Re: Notre Dame Cathedral
Yes, but is our freedoms burning?
Is our planet burning?
The news reports this with more gravitas than the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children around the globe.
It rightly weeps for a landmark historic building as its corporate sponsors do the same to our world's wild spaces and the habitats of species much older than Notre Dame that are lost forever.
They poison the impoverished worldwide, with nary a tear.
They spend countless trillions on destruction and death while lamenting what goes unfunded.
Guns and butter... it's always guns and butter.
I get astounded and sickened when I think of how much money, time, effort and human lives went into build such edifices to Gullibility in times when people could barely scratch out a living, had to taxes to both the country, the church (as they still do) and the self-appointed Nobilities as well.
All a church/cathedral really is is a monument to 'house' an Imaginary, Invisible, Useless invention, aka, a God.
Notre Dame Cathedral burning and some atheists feel sorry that a so called piece of art namely the old structure is destroyed? Well, this ‘art’ represents a structure where lies are taught generation after generation. This piece of ‘art’ is tax exempt while the poor sleep in the streets. Why don’t churches and temples let the homeless sleep in them? These ‘art’ were built through slave labor and there are even reports that the handicapped such as blind people are forced into labor for these ‘art’. These structures are ‘evil art’ if they are truly ‘art’. I won’t lose a tear for their destruction. All I see is evil when I see one of these ‘art’ structures.
it's not a contest. we can be sad for the destruction of beautiful art and architecture without fearing being thought callous to the plight of the hungry and wretched. whether we do or not is another story but there is no point in condemning the media for reporting an historic and tragic event. it does not cheapen other historic and tragic events to cover it.
When it happens to others, particularly when due to US militarism, the MSM does not treat it in quite the same manner.
This Iraqi man is weeping over the theft and destruction of the antiquities of an Iraqi museum, the very cradle of civilization.
Wow, William Charles...that’s a lot of preaching for an atheist website. We can still comment and feel saddened by the loss of 800 years of architectural achievement, art and history without having to lament every injustice in the world. People can be upset by both. No need to clutch your pearls in outrage.
Millions go there to experience an Icon of world history. It is not just a building of a dead empire. I'm hoping some good will come of it, and the looting and destruction in Paris will stop.
You made a good point. We have a poor record of maintaining things. 800 hundred years is a blink of an eye when compared to the multiple millennias involved with species adapting to slowly changing environments.
EVIDENCE THE TEMPLE WAS NOT GOD’S WILL
I was reading through 2 Samuel in my personal devotions a few years ago when I came across a passage of Scripture which caused me to question whether Solomon’s Temple was God’s will. [geekychristian.com]?
Luck 21:5-6 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said,
"As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down."
Not to mention Macrons popularity has been sitting around 20% since last year and the French have been holding mass, nation wide protests for 22 weeks straight.
Now if this situation occurred in Syria, Lybia (which they did), there are calls for regime change in the first week and sanctions applied.
The news seems also to be making this almost a plug for faith. Easter Sunday coming, beloved religious icon of the faithful, etc. And yet, if their worldview is/was true... this is just "stuff." No one died in its destruction. There's truly something to be said for that.
"Considering all of the issues that threaten both human civilization and animal life on the planet, it seems foolish that people around the world would prioritize replaceable cultural monuments over human life and the health of the planet that they call home. However, this type of behavior is typical for our species, and is precisely the reason why we have problems like war, poverty and endangered species."
So far, according to a news report I watched last night, the ONLY OFFER yet to come from the 'Citadel of Rampant, Robe wearing, Paedophiles, aka the Vatican, has been the usual 'Thoughts and Prayers.'
The generosity of the Church of Child Abuse is as patently as obvious, in my opinion, as is their decency, caring and Honesty.
2 Peter 3:10 ... The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
Biblical text is not clear here if it is an asteroid hitting Earth or ultimately the Sun expanding into a red giant star burning up everything.
"The best responses to this catastrophe recall, amid the grief, that Notre Dame’s spire was a nineteenth-century restoration by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, replacing an original that was taken down in the reign of Louis XVI. Most constructions, all cities, every culture, are constantly rebuilt in the midst of damage and loss. Mourning and renewal are linked together as long as the world goes on. Loss is its own meaning. And civilization is the story of rebuilding."