Diversity is the mantra of the politically correct, and should be applied across the board, right? This brings us to an example of purging so extreme and so absurd that it can be rationally explained only as an act of utter paranoia about Christianity. In this case, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) was displeased with the decision of the Madison, Wisconsin, Metro system to place Mother Teresa's picture on its April bus pass. Mother Teresa had been chosen, among other reasons, because she was part of Time magazine's top 100 Most Important People of the twentieth century. But FFRF president Annie Laurie Gaylor said the picture was "an insult to Madisonians who value women's rights, and the separation of church and state." Metro spokeswoman Julie Maryott-Walsh denied the charge, saying, "We just believed she was notable." Maryott-Walsh added that the May bus pass would feature another notable person: the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Some people may consider him a religious figure. We don't." In addition, plans call for the October 2003 pass to feature Mohandas Gandhi, "a religious figure to some," she said. "It is not Metro's intent to promote religion with the passes." Other celebrity figures to be featured on passes throughout the year were Philo Farnsworth, Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Tim Berners-Lee (founder of the World Wide Web).
Such assurances did not satisfy Gaylor. "Religious figures," she said, "do not belong on monthly passes of publicly owned transportation facilities." So this remarkably strong woman, Mother Teresa-world-renowned for her selfless lifetime of charity works in poverty-stricken nations, whose Missionaries of Charity Order was sanctioned by the pope, and who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her astonishingly good works-is an "insult" to "women's rights?" Absolutely, according to Gaylor, because Mother Teresa didn't march in lockstep with the preaching of the feminist movement. "Mother Teresa," said Gaylor, "lived in parts of the world where she saw firsthand the overwhelming poverty and tragedy resulting from women's lack of access to birth control. Yet she campaigned stridently throughout her life at every opportunity against access to contraception, sterilization and abortion for anyone."
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