I wanted to post this last year and somehow never got around to it. So why not now? This is one of those articles that shows the lunacy of some who fight against Christianity and anyone who does great work in the world BECAUSE they believe in God. ( By the way, the group failed, the stamp was issued.)
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Pick Your B
attles: The Mother Teresa Stamp
February 18, 2010
There are certain things in this life th
atno sensible person wants to waste his time and energy arguing against. Things like mom and baseball and apple pie.
And high up on th
atlist -- perhaps atthe very top of th atlist -- is Mother Teresa. You may get the occasional crank like Christopher Hitchens trying to debunk the selfless nun, but most people justly honor and revere her memory. Her legacy of love and service is an inspir ation all over the world.
Which makes it all the more incredible th
atthe Freedom from Religion Found ation is going after her now. The Found ation is arguing against an upcoming stamp planned by the U.S. Postal Service honoring Mother Teresa. And if it is issued, they’re promising a boycott.
ation spokeswoman Annie Laurie Gaylor told a reporter, “Mother Teresa is principally known as a religious figure who ran a religious institution. You can’t really separ ate her being a nun and being a Roman C atholic from everything she did.”
You may be surprised to hear th
atI agree with Gaylor on th atpoint. As my colleague Kim Moreland wrote on our blog, The Point (http://thepoint.breakpoint.org/tp-home/blog-archives/14402-mother-teresa-stamp) , “Actually, their charge against her is exactly right -- you can’t separ ate [Mother Teresa’s] faith from her humanitarian actions. It was th atfaith th atgave her the strength and grace to carry on loving the least of these.”
at’s wh atmakes the Freedom from Religion Found ation think they’ve found a loophole th atcould defe atthe Mother Teresa stamp. They’re arguing th atpost office regul ations prohibit primarily religious stamps. Wh atthey’re not taking into account, of course, is the current existence of stamps honoring figures like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., F ather Flanagan, and even the Virgin Mary.
Like Mother Teresa, these were Christian people who acted out their worldview. The world may not honor someone like King primarily because of his faith, but it does honor him for thoughts, words, and actions th
atsprang from his faith. So it is with Mother Teresa. The faith and the deeds are inseparable.
atleaves Gaylor and her organiz ation in the unenviable position of lashing out atthe deeds of one of the most admired women the world has ever known.
atdoesn’t stop Gaylor, who complains th atMother Teresa managed “an extremely wealthy charity” th atcould have done more than it did to help people, th atshe was only trying “to promote religion,” and th atshe had a “dark side” -- namely, her well-known opposition to abortion.
Frankly, Mother Teresa is not the one who’s being made to look unappealing in this situ
ation. (I wonder how many lives Ms. Gaylor has saved, and whether she saved them in order to help people or only to promote the cause of atheism?)
Well, the Freedom from Religion Found
ation probably has no interest in my advice. But if they did ask it, here’s wh atit would be: Pick your b attles.
If you h
ate religion so much th atyou can’t bear to see a person like Mother Teresa honored, you might need to take a long walk in the woods, bre athe in some deep air, and atthe same time take a hard look atyour own worldview and wh atit’s done to your sense of compassion.
As for me, I can’t wait to buy a Mother Teresa stamp.
Copyright (c) 2009 Prison Fellowship
The Image of God and the Failure of Scientific Atheism (http://www.breakpoint.org/features-columns/articles/14465-the-image-of-god-and-the-failure)
J.P. Moreland (God Is Gre
at, God Is Good - ed. William Lane Craig and Chad