Commemorating Mao but not Mother

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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.

Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • dennisofraleigh

    I mean, give me a BREAK!! Blessed Mother Teresa was not only (at the very least) a great humanitarian, but a Nobel Peace Prize winner! But I guess in our Orwellian socieity where the framers of opinion (MSM, the universities, mainline churches, etc.) have it all backward: war is peace, hate is love, deviance is normalcy, etc. it isn’t surprising that they would find reason to honor a brutal dictator who taught “Power derives from the barrel of a gun,” but not the gentle, compassionate, saintly woman who said, “I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.”

  • Warren Jewell

    Again, the ‘progressive’ elite make sure any ruffle in the fabric of their materialistic oversight is given no place in the public square. This is getting to be old and older news. I have to wonder if one day the public square will find Christians and Orthodox and Orthodox Jewish, etc., God-fearers destroyed there for all to see.

    This humble woman Religious, who lived to quench Christ’s call when He urgently and grievously stated “I thirst”, doesn’t need earthly public note. She has the satisfaction, joy, peace and glory of being at the One Throne of the One King, her mission handed over to her Missionaries. And, it is there she will stand in silent witness against those who would not give her mission basic appreciation.

    Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints. He wouldn’t have it any other way. O, dear Lord, give me the courage of Your saints. Help me live for You and, if necessary, die for You.