Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Will the State of France Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in a Politically Correct Fashion?

 Notre Dame Cathedral 
By Robert Wenzel

My view on the burned Notre Dame Cathedral might be similar to a modern day Howard Roark, at this point, it might be best to level the structure and turn the land into a parking lot.

You see, the Cathedral is owned by the State of France.

Wikipedia informs:
Under the 1905 law on the separation of Church and State, Notre-Dame de Paris is one of 70 churches in Paris built before that year which are owned by the French state. The Catholic Church is the designated beneficiary, having the exclusive right to use it for religious purposes in perpetuity.
It has been the place of non-religious mischievous doing in the past.

The Coronation of Napoleon inside Notre Dame Cathedral
Also from Wikipedia:
Napoleon wanted to establish the legitimacy of his imperial reign, with its new royal family and new nobility. To this end, he designed a new coronation ceremony unlike that for the kings of France, which had emphasized the king's consecration (sacre) and anointment and was conferred by the archbishop of Reims in Reims Cathedral. Napoleon's was a sacred ceremony held in the great cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris in the presence of Pope Pius VII. Napoleon brought together various rites and customs, incorporating ceremonies of Carolingian tradition, the ancien régime and the French Revolution, all presented in sumptuous luxury.
And now we have this from the Little One, Emanuel Macron, the president of France:

And there is this report from The Washington Post:
 Prime Minister Édouard Philippe upended expectations with an announcement of an international competition to replace the iconic spire that collapsed into Monday’s inferno. He also raised the prospect of a 21st-century twist atop a 12th-century creation.
“This is obviously a huge challenge, a historic responsibility,” Philippe said, noting that the new design would have to be “adapted to technologies and challenges of our times.”
He questioned whether “we should re-create” the spire as it was or “as is often the case in the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre Dame with a new spire.
I have no problem if they choose to rebuild the cathedral with modern architectural updates but this idea that the building should reflect modern diverse France suggests a new crucifixion of Jesus Christ for not being a Muslim.

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank and most recently Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. More about Wenzel here.


  1. Like the genius of the old ages. Its gone and not coming back no matter how much you want to lie to yourself.

    Since france is now a middle eastern hell hole like much of EU ... pave over a nice parking lot and call it a day

  2. I have to admit that one of my first thoughts when I heard about this fire was to wonder if the French state might have started it, since it is now being used to create cries for unity. Maybe a way to push the Gilets Jaunes movement into the background?

    Then I saw a piece on LRC noting that a dozen churches had been vandalized this week in different parts of France.

    I'm still not sure if we should think of this as just an isolated, accidental incident.

  3. I'll bet dollars to donuts that the new spire has a Muslim aspect to it: A mosque-like dome or spire, with a crescent included at the top. Maybe they'll add a daily mullah, calling the masses to prayer. And it won't be long before a Muslim version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" rolls out of theaters, complete with Muslim "Abdul bin-Quasimodo" as lead character, pursuing his beloved Fatima...