ISIS-Linked Group Threatens Notre Dame Bell Towers
An Islamic group that claims affiliation with ISIS issued a poster that warned that the group may be planning to target the Notre Dame bell towers as France attempts to rebuild the cathedral. We all realize that ISIS operatives have claimed responsibility for things they did not do. But an awful lot of people cheered and laughed when the cathedral burned down, as French citizens watched in horror and sang hymns.
“The ISIS-linked Al-Muntasir group published a photoshopped image of the bell towers burning with the warning: “Wait for the next.” On Monday, as the 850-year-old cathedral burned, the group posted a picture of the inferno with the caption: “Have a good day.” Despite a rash of online terrorism rumours on Monday night the Notre Dame blaze has been deemed accidental and not arson or terror-related.” The SITE intelligence group
A brief summary of who is responding to the tragic Notre Dame fire with 'smiley faces' on Facebook. Appalling. pic.twitter.com/OBANPl9Wpv— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 15, 2019
Who is this? A fireman? A construction worker? Or someone else? pic.twitter.com/GZ8gOoMUzO— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) April 16, 2019
Other churches in France have been attacked in recent weeks, as we previously reported.
the famous saint sulpice church in paris was lit on fire just last month. the month before that an attack on st. nicholas in northern france, and another fire lit in saint alain cathedral in south-central france.— Pardes Seleh (@PardesSeleh) April 15, 2019
there seems to be a recurring theme here.pic.twitter.com/0Swua0pHRW
TheSun reported: “Some politicians have claimed the country’s Christian heritage is under threat from petty criminals encouraged by “militant secularism”.
Figures released by French police showed that 875 of France’s 42,258 churches were vandalised last year.
A further 129 churches reported thefts from the premises.
The interior ministry said that 59 cemeteries were also vandalised.
While the figures are down on the previous year when there were 1,045 acts of vandalism and 109 thefts they are still at a “worrying level”, according to Le Figaro.
Republicans MP Valerie Boyer said: “Every day, at least two churches are profaned.”
Critics of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s government have said it is not doing enough to stop the problem.
Following the fire at Saint-Sulpice, which cops say was started deliberately, the leader of the Republicans Laurent Wauquiez said the media had failed to give the issue more prominence.
He said: “Saint-Sulpice is not only a church, it’s a part of who we are. That’s enough of this code of silence.”
It’s always possible that the Notre Dame fire really was accidental. The fact that none of the workers involved in its renovation were supposedly on site at the time of the blaze is something authorities should consider as they investigate, however. And the peripheral information is concerning. French authorities would not likely say if the most famous church in the world was a terror target, even if they had that information in hand.
So did Islamic terrorists have anything to do with it? Those who are “politically correct” refuse to even entertain the idea. Ilhan Omar mentioned nothing about the name of the Cathedral or the fact that it was a house of worship for Catholics for 850 years. Shepard Smith even cut off a French official from mentioning the other churches that have been vandalized or torched in the country.
Shepard Smith cuts off French Elected Official after he brings up fact that Churches in France have been desecrated in past year.— The Columbia Bugle ✝️ (@ColumbiaBugle) April 15, 2019
“Of course you will hear the story of the politically correct which will tell you it is probably an accident" #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/HHdqSrXstg
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.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 15, 2019
The bottom line to all these things, is that the “Church” is not a building, it is the Ekklesia or assembly of believers. Many cultures, the Ottoman Empire, Rome, Communists, have tried to destroy it for centuries without success. That fact was driven home during the burning of Notre Dame as French citizens sang hymns while their beloved house of worship burned. No one will destroy the Christian faith because Jesus is at its core. Many have tried, no one has succeeded…and they never will.
Featured photo: (Screenshot via Reuters) What’s left after the fire? A shining golden cross. A good reminder that whose try to destroy Christ will always fail.