If you’d just crawled out a cave in Waziristan having no context this ‘statement’ about the fire in the Cathedral at Notre Dame would mean about as much as she meant it to mean.
A pretty building got ruined – hope no one was injured.
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
In response, someone Tweeted, ‘Did something happen to some building?” Perfect. But then so, is this.
Amazing you found a way to phrase this without saying “Notre Dame,” “cathedral,” or “church.”
— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) April 16, 2019
Or Christian, or Christianity.
Given the epic scale of “hate crimes” against Christians and Churches in France, someone in her position could allay fears of assumed religious and ideological bigotry by using those words instead of appearing to avoid them.
She chose the latter.
She didn’t do either with this tweet. Why?