No, Ben Shapiro, Notre Dame Is Not a Monument 'To Western Civilization'
On Monday, the Notre Dame De Paris caught fire, sparking worldwide discussion about the importance of the cathedral to both France and the entire Western world. Reactions on social media were mostly outpourings of love and support. However, there were some who were less than supportive. Leftist magazine Rolling Stone, for instance, called the fire a "liberation" from the building's oppressive "meaning." Other reactions were supportive, and yet still caused controversy. Ben Shapiro, author of a recent book supporting the ideals of Western Civilization, described the horror of the cathedral spire collapse this way: