Tragedy at Notre Dame

The famed Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France ablaze on April 15, 2019

The Cathedral at Notre Dame, a cultural, religious, literary (popularized by Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame), and historic iconic landmark in Paris, has withstood plague, religious civil wars, revolutions, world wars, and occupation since construction began in 1163 C.E.

A beacon for Roman Catholics and tourists around the world, tragedy struck this Easter Week during the evening of April 15, 2019, when a fire broke out in the area of the cathedral undergoing renovations. The famed spire has collapsed and fire destroyed two-thirds of the cathedral’s roof.

Fortunately, French firefighters have indicated that the cathedral’s two towers are safe and salvaged many of the artworks (some of them taken out during the beginning phases of the renovation).

Thankfully, no one perished in this incident although one firefighter is reportedly seriously injured.

While this is a dark day for all who appreciate history and culture, everyone should be grateful that no lives were lost and some of the famed cathedral will survive. The French people, like all peoples, will, as its President Emmanuel Macron commented this evening, endure and rebuild this religious landmark “together.” As former President Obama commented after hearing about the fire “It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost — but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.”

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Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.