Trashing Mother Teresa

From Bill O’Reilly and

“Whenever I start feeling sorry for myself over personal attacks by my far-left media opponents, and those have been known to happen, I think of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Here’s a woman who devoted her adult life to helping the poor and sick in one of the worst hellholes on earth. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and up until her death in 1997 she was revered around the world.

A couple of weeks ago, Newsweek magazine ran a story by atheist Christopher Hitchens about Mother Teresa’s crisis of faith, which she articulated in a number of letters to confidants. Mr. Hitchens, who had previously blasted the nun over abortion and birth control, wrote a nasty diatribe against the woman and the Catholic church.

Now, I don’t blame Hitchens. He has been totally up-front about his loathing for organized religion and his contempt for the intellects of those who believe, including Mother Teresa. But why would Newsweek print a stand-alone attack on a good woman, an article that called Mother Teresa “miserable” and a “confused old lady?”

If Newsweek wanted fair and balanced controversy, all it had to do was print two articles: the one by Hitchens, and another by someone challenging the guy. But no, just the hatchet job appeared in the magazine.

I asked the editor of Newsweek, Jon Meacham, to explain, but he declined to be interviewed. Since Meacham wrote a book about faith and the founding fathers, which he was happy to discuss, I found that strange. In fact, the whole deal is strange.

Two years after her death, Mother Teresa was still the most admired person in the world, according to a nationwide Gallup Poll. There are 65 million Catholics in the United States, and more than 80% of Americans say they are Christian. So does it make any sense to hire an atheist to trash Mother Teresa? Does it?”

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