Skip to comments.Catholic League petitioning Empire State Building to honor Mother Teresa
Posted on 05/14/2010 8:09:01 AM PDT by NYer
.- The Catholic League has launched a petition protesting the Empire State Buildings denial of an application to have the skyscrapers lighting scheme commemorate Mother Teresas 100th birthday. The organization sees a double standard in the decision, citing previous honors for the anniversary of Chinas Communist Revolution.
In February Catholic League president Bill Donohue submitted an application on August 26 to the Empire State Building Lighting Partners to have the New York City building feature blue and white lights, the color of the religious habits worn by Mother Teresas Missionaries of Charity, Fox News reports.
The request was denied without explanation last week.
However, Donohue noted, the building changed its colors to red and yellow last year to honor the 60th anniversary of Chinas Communist Revolution.
Yet under its founder, Mao Zedong, the Communists killed 77 million people. In other words, the greatest mass murderer in history merited the same tribute being denied to Mother Teresa, Donohue said in a Wednesday statement.
Calling on the Empire State Buildings owner Anthony Malkin to reverse the decision, he listed many of the religious sisters charitable works and honors:
Mother Teresa received 124 awards, including Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Medal of Freedom. She built hundreds of orphanages, hospitals, hospices, health clinics, homeless shelters, youth shelters and soup kitchens all over the world, and is revered in India for her work. She created the first hospice in Greenwich Village for AIDS patients.
Not surprisingly, she was voted the most admired woman in the world three years in a row in the mid-1990s. But she is not good enough to be honored by the Empire State Building."
Donohue also noted that the U.S. Postal Service is honoring Mother Teresas 100th birthday by issuing a stamp dedicated to her.
The petition the Empire State building's owner reportedly had over 6,000 signers in its first day.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING vs. MOTHER TERESA
May 13, 2010
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the latest developments regarding the decision by officials from the Empire State Building to deny Mother Teresa the honor of having her colors of blue and white shine from the building's tower on August 26, the day the U.S. Postal Service is commemorating the 100th anniversary of her birth:
Daniel Hernandez, a PR specialist hired by the Empire State Building, has a nice job: he was hired to say he doesn't know anything [click here]. When asked by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, an investigative journalist reporting for Fox News, about the decision to stiff Mother Teresa, he repeatedly said "there is no issue here." Oblivious to the obviouswhy would a reporter call about a non-issuehe continued by saying he has been directed not to comment. The reporter then noted, as we did earlier, that it is ironic that the Empire State Building paid tribute to the 60th anniversary of the genocidal Chinese Communist regime last fall, but won't honor the saintly nun. Hernandez parroted, "I'm only telling you what I've been directed to say."
Imagine a spokesman for the Vatican responding to a reporter about an indefensible decision made by a cardinal, and all he offers is, "there is no issue here." Better yet, imagine him saying, "I'm only telling you what I've been directed to say," and expecting the reporters to simply walk away disappointed.
One wonders what world the elites who run the Empire State Building live in. Besides siding with the Communists and dissing Catholics, they are just plain stupid. If they think they can ride this out, they have no idea what they are dealing with.
To sign our petition click here
Also, contact Melanie Maasch, the PR rep at the Empire State Building who hired Hernandez to say nothing: firstname.lastname@example.org
petition signed, and link forwarded to my extremist right-wing subversive cell.
Thank God for Bill Donohue.
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