A Muslim politician in Canada has claimed the fire that ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was divine retribution because France banned the niqab and burka.
Eve Torres, the Monreal politician, suggested that France was punished by God because of the prohibition of religious symbols in the country, which means Muslim women cannot wear the full-face veil in public.
Disturbingly, Torres also said that firefighters should be sleeping inside “the church on Notre-Dame Street” in Montreal.
According to Ms. Torres, whose social media bio proclaims her to be a campaigner for “social justice”, banning religious signs can stir up the wrath of Allah.
And then “here is the result!,” she wrote, referring to the devastating Notre Dame fire.
After Canadian Press reported on the “controversial comments”, Quebec Solidaire, a political party, distanced itself from Eve Torres, who was the Solidaire candidate in Mont-Royal-Outremont in the last election.
According to Canadian Press:
The co-spokesperson of Quebec Solidaire (QS), Manon Massé, took care to distance herself from the party’s candidate in Mont-Royal-Outremont in the last election, Eve Torres, who is of Muslim faith.
Ms. Massé asked the latter to retract, believing that her remarks would only exacerbate the debate around Bill 21 on religious symbols.
In a confused message posted and removed from her Facebook page, Ms. Torres, who has already been among the political analysts invited to the show La Joute on the TVA network, suggested that the fire in Paris Monday was the result of a divine intervention related to the prohibition of religious symbols in France.
According to Ms. Torres, banning religious signs can stir up the wrath of “the imaginary friend.” And then “here is the result!,” she wrote.
“If I were (Quebec Premier François) Legault, I would have firefighters sleep in the church on Notre-Dame Street” in Montreal, she continued.
“I was very troubled” by the words of Ms. Torres, said Ms. Massé on the air, adding that if it was a joke she was “very bad taste.”
Right on cue, Torres apologized, claiming it was all just a “joke”. However many people remain unconvinced after failing to locate any humor in Eve Torres’ disturbing comments.