The Corner

Bill Donahue, Irish Catholic New Feminist

I’m loving watching the great Mother Teresa Empire State Building Campaign of 2010. August 26th will mark the 100th anniversary of the late Catholic sister’s birth. Donahue, president of the Catholic League – who you’ve probably encountered a time or two telling truths no one else really wants to have to – put an application into the Empire State Building requesting that the lights that night honor her memory and work. His request was denied. Among the reasons was that the Empire State Building does not do religious figures. History, as Donahue points out, suggests something else.

Donahue also points out that the Empire State Building appears to be perversely discriminating. He writes in one of his many statements on the campaign (on its 22nd day): “the same persons who chose to stiff Mother Teresa decided to honor the Chinese Communist revolution last year, even though 77 million innocent men, women and children were murdered under Mao Zedong.”

And while the Empire State Building may not be interested in Mother Teresa, Donahue, who has a demonstration planned for the birthday, is doing his part to shine a bright light on her life again, something that can’t hurt the many students and families who he has turned onto the campaign. I find myself, as I often do, saying “Good for Bill!”

And since we’re on the topic, here’s her Nobel Peace Prize lecture. 

Most Popular


The Odds Are Slim to Nunes

When the history of the 2018 midterms is written, there will be a chapter on missed opportunities for Democrats. Some may wonder if they should have spent so much money supporting Beto O’Rourke in Texas, or whether Heidi Heitkamp was doomed from the start in North Dakota. One painful question for progressives ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Beatification of Beto

The media’s treatment of Texas Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke wasn’t the most egregiously unfair coverage of the past year -- that would be the treatment of Brett Kavanaugh -- but it ranks among 2018’s most annoying. The endless glowing profiles of O’Rourke in every publication from Vanity Fair to ... Read More

Bye, Heidi

North Dakota senator Heidi Heitkamp trails in the polls, by a large margin and for a good reason. Since winning office in 2012 on the promise to represent state rather than party, Heitkamp has done little to distinguish herself from the rest of the Senate Democratic caucus. The case against Heitkamp for ... Read More