Omar’s Comments On The Burning Of Notre Dame Is Blowing Up On Her

Written by K. Walker on April 17, 2019

People are freaking out about her tweet in the wake of the fire at Notre Dame cathedral — but why isn’t anyone commenting on one very significant part of her statement?

As we all watched the tragedy of the fire engulfing Notre Dame on Monday, many were unable to put the significant loss into words.

This wasn’t just a beautiful Gothic building, this was a cathedral that has stood for almost a millennium.

It predated the Reformation.

Its foundation stone was laid a mere hundred years after the Great Schism that divided the Roman Catholic and the Greek Orthodox churches in 1054.

It was where significant historical events took place — marriages, coronations, where Napoleon crowned himself Emporer, and where Joan of Arc was beatified.

It was the setting of Victor Hugo’s famous tragedy, The Hunchback of Notre Dame which drew attention to the disrepair of the building and reignited interest in Gothic architecture and the rebuilding of the cathedral.

It survived for over 850 years — including the Huguenots, the French Revolution, and two World Wars.

The history of Notre Dame is fascinating. It was converted during the French Revolution to a “Temple of Reason” under the state-sanctioned atheistic “Cult of Reason” and later, rededicated to the “Cult of the Supreme Being.” When interest in these cults waned, Notre Dame became a wine cellar and storage warehouse for food. Napoleon Bonaparte later committed to restoring the building and returning it to the Catholic church.

How do you summarize that loss to both Western Civilization and Christianity as a whole?

Rep. Ilhan Omar(D-MN) had no such trouble putting her thoughts into words, but those words lacked a little… je ne sais quoi.

Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways. Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder.

Would it burn her tongue to say “church,” “cathedral,” “Christian,” or “Catholic”?

That’s what most people on Twitter glommed onto.

A fair point and a huge one. To fail to acknowledge the religious significance of Notre Dame, or even name it, instead just mentioning “art and architecture” is dismissive and the opposite of unifying.

But did you catch the other thing wrong with her tweet?

She offered “Thoughts and Prayers” to the people of Paris.

Weird. I thought that was anathema to the left. Or is it just when there’s an act of gun violence?

Change and action > thoughts and prayers. It’s well past time for the United States to take meaningful action on the issue of gun reform.

Posted by Ilhan Omar on Monday, March 25, 2019

And yet…

It’s interesting to see that sort of a reaction.

All reports suggest that the fire was an accident that occurred relating to the reconstruction effort on the spire and the roof.

However, it is also interesting to note that there has been a significant rise in attacks on churches in Europe, and France in particular over the last few years. 

Of course, we can’t ask any questions about that. When the fire was raging, people were actually told not to speculate about the cause or mention attacks on French churches — even though it’s what many were wondering. Paris has had some very ugly attacks by Islamists in recent years. Including the killing of a priest by ISIS militants. The wounds are still pretty fresh.

An attack on Notre Dame would be absolutely catastrophic.

But really, how would we ask questions? Thanks to the Media(D), we don’t even hear about it here.

For instance, did you know that in a church in Nimes, statues were destroyed, feces was smeared on the walls including one incidence of a cross of human excrement where the host (communion wafer) was placed at each point?

Or that statues are being decapitated? Did you know that the Tabernacle where the Eucharist is kept is often damaged and the host is desecrated?

How about that in March another Catholic church in Paris, Saint-Sulpice, built in the 17th century and is the second oldest church in Paris, caught fire?

Did you know that a “jihadist” woman was sentenced on Friday for a foiled plot to blow up a car filled with gas canisters near Notre Dame?


Gee, I wonder why that’s not getting reported. 

ISIS is now promising an attack on Notre Dame. 

But remember, kiddies, directly quoting Rep. Omar’s dismissive remarks about 9/11 is “inciting violence” and putting her life at risk.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll