Islam and Notre Dame

Just a follow-up to my earlier post Notre Dame and Islam, in which I exercised the right (a privilege when speaking on somebody else’s site, thank you gentlemen) to ask whether the Notre Dame fire was just one more casualty in the ongoing war between Islam and anything which is not Islam.

Doesn’t look like it’s part of the war.  I don;t know what the cause is, but I concur with those who have said that if it were an attack, we would probably know by now.  Of course, some nasty people are celebrating the conflagration in the name of Islam, which is only to be expected. But this is not the same as saying it was an attack.  Frankly, by this time I expected to hear at least bogus claims of responsibility.  Now I add quickly that I further expect any such claims, real or specious, to be suppressed by a thoroughly dhimmified western establishment, but on the whole, I would expect to hear more by now if this had been an attack.... [Read More]

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Built on the Rock

Here is a poem for your consideration as we celebrate Holy Week in the midst of sadness over the great damage to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. This poem does not come from a post-Christian, unbelieving viewpoint, teetering on the edge of depression. I spared you my comments on those poems. Instead I have a different poem to offer. This is a manly poem, encouraging us to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and start all over again, striding out with confidence in the approaching bright Easter Day.

Built on the Rock, the church shall stand
even when steeples are falling;
Crumbled have spires in ev’ry land;
bells still are chiming and calling.
Calling the young and old to rest,
calling the souls of those distressed,
longing for life everlasting.
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Guy VerHofstadt Sees the Light; Admits the Light

GVH (speaking, below) admits about half of what we all know to be true.  It’s just impressive for some reason to see him take Tusk to task for insufficient zeal while starting to admit in public that Farage has more power than most of the rest of those twits combined.

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Today’s Poem: Dover Beach

The fire at Notre Dame brought to mind Matthew Arnold’s poem Dover Beach. Notre Dame can be rebuilt if there is the will. It has been rebuilt before, most recently in the mid-1800s after Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame (actual name Notre-Dame du Paris) renewed interest in the place. (In typical French fashion they botched the restoration. The work that was being done where the fire started was in the tower rebuilt during that 19th-century restoration. It was apparently done poorly enough that it needed to be completely redone after just over a century.) Yet the question is not whether it can be rebuilt, but whether the Sea of Faith has receded to the point where the will to rebuild it is gone.

Dover Beach

Matthew Arnold

The sea is calm to-night.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand;
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.... [Read More]

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