This year, on August 26, the date on which Mother Teresa would have been 100 years old, the U. S. Postal Service will be honoring her by issuing a commemorative stamp bearing her picture.  As a further tribute to Mother Teresa, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League wrote to the Empire  State Building Partners requesting that also on that date, August 26, the Empire State Building display the colors of Mother Teresa’s organization, the Missionaries of Charity, by shining blue, white and blue lights.

The decision to issue the stamp brought an immediate protest from the Freedom from Religion Foundation spokeswoman, Annie Laurie Gaylor,  who said it runs against Postal Service regulations.  “Mother Teresa is principally known as a religious figure who ran a religious institution. You can’t really separate her being a nun and being a Roman Catholic from everything she did,”  Gaylor told Fox News.   Nevertheless, in the past stamps have been issued in honor of Malcolm X, Father Flanagan, Martin Luther King.

And as a response to Donohue’s request that the Empire State Building display Mother Teresa’s colors, the request was denied without explanation.

Says Donohue:

Mother Teresa received 124 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Medal of Freedom.  She build hundreds of orphanages, hospitals, hospices, health clinics, homeless shelters, youth shelters, and soup kitchens all over the world and is revered in India for her work.  She created the first hospice in Greenwich Village for AIDS patients.  Not surprisingly, she was voted the most admired woman in the world three years in a row in the mid-1990s.  But she is not good enough for the Empire State Building.

The Empire State Building has a website,, which will tell you what color the Empire State Building is today (in case you’re out of town or it’s daytime), and also  will tell you why.  For example, today, June 8, it is purple, blue and white, in honor of  United Nations World Oceans Day.   Last year on the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Communist revolution they honored Mao Zedong, perhaps the greatest mass murderer in history, by shining red and yellow lights.

Well!  Mao Zedong but not Mother Teresa?

We are petitioning Anthony Malkin, owner of the Empire State Building, to reverse their decision.  Write him at: Malkin Properties, One Grand Central Place, 60 E. 42nd Street, New York NY 10165.  When CBS reporters sought to interview Malkin they were escorted out of the building.

The Catholic League plans a demonstration outside of the Empire State Building  on August 26 to protest this obvious  discrimination against a world-renowned humanitarian  because of her religion.