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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Feel free however to show us how cool and popular you are with your Christian group-think.

Eisenhorn on January 31, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Those who live in Atheist group think houses should not throw stones…

canditaylor68 on January 31, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Eisenhorn on January 31, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Time to take your meds?

Knucklehead on January 31, 2010 at 2:47 PM

That has to be an atheist moby. Too funny.

daesleeper on January 31, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Among my fellow Conservatives…Don’t you see what the liberals/free-thinkers are trying to do is change the point of the thread. Going off on the blogger’s grammar, syntax, et. al., to divert the point that one of their own messed up on this.

Then the snarky insults the libs make, then throw back (as they seemingly wanted to do) return fire from Conservatives.

It’s a tactic, their way.

Ever read the book Nam? One veteran related how, when he was in a restaurant, some girl assailed him. When he countered her, and politely, she asked, “Oh, you’re going to get nasty now?”

Typical liberal ploys. They can be nasty as they want (WE deserve it, of course!) but when we get angry–a totally human thing that happens now and again among us all, no matter politics or religion–we alone are the ‘bad’ guys.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Isn’t it simple?

If a religious person does a good deed, it’s only because he’s religious, and thus doesn’t count.

But if an atheist does a good deed, then that person deserves recognition, because they don’t really have a reason to do good for others.

These atheists are just affirming how much more common good deeds are from Christians than they are from atheists.

Johnny 100 Pesos on January 31, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Way to go, bb! We’re cheering for ya.

petefrt on January 31, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Thanks, man.

The worst feeling EVER is when I see a cute older broad and she’s married. Really grinds my gears!

blatantblue on January 31, 2010 at 2:51 PM

So atheists, why don’t you submit your own famous atheist hero? What’s that, You don’t have one? What’s the problem then?

CH on January 31, 2010 at 2:52 PM

I’m NOT a fan of Mother Teresa but this is ridiculous. Where were the atheists on MLK day? Granted, he never preached the gospel, just like Teresa, but he was a religous man as well.

Mention that and it should silence them up.

shick on January 31, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Thanks for the laughs all. I don’t have all day to play footsies with religious freaks though. Good luck crushing those atheists into believing like you do. Those inquisitions did a bang up job in the past. Maybe this time you can finish the job.

Eisenhorn on January 31, 2010 at 2:44 PM

wow. what a looser.

WaltzingMtilda on January 31, 2010 at 2:56 PM

WaltzingMtilda on January 31, 2010 at 2:56 PM

We could always pray for her/him…

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 2:58 PM

So here’a an idea, if those boneheads want to boycott supporters of Mother Theresa, how about we boycott supporters of The Freedom from Religion Foundation.

These atheists are just affirming how much more common good deeds are from Christians than they are from atheists.

This is a concept needing no affirmation from these boneheads. Truth stands as its own affirmation. Still, boycotting these boneheads would feel pretty good.

Crusader Rabbit on January 31, 2010 at 2:58 PM

But if an atheist does a good deed…

Johnny 100 Pesos on January 31, 2010 at 2:51 PM

As I’ve seen in all my 51 years, most times they do their good deeds with other people’s money.

Somehow, I can’t find myself calling that ‘charity’. Neither is donating to the Dem Party, Greenpeace, the UN, Planned Parenthood, PETA, and all the others. REAL charity is feeding the poor and clothing the naked.

Which ‘religious folk’ have done so much of true giving over twenty centuries?

And if those free-thinkers’ do give from their own pockets, they also deduct it all from their taxes. It’s something of special note.

And, yes, there are Christians, too, who do that. But how many don’t? No polls, focus groups, or trial balloons have looked into that far as I know.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Mother Theresa was a horrible person.

Watch this:

http://www.redefinegod.com/video/penn-and-teller-call-bullshit

Short and to the point.

And it was hard to even make it through this post on Hotair. I sure hope this new contributer is here only temporarily, because the writing is pretty childish and simplistic.

thphilli on January 31, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Would they object to Ghandi stamps? Probably not. Inconsistant is the mind of an atheist.

shick on January 31, 2010 at 2:59 PM

We could always pray for her/him…

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 2:58 PM

We should…and that was mean of me. I just couldn’t resist the combo of bad typing and an uncalled for insult.

WaltzingMtilda on January 31, 2010 at 3:01 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

I’m sure these atheists will soon revoke your free-thinker card because you don’t think the same as they do.

aikidoka on January 31, 2010 at 3:02 PM

How then could we require public figures to swear fealty to the secular goddess Reason?

You Kant be serious (philosophy puns, FTW). If you truly regard reason to be a mythical concept, nothing means anything.

And yes, these people are taking things a bit far. The USPS isn’t honoring “Mother” Theresa for her prolific communion wafer dispersement. She fed and comforted some poor and sick people. There have been stamps for much, much less.

Mark Jaquith on January 31, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Sadly, the news about the Mother Theresa stamp will be overshadowed by the release, the same week, of the Princess Diana stamp. ;)

We could have fun with a month of stamps of people Christopher Hitchens has dyslogized: Henry Kissinger, William Jefferson Clinton, Mother Theresa, and God.

raybury on January 31, 2010 at 3:02 PM

WaltzingMtilda on January 31, 2010 at 3:01 PM

It’s OK. We are only humans who are awash in the Blood of The Lamb.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 3:03 PM

thphilli on January 31, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Oooh, Christopher Hitchens disapproves of Mother Teresa! So does either Penn or Teller (whoever is the chatty one).

Well, colour me shocked. If these atheists don’t like this religious person known for helping countless poor, well maybe I’ve been wrong about the whole thing.

I’m sure the charities they run do a much better job of feeding the hungry.

Johnny 100 Pesos on January 31, 2010 at 3:05 PM

It’s OK. We are only humans who are awash in the Blood of The Lamb.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 3:03 PM

There are going to be so many faces full of shock and terror come Judgment Day.

Imagine just one thing: Being an unrepentant woman who aborted her baby, to meet the glorified person to whom she denied life on Earth.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Thanks for the laughs all. I don’t have all day to play footsies with religious freaks though. Good luck crushing those atheists into believing like you do. Those inquisitions did a bang up job in the past. Maybe this time you can finish the job.

Eisenhorn on January 31, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Man evolves, grows, and learns to admit when he makes a mistake, and atones for it, moves on, and tries to improve him/herself, and change the way they do things, the way they think, the way they are, to make themselves better…thus making their world around them better.

Get on the bus darlin!

capejasmine on January 31, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Johnny 100 Pesos on January 31, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Its not about “not liking” her, they don’t like that she didn’t help the poor at all, but rather spent the money on building nunneries across the world. She took money from dictators and criminals and instead of helping the poor with it, she spent it trying to build her organization.

thphilli on January 31, 2010 at 3:11 PM

As opposed to a blathering idiot basking in his illiteracy for all to see?

Eisenhorn on January 31, 2010 at 2:37 PM

I only tell you what I believe, and you criticize Christians for their grammatical errors, and name call. I show you tolerance, and respect. Can you do the same, or are athiests just prone to bad manners, and insipid remarks?

capejasmine on January 31, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Eisenhorn on January 31, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Buying a stamp or reading a blog are not mandatory. Just in case you are unaware.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Will Mother Teresa be canonized a saint?

shick on January 31, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Holder makes them work weekends. I hope you’re getting overtime. LOL

capejasmine on January 31, 2010 at 3:18 PM

I don’t believe Atheism exists. Therefore, I reject the premise of the post.

long_cat on January 31, 2010 at 3:18 PM

thphilli on January 31, 2010 at 3:11 PM

These “nunneries” are training the very people that do the work

clarifides on January 31, 2010 at 3:19 PM

thphilli on January 31, 2010 at 3:11 PM

And yet, under her watch, the hungry got feed, the sick got treated, these nunneries helped people and recruited people dedicated to helping people, and more.

You can nit-pick her methods and criticize her motivations and question the spending of every penny given to her, but only an anti-Christian ideologue would try to throw dirt on the good she did, rather than face up to the truth.

The truth is that many many people were helped who would not have been helped if not for her.

I do not approve of a few details of her life’s work… but I am not such an idiot that I accuse her of wrongdoing.

Johnny 100 Pesos on January 31, 2010 at 3:19 PM

thphilli on January 31, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Short to the point and really not much there

You have Hitchens, Penn and Teller both avowed religion haters running down Mother Teresa. They then use an ex nun who is almost assuredly a lesbain. Seriously little there. I do count on you with your hateful personality to latch on to such crap and run with it because you are a willing idiot.

CWforFreedom on January 31, 2010 at 3:21 PM

I find it so amazing that the Left believes in the efficacy of Man…Given Hitler, Stalin, George III, Pol Pot, bin Laden, et. al. Pick your fave killer.

They revile the one Person who gave all of history the greatest teachings ever. “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

What is so terribly wrong with that? Yet, Leftists ignore it all unless someone else is liberal like them. There were NO qualifiers, yet the Left qualifies that wonderful lesson, while at same time claiming the Person who said it was somehow a bigot.

While, also, at the same time, saying Yeshua ha Maschia was also a militant radical.

What???????
And what are those people thinking?

Nothing before Jesus was like Him, no one had taught such things. And since Him, no one has been more ‘enlightened’ than Him.

For you libs and atheists: Tell us all who has given greater teaching than Jesus.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Pretty much OT but in the spirit of stirring things up, does anyone think that Pope Benedict XVI bears a resemblance to Joe Pesci?

In which case George Carlin would have put that into his spiel if he wasn’t dead:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeSSwKffj9o

The Pesci part begins around the 7 minute mark. Caution — this video has lots of profanity and probably will offend any religious person.

I could care less if Mother Teresa is on a stamp btw.

GnuBreed on January 31, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Don’t buy the stamp or start sending mail by carrier pigeon.

yoda on January 31, 2010 at 3:24 PM

CWforFreedom on January 31, 2010 at 3:21 PM

What gets me is that folks like thphilli think that they can trot out some inane whine from Hithens and Teller (or is it Penn?) and think that all of us who admire the work she did will suddenly slap our foreheads and realize how wrong we’ve been.

Which doesn’t demonstrate a reasonable grasp on reality on Th’s part.

Johnny 100 Pesos on January 31, 2010 at 3:25 PM

They’re starting a letter-writing campaign… and that will surely teach the Post Office a lesson.

Great! This is sort of like the ass-backwards version of a boycott, right? Intimidate the USPS by purchasing their products and services?

joe_doufu on January 31, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Snakeinthegrass, your attempts to speak authoritatively about the mission of Mother Teresa is a joke. You show your ignorance, hate and dishonesty with every letter you type.

Anyone who has honestly researched and learned about the life and work of Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity is blown away by the unbelievable level of hard work and incredible compassion she showed to her fellow man for five decades.

A six year old could get the facts about her because her light shone so brightly…you on the other hand don’t even have the ability or honesty of a child.

You attempt to write as though you are not a common hating troll, but you are one of the commonest, and, YOU LIE!

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Just out of curiosity what does this woman have to do with the U.S.? Why the heck are we putting her face on an American stamp?

E9RET on January 31, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Atheists have no genuine answer to the question “Where do I go, now that I’ve gone too far?”

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Atheists who claim MLK’s religion was unrelated to his work in civil rights merely show their ignorance. King’s Christianity informed every single aspect of his civil rights struggle.
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But finding atheists are stupid and ignorant is hardly news, is it?

Adjoran on January 31, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Mother Theresa was a horrible person.

Watch this:

http://www.redefinegod.com/video/penn-and-teller-call-bullshit

Short and to the point.

And it was hard to even make it through this post on Hotair. I sure hope this new contributer is here only temporarily, because the writing is pretty childish and simplistic.

thphilli on January 31, 2010 at 2:59 PM

You are taking the word of, what? 3, 4 people that talk smack Against Mother Teresa in this video? And ignore the hundreds of thousands who witnessed her work first hand?
Seriously?
Oh, and yes, it is difficult to get through postings with errors. It is spelled ‘contributor’. You’re welcome.

bridgetown on January 31, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Just out of curiosity what does this woman have to do with the U.S.? Why the heck are we putting her face on an American stamp?

E9RET on January 31, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Because Americans seek to honor people of greatness. It’s in our nature.

Geronimo was honored, too, BTW.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Can we assume that this group is run by Christopher Hitchens ?

J_Crater on January 31, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Eisenhorn

Dude, chill out. If you’re such an open-minded free thinker, why do you care what other people believe? The only one displaying any “xenophobia” here is you.

patriette on January 31, 2010 at 3:41 PM

I’m outraged at honoring anybody who chastised the US for not being Socialist enough (read: Social Justice crapola)… particularly a non-America.

mankai on January 31, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Martin Luther King Jr and Jesus are both on US Postal Stamps so why can’t Mother Teresa be on a US Stamp?

Dr Evil on January 31, 2010 at 3:44 PM

patriette on January 31, 2010 at 3:41 PM

That one is all of a guise, changing views to be ‘right’ all the time. And to slander those who disagree at that moment.

It’s a tactic: Get caught on one point, change the focus of the discussion. I saw a ton of anger following his posts.

Free-thinkers don’t get angry. So…

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I love it when the atheists proof my point. What a riot!

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Amazing what a little stamp can do.

bridgetown on January 31, 2010 at 3:46 PM

…. they don’t like that she didn’t help the poor at all, but rather spent the money on building nunneries across the world. She took money from dictators and criminals and instead of helping the poor with it, she spent it trying to build her organization.

thphilli on January 31, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Since it is doubtful that a lot of atheists gave much money to a Catholic nun why do they care how she used the donations? If large numbers of the people who donated to Mother Teresa objected to what she was doing with their money wouldn’t they have stopped giving?

Anyone have figures on how much money atheists give to help the poor? Not counting government money.

katiejane on January 31, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Its not about “not liking” her, they don’t like that she didn’t help the poor at all, but rather spent the money on building nunneries across the world. She took money from dictators and criminals and instead of helping the poor with it, she spent it trying to build her organization.

thphilli on January 31, 2010 at 3:11 PM

And yet FRF doesn’t object to the stamp on the basis that Mother Theresa was not helping the poor, but rather that she was a Christian. So even assuming you’re correct, your argument doesn’t lend any merit to FRF’s position.

patriette on January 31, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I challenge any hater on this site to give up everything in life and live only to help others, every day, for the rest of their lives. That includes feeding, bathing and changing lepers, those dying of AIDS, cancer, and let’s not forget the poor souls who must be picked up off the street and have the maggots picked out of their live flesh.

None of you could do this (while living also as one of the poor yourselves), for even one day, let alone vow to do so for the rest of your time on earth.

Your posts here are beyond disgusting. The only problem is that people like you are what makes people like obama and his death panels possible. Your world is one of hate and death.

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Dr Evil on January 31, 2010 at 3:44 PM

You are such a bigot for being right.

Now stop confusing this newest lib problem with more facts. You might hurt their tender feelings.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Not all atheists are like this group. Thank God!

Danzo on January 31, 2010 at 3:50 PM

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Am I correct in believing you aim that at liberals?

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 3:50 PM

None of you could do this (while living also as one of the poor yourselves), for even one day, let alone vow to do so for the rest of your time on earth.

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Cool you mentioned that detail I recall Martin Sheen sleeping on a subway grate one time, to show ‘solidarity’ with the homeless.

Yeah, it’s okay I guess to sleep on a subway grate one night when you can return to a mansion in the morning.

Libs are so much of phonies, aren’t they? Streisand buys a $4.5 million island, then goes out to say we need to tax tax tax to ‘care’ for the ‘homeless’

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 3:54 PM

I have never seen a written accounting or proof that Mother Teresa took money from dictators. But, if she did, more power to her!!

Anyone who is smart enough to take money from a dictator and use it to support her growing religious order, who vow to live as the poor themselves, while these same religious sisters give their entire lives helping the most destitute of humanity, has taken that money and put it back to use as a means to do good. Just another reason to admire her.

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Another reason I stopped being an atheist. Fellow atheists are snobby, uppity, know-it-all buttholes!

SouthernGent on January 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Just another reason to admire her.

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 3:56 PM

The dear woman was as poor as those she helped.

And liberals revile that, have to make up stories? Cute of them isn’t it? Mother Theresa didn’t live in a mansion, last I saw.

But Micheal Moore, a lib icon? He’s fat (unlike those Mother Theresa sought save), living in a mansion, and just got Obama money in a government handout.

Yeah, right. Libs can tell me how ‘wonderful’ they are.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Another reason I stopped being an atheist. Fellow atheists are snobby, uppity, know-it-all buttholes!

SouthernGent on January 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Worse, they won’t let you come to your own understanding.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Build nunneries? Do you think perhaps those nunneries were used to house NUNS? Were these nunneries built on the Rivera? No? There were built in places of unimaginable poverty to provide assistance to the poor? Sorry but it takes an INSANE person to suggest Mother Teresa took donations to use them for ill. Not a fan? Who are you a fan of? And to whomever thinks the Church’s investigating her sainthood is rediculous, I’m sure, doesn’t know the first thing about Saints or the Church.

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:02 PM

I’m not Catholic, but I believe Mother Theresa beholds the face of God.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:05 PM

I’m not Catholic, but I believe Mother Theresa beholds the face of God.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Ditto, from a Missouri Synod Lutheran.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Imagine just one thing: Being an unrepentant woman who aborted her baby, to meet the glorified person to whom she denied life on Earth.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Prayers are surely ascending for their repentance.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Ditto, from a Missouri Synod Lutheran.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 4:07 PM

I’m of no denomination. For my life, I trust the Bible in full.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:12 PM

I’m a convert to Catholicism from the dark side. The Church doesn’t make someone a saint it recognizes their sainthood after years and years of investigation. For the uninitiated Saints are people who have reached heaven. Everyone is meant for Sainthood but most must spend time in purgatory first before they can see the face of God. For people like Mother Teresa, who have already been to purgatory and whose faith remained strong, the belief is that they were taken directly into the arms of Christ to receive their reward. I’m not sure why this idea, as a religious construct, would piss off those that don’t believe to the point of denegrating someone who gave their life to help others. The haters never rest.

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:12 PM

I have never seen a written accounting or proof that Mother Teresa took money from dictators. But, if she did, more power to her!!

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 3:56 PM

That’s absurd. Are you forgetting that dictators a lot of times steal their money from needy people? So she probably was accepting stolen money and doing who knows what with it. You should not take money from crooked people, period.

Narutoboy on January 31, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:12 PM

The most bizarre thing is that those who hate you claim they have no hate.

Funny, isn’t it, that you want the best for everyone, and the atheists somehow think that’s ‘bad’?

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:19 PM

None of you could do this (while living also as one of the poor yourselves), for even one day, let alone vow to do so for the rest of your time on earth.

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 3:48 PM
Cool you mentioned that detail I recall Martin Sheen sleeping on a subway grate one time, to show ’solidarity’ with the homeless.

Yeah, it’s okay I guess to sleep on a subway grate one night when you can return to a mansion in the morning.

Libs are so much of phonies, aren’t they? Streisand buys a $4.5 million island, then goes out to say we need to tax tax tax to ‘care’ for the ‘homeless’

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Yes, Liam, I think that the power of one person, when they say yes to God can accomplish incredible feats for the good of others. Mother Teresa showed us this. I don’t usually write about personal things, but I think maybe I should write this out:

When my sister Maggie was dying of cancer, I accompanied her to Tijuana Mexico to try an alternative treatment.
It was reveled that the cancer had spread everywhere, by a doctor who gave her the news while she was alone, early one morning. She was devastated, but a priest who we had come to know when we were down there told us that Mother Teresa was in town to visit her order of sisters in Tijuana. I asked Father to please bring my sister to see Mother.
He did, and my own father was there as well. When Mother Teresa approached us, she would put her hand on our cheek and bless us and give us a Miraculous Medal. When she came to my father, she gave him two light “slaps” on the cheek.
My father felt kind of bad, and thought that it was because she knew somehow that he had been such a handful for my mother during their marriage, but as it turns out, I learned some years later as I told that story to two of Mother Teresa’s nuns back in the U.S., that in India, that “patting” or light “slap” to the cheeks is considered a sign of affection. Anyway, my dad said that the power he felt from her as she stood before him (she is about 4’10″) “could have lit up New York City”.

As for my sister Maggie, Mother Teresa took her into the nuns chapel, where Maggie knelt down and Mother Teresa placed her hands on her head (the cancer had spread to her brain) and prayed for her. Mother also gave her a miraculous medal and told her to place it on her forehead and pray for God’s will to heal her.

My sister suffered very much and died four weeks later, and she had an acceptance and peace about her that was beyond inspirational. Maggie told me once that she was offering her death up for our family, and she never complained or asked why. Mother Teresa helped get my sister from this life to the next, as she has done for countless others. So anyone who says that nothing has been changed because she lived had better not say it in front of me.

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 4:20 PM

That’s absurd. Are you forgetting that dictators a lot of times steal their money from needy people? So she probably was accepting stolen money and doing who knows what with it. You should not take money from crooked people, period.

Narutoboy on January 31, 2010 at 4:18 PM

That’s the point. The money went back to needy people. Do you think it would have if it had stayed in the dictator’s hands? And again, I have not seen any proof that Mother ever did take a donation from a dictator, but if she did, I still say, more power to her!

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 4:24 PM

So she probably was accepting stolen money and doing who knows what with it. You should not take money from crooked people, period.

Narutoboy on January 31, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Prove she was thief, which is the bigoted point you sought to make.

Read a Bible, too. The rich man who asked how me might go to Heaven was told he should give all his wealth to the poor, then follow Jesus.

You try a misnomer, and fail.

Who do you think you’re kidding?

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:24 PM

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 4:20 PM

The biggest thing the atheists are ignoring is that the life of Mother Theresa is a life worth imitating.

Liberals could never match that.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:28 PM

The dictator stole the money, not Mother Teresa. Do you think he would have given it back if she didn’t take it? Do you think she used it for the people he stole it from?

Thank you too Tigerlilly. It’s hard but God doesn’t always think that death is bad. The more faith, the more peace.

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Oh how horrible, Mother Teresa built more nunneries!

What kind of reasoning says she shouldn’t have spread her good works? Do people outside of her presence not deserve the love that she gave to the ones that were?

btw, this whole she took money and did blah blah blah. Mother Teresa did NOT live in luxury, none of the nuns in her order did. Mother Teresa insisted they live as the people lived. I’ve seen videos of how she worked, she cared for the people who were viewed as “untouchable”. She picked people up off the side of the road and brought them to a place where they could be cared for.
Catholic or not, she was a good person and I do think that people should strive to show the love she did whether they are religious or not.

Ingenue on January 31, 2010 at 4:29 PM

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.

Under the logic of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, wouldn’t the separation clause include atheism as well as theistic religions? Atheism is a belief system whose subject is the supernatural and thus would fall under the same subject heading as other systems whose subjects are the supernatural.

Therefore, in promoting Katherine Hepburn as a more worthy icon–no doubt because she was an atheist–don’t they end up subject to their own critique?

darii on January 31, 2010 at 4:32 PM

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Thank you for sharing.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2010 at 4:34 PM

What did Katharine Hepburn do other than play “pretend” in front of a camera? Why would I look up to that? She “pretended” well? She gave peace and hope to people by, um, “pretending”?

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM

It is so refreshing to hear so many ringing and clear defenses for Mother Teresa, and more importantly, for the God she (and we) worship. Liam hit the nail on the head when he said that hers is a life worth imitating.

The difference between these posts and the muddled lies of the ones posting who are “opposed” to Mother (that’s like being opposed to air and water) is truly light to darkness.

Thanks to all you good guys – we need to help each other keep the faith!

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Looks like atheists are conducting their own inquisitions against anybody or anything connected to religion.

BDU-33 on January 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM

You’re welcome, OmahaConservative.

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 4:37 PM

It would seem to me that the atheist ought to see religions such as Christianity as a positive boon when it comes to charity. People are naturally selfish and unlikely to lend a helping hand to others. Some may come to the realization on their own, using natural reason, that it is their obligation to help those less fortunate than them. However, for the many who would not, the instructions of religion to practice charity motivate them and make the world a better place.

darii on January 31, 2010 at 4:39 PM

She gave peace and hope to people by, um, “pretending”?

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM

And looking stunning.

But good point.

darii on January 31, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Who do you think you’re kidding?

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I didn’t say she was a thief, just that she was accepting stolen money, if indeed she accepted money from dictators. I have no idea.

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Not the point. Taking money from a dictator only validates them. Secondly, why would a dictator, the person stealing the money in the first place, give to someone that is supposedly doing good? Something’s wrong with that picture.

Narutoboy on January 31, 2010 at 4:42 PM

“Atheists outraged over a stamp honoring Mother Teresa”

Too damn bad! They don’t have to buy them!

GFW on January 31, 2010 at 4:42 PM

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

Wonder how much time and help Gaylor has spent and given to the poor, lepers and AIDS victims? Or maybe she’s too busy looking up Postal Service regulations to do charitable work?

simeon on January 31, 2010 at 4:44 PM

“Atheists outraged over a stamp honoring Mother Teresa”

Too damn bad! They don’t have to buy them!

GFW on January 31, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Idea: Anyone sending a letter to the Freedom from Religion Foundation ought to use one of these Mother Teresa stamps.

darii on January 31, 2010 at 4:44 PM

The liberal concept of ‘charity’ is using other people’s money to assuage their own guilt. From their pockets, if ever given, they send to Greenpeace, the Dem Party, PETA–what have you.

As a Con and a Christian, I can say I’ve dipped in my pocket. To recall one girl, she asked only 50 cents for a lousy cup of coffee on a cold morning, but I gave her more so she could buy a hot breakfast.

I’m not bragging here, you libs. You see, my God–the Majesty of all Creation–gave me the funds to take care of someone who had less than I do. Maybe that girl used the cash to buy a hit of crack, but at least I, like so many other Christians who revile all the time, took the stretch to put food in a hungry girls belly. And all she asked for was a few pennies for a lousy cup of coffee.

You know, if I was like so many of you thugs, I could have said she’d get her coffee if I could use her body. And don’t try telling me that never happens.

You libs revile Christians, but in the end I’ve been in places where a deal would have been needed for that hungry little girl to get something out of my wallet.

Revile us all you like, libs. But at least so many of us don’t claim $2.50 tax deductions on our worn undershorts like did your guy Clinton.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:44 PM

The progressives and marxists hate religion, especially Christianity and judiasm because both see each person as an individual. When people, no matter how poor or uneducated, are seen, or see themselves, as having dignity because of their personhood it is not as easy to put them into categories, use race and class wars for political ends, or cause their deaths. The despots of the 20th century were anti-religion because religion is against eugenics, abortion, mass murder, cultural cleansing.

Hostility to religion is born of the desire to gain power over people for ill.

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Too damn bad! They don’t have to buy them!

GFW on January 31, 2010 at 4:42 PM

But isn’t that an insanity, to not buy a lousy little postage tamp, of all miniscule thing, for a ‘statement’?

And libs say we’re petty…

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Secondly, why would a dictator, the person stealing the money in the first place, give to someone that is supposedly doing good? Something’s wrong with that picture.

Guilt. Even Castro took off the fatigues for the Pope.

I believe that even the most evil of men/women still yearn toward God and good. They know they are evil. Giving money to unthreatening Mother Teresa assuaged their guilt. Besides, I doubt Mother Teresa “validating” a dictator by accepting his money made much difference to anybody. If I took bread from a Soviet while my family was being starved in the Ukraine or a tax cut from the democrats instead of throwing it back in their faces, I doubt that anybody would care if I were “validating” them or not.

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Hostility to religion is born of the desire to gain power over people for ill.

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:44 PM

God is pretty bada**. He made Eli invulnerable to bullets and guided him all the way to the West where they could reprint the Bible from his memory after they burned all of them.

Narutoboy on January 31, 2010 at 4:52 PM

According to Hitchens, Mother Teresa is an atheist. What’s the problem here?

spmat on January 31, 2010 at 4:53 PM

He made Eli invulnerable to bullets and guided him all the way to the West where they could reprint the Bible from his memory after they burned all of them.

What?

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:54 PM

What?

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I believe there is some movie out right now about this.

darii on January 31, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Hostility to religion is born of the desire to gain power over people for ill.

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Though for about a thousand years the Christian church was intricately tied with European monarchs exercising power over people. The desire for power seems inherent regardless of the degree of religious belief.

dedalus on January 31, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Casey is Channeling Rosemary Reynolds.

In my opinion the necessity of sifting out Christianity is secular humanism need to great saints from ever coming into existence.

petertheslow on January 31, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Besides, I doubt Mother Teresa “validating” a dictator by accepting his money made much difference to anybody.

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Oh, don’t you know the lib way of doing things?

If someone accepts money from a Hitler, it’s okay withing certain parameters. That validates the dictator.

But if that same person takes from the dictator, and uses it for for good outside the dictator’s intent, that person is ‘evil’.

Libs are masters at changing the points of order, to suit their desires of the moment.

But, as Christians know, even Satan has to obey and serve God.

Liam on January 31, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Atheism is a belief system whose subject is the supernatural and thus would fall under the same subject heading as other systems whose subjects are the supernatural.

darii on January 31, 2010 at 4:32 PM

There is no particular system anymore than someone who is “apolitical” is advocating a particular politics.

dedalus on January 31, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Secondly, why would a dictator, the person stealing the money in the first place, give to someone that is supposedly doing good? Something’s wrong with that picture.
Guilt. Even Castro took off the fatigues for the Pope.

I believe that even the most evil of men/women still yearn toward God and good. They know they are evil. Giving money to unthreatening Mother Teresa assuaged their guilt. Besides, I doubt Mother Teresa “validating” a dictator by accepting his money made much difference to anybody. If I took bread from a Soviet while my family was being starved in the Ukraine or a tax cut from the democrats instead of throwing it back in their faces, I doubt that anybody would care if I were “validating” them or not.

Haunches on January 31, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Spot on, Haunches,

tigerlily on January 31, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Geronimo was honored, too, BTW.

Liam

At least he came from the same continent.

I don’t have a dog in this hunt but I still don’t understand why we honor a social worker from another continent. Have we run out of people here? If so, I’d suggest my father get a stamp for the “social work” he engaged in on Okinawa in WWII.

E9RET on January 31, 2010 at 5:04 PM

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