The gay marriage debate has proven to be a highly divisive topic churning over emotions globally as people struggle to cope with what they think is a change for the worse and others insist is a part of human nature that must not be stifled. The Anglican church now exists in two factions, homes have been broken and laws made for and against the proposed union of same sex couples. However, of all the reactions to the gay statement, a recent suicide in Paris has to be the most dramatic. Why he chose to do it in a church might be a symbolic way of saying the church has lost its sanctity before him.
Whatever his reasons were, something tells me the world will still keep spinning.
By SAM WEBB
Dominique Venner, who had recently been campaigning against gay marriage in France, is said to have calmly walked past the crowds milling around the 850-year-old Cathedral, one of the most popular tourist sites in the world, before taking out a Herstal automatic pistol.
The 78-year-old put the gun in his mouth and fired before collapsing on to the altar, according to French media reports.
Mr Venner, who was awarded a prestigious prize by l’Académie française for one of his historical works, was a former member of the Secret Army Organisation (OAS), the paramilitary group which fought against France giving up Algeria as a colony.
He was jailed for 18 months in La Santé Prison as a political undesirable for his role in the ultra-national organisation and was freed in 1962.
A report by Europe 1 radio station reads: ‘According to our information, he is Dominique Venner, essayist and former member of the OAS who was close to the anti-gay marriage movement.’
The Cathedral was full of visitors when the horrific incident took place, at around 4pm.
‘There was screaming and lot so shouting following a loud bang,’ said one witness. ‘People were naturally very scared and began to run out in panic.
‘Police and other emergency workers including firemen got here very quickly, and then the whole cathedral was evacuated.’
An unidentified police source said Mr Venner carried a letter on his person but made no declaration before shooting himself dead in the mid-afternoon, reports Reuters.
Notre Dame, which dates back to the 12th Century, has become a battleground for those fighting over homosexual marriage, with demonstrations regularly held around it.
Mr Venner, an ultra-right wing Catholic, was known to be extremely angry when a law allowing gay marriage across France was finally given the seal of approval earlier this month.
According to the International Business Times, Venner wrote: ‘The demonstrators of May 26 [against the law allowing gay marriage in France] will be right to shout their impatience and rage. A law steeped in infamy, once voted, can always be voided.’
Last week another male pensioner pensioner walked into the foyer of a nursery in Paris and blasted himself to death with a sawn-off shotgun in front of children.
Around a dozen pupils – some as young as five – and one teacher at the private school close to the Eiffel Tower witnessed the horrific events.
‘I thought there were terrorists who had guns and were coming into the school. Then I saw the man on the ground with a lot of blood,’ said one five-year-old witness.
Many of those who witnessed today’s carnage were expected to be treated by psychiatrists specialising in sudden trauma.
Notre Dame has seen a number of suicides in its long history, but most of them have been people who jumped from the towers.
This year the cathedral got new bells as part of celebrations marking 850 years since construction on the cathedral began.
Regularly scheduled guided visits of the world-famous gothic cathedral were taking place at the time of the incident, according to the church’s website.
Culled from dailymail.co.uk