The Bulwark’s Molly Jong-Fast was really throwing darts when she decided to accuse Ben Shapiro of “politicizing” the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in France by tweeting this:
If we wish to uphold the beauty and profundity of the Notre Dame cathedral, that means re-familiarizing ourselves with the philosophy and religious principles that built it.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 15, 2019
Never too early to politicize
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) April 15, 2019
Um, show us on the doll where Ben’s tweet politicized you … was the mention of “the philosophy and religious principles that built it” the triggering element? It was a Catholic Cathedral, so yes, religion — Western religion (gasp!) — had a lot to do with the profundity of Notre Dame.
So Shapiro’s in trouble for that tweet, but Rep. Ilhan Omar will reap nothing but praise for this:
Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways. Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 15, 2019
Now THAT’s how you do it, Ben. You call it a wonder, not a cathedral, and you stick strictly to the art and architecture. Done and done.
With tone-deafness this profound, your career in politics will be a short one.
You can't even, just for a day, try to FAKE it?#FFS
— J.G. Petruna (@jgpetruna) April 15, 2019
Yeah, just some art and some architecture.
— Jacob Gerard (@realJacobGerard) April 15, 2019
Well, the “architecture” that the art was housed in is a cathedral. While Biblically Christ is wherever His people are, Notre Dame is a significant and storied icon of faith. https://t.co/bsckz26qHe
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 16, 2019
A Christian Church burns and she is concerned about art and architecture. I wonder if that would be her take if Mecca burned.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) April 15, 2019
You wouldn’t be able to properly describe the effect without understanding its religious significance to more than a billion people.
It was a house of worship, a church of God.
SAY IT. https://t.co/Tl39Lf57C5
— The Dank Knight 🦇 (@capeandcowell) April 15, 2019
Amazing you found a way to phrase this without saying “Notre Dame,” “cathedral,” or “church.”
— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) April 16, 2019
It’s a house of God, not a museum.
— Mary Stewart (@MaryStewart01) April 16, 2019
— Lisaindfw (@lisaindfw) April 16, 2019
Much more than "art and architecture"…a place of worship for Catholics
— Phyllis Corrado (@pc325) April 16, 2019
Art and architecture and also the presence of the historical and present power of Jesus Christ.
— Jon (@jonfw2) April 15, 2019
Thank you for continuously showing the world who you are….
Can't even tweet the words Christian or church…..
— Dennis Ronan🇺🇸🇮🇱🇸🇦 (@DennisWRonan) April 16, 2019
This "wonder" is a Catholic church!!! Are you unable to utter those words? Can you not acknowledge a religion other than your own??? I'm surprised you didn't say "something happened to a building" again.
— Double K (@kakennelly) April 15, 2019
Another carefully worded statement. She avoids any mention of the Catholic church, the Catholic followers. Keeps it "Art & Architecture". I wonder if she would choose the same words if it were the Great Mosque of Mecca…I doubt it.
— Katherine Green (@KateGreen72) April 15, 2019
Did something happen to some building?
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) April 15, 2019
Some fire happened somewhere and some stuff burned up.
— All these changes & still no edit button. Guh. (@daganash) April 15, 2019
Art and architecture- it is a church. A Catholic Cathedral. Words matter. You should know that by now. And, although I don’t identify as a Catholic, I am devastated and heartbroken at the loss.
— Cynda H (@cyndarelli_h) April 15, 2019
Art, architecture and wonder brings us together because “some people did something”
— Mike (@michaeljashmore) April 16, 2019
Why cant you just call it a Cathedral
— Matt Cardoso (@mattcardoso28) April 15, 2019
It’s not just “art & architecture” its a place of worship ✝️
— Jen (@jen597o) April 15, 2019
Say the words "Catholic, holy, Christian(s), then it will be genuine. This isn't a "wonder". It's an 859 year old piece of Christian history that was toiled over for 200 years by generations of devoted Catholics.
— Amie Whatserface (@I_Smell_Hippies) April 15, 2019
It’s a Cathedral of Christianity. Yes the people of France are devastated, but so are Christians all over the world. Fortunately, we don’t deify symbols or our faith, so we will rebuild with rejoicing.
— Katiedid shedid shedidnt (@KShedidnt) April 15, 2019
It's ok to call it a church honey.
— 🌸🌸🌸southerngalpal🌸🌸🌸 (@belleofva) April 15, 2019
This comment is very much out of character for you, in a good way. The art and architecture of the cathedral is a tribute of Judeo-Christian values, and an amazing symbol of western civilization.
— Alexandra Anderson (@Alexand28790265) April 15, 2019
Hey Molly, Alexandra over here sounds like Ben — check out the way she’s politicized the whole thing. “Western civilization.”
This is like a C- level bait. And that’s generous.
— blakeruns (@blakeruns) April 15, 2019
Youre terrible at this.
— Blanco Bronco 💀 (@xplant) April 15, 2019
Do you know who had a truly beautiful tweet? Shannon Bream, though she’ll probably be criticized for making it all religious.
I think this Holy Week about how the very earliest believers were left devastated by loss, but there was incredible hope to follow. That is the central message of #Easter. I pray that same spirit will comfort those grieving the shattering loss at #NotreDame.
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) April 15, 2019
Bulwark's Molly Jong-Fast accuses Ben Shapiro of trying to 'politicize' Notre Dame fire (SPOILER: She's 'not even close') https://t.co/IlZcRSYUDO
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 15, 2019