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Madness in Manhattan

Let’s see…If you had to choose between allowing a mosque to be built near ground zero in New York City or allowing the Empire State Building’s lights to be lit in honor of Mother Teresa’s 100th birthday, which would you pick? Or framed a different way, what would you do if you had to make a decision between a religion with a history of VIOLENCE towards innocent people and a person with a history of KINDNESS towards innocent people?

In the past month or so, some denizens of Manhattan have made two vastly contradictory decisions. On May 25th, the New York City Community Board voted almost unanimously to allow a mosque and cultural center to be built very near ground zero. Now it’s been announced that the Empire State Building’s owner is refusing to allow the lights on the famous tower to be lit in honor of what would be the 100th birthday of Mother Teresa on August 26th.

According to owner Anthony E. Malkin…

The Empire State Building celebrates many cultures and causes in the world community with iconic lightings, and has a tradition of lightings for the religious holidays of Easter, Eid al Fitr (marking the end of Ramadan), Hanukkah, and Christmas.

Despite the tradition of lighting the building up for these other religious events, Malkin also states that the privately-owned building…

has a specific policy against any other lighting for religious figures or requests by religions and religious organizations.

However, the Catholic League, which requested that the lights be lit in honor of Mother Teresa, pointed out that those lights indeed have been previously lit in honor of other religious figures including Cardinal John O’Connor and Pope John Paul II. Those same lights were even lit in red and yellow last year in honor of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the building. Those colors happen to be the same as those of communist China.

Honestly, since the building is privately-owned, the owner can do whatever he pleases with the building’s lights. However, considering that his decision seems to be rather hypocritical, I hope he reconsiders his decision.


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