Tuesday, July 3, 2007

She's No Mother Of Mine

Mother Teresa is well known for having founded the Missionaries of Charity and her ‘good work’ in the “slums of Calcutta”. And all is hunky dory, as the questions raised by those more skeptical of her are suppressed by the heavy hand that is religion. And the list of people that are skeptical is not merely limited to the “religious bigots” of the VHP, but can find a resounding aye amongst the most revered thinkers of our times, including Richard Dawkins, Sanaal Edamaruku (first president of the Rationalist International and Secretary General of the Indian Rationalist International), Walter Wuellenweber (who published an article on Teresa’s first death anniversary in the German Magazine STERN) and more importantly Seiku Murmu. The list on non-believers goes on, from the prominent to the experienced, and it can be easily shown that the believers choose not to see all that surrounds the sainthood of Teresa.

A lot of people will claim these people are jealous of her having become a saint, and prior to that regarded as one in the eyes of millions. Or perhaps that she has shown the “strength” to do what they could not. But the so called strength Teresa showed during her ‘good work’ in the slums is the same strength that propels the mad-men at Gaza, at Al-Qaeda camps and the religious crazies that whip themselves to feel ‘closer to god’.

What about the Nobel peace Prize she has? Isn’t that the greatest sham on earth? I think so. I am not claiming that all other Nobel prizes are sham, but just this one.

The right to submit proposals for the Nobel Peace Prize, based on the principle of competence and universality, shall by statute be enjoyed by:

1. Members of national assemblies and governments of states;

2. Members of international courts;

3. University rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes;

4. Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;

5. Board members of organizations who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;

6. Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; (proposals by members of the Committee to be submitted no later than at the first meeting of the Committee after February 1) and

7. Former advisers appointed by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.


If you read it carefully, any religious bigot could nominate her and in the face of her public popularity there isn’t much contest. But where in this list do we find Mahatma Gandhi, probably the greatest expounder of peace. I may not agree with everything that he did, but little debate can be made over whether he was deserving of a peace prize.

The Vatican is also out to win a popularity race. With so many Christians demanding her beatification, it was easy to have done, considering the office of “Advocatus Diaboli” has been abolished, to allow for instant sainthood. The traditional role of AD was replaced by a single anti-Teresa voice, that of Christopher Hitchens. They saw no need to seek the opinion of more important people, core to this issue and witnesses of the supposed miracle. So predetermined was their need and intent to see her as a saint, that they didn’t deem unethical or unholy (as is their kind) to take away credit from the medical practitioner that put in the effort to cure her. Neither did they seek the witness of the husband, Seiku Murmu, who has constantly maintained that the whole miracle aspect is bullshit and who has gone on record that it was the doctors and no pseudo-saint that cured his wife.

But all of this is concerned with whether she should be granted sainthood. Some would say that it doesn’t matter and that her work speaks volumes to her perseverance and generosity. In response to that, all I can do is hang my head in shame that so many people see what they want to see. Teresa was a fraud. There remains millions of charity money with the Vatican intended to alleviate the condition of the poor in the slums of Calcutta and elsewhere. Most of this money comes from the most “evil” of people like Robert Maxwell and many of them see it as a quick fix for all their moral crimes. Not to mention that it’s the best way to launder money.

Teresa’s and Nirmala’s (the one who now heads the freak show) own statements, show clearly that they are not here to help the poor. Anyone who has bothered to look beyond the pristine white saree and blue border knows that the poor have been harmed more than helped. Those that have delved deeper into the working and psyche of Teresa and the missionary begin to see all that is fucked up with the way they work.

In the end, the supposed good that they missionaries have done in Calcutta is a bunch of bullshit. Ask the people in the slums of Calcutta. Thousands of independent interviewers have penetrated the façade that is the picture of the generous mother. There are thousands of charitable organizations in India that do more. They do not seek to convert the sick and weak of will, but truly put in their efforts to improve the living conditions of those they touch. In conclusion, Teresa has harmed India more than she has helped her. I am not indebted to her and her missionary for anything.

I feel it is impossible to illuminate all the facts that go to show Teresa is a fraud. Especially not within a blog post. The over whelming pages of evidence would be far more if religious organizations were more transparent in their financial dealings. When sisters of the missionary start to speak out (those that still believe strongly in the Christian faith) people should begin to wonder if all is as it seems on the surface.

Pannalal Manik also has doubts. "I don't understand why you educated people in the West have made this woman into such a goddess!" Manik was born some 56 years ago in the Rambagan slum, which at about 300 years of age, is Calcutta's oldest. What Manik has achieved, can well be called a "miracle". He has built 16 apartment buildings in the midst of the slum -- living space for 4000 people. Money for the building materials -- equivalent to DM 10000 per apartment building -- was begged for by Manik from the Ramakrishna Mission [a Indian/Hindu charity], the largest assistance-organisation in India. The slum-dwellers built the buildings themselves. It has become a model for the whole of India. But what about Mother Teresa? "I went to her place 3 times," said Manik. "She did not even listen to what I had to say. Everyone on earth knows that the sisters have a lot of money. But no one knows what they do with it!"

The Britishers referred to Mahatma Gandhi as `Mr Gandhi'. Why should we call her `Mother'?
- Giriraj Kishore

On the issue of abortion, Mother Teresa's was a fundamentalist position, one that was firmly allied with the Pope's hard-line position. Mother Teresa went so far as to appeal to victims of rape during the Bangladesh war not to terminate their pregnancies; the Pope, naturally, wanted the more recent victims of rape in Bosnia to follow the same course. At a public Mass in Knock, Ireland, in 1992, Mother Teresa said: "Let us promise Our Lady who loves Ireland so much that we will never allow in this country a single abortion. And no contraceptions."

All this irritates Monica's husband Seiku. "It is much ado about nothing," he says. "My wife was cured by the doctors and not by any miracle."
- Seiku Murmu, husband of "miraculously cured" Monica Besra

Suggested further reading:
Op-ed: The unblessed of Calcutta

Indian rationalists call Mother Teresa's miracle hocus-pocus

Calcutta-born doctor speaks out: 'Mother Teresa did more harm than good

India has no reason to be grateful to Mother Teresa

Intellibriefs

What's Mother Teresa Got to Do with It?

Mommie Dearest: The pope beatifies Mother Teresa, a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud.

Mother Theresa - Where are her millions?

Neurologist: Sodomy "Common" in Mother Teresa's Orphanage

This Last one, is thanks to Bhavna. She brought this book to my notice and a quick search on google and I had found the book. Just goes to show how many people would like to know the truth.

Mother Teresa The Final Verdict By Aroup Chatterjee



11 comments:

bhavna said...
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bhavna said...

This is indeed shockin'..till now i ws completely unaware of this...and i still remember that as a child(must have been in class 3)i was taught this chapter on mother teresa which was on how she saw a sick man lying on the road n sympathized with him..and how she took him to the hospital...anyway what i'm tryin' to say here is that if at such a young age you'r taught something like that then it has a very deep impact on ur mind..and if u dont look into the details, like i did today,u would just go on thinkin that its true..if people who have been livin' in calcutta for years goin through all the misery and still havent been helped by the mother teresa missionaries are sayin all this then its ought to be true..just that all this while its been projected by the catholic church in a way to make it look like she was a saint...really sad..

Simply Luna-tik ! said...

Well...I was away for a few days and sure have missed a lot of hatred...:p

Man, I would say,you really got some great sources....and I remember we were thought few chapters of Sister Teressa in school...and Din't Gandhi get a Nobel Peace Prize.. **shocking**

Anyways, I would'nt dwell on the vatican and stuffs 'coz it surely isn't my business...

However, I love Bhaghat Singh(I don't know where it came from :p)...I guess, Nobel Peace Prize should not only be given to people who practice peace or whatever but also to people who fight and give their lives for peace..and I guess Freedom is a part of instating Peace..!!!

angry ballerina said...

I actually had to read this post over and over again. Not saying that it was a "I can't believe he wrote this shit" more of a "Damn this is good shit"

Your a very insightful, and sharp as a tack, I wish there were more writers on the web like you.

The Depressed Doormat said...

@Bhavna: Indians don't bother to check facts. When people can believe in miracles, they are capable of believing anything. Kids are impressionable. When they are taught bullshit, the bullshit sticks and a myth becomes reality.

@Lunatik: Gandhi did not win a Nobel Peace Prize. I verified it with the Nobel site before posting.

As for "dwelling on the vatican", that is not what I am doing here. This post regards India more than you have noticed. It goes to show how stereotypes are formed, Indian elephants on roads, snake charmers at every corner. We do not need to look like an inferior race of unintelligent people, when it was our ancestors that taught these cultureless mother fuckers everything they know. And we knew a lot of shit before anyone else knew. Or did you not watch the videos yet? :P

@Angry: Thanks for the compliment. Glad you enjoyed reading it. I sure enjoyed reading the comment first thing in the morning. :D

Simply Luna-tik ! said...

Cultureless....??

what's culture according to u...? would love to know ur opinion on that..!

and sorry haven't read ur post fully yet...will do it sooner...have fun..:)

The Depressed Doormat said...

Not a bad question.

Culture (dictionary.com)
–noun 1. the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.

(Miriam Webster) enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training

If you go back far enough in history, you will notice that the civilisations Indian sub-continent and its neighbours were far ahead in terms of cultural development, as compared to the western civilisations. Most of the propagation of the civilsation was probably due to trade amongst the various developing ones at the time. These are documented facts.

If you watch the videos from "We Are The Champions" then you will realise how far ahead of our competitors we were in the field of science. Art wasn't any different either.

Anonymous said...

Can you touch the poor and dying? I think NOT. So this old lady you disrespectfully talk about could do SOOOOOOOO much more than you EVER could even THINK about. If she was alive and u needed help, her heart was full of compassion. Not every person can be helped but she helped majority which made a HUGE difference............Not only in India but the WHOLE WORLD. You should research on her more.

The Depressed Doormat said...

@Anonymous: Your comment exudes ignorance and is typical of the close mindedness of a theist. Your inability to make intelligible arguments is only shadowed by your cowardice in hiding behind a shroud of anonymity.

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Zahar Alao said...

Wow, people will do anything to make someone look bad these days huh?