Prince Michael von und zu Liechtenstein is chairman of Geopolitical Intelligence Services (GIS), which he founded in 2011 to provide “unbiased, scenario-based geopolitical forecasts” to global clients involved in strategic decision-making. In addition to advisory services, GIS also publishes occasional reports and a weekly newsletter.

In the April 23 edition of the GIS Geopolitics Weekly, Prince Michael reflected on the recent fire at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris:

The fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris overshadowed other European news topics such as Brexit, and in France, the ‘gilet jaunes rebellion’. The damage caused by the blaze is very sad.

It was a real shock in France for most parts of society. President Emmanuel Macron used the mood to emphasize a feeling of one nation, the French spirit and asked for the unity among all French people. This was probably also a signal to his opponents and the gilet jaunes. Rebuilding the cathedral has become a national and patriotic movement.

Mr. Macron claimed in his speech, decrying the damage on this magnificent building, that it represents France’s history, literature, aspirations, and the place of all great moments in the country’s history. However, he omitted its principal function — as a place of worship to God.

Unfortunately, this denial of God has become a basis for Europe’s politics. It negates the historical fact that ideologies that denied the existence of God led to the loss of freedom and individual responsibility and in consequence, to the atrocities committed by communists and national socialists.

States are secular and not everybody needs to believe; however, actively denying God deprives society of a strong basis for maintaining justice. Majorities and the abuse of power will then be the replacement.

If only more political leaders in Europe and in the U.S. had the courage to recognize the religious basis of Western civilization, then we might not be in the mess we are in today.