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11/23/2012 (1 year ago)

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Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor,' they claim, but 'was a friend of poverty'

A Dartmouth College atheist group is planning an event aimed at denouncing and vilifying the work of the late Mother Teresa. The Atheists Humanists Agnostics club sent out an e-mail announcing the program next week. The group promises a "full-out romp against why one of the most beloved people of the century, Mother Teresa, is as Hitchens put it . 'a lying, thieving Albanian dwarf.'"

The group claims that Teresa, on her way to sainthood in the Catholic church, 'was not a friend of the poor,' but 'was a friend of poverty.'

The group claims that Teresa, on her way to sainthood in the Catholic church, "was not a friend of the poor," but "was a friend of poverty."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/23/2012 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Mother Teresa, Dartmouth, demonstration, atheism, Christopher Hitchens


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Mother Teresa has long been one of the most unassailable figures of the 20th Century, who selflessly dedicated her life to helping the poor in India.

The group plans to screen an anti-Mother Teresa film, discuss Hitchens' book, "Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice," and question how the public has been "conned into thinking this woman [Teresa] was good."

The group claims that Teresa, on her way to sainthood in the Catholic church, "was not a friend of the poor," but "was a friend of poverty."

An infamous article by the late atheist crusader Christopher Hitchens attempted to tear down the legends that surround Teresa. The event has ignited controversy on the Ivy League campus. Students have told Campus Reform that they were upset AHA was hosting such an event.

"It's easy for a group of privileged Ivy League students who have never experienced poverty to meet in a 'super secret room' and think themselves as intellectuals by bashing Mother Teresa," Melanie Wilcox, Executive Editor of the conservative Dartmouth Review says.

"I'd like to know what they have done, if anything, to help the needy," she added.

AHA President Adam Hann defends the event. He admits to intentionally using "provocative" language in the e-mail to excite interest among students.

"What I like to do is, when there are areas that people just get vitriol or angry even for bringing it up, I like to go and have that discussion," Hann says.

Hann added that he estimates only about five to 10 people will participate in the event slated for this Saturday.

Mother Teresa is widely known for founding the Missionaries of Charities, a charity tasked with aiding the poor. She was beatified in 2003 by Pope John Paul II, a step toward possible sainthood.

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