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French Senate Demands that Notre Dame Cathedral be Restored to its Traditional State

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The French Senate passed a bill demanding that the Notre-Dame cathedral be rebuilt as it was before it was nearly decimated by a fire.

The Local reports, “The Senate has now approved the restoration bill already passed by the French parliament to allow work on the structure to be completed in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024 – but requires that the restoration be faithful to the “last known visual state” of the cathedral.

This bill runs counter to President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement, right after the fire took place, that an international competition of architects will determine the design of the cathedral. This move could have possibly led to a modernization of the cathedral’s architecture, effectively destroying its traditional aesthetic.

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Other activists piled on calling for the cathedral to be rebuilt on modernist lines in order to reflect France’s “diversity”.

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Some proposals to turn the cathedral’s roof into a giant swimming pool or a large greenhouse were met with immediate backlash.

 

One architecture expert Tom Wilkinson even suggested that Notre Dame’s damaged spire be replaced with an Islamic minaret. This gesture would serve as an apology to Algerian Muslims who’ve died at the hands of French police.

Summit News previously reported that the French government has prohibited architects working for the state from participating in interviews that deal with the Notre Dame fire.

The fire’s cause still remains a mystery.

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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