Backlash After Ilhan Omar Won’t Call Notre Dame a “Cathedral”

Embattled freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar has sparked a new controversy online by refusing to call the Notre Dame “a Cathedral” and instead only referring it as a place of “art and architecture.”

According to NBC News, located on the Ile de la Cite in the center of Paris, the Gothic cathedral is among the most famous from the Middle Ages and was built on the ruins of two earlier churches. The house of worship, with roots dating back to the 12th century, is considered one of the world’s greatest examples of French Gothic architecture.

Omar posted a tweet calling the Catholic Church “art and architecture” and many on Twitter were quick to respond.

The iconic church was destroyed in a blazing fire on Monday in Paris.

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From Breitbart

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called the Notre Dame Cathedral “art and architecture” in a tweet Monday, without referencing its name or significance to the Catholic religion.

“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,” she tweeted.

The tweet follows controversy over Omar’s recent remarks when she described the 9/11 attacks as “some people did something.” Her supporters claimed that critics of her remarks were trying to harm her safety.

On Monday, a fire engulfed the ancient cathedral, destroying its timber roof, and bringing down the central spire. People all around the world watched in horror and prayed that the cathedral would be saved, and residents in Paris sang hymns and held a vigil.

The Vatican sent out a message of mourning on Monday, saying, “With shock and sadness, the Holy See received the news of the terrible fire that devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and the world.”

“We extend our closeness to French Catholics and to the people of Paris and ensure our prayers for the firefighters and those who are doing all they can to deal with this tragic situation,” the Vatican said.

The cathedral is in the process of restoration and recently had sixteen bronze statues removed from the roof area to facilitate work. The fire appears to have started near the roof where work was taking place.