File this commentary in the “you-can’t-make-this-up” category:
Last October, New York’s Empire State Building was aglow in red and yellow to commemorate the birth of—I’m not kidding—Red China. Yes, the Empire State (click here) recognized Mao’s China, responsible for 70 million deaths, dwarfing Hitler’s slaughter by six-fold.
New Yorkers apparently were oblivious to such vital facts, as they strolled along Madison Avenue slurping Smoothies and reading their New York Times under a blood red (and yellow) sky.
But why revisit such sordid history? Wasn’t it embarrassing enough to suffer this once?
Well, if you haven’t heard, the same brain-trust that offered up this crowning touch for Chairman Mao are refusing to light up for … brace yourself, Mother Teresa.
That’s right, Mao’s dystopia was honored for its birthday, but Mother Teresa will not be acknowledged for the centennial of her birth this August 26.
I wish I were joking, but, again, you can’t make this up. (Click here.)
Indeed, who, or what, would be so perverse as to even think it up? It sounds like a plot right out of the Screwtape Letters, though the Prince of Darkness had a tendency to be more subtle than this.
So, the saintly nun who soothed souls in their final earthly moments— “something beautiful for God”—was refused, whereas Red China, byproduct of a murderous, atheist despot, where more died in three years than Mother could embrace in a lifetime, was recognized. Chairman Mao is howling from his grave.
We have evil’s coronation, but darkness for one who served the Light.
Alas, for those troubled by this display, I have a suggestion—a brighter color: On the day that would have been lit for Mother Teresa, light a candle and place it in your window. Now that would be symbol.