Skip to comments.HITCHENS CONDEMNS MOTHER TERESA
Posted on 11/03/2009 12:53:51 PM PST by Irisshlass
On October 30, atheist Christopher Hitchens appeared on Dennis Millers Internet radio show condemning Mother Teresa, yet again. Here is one of his choice statements: The woman was a fanatic and a fundamentalist and a fraud, and millions of people are much worse off because of her life, and its a shame there is no hell for your bitch to go to.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded today:
I once told Hitchens that one of the real reasons he hates Mother Teresa has to do with his socialist ideology: he believes the state should care for the poor, not voluntary organizations, and he especially loathes the idea of religious ones servicing the dispossessed. Indeed, he sees in Mother Teresa the very embodiment of altruism, a virtue he cannotwith good reasonfully comprehend.
The fact of the matter is that socialism is the greatest generator of poverty known to mankind, and Mother Teresa did more to heal and rescue its victims than anyone in the modern era. This explains why she is adored by the people who knew her bestthe men and women of India (she is second only to Gandhi as the nations most revered person).
Hitchens is positively obsessed by Mother Teresa, and that is a very telling commentary on his psyche. She is a constant reminder that reason without faith is a dark hole.
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Is Hitchen pro-abortion?
But I’ll bet he loves Obama.
< sigh > hitchens is roaring drunk again...
Where's the beef?
How many dying lepers has Hitchens carried off a street and soothed and nursed?
I’m sure Mother would give him his last drink of water if she were here today....
I disagree with Donahue’s imputation of “reason” to Christopher Hitchens. But the rest of it I agree with!
Man, you have to be one d@—ed d-bag to curse out Mother Teresa. His demons must be so many they have to time-share.
What a pathetic little man. How horrible to think those things of another human being who used her life for God’s glory.
Hitchens needs our prayers, for he is certainly a man in desperate need of the God he refuses to acknowledge.
I think Hitchens says he prefers to go there... more interesting people and all that jazz.
Good point. He just stands on the sidelines and whines.
A pompous hate-filled man.....
There is a difference between a program that feeds the belly and one that points people toward God.
Put a man on the dole and a decade later he’s still on the dole. Teach him to look up and his life will be transformed and in turn the lives that surround him too.
Its the difference between treating a condition versus healing it.
Ignore him. He’s only being as over-the-top as he can imagine to get attention.
One would think an atheist would change his first name. I find it comical that his parents named him Christopher which means “Bearer of Christ”. I hope Mr. Hitchens likes barbecue a lot!
He’d fit right in with those “beautiful people”,i’d say....
Last I checked, the only thing Hitchens hugged and picked up from the ground, bathed and fed, was that alcohol habit.
Where are his groups of journos picking up the dying and taking care of them?
Until he can go do what she did, he can shut it.
Careful with this one. Was Mother Teresa engaged in economic activity, or God-led loving activity?
Was she trying to save souls? Or merely trying to clothe and feed the poor? Or commiting herself to good works?
Hitchens is of course a douche-bag, but be careful how we analyze Mother Teresa.
I would challenge him to go follow one of her workers around for a few days. See what they see and do what they do alongside them. Then get back to me.
Yeah, they're pretty hot down there. ;-)
How vile and depraved do you have to be to talk about Mother Terresa that way? Heck, I bet even most atheists would say she was a wonderful ray of sunshine in this world. Shame on Mr. Hitchens.
Hitchens pi**ed off his buddies by support for the Iraqi war and he now needs to win them back. This is a piece of pathetic scum who the liberal media regularly calls on to diss on classical and especially conservative British writers and essayists. Ignore him.
The odd thing is, he’s kinda-sorta anti-abortion. He gave one interview to Dennis Praeger and another one some years ago to somebody from National Right to Life Committee (was it Dave Andrusko?) saying he thought the “fetus” was undoubtedly human. Didn’t say abortion should be illegal, just that the infant in the womb is not the moral equivalent of a tumor.
I don’t think anyone believes that the ministry of the Missionaries of Charity is *all* that should be done to assist the poor or to develop economic opportunity.
The dying destitute should be picked up off the street and cared for ... AND poor children should be taught reading and marketable skills AND adults should be helped to establish economic independence AND government economic restrictions should be loosed AND caste discrimination should be fought AND blahblahblah.
However, a religious order can’t be everything to everyone, and the MoC charism is to *give* to the most desperately needy.
This drunkard’s liver must be the size of a bath mat.
Old news - he’s been after her for a long time now...too bad people still listen to him...I think he was ignored growing up...his brother, Peter, writes for the Daily Mail (UK) and is a big Thatcherite conservative...he strikes out Chrissy *hick*
Hitchens is very pro-abortion. Of course he it. The guy is a lefty and only supports the War on Terror because we’re fighting Islamic terrorists. If we were fighting secular socialists he’d be opposed to it.
Christopher Hitchens is a rancid character and only the lack of discernment among conservatives deludes us into thinking he’s “with” us.
Even if Mother Theresa was “religion free” she would still be a blessed person who dedicated her life to truly helping the poor. She washed them and clothed them, she didn’t demand higher taxes so her union goons could be employed handing out the “goodies”.
On the Amazon page for Hitchen's book on Mother Teresa, there are some comments from people who actually did work with her. They seem to agree with Hitchens.
Particularly disturbing is that money sent to help sick children under the care of Mother Teresa was diverted for other uses. She had access to vast amounts of funds but apparently chose not to spend the money on even modestly improved medical facilities that would actually have saved the lives of the people she was caring for.
She probably would, and he is a big enough punk that he would take it too.
Two of my favorite quotes:
"Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given."
"Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus."
That's precisely what poor Hitch doesn't like about her, or doesn't understand: that she was not a philanthropist fund-raiser, social worker, etc. Her source was God's love; her method, God's love; her goal, God's love.
I want to let everyone know the reason this topic came up.
It came up because Anita Dunn mentioned how much she admires Chairman Mao and Mother Theresa. Dennis Miller brought up the topic and Christopher Hitchens is sick and tired of his hero (Mao Tse Tung) being badmouthed.
Christopher Hitchens is a leftist through and through. He is only in favor of the War on Terror BECAUSE Muslims are being killed. That’s it!
Will we as conservatives stop being so in need of validation from the left that we think a vulgar lowlife like Christopher Hitches is “on board” and “one of us.” He’s not! Christopher Hitchens enjoys seeing Muslims killed. It brings him happiness.
That’s really all there is to the man.
I don’t want to harsh the `Two Minute Hitchens Hate’ buzz/orthodoxy here, but the evidence (below) is that Mother Teresa, previously Agnes Bojaxhiu, born a Macedonian of Albanian descent, died agreeing with Hitchens.
I think Hitchens’ problem with “good works” is that they tell people it’s OK for them to accept life on earth as a living hell because the afterlife awaits them.
And both Mother Teresa and C. Hitchens came to disbelieve in God and an afterlife, or at least that’s what she wrote in her twilight years.
Hitchens is just an ass. There are legitimate criticisms of Mother Theresa, but Hitchens goes WAY too far into foaming-at-the-mouth blind hatred territory.
That’s why Hitch pays his taxes. He doesn’t want to get his hands dirty. Anyway his hatted of Mother Theresa is pathological. He probably hates himself because he know he is incapable of doing what anotherliberal, Albert Schweitzer did and as she did, which was actually to help people.
So what did she spend it on?
a fallacious argument that concludes a proposition to be true because many or all people believe it; it alleges, "If many believe so, it is so." This type of argument is known by several names, including appeal to the masses, appeal to belief, appeal to the majority, appeal to the people, argument by consensus, authority of the many, and bandwagon fallacy, and in Latin by the names argumentum ad populum ("appeal to the people"), argumentum ad numerum ("appeal to the number"), and consensus gentium ("agreement of the clans").
I remember a statement she made about the sick and dying that she “didn’t care if they uttered Christ or Allah or Hindu Deity names as long as they died with their interpreted name of God on their lips.” It was a very syncrestic statement not compatable with scripture and it put me on edge, making me wary of Theresa’s total ministry and her motives. Press writing can be very bad so I reserve some opinions regarding that statement and after 12 years or so when I read that statement I might not be quoting the statement word for word though I am sure of the accuracy of the statement.
Hitchie (he hates being called “Hitch”) recently debated a theist at BIOLA and got his clock cleaned. His polished boarding-school British accent makes him sound far more intelligent than he actually is.
Many of Mother T's critics are perplexed or angry that she wasn't what they wanted her to be and what she never claimed to be: a medical administrator. When people gave her an (unsolicited) donation, she brushed her hands free of it as rapidly as she could.
Hitch is aghast, not because she "misused" the money, but because she literally did not keep it.
One of Hitchens' principal informants was the head of the Communist Party in Calcutta, who hated Mother T. because the publicity (which she did not seek, but which followed her after the Muggeridge documentary) focused so much on the misery in the streets.
She herself talked little about Calcutta and little about herself or her work. She didn't even recruit an army of volunteers. She told people hundreds of times, "Find your own Calcutta."
I agree and then she would SMILE at him.
Have you ever noticed that Christopher NEVER SMILES?
He’s been married several times and has several kids, so he doesn’t appear to be gay. The rest of your comment is probably accurate.
FWIW, Hitch is one of the few leftists who have consistently supported the War on Terror, even when it was led by the evil Bush. In my book that cuts him enough slack I’ll try to ignore the more idiotic things he says.
BTW, I’m curious what the mechanism is by which MT made the lives of millions of people worse. The people she worked with were so far down it’s hard to see how it would be even possible to make their lives more difficult.
Perhaps I have him confused with someone else.
Perhaps I have him confused with someone else.
Not syncretism but an acceptance that they had found at least a part of the truth. Of course, I accept the idea of a “good pagan.”
It is a matter of terrible bafflement, and yet most fruitful contemplation, to think long and well of Christ our God's words on the Cross --- "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which, as the Gospel says, is translated, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"