Certain ‘faithful’ Muslims are rejoicing over the destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral. Although there are many (certainly the majority of the civilized world) who are saddened by the loss and thankful that the damage wasn’t allowed to completely destroy to Gothic structure, there are others who think it was ‘retribution.’
According to the Daily Mail, the ISIS affiliated Al-Muntasir group has used the opportunity to distribute radical propaganda.
Intelligence researchers have said that these Islamists are calling the fire “retribution and punishment” because of when it occurred.
Some people have simply suggested that the fire is suspicious, given the more than 20 attacks on churches that have recently occurred, and which aren’t being reported by French media.
The Daily Mail reported:
A poster of the blazing cathedral appeared online accompanied by the words, ‘Have a good day,’ and was created by the ISIS affiliated Al-Muntasir group according to the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium.
The poster says: ‘Its construction began in the year 1163 and ended in 1345. It’s time to say goodbye to your oratory polytheism.’
The jihadists referred to the catastrophe as ‘retribution and punishment,’ SITE intelligence reported.
The chilling message appeared as firefighters continued their efforts to put out the blaze late on Monday night, which broke out less than a week before Easter and amid Holy Week commemorations.
The Al-Munatsir media organization has shared propaganda rejoicing in terror attacks which have rocked France.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said it was treating the fire as an accident, ruling out arson and possible terror-related motives, at least for now.
While these people celebrated, others who have the souls to recognize something beautiful and symbolic of civilization were appalled and concerned over the fire.
“The worst has been avoided, although the battle is not yet totally won,” French President Emmanuel Macron said. He added that he would be calling on the world’s “greatest talents” to help with the rebuilding efforts.
“Notre Dame of Paris is our history, our literature, our imagination. The place where we survived epidemics, wars, liberation. It has been the epicenter of our lives,” Macron said.
The blaze inexplicably started at 6:50 p.m. after the cathedral had closed to the public. Videos of a strange man walking among the blaze have cropped up on social media.
Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the structure had been saved after firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to the northern belfry, adding “two-thirds of the roofing has been ravaged.”
“Experts say firefighters were left with devastatingly few options to save a structure that’s more than 850 years old, built with heavy timber construction and soaring open spaces, and lacking sophisticated fire-protection systems.
“Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre Dame is the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages.
“Situated on the Ile de la Cite, an island in the Seine river, its architecture is famous for, among other things, its many gargoyles and its iconic flying buttresses. Some 13 million people visit it every year.”
But, to the so-called ‘faithful,’ such a treasure is apparently a symbol of evil and must be destroyed.