IT was a fire. It was devastating. It damn near destroyed one of the world’s greatest buildings – and it was a gift to a wide spectrum of right-wing imbeciles who are gleefully touting conspiracy theories ranging from Islamist arson to God venting his fury against secular Europe.
First up, the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue, above, whose ramblings were abruptly halted on Fox News – Fox News, for chrissake – when he told interviewer Neil Cavuto:
Well, Neil, if it is an accident, it’s a monumental tragedy. But forgive me for being suspicious. Just last month, a 17 century church was set on fire in Paris. We have seen Tabernacles knocked down, crosses have been torn down, statues have been smashed.
Cavuto then had to step in and ask Donohue not to spread rumours and tried to move the conversation on to fundraising for a future renovation.
Bill, we don’t know that, we don’t know. So if we can avoid what your suspicions might be, I do want to look at what happens now.
Donohue initially started to answer this question before reverting to the arson rhetoric.
Well, first they have to get to the bottom of it, and they will rebuild it, there’s no question about that. I’m sorry, when I find out that the Eucharist is being destroyed and excrement is being smeared on crosses, this is what’s going on now.
At this point, Cavuto decided enough was enough and chose to end the conversation right there.
Wait a minute Bill, I love you dearly, but we cannot make conjectures about this so thank you, Bill, I’m sorry, thank you very very much. I do want to let people know, and again we’re not trying to be rude to our guests here, there is so much we do not know about what happened here.
Meanwhile Glenn Beck, the American conservative radio host and devout Trump supporter, was one of the first to point the finger at Islamists by suggesting that they started the fire as an act of terrorism, despite the origin of the fire still yet to be confirmed.
In an appearance on The News and Why It Matters, Beck claimed that the fire could have been arson and, if it was started by Islamists, then no one will find out due to the problems it could cause in France.
If this was arson, this is going to be bad. If this was arson of any foreign kind of – any foreign entity, anybody with a grudge, I think if – and this is a huge if, it might have just been started by a cigarette, we don’t know – but if this was started by Islamists, I don’t think you’ll find out about it because I think it would set the entire country on fire. They’ve had killings, they’ve had mass shootings, they’ve had people running people down in the streets. The tension is very high.
This would be like us burning the White House. What is iconic like this? This is their World Trade Centre moment and if this was done by terrorists I think that they will keep it quiet because I just don’t think that Macron in France wants that internal fight.
Also quick to jump on the wagon was Britain’s former EDL leader and notorious Islamophobe, Tommy Robinson, above. The moron suggested on his Telegram account that the fire was suspicious. The 36-year-old asked:
How does an ‘accidental’ fire during restoration works start in two different places at once?
In Germany, far-right politicians also shared xenophobic conspiracies and provocative messages on social media.
In a tweet, Alice Weidel, the parliamentary group leader of the Alternative for Germany, the country’s largest opposition party, implied a connection between Monday’s blaze and previous anti-Christian “attacks” in France.
And WorldNutDaily carried a piece by Dennis Prager, above, a conservative American talk-show host and writer, who suggested:
It is as if God Himself wanted to warn us in the most unmistakable way that Western Christianity is burning – and with it, Western civilization.
The blowhard continued:
Every major Western (and one major non-Western) social and intellectual force has conspired to rid Europe of Christianity and the civilization it produced.
Within the Western world, the French Enlightenment – the intellectual basis of the French Revolution and the modern West – sought to replace Christianity, and religion in general, with secularism rooted in reason. No God, Bible or Ten Commandments is necessary for morality or meaning: reason (and science) will replace them.
The two final deathblows to Christianity in Europe were the world wars. World War I ended most Westerners’ belief in the nation-state and the West. Christianity, already weakened by the Enlightenment, was further weakened by World War I. German Christians were killing millions of French and English Christians, and French and English Christians were killing millions of German Christians. So the argument and sentiment against Christianity went.
Then World War II saw even more death on the Christian continent as well as the failure of Catholic and Protestant churches in Nazi Germany to offer even minimal noncompliance with the Nazis’ Jew-hatred.
With the end of World War II, every internal Western intellectual doctrine was secular. God, the Bible and religion were regarded at best as innocuous nonsense and at worst as noxious nonsense.
Meanwhile, Europeans brought a non-European ideology into Europe, an ideology that, for more than a thousand years, sought to replace Christianity as the world’s dominant religion. The Europeans, believing in nothing distinctly Christian or Western and believing in the moral and intellectual nonsense known as “multiculturalism” – a doctrine that asserts that all cultures are morally equivalent – saw nothing problematic in bringing millions of Muslims into Europe.
They had no idea that most of these people actually wanted to replace Christianity with their religion. They had no idea because, in their ignorance and arrogance, they assumed that because they were secular multiculturalists, everybody else was, too – or would be, once they lived in Europe.
They were wrong, of course. And as a result, the two dominant forces in Europe – secular leftism and Islamism – sought the end of Christianity and the West. (The left believes that protecting Western civilization is equivalent to protecting white supremacy.)
I don’t know if a worker accident or a radical Muslim set fire to Notre Dame Cathedral (as they have scores of other churches around Europe). In terms of what the fire represented, it doesn’t much matter. What matters is the omen: Europe is burning, just as Notre Dame was.