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Two Laudable Resolutions to Honor Mother Teresa

 

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

 

CALLS ON EMPIRE STATE BUILDING TO RECONSIDER DENYING REVERED WOMAN THE SAME HONOR GIVEN TO

COMMUNIST DICTATOR MAO ZEDONG

 

            Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-Morris and Passaic, introduced today two Resolutions to honor Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta on August 26, 2010, the 100th anniversary of her birth.  On June 1, Assemblyman Webber announced that he would be introducing these Resolutions.   Assemblyman Peter Barnes, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, and Assemblyman Erik Peterson already are joining in sponsoring these bipartisan Resolutions.

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.”

"Outside Calcutta, few places have been more touched by Mother Teresa than our metropolitan area," stated Webber. "Her Missionaries of Charity minister to the poor in the Bronx and across New Jersey, from Newark to Plainfield to Asbury Park.  The New York City skyline is a treasured part of daily life for millions of New Jerseyans, many of whom have been helped or inspired by the heroic life of Mother Teresa.  On their behalf, I ask the Empire State Building Lighting Partners to use their powerful icon to honor Mother Teresa.  Such a tribute in lights would be fitting for a woman who brought the light of love to so many suffering in darkness," continued Webber.

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.

The second resolution, AR-93, would declare August 26, 2010, to be Mother Teresa Day in New Jersey, to honor and celebrate her centennial.  Mother Teresa received in her lifetime 124 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Medal of Freedom.

            "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.

Empire State Lighting for Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa Day in New Jersey

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