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I heard an interesting comment Tucker Carlson of Fox News discussed with a guest Monday as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was still burning – they equated the cathedral up in flames with church attendance and the decline of those who practice the Christian faith around the world. Needless to say, it was a hmmm moment for me.

Couple that with the blossoming population of Muslims in our United States. States such as Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan are now home to large Muslim populations, with Minnesota the home of new U.S. Congress Rep. Ilhan Omar, the same one who talked about “some people did some things” concerning the World Trade Center terrorist attack.

Yet, Americans still connect with local churches despite the fact that they don’t go to church.

Www.churchleaders.com reports, “Numbers from actual counts of people in Orthodox Christian churches (Catholic, mainline and evangelical) show that in 2004, 17.7 percent of the population attended a Christian church on any given weekend.

“Another study published in 2005 in The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion by sociologists C. Kirk Hadaway and Penny Long Marler – known for their scholarly research on the church – backs up his findings. Their report reveals that the actual number of people worshiping each week is closer to Olson’s 17.7 percent figure – 52 million people instead of the pollster-reported 132 million (40 percent).”

Notre Dame has 850 years of history to it, enough history that it became the depository of several priceless Christian relics, according to CNN.com. “Items rescued include the Crown of Thorns, which some believe was placed on the head of Jesus and which the cathedral calls its ‘most precious and most venerated relic.’ The linden Tunic of St. Louis was also saved, and both items have been moved to Paris City Hall.”

Many other items were spared in the blaze, with large donors already stepping up to rebuild the iconic structure.

I believe that Christians, and historians, around the globe felt the sadness and loss as many of us watched videos of the beautiful cathedral burn. Parisians prayed and sang hymns from a distance as embers from the fire filled the air.

I think about our beautiful country that began 399 years ago with the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. They left England to find a land where they could practice their religion without persecution. Now, Americans can’t find time to go to church once a week, and we’re willing to allow our land to be taken over by a religion that touts killing others, keeping women in the Dark Ages and more.

A quick Google study showed “A 2017 study estimated that 3.45 million Muslims were living in the United States, about 1.1 percent of the total U.S. population. American Muslims come from various backgrounds and, according to a 2009 Gallup poll, are one of the most racially diverse religious groups in the United States.

“According to a 2010 study, and released January 2011, Islam has 1.5 billion adherents, making up over 22 percent of the world population. According to the Pew Research Center in 2015 there were 50 Muslim-majority countries.”

If you think that our country’s immigration laws don’t have something to do with Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin’s Muslim rise, think again. Legislators such as Omar giving religious populations such as that of Islam a stronghold in our land and downplaying the plague of ISIS is a hazard that all voters need to think about.

Our land is one built on religious freedom, but it was built on Christian principles, not Muslim.

This country is great, but it can be devoured just as flames devoured Notre Dame. We have to watch for enemies from within; we will all pay the debt if we give away our country inch by inch.

Jackie Taylor

Linn County News publisher

jackielcn@ckt.net

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