Small donors, not French tycoons, help pay Notre Dame works

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  • The Atheist Provo, UT
    June 15, 2019 10:28 a.m.

    Why are religions always such beggars?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 14, 2019 12:19 p.m.

    @Weston Jurney,
    RE: "I chose to make a donation to the rebuilding of three black churches that were torched in Louisiana instead"...
    Lotsa black people go to church at Notre Dame too ya know. Just say'in. Let's not play race games here... it's not about race. Is it?

    Not saying a donation to the black churches in Louisiana (or anywhere) isn't as good as a donation to the Notre Dame reconstruction fund. Just saying they're the same. Donating is donating. Doesn't matter if it's a black-church, white-church, French-church, or Utah-church...

    Several churches were burned or vandalized in Utah this year. 2 in St George burned, 2 churches in Orem burned, one in downtown SLC ...

    Google "Utah woman sets fire to 2 Mormon churches, writes 'Satan Lives'"...

    Donating to any of them?

    Two Mormon church buildings were burned in New Zealand this year too. Maybe didn't hear about that.

    But all donations are equal (whether to a black-church that burned or a church in France that burned). It's all good. One isn't better than the other.

    Maybe you feel one was more needed than the other. That's up to you to decide. But all donations are appreciated.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 14, 2019 11:41 a.m.

    Publicly-Pledging is one thing... Privately-Paying is another evidently.

    They wanted the attention... but not so much the bill I guess.

    "But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth"...

    "That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly"...

    Comes to mind.

    Some people want their donations published in the paper. But it's better if you just give quietly

  • DonCervantes Glen Allen, VA
    June 14, 2019 11:16 a.m.

    I made a small donation to the reconstruction of Notre Dame. I am neither French nor Catholic, but I can appreciate a historic symbol of Christianity. Perhaps those commenters who suggest that voluntary donations for black churches in Louisiana are an indication of a more virtuous perspective should reevaluate their position,

  • Jeff Harris Edmonds, WA
    June 14, 2019 10:31 a.m.

    Cleanup is an important part of restoration of this important architectural artifact. This is a wonderful opportunity to help move the restoration forward and protect the people performing the work and living nearby. The great antique structure may be owned by the people of France, as are all of France's gothic cathedrals since the revolution, but it is treasured by almost everyone almost everywhere .

    In addition to the small contribution I made to restore the cathedral, I also contributed to the rebuilding of three black churches that were torched in Louisiana. There is no important historical architecture there, and I have no interest in religion, but those churches served a community that the arsonists wanted to intimidate. I hoped my small contribution would remove the sting from that violent destructive act perpetrated against that community.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    June 14, 2019 10:06 a.m.

    C'mon, people. This is blatant donor-shaming. Shaking the money tree. That's all.

    It's been just two months. Donors don't even know what they're paying for. The design concept keeps changing. Then the politicians are making lots of noise about what they want. (No surprise there.)

    Unlike confiscatory taxation, these are DONATIONS.

    Much of Europe is engaged in a war on wealth. The rich are in no hurry to give it away when the politicians are going to TAKE IT anyway.

    Calling your benefactors cheapskates is not a good business model.

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2019 9:40 a.m.

    So it's a tourist attraction for visiting Americans rather than a Church for French residents...

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    June 14, 2019 8:16 a.m.

    Instead of joining in with the fat cats donating (or pretending to donate) to the restoration of Notre Dame, I chose to make a donation to the rebuilding of three black churches that were torched in Louisiana at about the same time. I feel a lot better about that donation. It was needed more and appreciated more.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    June 14, 2019 8:07 a.m.

    Classic illustration of French vs American culture.