Anyone who has ever walked down the long corridors of the Louvre or wandered through the intimate settings of the Musee d'Orsay has seen some of the finest artwork the world has ever produced.
Imagine every wall empty, every canvas burned.
Imagine the gold mosaics of the greatest cathedrals in Europe torn out and plastered over.
Think of the glorious frescoes in the Sistine Chapel covered with a fresh coat of whitewash.
See it happen in every major city of Europe - paintings destroyed, frescoes removed, mosaics smashed, statues crushed, stained glass shattered.
Make no mistake - these things will all be destroyed.
Just as surely as artillery shells destroyed the image of the largest standing Buddha in the world, so too will these artworks be demolished.
Europe is becoming Muslim.
Like the iconoclasts before them, orthodox Muslims do not permit images to be made of any living thing under heaven, lest it become a subject for idolatry.
Their idol is not an image.
It is smashed stone, burnt canvas and broken glass.
There is no act so evil it cannot serve someone's purpose.
There are some who see the rise of militant Islam as an opportunity.
If Islam can be portrayed as simply another expression of religious fervor, then perhaps all of mankind can be turned away from all religious fervor. For such people, the destruction of the beautiful things produced by two millennia of Christian faith serves a two-fold purpose.
First, it crushes the idea of religion as a positive force.
Second, it destroys the beautiful things that reminds the world of the God Who is Truth, Goodness and Beauty and of the religious faith that empowered us to create such true, good and beautiful things in His image.
Best of all, both goals are accomplished without supporters of secularism getting their hands dirty. They can quite correctly claim that they publicly opposed the destruction of the beautiful things, but the marauding religious nutcases could not be stopped. Wouldn't it be better if we rid the world of religion, and rule it without regard to fictional deities?
Many ask where the moderate Muslims are.
I ask a different question.
Among those who refuse to fight for the sake of Christ, are there any who will fight and die for the sake of Beauty?