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Clergymen clash at birthplace of Jesus

2011-12-28 16:00

Bethlehem - A brawl has erupted between rival clergymen participating in an annual cleaning ritual at the church built at Jesus' traditional birthplace.

Armenian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox clergymen screamed at each other and beat each other with broomsticks during Wednesday's cleanup inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

They were tidying up the church ahead of Orthodox Christmas celebrations in early January.

The two denominations each control sections of the church and fiercely guard their turf.

The violence broke out when the sides accused each other of crossing into each other's territory.

Similar fights have taken place in past years.

Palestinian security forces broke up the melee, and no serious injuries were reported.

Comments
  • Garth - 2011-12-28 16:19

    Is this not one of the reasons why the rest of us find you religious sycophants so laughable? "And the meek shall inherit the earth." "What did he say?" "He said: `The Greeks are going to inherit the earth.'"

      Barry - 2011-12-28 20:19

      It shows why religion, all religions, are probably the main cause of war, death and destruction world wide through history and in the future. If there was no religion at all, what a wonderful world it would be ?

      ffaarg - 2011-12-28 22:03

      As your post suggests pettiness is not limited to the religious. It's a human condition.

  • spartanx93 - 2011-12-28 16:39

    just let them beat each other. .

  • Qinisile - 2011-12-28 16:41

    Seriously???? what a bunch of losers.

  • piet.strydom - 2011-12-28 16:52

    When judging Christianity please use Christ as a yardstick, not Christians....

      Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2011-12-28 16:56

      Kinda hard believing in a message delivered by faulty messengers

      Eugene - 2011-12-28 17:45

      Christianity is as Christianity does.

  • Zenzele - 2011-12-28 16:57

    what do you call that and they expect us to follow them.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-28 17:00

    And this is the season of "peace on earth and goodwill to all men". I wonder how it will be when the season is over?

  • Hermann - 2011-12-28 17:11

    How divinely nice to hear of Christian unity in the faith in a manner such as this, and they have the arrogance to call themselves Christians and Christian leaders. I won't have the audacity to call myself a Christian, not after having read this.

  • Hilary - 2011-12-28 17:14

    Hardly a christian example. Fact of the matter is, Jesus was an Armenian. So, maybe the Armenians should back off as a good example to the Greeks. Just to prove His blood is in their veins. Anyway, fighting over one side of a church has never happened in my time. In fact, I'd be glad wgen anybody comes and helps on my side.

      daniel.w.gie - 2011-12-28 18:18

      actually all arabs , then you see all the statues in the catholic churches etc , depicting , europeans , very weird .

      Garth - 2011-12-29 06:12

      Actually Daniel, the Armenians and other ancient inhabitants of Israel/Palestine are not Arabs. The arabs invaded, bringing islam into Palestine as it was known, in approx 400AD. They then spread their impurities amongst the locals(joke guys!) And we all know how European christianity twisted Celtic pagan beliefs and also Mesopotamian beliefs to suit their fable. `Thumb up' to your comment below.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2011-12-28 18:15

    at least they dont plant bombs .....

  • douglasnorval - 2011-12-28 19:16

    Oh why the hell.... don't they realise they are talking to, and about, the same God?

  • ffaarg - 2011-12-28 22:02

    I am a Christian and I find this really pathetic. There is clearly nothing Christian about what they did. There is a contemporary Christian song by Jars of Clay that talks about "Christians being the leading cause of unbelief". What an excellent example. But for every story like this I would wager there are 100 good examples. Still Christianity is not about trying to accumulate a positive balance of good actions. That should only be a byproduct. It is primarily focused on relationship with God. "Love the Lord with all your heart, souL, strength and mind"

  • Dayaan - 2011-12-28 22:10

    WOW amazing that everyone comments on this and ignores the BIG JEWISH FIGHT that is going on between ultra orthodox and secular Jews, even news24 ignores that part of the news when all major news agencies have been featuring the clashes. The Israelis are reaping what they sow, the ultra orthodox which makes up 10% of the population but have so much power in their parliament since the average Israeli are to pathetic to vote that is why they have such a strangle hold and are the biggest obstacle to everlasting peace. It is these ultra orthodox Jews that are so intransigent and refuse to live in peace with the rest of mankind.

      emile.eley - 2011-12-29 08:53

      Nor do they bomb churches. Who are they harming fighting each other?

      Jaba - 2011-12-29 09:12

      Actually over the last 6 decades Israelis have voted for many governments – all on these democratic elections were based on the promise to bring peace. Unfortunately, their partner’s (Palestinian) once off election were focused on murder death and war, such is Hamas’s “democratic” win in Gaza in 2006 – just Google Hamas’s charter and you will understand the motive why there is no peace. Hamas’s mistaken Islamic ideas of non compromise and the submission of infidels as a way to control; is the only reason why they & Israel will never get to experience peace.

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