(BRANDON NOBLES/Guest Columnist)
Last week, the media was completely abuzz with the photos of the world-renowned landmark, Notre Dame Cathedral, with its roof and famed spire completely ablaze, sending swathes of black smoke into the Parisian sky. Luckily, the brave firefighters of Paris were able to quench the blaze, saving the stone structure and the various relics – including the Crown of Thorns – and the various art pieces within it.
Plans immediately began for its restoration, with many wealthy businessmen donating millions to bring this cultural, spiritual and architectural achievement back to its former glory. While many were pleased to hear that Notre Dame has a future, there was no shortage of sabre-rattlers on social media decrying the donations and restoration, claiming that the money should go elsewhere, along with the usual passive aggressive tactics implying the presupposed avarice of the Roman Catholic Church. Many of these statements and the memes that have been spawned are quite factually – if not logically – inconsistent. While impossible to go through them all, I have created a series of rebuttals against what seems to be the “greatest hits” among them. More