Hugh Fitzgerald: The Fire at Notre-Dame and Muslim Schadenfreude (Part One)
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Jihad Watch : Before the devastating fire at Notre-Dame broke out, there had been
two months of attacks on French churches all around France, very few of
which were reported on in the media outside France, and some of which
hardly received sufficient coverage inside the country.
There was a fire
set at St. Sulpice, the second-largest church in Paris, which sits in
the Muslim-majority neighborhood of Seine Saint-Denis, surrounded by
mosques and Muslim shops. At the church of Villeneuve de Berg in
Ardèche, Muslim teenagers urinated into the holy water font to express
their contempt for Christianity. In another church, Muslims fashioned a
cross of human excrement smeared on a church wall, with stolen Communion
hosts stuck at the four corners.
Some may be reminded of Oriana
Fallaci’s enraged report on Muslim immigrants in Florence who, to
express their dissatisfaction at not being given the treatment they felt
was their due, urinated (and some defecated) on the bronze doors of the
Baptistery, both the north and east doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti, and the
south doors by Andrea Pisano; these doors are one of the supreme works
of Renaissance art. On seeing Ghiberti’s doors, Michelangelo called them
the “Gates of Paradise.” These were the doors streaming with urine, and
smeared with feces, by Muslim migrants showing their contempt for the
Unbelievers who, after all, had given them refuge but apparently, that
was not enough.
In 2018, there were 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols
(crucifixes, icons, statues) in France, a 17% rise over the year before.
All over France, acts of vandalism of churches have been registered in
ever-increasing numbers. In recent months, crucifixes have been pulled
off church walls and broken into pieces. Statues of Jesus, Mary, and
various saints have been smashed; many have been decapitated. The
monastery of Saint Jean des Blames in Aveyron was sacked by Muslims. The
Paris daily Le Figaro, in reporting on some of these incidents, asked
“Who has heard of the sacking of the monastery of Saint Jean des Balmes
Of those teenagers who urinated into the holy water font of
the church at Villeneuve de Berg in Ardèche?” RT
states that “the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris, where the Da Vinci
Code movie was filmed, was set on fire just after midday mass on Sunday,
Le Parisien reports.
Firefighters and police said the blaze was an arson attack. In
February, a 19th century statue of the Virgin Mary was smashed at the
St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Houilles. The statue was ‘completely pulverized,’ Father Francois-Laurent Heart said. “It is irreparable.”
The church reported three incidents in 10 days, with a cross also
thrown on the floor by vandals. At Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur,
statues and crosses were smashed and an altar cloth was burned in
February. A statue of Christ on a cross was also interfered with, as
vandals twisted one of the arms to make it appear that Jesus was
dabbing, La Depeche reports….
Meanwhile, the Notre-Dame des Enfants church in Nimes was looted
and vandals used human excrement to draw a cross on the wall in
February. Consecrated hosts of unleavened bread, which Catholics believe
is the body of Jesus Christ, were found scattered outside with
rubbish.” These and numerous other attacks on French churches receive
minimal, if any, media coverage.