Atheist group at Dartmouth plans anti Mother Teresa event
By Oliver Darcy
on Nov 16, 2012
An atheist group at Dartmouth College is planning an event aimed at skewering the reputation of the late Mother Teresa.
The Atheists Humanists Agnostics (AHA) club sent out a campus-wide e-mail announcing the program on Tuesday and promising a “full-out romp against why one of the most beloved people of the century, Mother Teresa, is as Hitchens put it… ‘a lying, thieving Albanian dwarf.’”
The e-mail says the group plans to screen an anti-Mother Teresa film, discuss Hitchens’ book, Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and question how the public has been “conned into thinking this woman [Teresa] was good.”
The e-mail states Teresa, who is on her way to sainthood in the Catholic church, “was not a friend of the poor,” but “was a friend of poverty.”
This article does not say how this atheist group defends its contention that Mother Teresa “‘was not a friend of the poor,’ but ‘was a friend of poverty.’” One approach I’ve seen before is to attack her for opposing birth control, which attackers say would alleviate poverty by curing over-population. How such attackers account for the relative prosperity of high population density places like Hong Kong, SE Honshu, Singapore and the Taipei metro area (not to mention “First world” regions in EuroLand and North America), I don’t know. How such attackers account for the poverty of low density areas like Somalia or Sudan - if they really believe high population density equal poverty! - I don’t know. How such attackers blame mother Teresa for the millennia of Indian poverty before Mother Teresa was born, I don’t know. Frankly, this attack on her - BTW, I’m not a Catholic - is a pretext, something its irrationality demonstrates. They “need” to attack her - they can’t stand religious people, Christians especially, be seen as good - so they seize on a pretext, however full of holes and rely on the factor of surprise to avoid being instantly refuted as the hateful cranks they are.