So sayeth a group of unhappy young Muslims from Peja, Kosovo, who are unhappy both with the plan to place a statue of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in their town, and with the construction of a Catholic Church named after her, being built in the capital city of Pristina.
"She was of Vlach origin, born in Macedonia. She is not an Albanian," Zhita said.
The celebrated and now beatified Catholic missionary, famed for her work in the slums of India, had done nothing for Kosovo or Peja but had spent her life serving a foreign religious organisation, they said.
So far, the mayor of Peja is no mood to back down. The municipality responded positively on March 11 to the request from a group known as the Council for Mother Teresa Statues, run by Catholic Albanians in New York, asking for space in town to put up the statue.
Mayor Ali Berisha said he had received the letter of protest from the Muslim youth group on Wednesday. But, downplaying the relevance of Mother Teresa's religious identity, he said her work for the poor and dying transcended the whole issue.
“I think that there should not be a religious connotation to this question, but a humanitarian one alone,” Berisha told Balkan Insight.
He said the request for the statue had been discussed several times in the local assembly and a majority of councillors had decided in favour. He also said he had discussed the matter with head of Islamic Community in Peja who showed no sign of disagreement.
“We will go ahead with our plan,” Berisha said.
The article concludes: "Born in Skopje, when it was a city in the Ottoman Empire, Mother Teresa was the youngest child of a family that hailed from from Shkoder in northern Albania." While she was clearly Albanian, this attack is most unfortunate, given her instinting generosity and care for people of all creeds and backgrounds.
UPDATE: This is not a good sign.