April 16, 2019

The Cathedral of Notre Dame burns: What happened? What does it mean?

Rebel Staff

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But right now, I want talk about something else that is in the news, that is much bigger than political parties or the daily quarrels of life:

The stunning fire that consumed one of the finest cathedrals in the world, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The foundation stone for this cathedral was laid by the pope in the year 1163, and it took more than a hundred years to build.

The cathedral has been renovated and rebuilt countless times since its original construction; the enormous spire that fell so tragically yesterday was "only" several hundred years old; the mighty oak roof was original. Those oak trees would have been 300 or 400 years old when they were harvested to build that roof — an estimated 12,000 of them, a whole forest of trees that grew a thousand years ago...

It's staggering to contemplate.

Here’s what Bernard-Henri Levy, the French author, said yesterday:

"Notre Dame de Paris is really one of the beating hearts of the French civilization. How can you rebuild eight or nine centuries of history? How can you rebuild the tears, the whispers and the memories of a whole country and of the whole civilization?”

(I think they will rebuild. So far, several French billionaires have stepped forward with pledges of hundreds of millions of dollars. And thankfully the stone walls seem to be sturdy; and other parts of the church down below — the main blaze was that oak roof, as it turns out.)

But Levy's comments, echoed by so many others, explain why, although there was no-one killed yesterday — one firefighter was injured — it had the shocking, gutting feeling of a sort of 9/11.

Which is why it was no surprise, to those of us who follow such things, that the Arabic language chat by French Muslims was jubilant, as I'll show.

They know there’s a meaning there.

Just two months ago, another mighty French church, St. Sulpice, was burnt, too. Police say that was deliberately set.

It’s true, fires can happen by accident. Most fires are. Some are arson of the mere criminal variety. But it is also a tool of terrorism.

In 2016, there was an ISIS plot to attack the Notre Dame that was foiled; in fact, a terrorist connected to that plot was sentenced just weeks ago...

Immediate talking points on TV were that this was a construction accident, not arson, certainly not terrorism. But how could that possibly be determined before the fire was even put out? Contrary reports say there was no construction going on at the cathedral at that time.

I regret that we will likely never know all the facts. We have sent Jack Buckby and Martina Markota to Paris to see what they can find. They landed this morning; you can see their videos at RebelParis.com — and you can chip in there to the cost of their economy-fare travel, if you like.

I do know that this has caused a hole in the heart of France.

It is a symbol of the decay of the west; how the west is falling; how the west’s enemies are jubilant; how a coalition of militant progressives, who hate the church from the left, are allied with soft jihadists.

It’s a sad day, and you don’t have to be French, or a Catholic to feel it...

NEXT: There's an Ontario court case challenging the national carbon tax, and Andrew Lawton of the True North Institute is covering it. He's also joining me tonight with the latest update.

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commented 2019-04-17 09:13:56 -0400
Today, the 17th, the President of France has announced that there will be a competition open to architects world wide to design a new Steeple for Notre Dame. Can you imagine, a beautiful spire with the Crescent Moon and Star on top of it.
commented 2019-04-17 04:41:59 -0400
The truth will “out” eventually… But for now I would not trust the Macron controlled media to tell me if it’s raining or not…
commented 2019-04-17 00:52:07 -0400
I’m guessing Notre Dame de Paris was torched.
The problem is, by whom.
The left.
Yeah, the usual suspects…and it’s amazing how compatible they all are and how well they work together…

I had the same feeling watching Notre Dame burn as I felt watching the Bamiyan Buddhas explode.
commented 2019-04-17 00:26:04 -0400
The Notre-Dame Cathedral burning broke my heart. The investigators in french have said that they are not excluding a criminal act. So sad what is happening to the western world and seeing the cathedral burning is like our culture and society burning as well.
commented 2019-04-16 21:45:41 -0400
Ezra, I thought your show tonight would just be like the cartoon before the main feature. I was wrong, it was an entertaining show where you and your people put in a lot of work, despite the fact that you will all be working late tonight.
commented 2019-04-16 21:20:45 -0400
If I understand this correctly, the climate is changing. This change can be changed by people paying money to various governments and sympathetic agencies. The flaw with this theory has many historical failures. Health care in Ontario, more money = poorer outcome, longer wait times, fewer doctors. Education in Ontario, more money = poorer outcome, more teachers, fewer students, kids can’t add. Municipal tax increases = more potholes, reduced garbage pickup, more crime, more public union strikes. I could go on, but do these thieving morons actually believe that by picking my pocket yet again, that money will change the weather, when they can’t even get the things right that they could control if they were in the least bit competent.
commented 2019-04-16 21:02:09 -0400
I’m going with arson, because the authorities said that it wasn’t, way to quickly in my opinion. And given that it’s Easter, well we all know who is likely behind it.
commented 2019-04-16 20:46:16 -0400
As for the phony climate change emergency, it’s all humbug. The world isn’t destroying itself like they claim. These people truly have pulled the alarm too many times and every time the date passes with nothing happening.
commented 2019-04-16 20:42:55 -0400
I’m glad you mentioned the glee of the jihadists about that cathedral burning. I’m sure many “moderate” Muslims are secretly cheering too. To them, Islam transcends national borders and so does the hatred for Jews and Christians. Worse yet, their so-called holy book encourages violent jihad along with milder forms of bullying.
commented 2019-04-16 20:34:39 -0400
- Tragic fire but it could have been worse. It was not completely destroyed. Christian churches have been routinely attacked in France & elsewhere. Satan hates Christians & Jews & his followers (whatever they may call themselves) foillow his lead. The gross incompetence of the political class is why there have been yellow vest rallies going on for over 20 weeks now. Macron is the enemy of the French people.

- Climate change is really serious & urgent. If we don’t buy freezers for billionaires the planet only has 11 1/2 years left before it explodes. I don’t think the Liberals do any polling. I think they stay within their echo chamber & make decisions along the lines you’d expect of stoned high school students.
commented 2019-04-16 20:33:14 -0400
Ben Shapiro had a good monologue about the meaning of Notre Dam to Western culture today.