As we approach Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s 100th birthday next week, it would seem that Anthony Malkin of the Empire State Building has finally come around to using the lighting of his building in recognition of those he deems the poor and the least among us. He will be joining the owners of other New York City buildings in dimming their lights this Fall to aid migratory birds in preventing their deaths in the thousands from building strikes.
Yesterday’s New York Post carries the story. It seems some 90,000 birds die in NYC annually from being blinded by the night lights. It’s a red letter day for birds in New York.
Considering the fact that Mother Teresa spoke passionately for the tens of millions of our own species who are murdered annually through world-wide abortion, for the tens of millions of our own species who go hungry, filthy, homeless annually, not lighting the building to honor Mother while showing such tender concern for our feathered friends seems a strange set of priorities indeed.
Can there be any doubt about Anthony Malkin’s war against Mother Teresa in light of this latest development, of his tortured set of priorities? Birds? BIRDS??
Mother was honored with a Nobel Peace Prize, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, The Congressional Medal of Freedom, and the highest honors from every civilized nation on the planet for her work on behalf of the least loved humans among us. The religious order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity has over 4,500 sisters active in over 133 countries on every continent. Well-deserved honors that speak as much about Mother’s heroic life’s work as they do about what we most value.
A different time, and not so long ago.
Mr. Malkin is off to an inauspicious start in his quest for honorable standing in the medal count. At a minimum, he’ll have to surpass John James Audubon, which means doing more than turning out the lights. But honestly Mr. Malkin, beating on a dead nun is not the way to get there or to be favorably remembered.
Blue and White on the 26th, Mr. Malkin.
Blue and White.