Why are religions always such beggars?
@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
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
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
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.
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.
So it's a tourist attraction for visiting Americans rather than a Church
for French residents...
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.
Classic illustration of French vs American culture.