The owner of the Empire State Building is refusing to light up the famed New York tower with blue and white lights in honor of Blessed Mother Teresa on August 26, the 100th anniversary of her birth, when the U.S. Post Office unveils a stamp commemorating her life. If that doesn't sound that outrageous to you, keep in mind that this is the same building that was bedecked in red and yellow light in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Revolution.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue was the one who submitted the application requesting the lights in the color of Mother Teresa's congregation, the Missionaries of Charity, but the application was denied "without explanation," he said in a statement. He continued:
"Mother Teresa received 124 awards, including the 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.
"Last year the Empire State Building shone in red and yellow lights to honor the 60th anniversary of the Chinese 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 is urging Catholics to sign a petition asking the owner of the Empire State Building to reverse his decision. To add your name to the petition, click HERE.