RUSH: Now, Victor Davis Hanson was on Fox last night with Laura Ingraham talking about Notre Dame. Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist. He is a Peloponnesian War expert, ancient Greece, and that entire era expert. And, as such, he's also an expert on religions. Not theology per se, although he's quite learned.
But he is a perfect person to talk to about the situation with Notre Dame in Paris and what is to become of it. He's the perfect person to ask to analyze what's being said about it, particularly the rebuilding. So the question, first question: "Victor, you say there's an irony in the history here, in the aftermath of this tragedy in terms of what we've lost in church history. What's the irony?"
HANSON: After 800 years we were the steward of this iconic representation of western civilization, Catholicism, Christendom. And of all years, 2019 at the height of our sophistication and technology, we were found wanting. We didn't protect this icon. And we don't build them anymore. There's great churches and cathedrals that go up all over the world, but they're in Poland, they're in Cairo, they're in the Ivory Coast, they're in Brazil, they're in India.
It's almost as if the places that are less affluent without the technology of Western Europe and the United States are like we used to be. They still believe in transcendence, they still believe in something other than this world. And so it's gonna be very hard in our society to ever build a cathedral again, much less to repair them, because we don't believe in what they represented.
RUSH: This parallels a note that I got from a guy yesterday said, "Rush, all this talk about rebuilding, they never going to be able to rebuild it, not really. Because that cathedral was built with a searing love, a searing love for Jesus Christ and his mother, a searing love of Christianity, a 100-year project of searing, devoted love."
He said, "I don't care what they do to rebuild this, they're never gonna be able to put the heart back in it that built it. They’re never gonna be able to restore the heart, the beating devotion and searing love that has been destroyed by the fire, if it has been."
Now, Mr. Hanson, folks, I think this is such an important comment. "After 800 years, we" -- meaning Western civilization -- well, and even more fine-tuned, we Americans -- "we were the steward of this iconic representation of western civilization, Catholicism, Christendom. And of all the years, 2019, at the height of our sophistication, at the height of our technological ability, we are found wanting. We've lost what we had that enabled these great places to be built. We didn't protect this icon, and we don't build them anymore. There's great churches and cathedrals that go up all over the world. They're in Poland" -- and he lists the countries here.
"It's almost as if places that are less affluent without the technology of Western Europe or the United States, they're more like what we used to be. They still believe in transcendence,” meaning they believe there's a lot that is much larger than ourselves out there. Today's left does not believe in that kind of transcendence. Today's left does not believe there's anything larger than themselves. And anybody who wants to believe or does believe in things larger than themselves that you can't touch, like God, they're dangerous.
They're dangerous because people like that are going to put faith in things the left can't control and can't touch. The left wants faith to be placed in their symbols, largely government and the people that they populate to lead the government. That's who they want worshiped. And they're scared to death of people who worship something that can't be seen, something that is transcendent and explains all of this. Liberals want you to believe that everything that is could be explained by virtue of them and their existence.
I fear he's right. It’s very hard in our society to ever build a cathedral again, much less to repair them, because we don't believe in what they represent. Some of us do, but the country is trending away from that. The country is trending away from believing in what these cathedrals represent.
Look at the church of the Duomo in Florence, 1,000 years to build, 1,000 years. What kind of devotion would that be? I remember once I was talking after I first saw the Sistine Chapel. I took a trip to Italy back in the late eighties, and I got back and I was talking about the trip and how moved by it I was on KFBK Sacramento, the station I worked at prior to this program. And I said I was in awe of what people will do in worship and belief in their God.
And I got cynics, "Rush, come on, they did it for money. You try to tell me that Michelangelo -- it was all about money, Rush. It's always been about the money. There wasn't any devotion that went into that." I should have recognized then what was happening. But this is where we are.
But my buddy's point last night, yeah, you're gonna rebuild the cathedral, but it's not gonna contain what it was. The people rebuilding it are gonna be basically a bunch of atheists or agnostics, is the point. We'll see. Hope not.
Along the same line, remember yesterday, my friends, I pointed out to you the way the news media now does things. A story that looks bad for the left is ignored and instead the story becomes the right's reaction to the bad story for the left. I have some examples here.
Washington Post. Kathleen Parker, Never Trumper, delusioned, superiorist. This is really what these Never Trumpers are. They just think they're better than everybody. Anyway. "Notre Dame Burning Was Almost Too Much to Bear. Still, Trump Tweeted." That's the story? "Notre Dame Burning Was Almost Too Much to Bear. Still, Trump Tweeted." See? Story that’s so bad, gotta turn it into Trump.
And the Washington Post, Eugene Scott. "Trump and Pence Tweeted About Notre Dame Fire But Said Nothing When Three Black Churches Burned.” See how this works. Trump and Pence tweeted about the Notre Dame fire. No credit for that. "We're not gonna tell everybody they're big-hearted. We're not gonna give 'em any attaboys for compassion because when black churches burned, Trump and Pence didn't say anything." And this is how it works. Not gonna change. I just want you to be able to spot it. Whatever it is, folks, it isn't news.