? Gaylor also attacked Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, saying it was a “wealthy” charity, and that she — shockingly! — was against abortion and wanted to baptize people before they died. She says this is part of the Roman Catholic Church’s “PR machine” to make Mother Teresa a saint. Because, you know, canonization as a saint always involves shadowy conspiracies with the USPS.

I know it’s tough to understand for some people, but Christians tend to be… anti-abortion, and they want people to be baptized and accept Christ as their savior. They have this whole thing about not wanting people to go to hell, as crazy a concept as that might be.

And her charity did indeed massively expand over the course of her lifetime. At the time of her death, 610 missions were operating in 123 countries. The work being done at these missions included: hospices, homes for people suffering from diseases such as leprosy and HIV/AIDS, caring for the disabled, alcoholics, refugees, victims of natural disasters, the poor and the blind, soup kitchens, orphanages, and so on. But I guess because she was, after all, first and foremost a Catholic nun who didn’t struggle with her mission of humanitarian relief in a little hut on the side of some road in Calcutta, we should completely ignore all the good she was able to do. She was successful in helping thousands upon thousands of people around the world, but because she was Catholic, all of that should just be ignored? To the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a better person to look up to (and whose stamp we should all buy) is Katharine Hepburn… an actress and an atheist.

The USPS spokesman Roy Betts has said that the reaction to the Mother Teresa stamp has so far been overwhelmingly positive. Most people love and respect her because of all she did for so many others. So, to sum up, the FFRF wants to keep her from being honored — despite her good works and humanitarian efforts — simply because she was a Catholic nun, even though the majority of people seem to be unoffended. It seems pretty obvious to me that this is a gross overreaction, and an immature one at that. But let’s not underestimate their efforts or anything. They’re starting a letter-writing campaign… and that will surely teach the Post Office a lesson.

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Didn’t MLK have a stamp? He was Christian, right?

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 1:14 PM

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 1:14 PM

MLK Jr.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Cassy Fiano is a terrible writer and an embarrassingly underwhelming addition to Hot Air.

Grow Fins on January 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Yawn. Atheists outraged. Kinda like muslims being outraged but without the explosions.

Fletch54 on January 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Then there are all those Christmas stamps.

Emperor Norton on January 31, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Her work with the poor and the dying, the disabled and disadvantaged, with refugees, and so on earned her the Nobel Peace Prize (an honor that was actually earned, imagine that) in 1979.

I mean, read that sentence. Come on.

Grow Fins on January 31, 2010 at 1:17 PM

I hear she was actually a horrible person and wanted people to stay poor.

Narutoboy on January 31, 2010 at 1:17 PM

MLK just happened to be a minister. Uhhh huhh.

angryed on January 31, 2010 at 1:18 PM

All the atheists have to do is tell the worker at the Post Office “Don’t give me any of those offensive Mother Teresa stamps.”

katiejane on January 31, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Allah
Comments… pro..con?

Fynxbell on January 31, 2010 at 1:19 PM

People forget there was also a Reverend Martin Luther King who also deserved to be honored.

rob verdi on January 31, 2010 at 1:21 PM

MLK Jr. Did he not lead the marches and sit ins wearing a priestly collar?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 31, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Atheists are just pissed that they will have to lick the backside of Mother Teresa.

Electrongod on January 31, 2010 at 1:21 PM

If it sells stamps it shouldnt matter. I dont care if they put Hitler on a stamp if they think it will make them money.

That being said, yeah, she had a dark side. She was obsessed with suffering and thought it was good for people. Her homes for the dieing are just that, simply homes for the dieing. People dont receive treatment, they just lay on a cot until they die. Real compasionate woman, hu?

SnakeintheGrass on January 31, 2010 at 1:22 PM

I demand we create a stamp honoring famous atheists like Hitler, Stalin and Chairman Mao.

RadioFreeUSA on January 31, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Grow Fins on January 31, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Wipe all that Obama off your chin.

Darth Executor on January 31, 2010 at 1:22 PM

MLK Jr. received a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston University. He was also a Baptist minister. He didn’t ‘happen to be a minister’. For this athiest group to say that he wasn’t known for his religion is simply absurd.

joejm65 on January 31, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Allah having a pissy fit?

Wade on January 31, 2010 at 1:23 PM

SnakeintheGrass on January 31, 2010 at 1:22 PM

This might come as a surprise to you but not everything can be treated. Are you saying people who are terminally ill should be tossed into the street so she can go help someone who can be treated instead?

Darth Executor on January 31, 2010 at 1:24 PM

And it seems to me that they’re kind of picking and choosing who they’re outraged over, [italics mine] aren’t they? Martin Luther King Jr. was just as well-known a Christian as Mother Teresa was a Catholic. I doubt Martin Luther King thought he “just happened to be a minister”.

Not exactly.

Take this quote for instance:

“In fact we honored Father Flanagan in 1986 for his humanitarian work. This has nothing to do with religion or faith,” Betts told FoxNews.com.

What’s happening is that it has become less acceptable to celebrate Christian figures in the public sphere than it was in 1986, or whenever MLK was put on a stamp.

This is because the more power modern liberalism* has over a society, the less tolerant it is of dissenting or competing ideas. So we’ll see this kind of thing continue on a downward scale as liberalism continues to grow in power unless or until there is some kind of rollback of liberalism, which at the moment strikes me as extremely unlikely.

* Of which modern anti-theism is a subset, right-leaning anti-theists notwithstanding.

aengus on January 31, 2010 at 1:24 PM

I mean, read that sentence. Come on.

Grow Fins on January 31, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Yeah, I know. She’s probably the last one. Sad.

ROCnPhilly on January 31, 2010 at 1:25 PM

downward scale s.b. upward scale

aengus on January 31, 2010 at 1:26 PM

I hope that when these atheists buy stamps, they can only get this one. The idea of an atheist licking Mother Teresa’s backside has appeal.

Johnny 100 Pesos on January 31, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Outrageous!!

I think I’ll buy lots of them ….

dissent555 on January 31, 2010 at 1:26 PM

. . . and I’m outraged by the stinking atheists so it looks like a standoff.

rplat on January 31, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Cassy Fiano is a terrible writer and an embarrassingly underwhelming addition to Hot Air.

Grow Fins on January 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM

I thought you got banned?

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Cassy Fiano is a terrible writer and an embarrassingly underwhelming addition to Hot Air.

Grow Fins on January 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Oh, and you’re an idiot. When you can’t argue the substance of the message, attack the messenger.

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:28 PM

I am an atheist and I think Mother Teresa earned the honor they are giving her. The atheists doing the protesting can best be described by another word beginning with the letter “a”, usually associated with rectums.

backwoods conservative on January 31, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Allah having a pissy fit?

Wade on January 31, 2010 at 1:23 PM

No.

Karl on January 31, 2010 at 1:29 PM

With virtually no due respect towards The Freedom from Religion Foundation, I would very much like to offer the heads of this less than illustrious group a nice piping hot cup of SHUT THE HELL UP!!!, whether they believe in the existence of the place or not, and let this great lady be honored with her own stamp!

Mother Teresa was a HUMANITARIAN who just happened to also be a nun, who took care of the poor and destitute in places that not even the angels themselves would dare to tread.

Belief in angels aside, when was the last time The Freedom from Religion Foundation did the same? Or even better, when was the last time any member of the The Freedom from Religion Foundation did a humanitarian act for anyone?

And for the record, the last time I checked, denying the existence of a deity or an afterlife or even the supernatural altogether is not considered to be a humanitarian act.

pilamaye on January 31, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Johnny 100 Pesos on January 31, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Comment of the day.

Darth Executor on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:27 PM

That was Bleeds Blue and simplesimon.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

This might come as a surprise to you but not everything can be treated. Are you saying people who are terminally ill should be tossed into the street so she can go help someone who can be treated instead?

Darth Executor on January 31, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Of course not. It would just be nice if they actually provided ANY treatment. Surely you are not suggesting that with the vast number of people housed in Mother Teresa’s shelters every single one of them was terminal and completely untreatable? And don’t try to say they didnt have the money to treat them. She was raking in money hand over fist in donations.

SnakeintheGrass on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Cassy Fiano is a terrible writer and an embarrassingly underwhelming addition to Hot Air.
Grow Fins on January 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM

This is the kind of crap that drives AP over the edge. I hope he sees it…

joejm65 on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

I am so sick of the professionally offended.

entropent on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Cassy Fiano is a terrible writer and an embarrassingly underwhelming addition to Hot Air.

Grow Fins on January 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM

This from an embarrassingly underwhelming troll!

conservnut on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

That was Bleeds Blue and simplesimon.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Oh yes. It’s hard to keep all the Obama robots straight.

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

I think Jesus should have a stamp! Has He had one already and I didn’t know?

jeanie on January 31, 2010 at 1:31 PM

“Atheists outraged.” Nuff said.

DerKrieger on January 31, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Cassy Fiano is a terrible writer and an embarrassingly underwhelming addition to Hot Air.

Grow Fins on January 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM

It’s one thing to disagree with the politics around here, it’s another thing to trash the writers.

You are pathetic.

Knucklehead on January 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

…the protesting can best be described by another word beginning with the letter “a”, usually associated with rectums.

Attorneys?

Beto Ochoa on January 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Are the atheists outraged over the Muslim El Eid stamps?

DerKrieger on January 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

No.

Karl on January 31, 2010 at 1:29 PM

and you know this how?

Wade on January 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

I think Jesus should have a stamp! Has He had one already and I didn’t know?

jeanie on January 31, 2010 at 1:31 PM

If you count the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus Christmas stamp, then yes Jesus has a stamp. (Don’t tell the atheists!)

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

…postal regulations against honoring “individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings….”

In other words, the Apostle Paul can’t have a stamp issued in his honor.

Growing up during the 60s, I recall hearing all the time about “the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.” It was very rare to not hear his name without note of his commission as a preacher. Rightly so, the noting showed the very valuable point that Christians should be associated with the rightness of the Civil rights movement.

This little group’s argument doesn’t stand.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

These people need something to do.

LibTired on January 31, 2010 at 1:33 PM

joejm65 on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Yeah, he’ll ban grows fins for sure.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 1:33 PM

and you know this how?

Wade on January 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

AP alluded to a “trip” on his Tweeter recently.

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I don’t want her honored only because I don’t think she was particularly worthy of it. All that work there and the people are exactly the same now as when she started.

Additionally, the comparison with MLK isn’t valid. Mother Teresa is actually being considered for sainthood by the Catholic church (ridiculous on it’s face but whatever).

That said, as an atheist, I really couldn’t care less what is on the stamp, especially if I am not being forced to use it.

Eisenhorn on January 31, 2010 at 1:34 PM

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:27 PM

That was Bleeds Blue and simplesimon.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

It is hard to keep track of them all. Although Bleeds Blue was the exception in that his IQ was higher than the typical troll’s 75.

angryed on January 31, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Oh, and you’re an idiot. When you can’t argue the substance of the message, attack the messenger.

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Who is she? I looked at her blog but nothing earth shattering there?

Wade on January 31, 2010 at 1:35 PM

It’s one thing to disagree with the politics around here, it’s another thing to trash the writers.

You are pathetic.

Knucklehead on January 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Word!

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 1:35 PM

this one would piss them off even more.

reliapundit on January 31, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Perfect! THAT would send them over the edge.

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Cassy Fiano is a terrible writer and an embarrassingly underwhelming addition to Hot Air.

Grow Fins on January 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM

This from an embarrassingly underwhelming troll!

conservnut on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

That is from someone so beat down by Obama’s epic failures he has no where else to go and nothing else to say. You can read the strong feelings of worthlessness in his every yammering word.

ray on January 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

This is the kind of crap that drives AP over the edge. I hope he sees it…

joejm65 on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Maybe, but GF’s is right on this one. This chick is a terrible writer. Agree, disagree with what they have to say…doesn’t matter, Malkin, AP and Ed are all very good writers. This entry is written at a bad high school level.

On the substance, this group is being ridiculous. Max silliness. I’m pretty agnostic, and I think this is a mountain out of a molehill.

dakine on January 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Who is she? I looked at her blog but nothing earth shattering there?

Wade on January 31, 2010 at 1:35 PM

I know as much as you do from her blog. She’s been posting in the Green Room for a while. She brings different topics and interests to the table, which I like and think expands our “menu.”

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Ignore the ranting, perpetually-outraged liberals. Reward them and they’ll keep doing it. Chuckle, shake your head, and walk on.

ROCnPhilly on January 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

the typical troll’s 75.

Mrs Gump, the State of Alabama requires a minimum IQ of 80 to attend public school. Your boy has an IQ of 78.

Well, at least he’s smarter than a troll.

Beto Ochoa on January 31, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Atheists have a right to be idiots and do idiotic things. After all, they only whine against mankinds feeble understanding and description of God.

BL@KBIRD on January 31, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Of course not. It would just be nice if they actually provided ANY treatment.

SnakeintheGrass on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Correcting myself here just for sake of clarity. Treatment is given but it is of such incredibly low standards that it might as well be nonexistant.

SnakeintheGrass on January 31, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I am an atheist and I think Mother Teresa earned the honor they are giving her. The atheists doing the protesting can best be described by another word beginning with the letter “a”, usually associated with rectums.

I second that. I’m not a person of faith either, but I want nothing to do with these perpetually outraged and petulant twits.

Mike Honcho on January 31, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I am really enjoying Cassy’s posts…

d1carter on January 31, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Here’s a kindly suggestion for the folks at FFRF:

PLease bend over, drop your trousers or raise your skirt, AND SHOVE YOUR “INDIGNATION” UP YOUR A$$!.

Thank you, and have a great day!

GarandFan on January 31, 2010 at 1:39 PM

AP alluded to a “trip” on his Tweeter recently.

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I see… AP not capable of pissy fit on a trip? Or does he have to post to have a pissy fit? I asked if AP was having a pissy fit and you replied no as if you had some inside info. I ask again, is AP having a pissy fit? This is right up his alley, atheism. Come out AP wherever you are.

Wade on January 31, 2010 at 1:41 PM

I am so sick of the professionally offended.

entropent on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

winner!

cmsinaz on January 31, 2010 at 1:41 PM

This chick . . .

dakine on January 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

So her writing fails your grammar police, GRE perfect essay standards and you demean her with “this chick.” Don’t like the message, attack the messenger. Are you and Grow Fins distant cousins?

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Allah
Comments… pro..con?

Fynxbell on January 31, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Um, did I miss something that would enable me to understand some auto overreaction on the part of Allah? Yeah, he’s an atheist, I get it. But he strikes me as a bit too mature to have a hissy fit over this. I think he is pretty capable of saying, “Oh I’d like some other stamps, please,” if handed the Mother Teresa ones.

fireweednectar on January 31, 2010 at 1:42 PM

I second that. I’m not a person of faith either, but I want nothing to do with these perpetually outraged and petulant twits.

Mike Honcho on January 31, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Same here. I dont want a vocal group of idiots making me look bad. These athiest groups (what the hell kind of a group gets together on shared disbelief?) do not know how to pick their battles. They pitch fits over inconsequential things.

SnakeintheGrass on January 31, 2010 at 1:42 PM

I know as much as you do from her blog. She’s been posting in the Green Room for a while. She brings different topics and interests to the table, which I like and think expands our “menu.”

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Thanks, I never check the green room. Hard enough time for this old man trying to stay up with the heavy hitters.

Wade on January 31, 2010 at 1:43 PM

As a fellow atheist, I wish these other atheists would just shut up already. It’s a stamp for crying out loud. It’s a fact that religion has done many good things in this world. It’s foolish not to recognize that.

Joeyyy on January 31, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Wade on January 31, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Oh, sorry. Missed your intent. On that issue, IDK. Ask him yourself.

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I know, I know lets make stamps of the great atheists of history. Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, Mao, Joseph Stalin, Tojo, Lenin, and all of the rest of the atheists that are so well known for their humanitarian contributions to this planet.

Hitler directly caused the deaths of 70,000,000 people and he only comes in third on this list.

Jdripper on January 31, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I’m pretty agnostic, and I think this is a mountain out of a molehill.

dakine on January 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

You belch THIS ridiculous comment after criticizing Fiano’s writing????

jay12 on January 31, 2010 at 1:46 PM

I’m not a person of faith either, but I want nothing to do with these perpetually outraged and petulant twits.

Mike Honcho on January 31, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Take heart; there are not a few people of faith who know better than to class reasonable nonbelievers with the “crowd of eternal offense.”

That was Bleeds Blue and simplesimon.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

And Janos, and I think one other I can’t name right off.

Dark-Star on January 31, 2010 at 1:46 PM

It sounds to me like FFRF is a bunch of “bigots: and “haters”. They are against “diversity”. Maybe they would be happier if a stamp were issued honoring Adolf Hitler, Ho Chi Minh, Mao or Stalin. You think?

MeAlice on January 31, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Snake; Your clear inference is that Mother Theresa was living high off the hog on those donations. Would you care to clarify what is seeming to be some rather ugly jealousy of the woman on your part.
From what I saw of how she lived, even in the possible pigsty you live in now, you are the one that comes off as the unworthy receiver.

Noelie on January 31, 2010 at 1:47 PM

So her writing fails your grammar police, GRE perfect essay standards and you demean her with “this chick.” Don’t like the message, attack the messenger. Are you and Grow Fins distant cousins?

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Please…don’t be a twit. I’m not posting entries on a very high profile blog site. BTW, if you bothered to read the substance of my comment, I’m hopeful that you would see I agree with the substance of “this chick’s” argument. She’s not worthy of being included as a HA blogger IMHO. Capiche?

dakine on January 31, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Thanks, I never check the green room. Hard enough time for this old man trying to stay up with the heavy hitters.

Wade on January 31, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Yeah, it gets to the point of information overload. If you look on the RH column on the HA front page, the most recent Green Room posts are highlighted. Similar to MM’s blog page.

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:47 PM

This chick is a terrible writer.

dakine on January 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Another troll coming out of the woodwork to trash the messenger.

Amazing how they’ve all managed to stay away from the posts about Obama’s tanking poll numbers, his bad policy, etc, etc, etc. but have time to kick the writer.

Since the trolls have such excellent writing skills, maybe they should write a post about the sexual frustrations in the life of a troll.

Knucklehead on January 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

All they’re really saying is “I don’t like it so you can’t have it”.

I say put it to a vote. Majority rules.

GoldenEagle4444 on January 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Correcting myself here just for sake of clarity. Treatment is given but it is of such incredibly low standards that it might as well be nonexistant.
SnakeintheGrass on January 31, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Perhaps, but we’re talking about people who had the choice of dealing with low standards or no standards. Mother Theresa cared for people that were cast out by their communities. If there’s an axe to grind here, perhaps it should be with the governments that showed no interest in dealing with the sickness and suffering of some of their citizens. Mother Theresa’s legacy is, maybe, that she did as much as she could when no one else tried…

joejm65 on January 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Are the atheists outraged over the Muslim El Eid stamps?

DerKrieger on January 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Of course not. That would require a real conviction, and those who are outraged are cowards. Opposing someone who might cut off your head requires a lot more backbone than opposing someone whose response would be to pray for you.

Idiots. Cowardly idiots.

atheling on January 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

So Mother Theresa is ineligible to have her likeness on a postage stamp because she was “humanitarian while Christian”?

Seriously?! Why can’t these nuts go to England or Germany and argue with the Muslims over sharia law?

ROCnPhilly on January 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

All that work there and the people are exactly the same now as when she started.

And this proves what, exactly? Mother Theresa wasn’t the government of India, you know. She did what she could – and she’s being blamed because poverty still exists in India?

Liberals have waged a war on poverty since the 60s but it still exists. Who are we going to blame for that?

Annie Laurie Gaylor from the Freedom from Religion foundation is a miserable person. This is what she spends her time doing, making other atheists look bad, and stupid.

This is not a violation of the First Amendment and anyone who says it is lacks the cognitive ability to understand the First Amendment.

englishqueen01 on January 31, 2010 at 1:49 PM

How can you even get pissed off about a stamp? Never mind being so pissed as to start a letter-writing campaign?

I can’t remember the last time I have even used a stamp. It has to be 5 years at least. If I really, really need to snail-mail something I just go to the post office and let them send it in exchange for cash.

These people need to find another purpose in life or they are going to be bitter and hateful until the day they finally kick the bucket.

Mord on January 31, 2010 at 1:49 PM

You belch THIS ridiculous comment after criticizing Fiano’s writing????

jay12 on January 31, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Another reading challenged buffoon. Try this: I agree with her general point. However, I think she expressed it in a very amateurish manner. She’s not good enough to be a HA writer. Make sense genius?

dakine on January 31, 2010 at 1:49 PM

dakine on January 31, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Ah, here comes dakine the intellectual wonder. You know why he’s so smart? He works with smart people and it kinda just rubs off on him. LOL.

atheling on January 31, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Pi$$ on thme. As soon as the ENTIRE atheist community does 1% of the secular good that Mother Teresa does, then maybe they can talk.

michaelo on January 31, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Why can’t these nuts go to England or Germany and argue with the Muslims over sharia law?

Because it’s much easier to target a nun who has been dead for over a decade than it is to try and pull this cr*p with Muslims who will respond with violence. That’s always why they say, do, and write things about Christianity that they would never, ever say about Islam.

The Pope doesn’t issue fatwas.

englishqueen01 on January 31, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Dogs eat their feces, and we’re disgusted but we sort of get it.

Atheists spit on saints, same deal. It’s what they do.

jeff_from_mpls on January 31, 2010 at 1:50 PM

dakine on January 31, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Capiche. I see you are fond of name calling.

You made your point (vaguely) about the post, then included a but . . . There was no need to demean the writer with a sexist adjective because she failed your writing standards.

conservative pilgrim on January 31, 2010 at 1:50 PM

My stamps usually get ripped during the opening process. And 99% of the time I dont even look at the stamp.

Joeyyy on January 31, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Watch out, HA….dakine’s got the thesaurus and she’s loaded for chipmunk.

jay12 on January 31, 2010 at 1:52 PM

I don’t want her honored only because I don’t think she was particularly worthy of it. All that work there and the people are exactly the same now as when she started.

Additionally, the comparison with MLK isn’t valid. Mother Teresa is actually being considered for sainthood by the Catholic church (ridiculous on it’s face but whatever).

That said, as an atheist, I really couldn’t care less what is on the stamp, especially if I am not being forced to use it.

Eisenhorn on January 31, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Eisenhorn, actually your comments are outrageous, as you apparently KNOW NOTHING about what Mother Theresa accomplished. You might read about her before you spout off your outrageous atheism. Hmmmm…. will pray for your soul. Sounds like you need it…..
Oh, and snakeinthegrass, you ought to read a bit about what Mother T accomplished before you write anything negative about her…
Cheers…

chai on January 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Snake; Your clear inference is that Mother Theresa was living high off the hog on those donations. Would you care to clarify what is seeming to be some rather ugly jealousy of the woman on your part.
From what I saw of how she lived, even in the possible pigsty you live in now, you are the one that comes off as the unworthy receiver.

Noelie on January 31, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Wow. Way to make assumptions about me, needlessly attack me and come off as an ass. I never said she was living “high on the hog”. She lived a realatively modest life. Most of the money that was donated to her went to the church rather than for the care of the sick and dieing as most people thought. There are valid criticisms that can be leveled against her (which is true of just about anyone). Why does that bother you so much?

SnakeintheGrass on January 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM

They have to fabricate an outrageous story to keep attention off of how poorly their man Obama has been doing lately.

behiker on January 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM

atheling on January 31, 2010 at 1:49 PM

There’s my darlin’ atheling. What a breath of fresh air you are on a Sunday morning. What are you wearing BTW?

dakine on January 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Absolutely, positively ridiculous.

neoavatara on January 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Another troll coming out of the woodwork to trash the messenger.

Knucklehead on January 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Hey Knucklehead,
Check out the fella’s over at Hill Buzz. They are on serious troll alert.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 1:54 PM

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