Assemblyman Jay Webber / 973-884-6190
Assembly Republican Press Office / 609-292-5339
June 10, 2010
WEBBER INTRODUCES RESOLUTIONS TO COMMEMORATE 100th BIRTHDAY OF MOTHER TERESA
COMMUNIST DICTATOR MAO ZEDONG
Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-Morris and
The first resolution, AR-92, responds to the Empire State Building Lighting Partners’ rejection of an application to illuminate the Empire State Building in blue and white, the colors of the congregation Mother Teresa founded, the Missionaries of Charity. Last Fall, the Partners approved of lighting the tower in red and yellow to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Communist revolution, whose dictator Mao Zedong was responsible for the deaths of millions of people. In the past the Building also has been lighted for other less consequential figures such as the Grateful Dead and Mariah Carey. The Resolution urges the Partners and owner Anthony Malkin to reconsider their decision to disqualify Mother Teresa.
"So let’s see whether we have this straight from Anthony Malkin and his Partners: Worthy of lighting the Empire State Building are Mao Zedong, Mariah Carey, and the Grateful Dead — but not Mother Teresa, who helped shape the 20th century through her compassion and caring,” stated Webber. “It is perverse that the Empire State Building Partners and Mr. Malkin would choose to honor an oppressive Communist regime defined by terror and tyranny, but then refuse to honor a life-saving humanitarian whose life was selflessly dedicated to easing the pain of the suffering and sick. The absurdity of this situation towers nearly as tall as the skyscraper itself.”
The New York City Council is scheduled to consider its own resolution calling on the Building Partners to reconsider its decision denying Mother Teresa an honoring in lights.
second resolution, AR-93, would declare August 26, 2010, to be Mother Teresa
"New Jerseyans of all beliefs and backgrounds agree that Mother Teresa will be a model of selflessness for centuries to come, and I call on my colleagues in the Legislature to join me in honoring her extraordinary life and work,” concluded Webber.
Both resolutions are attached.