This was written and published days before Notre Dame burned. Having had some experience with the editorial process at Gatestone Review I can assure you that Raymond Ibrahim (an excellent scholar) would have been writing and editing this for probably a week at least.
Whether or not Notre Dame’s fire was an accident, there is an awful lot of Church destruction going on in Europe right now.
Dhimmitude is the force, the mental state, the reason why European quisling elites are so loathed to acknowledge what is really happening in their countries today.
In Germany, four separate churches were vandalized and/or torched in March alone. “In this country,” PI-News, a German news site, explained, “there is a creeping war against everything that symbolizes Christianity: attacks on mountain-summit crosses, on sacred statues by the wayside, on churches… and recently also on cemeteries.”
In virtually every instance of church attacks, authorities and media obfuscate the identity of the vandals. In those rare instances when the Muslim (or “migrant”) identity of the destroyers is leaked, the desecraters are then presented as suffering from mental health issues.
“Hardly anyone writes and speaks about the increasing attacks on Christian symbols. There is an eloquent silence in both France and Germany about the scandal of the desecrations and the origin of the perpetrators…. Not a word, not even the slightest hint that could in anyway lead to the suspicion of migrants… It is not the perpetrators who are in danger of being ostracized, but those who dare to associate the desecration of Christian symbols with immigrant imports. They are accused of hatred, hate speech and racism.” — PI News, March 24, 2019