The world’s eyes turned towards Paris yesterday as fire ripped through the Notre Dame Cathedral. The worst was avoided as the rampaging fire was eventually contained by the Parisian fire department. French president, Emmanuel Macron, said, “the worst has been avoided.”
Fox News host, Tucker Carlson, and his guest, Mark Steyn, searched for reasons for the devastating fire. The reason Steyn came up with: the Godless French culture and the Muslim neighborhood surrounding the church.
Steyn told Carlson, “Christendom is in retreat in Europe, and in France particularly – France has actually quite an aggressive belief in secularism and according to some polls, the French are even by the standards of the modern Western world among the most Godless people in that sense.”
Tucker Carlson guest Mark Steyn reacts to Notre Dame fire by calling the French "godless," bringing up terror attacks committed by Muslims, bemoaning that ND is in a Muslim neighborhood and saying theres no christianity outside the walls pic.twitter.com/NCNl6OyJzY
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The Canadian author continued, “. And the French who were on the streets in tears this evening, on the streets of Paris – I don’t think they’re mourning just history or architecture or art or culture. They are mourning something else. But what that something else post-Christian France can’t quite identify it.”c
Citizens of Paris don’t seem as concerned with assigning blame. A Parisian citizen named, Anne Marie, told CNN, “In Paris, it’s a monumental symbol — every person with different religions are really moved and saddened. Paris without the cathedral is not Paris anymore.”
Steyn, however, believes the city is beyond fixing. He told Carlson, “When people talk about oh the heart of France has died – what is in the soul of France? What is this? Is it just the building or something more?”
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