In answer to Drew, regarding the apple and Mother Theresa
The apple, because the entire anology suggests that there is something wrong with gaining knowledge. That mankind erred when it learnt about good an evil as opposed to becoming smarter and learning about the world around them. Any belief system that makes knowledge of the world a sin, i have a problem with.
As for Mother Theresa,
In no specific order, she accepted over a million dollars from S&L criminal Charles Keating in exchange for her asking Judge Lance to show him some leniency. DA Paul Turley suggested she give the money back to the fraud victims that Keating had stolen it from, and she didn't. Accepting bribes is such an ethical and moral way of doing business don't you think?
'We have drugs for people with diseases like leprosy. But these drugs do not treat the main problem, the disease of being unwanted. That's what my sisters hope to provide.'
Rather than spend the money on clinical care, she spent in on pursuing religious instruction to 'help the disease of being unwanted' by trying to convert the sick and the dying, rather than helping cure them, however if she should fall ill, she was always rushed to the best medical care centers her money could buy. Shame she didn't lavish such medical attention on her clinics.
In the book Missionary Position, by Christopher Hitchens, she explains that AIDS was Gods punishment for sexual immorality. Which is an abhorrent viewpoint given that it's just a disease.
Susan Shields, a former sister of Mother Theresa's, wrote an article for Free Enquiry magazine. In it she explains that Mother Theresa certainly didn't lack for money (which is exceedingly strange given the fact that she was always sending her sisters out to beg for money) for instance
As a Missionary of Charity, I was assigned to record donations and write the thank-you letters. The money arrived at a frantic rate. The mail carrier often delivered the letters in sacks. We wrote receipts for checks of $50,000 and more on a regular basis. Sometimes a donor would call up and ask if we had received his check, expecting us to remember it readily because it was so large. How could we say that we could not recall it because we had received so many that were even larger?
so the money was there, however,
Mother was very concerned that we preserve our spirit of poverty. Spending money would destroy that poverty. .....In Haiti, to keep the spirit of povery, the sisters reused needles untill they became blunt. Seeing the pain caused by the blunt needles, some of the volunteers offered to procure more needle, but the sisters refused.
Oh yeah, great teachings that. but then, given that Mother Theresa's self described three central tenets were Obedience to God, voluntary suffering, and that any attachment to people is bad because it interferes with the love for God, this sort of abuses seem perfectly understandable.
Our constitution forbade us to be for more than we needed, but when it came to begging, the millions of dollars accumalating in the bank were treated as if they did not exist.
Unless of course, Mother Theresa wanted her own health looked after. Then they did exist and were put to good use.
In case you are wondering. Ms Shields was a sister for over a decade.
I'm sure someone is going to turn round and say 'but she did good too' and i'm sure she did. However she isn't anywhere near the saint far too many people try and make her out to be. She appeared to be more worried about herself, and converting people, than about helping them, or she would have put those millions to better use than rotting in a bank account.
Edited by Cyberhippie, 22 June 2004 - 09:22 AM.