May 22, 2013

FRANCE: French Anti-Gay Marriage Activist "COMMITS SUICIDE" AT THE ALTER Of Notre Dame Cathedral, 3 days After France Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage. Hailed By Others In His Group.

This is so sad to hear. These people don't have God, the Holy Spirit in their heart. They are no different from Islamic suicide jihadist. :/ What this radical so-called christian did was an afront to God's precious gift of life. Christianity is not supposed to be a religion. Christianity is supposed to be a way of LIFE. What he did was insecure, cowardly and selfish all that is opposite to God's children.


Yahoo news
written by Lucien Libert, Reuters
Tuesday May 21, 2013

PARIS (Reuters) - An 78-year-old French far-right activist committed suicide at the altar of the Notre Dame cathedral on Tuesday by shooting himself in the mouth, three days after a law legalizing same-sex marriage came into effect.

Police evacuated the cathedral, one of Paris' biggest tourist draws, after Dominique Venner - a historian known for his hard-right political essays and a fierce opponent of gay marriage - shot himself, sending tourists fleeing in panic.

Venner made no declaration as he shot himself around mid-afternoon, a police source said. He carried a letter on his person, but its contents were not released to the media.

A May 21 entry on his blog page appealed to readers to join a march planned for Sunday against the Socialist government's gay-marriage law, which came into force at the weekend.

President Francois Hollande made good on a campaign pledge by making France the 14th country to allow same-sex weddings. The country's biggest social reform in three decades is backed by a small majority of French, surveys show.

Yet the move stirred up a storm of opposition among social conservatives and Catholics who have hosted a series of angry and often violent protests.

Demonstrators decked in baby pink and blue have marched repeatedly through Paris, leaving slogans stamped on pavements reading "We want jobs, not gay marriage".

Venner fought for France in the 1954-62 Algerian War of Independence. He later became a hard-right activist and author specializing in military and political history.

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who scored nearly a fifth of the first-round vote in the 2012 presidential election, paid tribute to him on Twitter, saying his suicide was a political gesture aimed at "waking up the French people".

A few dozen readers tweeted a link to his last blog post.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls arrived at Notre Dame soon after police and emergency services and rued the fact Venner had chosen the emblematic cathedral as a venue for his suicide.

"Notre Dame is Paris' cathedral, it's one of the most beautiful symbols of our capital and our country," he said. "We are fully aware of the repercussions of such an act."

Dominating a tiny island in the Seine river, in the heart of Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral was packed with hundreds of visitors who jostled to get out after the shooting, according to local student Prince Salabanzi, who was there to attend mass.

"All of a sudden he shot himself in the head -- everyone was traumatized," he told Reuters.

The incident came days after a man killed himself with a sawn-off shot-gun at a primary school in an upmarket Parisian neighborhood in front of children and a teacher. The motive for that suicide was unclear.

France24 news
written by Anne-Sophie Pellergry, Jonathan Walsh, Kethevane Gorjestani
Wednesday May 22, 2013

The suicide of a writer and right wing activist at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Tuesday has been hailed as a political act by leaders of France’s far-right National Front party.

Dominique Venner, an author of many history essays that often decried immigration in France and the decline of European civilizations, shot himself in front of the altar of the famous church in the early afternoon.

Police sources said Venner pulled out a pistol and put it in his mouth, before pulling the trigger.

The day before, Venner had left a final essay on his website that suggested his dramatic suicide was intended as a protest against both the recent passing of a bill legalizing gay marriage in France and immigration from Africa.

He also left a message that was read out after his suicide on the conservative station Radio Courtoisie.

"I believe it is necessary to sacrifice myself to break with the lethargy that is overwhelming us," he said in the radio message.

"I am killing myself to awaken slumbering consciences."

Venner’s suicide was later hailed as a political gesture by National Front leader Marine Le Pen.

"All respect to Dominique Venner whose final, eminently political act was to try to wake up the people of France," Le Pen said on Twitter, though she added later that "it is in life and hope that France will renew and save itself".

Bruno Gollnisch, a senior National Front figure and member of the European Parliament also paid tribute to Venner, referring to him as an “extremely brilliant intellectual”.

"I think his dramatic gesture is a protest against the decadence of our society," Gollnisch told BFM TV.

In a final essay on his website, Venner railed against France's adoption of a "vile law" legalising gay marriage and adoption.

The gay marriage bill has sparked numerous protests in France, with many on the right bitterly opposed to the act. The bill was finally signed into law by President Franรงois Hollande on Sunday.

Venner also denounced immigration from North Africa which, he said, was the real "peril", calling on activists to take measures to protect "French and European identities".

In what appeared to be a reference to his suicide, Venner wrote: "There will certainly need to be new, spectacular, symbolic gestures to shake off the sleepiness... and re-awaken the memories of our origins."

"We are reaching a time when words must be backed up with acts," he added.

Venner fought for France in the 1954-62 Algerian War of Independence and was a member of the OAS (Secret Armed Organisation), a short-lived paramilitary group that opposed Algeria's independence from France.

He went on to have a long career publishing right-wing essays, military histories and books on weaponry and hunting.

Notre Dame, which this year is celebrating its 850th anniversary, is one of France’s top tourist attractions, with 13.6 million visitors passing through its doors in 2011.

The cathedral contained around 1,500 visitors at the time of the suicide, all of whom were then evacuated without incident, said France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who visited Notre Dame following the incident.

“I can only imagine the shock for these people, both faithful and tourists,” he said.

“Notre Dame … is one of the biggest symbols of the capital and the country and we can only imagine the impact that this [act] will have.”

It was the second dramatic suicide in less than a week in Paris, after a 50-year-old man with a history of family problems shot himself dead Thursday in a primary school near the Eiffel Tower, in front of about a dozen stunned children.

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