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June 9, 2010

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CBS News

Empire State Building Won't Honor Mother Teresa

Management Refuses to Say Why it Won't Light Skyscraper Blue and White in Honor of Nobel Peace Prize Winner's Birthday

The Empire State building has gone green for Saint Patrick's Day and Earth Day, red for the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and even pink for the release of a Mariah Carey album. Wednesday night, the landmark will be bathed in yellow for the "Alliance For Young Artists And Writers." However, the management of New York's tallest skyscraper turned down a request by the Catholic League to go blue and white to honor Mother Teresa on her 100th birthday in August and the City Council wants to know why.

CBS 2's Lou Young tried to get answers from the Empire State building's management a few weeks ago, but came up empty. Neither was the City Council, and even the Archbishop of New York was perplexed.

"I kind of shrug my shoulders with everybody else," Dolan said on March 14. "I guess there must be a reason. It'd be tough for me to understand a credible one, but I wish they'd kind of tell us. It's tough to be against Mother Teresa?

The simple blue and white lighting would be the same colors used for a Yankees World Series win or an Israeli Independence Day. In this case it would be the colors worn by a crusader for the poor, yet the people who own the Empire State Building said they won't pay this simple tribute and they refuse to offer an explanation to people who made the application.

There's a number of reasons why they might not want to do this for Mother Teresa. Maybe they don't do it for individual people. Maybe they don't do birthdays. Maybe she's too short. The point is, they haven't talked at all, and they haven't given any reason at all why they won't light the building for her 100th birthday.

NICKIE GOOMBA'S NOTE #1...
Here is Empire State Building owner Anthony Malkin's latest statement:

"The Empire State Building celebrates many cultures and causes in the world community with iconic lightings, and has a tradition of lightings for the religious holidays of Easter, Eid al Fitr, Hanukah, and Christmas. As a privately owned building, ESB has a specific policy against any other lighting for religious figures or requests by religions and religious organizations."
NICKIE GOOMBA'S NOTE #2...
I seems that Malkin hasn't been very consistent with this 'no religious figures' policy as the building was lit in red and white to honor John Cardinal O’Connor after his 2000 death and the tower lights were dimmed after John Paul II’s death in 2005.

15 comments:

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Great Question ... I don't know.

Anonymous said...

I'm going along withe the "too short" theory. God hates short Albanians.

Anonymous said...

Good choice of photos. Lots of similarities.

Wetzy said...

I think that owner is probably an atheist Obummer supporter.

Opus #6 said...

I'm not surprised. Our country has messed up priorities.

LL said...

They need to make an exception for barack hussein obama (a person) and turn off all the lights including the navigation hazard lights at the top.

Black out for barack would be in honor of his "dimwitted" behavior and the lack of navigation hazard would represent his style of management where running the country on the rocks is "no problem".

WoFat said...

Sounds like someone in the corporation needs to be thrown OFF the EMpire State Building. Seems like a good way to 'splain things.

The_Kid said...

It's obvious Nickie. She's not black, homosexual, palestinian, pedophilic, or a a crazed islamic mass murder. She's not from greenpeace, PETA or the mothers against anything that makes sense (MAAMS). She hasn't dissed the Israeli's, or praised the illegal mexican sex crazed, gang obsessed kidnapper mother/father rapers, and she listened to Rush Limbaugh for 2 minutes by accident one day.

The Conservative Lady said...

Mother Teresa was a selfless, caring person who gave her life to helping others. She just happened to be a nun. In the new, Obama-Progressive country we live in, religion is off-limits. Cardinal O'Connor and Pope John Paul were in the past. Mr. Malkin has a right to do what he wants...it's his building. Too bad he can't see past the nun's habit and look into the loving soul of a great lady who did so much to ease the pain of so many poor people. Shame on him.

Subvet said...

So where's King Kong when we really need him?

lady di said...

I guess it would be up to each one of us then to do the honor in our own home and in our own way and light a candle in honor of Mother Teresa and set the example.

texlahoma said...

They'll light it up for Mariah Carey but not for Mother Teressa!??!
That's crazy!

Christopher said...

I work with a guy who is from India and is Hindu and they honor Mother Teresa all the time.

This is not about religion, it is about being human.

Quite Rightly said...

Don't forget. Mother Teresa was opposed to abortion. That probably disqualified her right there.

But perhaps the owners are looking into their crystal ball and noting that, without a firm policy against recognizing religious figures, there soon will be riots in the streets if they don't celebrate about 360 jihadist imams a year.

mark said...

Maybe because Blue and White are Israel's colors.