Thing is, even if it was arson, while Islamists would obviously be a prime possibility there would be no shortage of other suspects. The uptick of church desecrations in France early this year has been widely cited, but nobody seems to have read what the Catholic watchdog group which pointed it out has said about it:
Catholic Churches Are Being Desecrated Across France—and Officials Don’t Know Why
By Brendan Cole On 3/21/19 at 9:04 AM EDT
France has seen a spate of attacks against Catholic churches since the start of the year, vandalism that has included arson and desecration.
Vandals have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist and torn down crosses, sparking fears of a rise in anti-Catholic sentiment in the country.
The Vienna-based Observatory of Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, which was founded in cooperation with the Council of European Bishops Conferences (CCEE) but is now independent said there had been a 25 percent increase in attacks on Catholic churches in the first two months of the year, compared with the same time last year.
Its executive director, Ellen Fantini, told Newsweek that while in many cases the motive for the attacks was not known, France faced growing problems with anti-Christian violence, especially by anarchist and feminist groups.
“I think there is a rising hostility in France against the church and its symbols," but "it seems to be more against Christianity and the symbols of Christianity.
“These attacks are on symbols that are really sacred to parishioners, to Catholics. Desecration of consecrated hosts is a very personal attack on Catholicism and Christianity, more than spray-painting a slogan on the outside wall of a church.”
She said that while France had a long tradition of secularism, it was seen as a culturally Christian country, and so any "attack on the church as a symbol of religion was also an attack on authority and patrimony.
"The pressure is coming from the radical secularists or anti-religion groups as well as feminist activists who tend to target churches as a symbol of the patriarchy that needs to be dismantled," she added.
It's also somewhat conspicious that the attacks have risen in step with the emergence of the Yellow Vest movement, elements of which have not only vandalized and burned posh restaurants, shops and banks, but also defaced and smashed statues at the Arc de Triomphe, France's premier memorial to its war dead, spanning the tomb of the unkown soldier.
Of course everone sees what he wants to see. Given the subject, this seems very appropriate:
We don't really know what's going on, but it's those feminists and anarchists! Once again, how about we find some damn facts before we create a false reality to make ourselves feel better and to keep the lid on the building pressure cooker. The harder they work to convince everyone it's one thing and definitely NOT another when they have little facts to base that on, the MORE they wind up discontent and anger. Asking for calm is understandable, using misdirection is just dishonest and makes things worse in the end.