August 26, 2010
Nothing hurts liberals like the truth about abortion
Today is Mother Teresa’s 100th birthday. The little woman from Albania who devoted her life to the lepers, orphans and abandoned of India won the Nobel prize for her life of sacrifice for the poor and is on the fast track to sainthood in the Catholic Church. Even hardened atheists have expressed admiration for the nun who held countless numbers of the “least of our brethren” in her arms as they died.
Numerous events, around the world, have been planned to honor and celebrate Mother Teresa’s life and works. Except at the Empire State Building in Manhattan. Owner Anthony Malkin has flat out refused to honor Mother Teresa by changing the building’s lighting to blue and white for the day.
Malkin’s position has raised understandable ire, especially from the Catholic League’s lion-hearted president Bill Donohue, who pointed out that lighting schemes have previously been approved for historical dates, charities, entertainers and countries, including Communist China. An unsigned fax to Donohue citing a previously non-existent policy of not honoring “religion-related events” was belied by previous illuminations honoring Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Joseph O’Connor, Christmas and Chanukah.
In labeling Malkin’s refusal to participate in honoring Mother Teresa as Catholic bigotry, however, Bill Donohue is missing the point of the snub. John Paul II was honored after all. So what’s not to like about Mother Teresa??? Easy. Mother Teresa was one of Christendom’s most outspoken opponents of abortion.
And nothing hurts liberals like the truth about abortion. It wasn’t just that Mother Teresa opposed abortion, it was the completely unvarnished manner in which she spoke to America about having embraced “the greatest destroyer of peace today- abortion”.
Perhaps Mother Teresa’s English was not quite polished enough to temper her speech with euphemisms and political correctness, as far too many members of the Christian clergy are prone to do. More likely though, that as a woman who had consecrated herself to God’s children, Mother Teresa intended to lay the barbarous truths and ugly realties of the genocide of millions of American children, under the auspices of Roe v Wade, right in our laps.
The focal point of Mother Teresa’s message on abortion for America was simple. For all America’s material wealth, we had become one of the most impoverished nations in world, “the poorest of the poor”, through the willful killing of our own children.
Would that we could hear that type of plain talk on abortion, as exhibited in the following quotations from Mother Teresa, from more pulpits across the nation.
“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion”
“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.”
“And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
“Many people are concerned with children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is the greatest destroyer of peace today- abortion which brings people to such blindness.
“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you live as you wish”
“When we look at the cross, we will understand how He loved us, and how He wants us to love one another as He has loved each one of us.
“And when He came into the light of Mary, the most pure virgin, she accepted Him as the handmaid of the Lord, and she did not speak, but what did she do? Immediately, in haste, she went to her cousin’s home to do what? Just to serve, to do the small works of a handmaid. And something very strange happened: the unborn child in the womb of Elizabeth, six months old, leaped with joy. Strange that it was the unborn child, that child that [today] has become the target of so much evil, that recognized the presence of Christ. The first human being to recognize him, to give him a welcome, to rejoice that God’s son Jesus has come.
And today, today [it is] unbelievable that the mother herself murders her own child, afraid of having to feed one more child, afraid to educate one more child. The child must die. This is one of the greatest poverties. A nation, a people, a family that allows that, that accepts that, they are the poorest of the poor.
And, if a mistake has been made, it has been made. Have the courage to accept that child and not to destroy it. Because that’s sin: it’s a murder. That sin is a greater sin: to destroy the image of God, to destroy the most beautiful creation of God that is life. …Bring back the child, bring back the family.”
That’s the case against Mother Teresa. But in all fairness to Anthony Malkin, that type talk would have even cost Communist China it’s tribute by the Empire State Building.