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Lindsay Perigo: Diabolical Works Of Mother Teresa

Lindsay Perigo: The Diabolical Works Of Mother Teresa

"It was as if an underground stream flowed through the country & broke out in sudden springs that shot to the surface at random, in unpredictable places." Thus did Ayn Rand depict the success of her architect hero Howard Roark in her novel The Fountainhead, of which I've made much mention lately. I'm delighted to report that her philosophy, Objectivism, is an underground stream flowing through New Zealand. It has shot to the surface in several places, most recently a new web site for the Centre for Objectivist Studies, at http://www.objectivism.org.nz

It is the work of the Centre's principals, Robert White, Glenn Lamont, Eileen Joy & Sam Pierson. It is a splendid celebration of man the hero & the morality of rational self-interest. It includes a stunning feature article by Mr White about someone who was the antithesis of man the hero & rational self-interest. It's called The Diabolical Works of Mother Teresa. If you think the title is provocative, wait till you read the content! It is a hair-curling portrait of a vile woman whom the world reveres as a saint. Here's part of it:

'Mother Teresa once observed, in a classic statement of her moral philosophy: "I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people." Mother Teresa is not saying that she is saddened by the suffering of the poor. She is saying that the suffering of the poor is "very beautiful". She is not saying that she wants to see poverty and suffering ended. She is saying that the poor should simply "accept their lot" and "share it with the passion of Christ".

You see, Mother Teresa believes that poverty and suffering are "gifts" from God. And the sisters in her order, The Missionaries of Charity, are taught that suffering makes God very happy. Mother Teresa once recounted, with a bright smile, how she had told a terminally ill cancer patient, who was suffering from unbearable pain, that, "You are suffering like Christ on the cross. So Jesus must be kissing you." Now, get that. According to Mother Teresa, Jesus, who, remember, is a moral ideal in her religion, expresses his "love" through tormenting the sick and the dying, while his father - God - gets his kicks from watching their suffering. This is pure sadism. And, unfortunately for the poor, Mother Teresa was ruthlessly intent on making God a very happy deity.'

Robert goes on to elaborate in gruesome detail, citing the deliberate withholding of pain-killers, the denial of creature comforts, medical mal-treatment, emotional cruelty & much more. Finally, he says:

'I cannot help but conclude that Mother Teresa would have done much more good for the poor had she become something useful, like a prostitute or a drug dealer -- or better still, a banker or the head of a multi-national corporation.'

Now THIS is a courageous, eloquent voice for reason & freedom deserving to be heard. Upon Robert White & his colleagues, it gives me great pleasure to bestow the Free Radical Award.

[FreeRad Award]

The 'Objectivism New Zealand' site can be found at http://www.objectivism.org.nz

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Lindsay Perigo and his troublemaking libertarian ideas are broadcast weekdays, midday to 2 PM, on New Zealand's Radio Pacific, and posted at http:/www.freeradical.co.nz

Each programme begins with Perigo's inimitable editorial commentary.

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