Letter: Painting despoils goodness of Mother Teresa

To the Editor:

By representing Blessed Mother Teresa, a courageous and good woman, marching in common cause with the likes of Margaret Sanger, the painting hanging in the Trumbull Library falsifies her message and mission of love.

Margaret Sanger famously said “the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that police authority alone prevents him from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets.” She also said, “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” Yes, she did say “it.” She spoke at a Klu Klux Klan rally and published Nazi eugenicists in her magazine.

In her book, The Pivot of Civilization, Ms. Sanger advocated compulsory segregation (throughout their fertile years) or sterilization for the profoundly retarded. Maybe we would have our own Warsaw Ghetto in Trumbull or possibly concentrate the defectives (her word not mine) in a Bridgeport camp.

The Resnicks and Ms. Horton may wish to make common cause with Margaret Sanger, but they do not have the right to drag the good name and reputation of Mother Teresa into their claque. Director Horton owes Mother Teresa and the people of Trumbull an apology and a promise not to use false representations and slander to promote values that many residents consider vile. There is a phrase in Latin “ex malo bonum” that is an exhortation to bring good out of evil. The library is reversing that counsel, despoiling the goodness of Mother Teresa life by linking with racism and eugenics.

George Meagher