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Peace On Earth, Good Will To Men

The birth of the Prince of Peace and the spreading of joy throughout the Christian world:

From the BBC we learn – Unholy dust-up at Nativity church

Members of rival Christian orders have traded blows at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, with four people reported wounded in the fray.

Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic priests were sweeping up at the church following the Christmas rites of the Western churches earlier in the week.

Reports say some Orthodox faithful encroached on the Armenian section, prompting pitched battles with brooms.

Yes, Sir, there is nothing like Christian fellowship at Christmas time and no shortage of asses in the stable.


1 Steve Bates { 12.27.07 at 10:20 pm }

Newly designated Christmas music: that old Elton John song, “Saturday night’s alright for fighting / Get a little action in…” Never mind the day of the week; just sing it and swing your brooms.

2 Bryan { 12.27.07 at 10:37 pm }

The keys to most Christian religious sites in the Holy Land are controlled by Muslim families because the various Christian groups can’t get along. These people are really pathetic.

3 hipparchia { 12.28.07 at 11:55 pm }

nah, a little dustup with brooms and ladders fits right in with the “no room at the inn” spirit of the season.

4 Bryan { 12.29.07 at 12:26 am }

One of the Israeli newspapers had a picture a while back of a ladder leaning against a church [in Jerusalem, I think] that had been put up to clean a window. Apparently for several years there has been an argument as to whether or not the ladder can be used as the bottom is resting on an area of one group, while the window belongs to another.

These people are insane.

5 Michael { 12.29.07 at 12:29 am }

It’s a cargo cult. They’ve lost their sacrament, as the Jews lost their tabernacle, but they go through the motions. They should make bread and leaven it with some cannabis.

6 Michael { 12.29.07 at 12:32 am }

And what I will say then is that it is no longer a cargo cult.

7 hipparchia { 12.29.07 at 1:23 am }

good lord. maybe we could outfit them with super-soakers full of windex.

8 Bryan { 12.29.07 at 9:06 am }

Give them new robes with sleeves that buckle in the back.

9 Badtux { 12.30.07 at 10:42 pm }

This happens every year, they just dust off the headlines and file off the names.

As for cargo cults, yes, I have previously pointed out that the most successful religions around are basically glorified cargo cults. They’re based all on promising people riches in the afterlife — i.e., Heaven. The only difference between being a member of the Assemblies of God and a member of a South Pacific cargo cult is that the South Pacific islanders have actually seen the riches that their God provides, while the members of the Assemblies of God gullibly simply believe (“faith”) that there’s riches waiting for them once they kick this mortal coil. Thus my tongue-in-cheek proposal for the Church of the Holy Brewery, where you get the goodies on *this* plane of existence, not in some “afterlife” that may or may not exist… simply give your donation to the priest behind the bar, and he gives you the goodies. Simple :-).

10 Bryan { 12.30.07 at 11:04 pm }

Come on, Badtux, most churches hand out wine and a cracker occasionally, and then argue about what it mean, but I personally always preferred beer and peanuts, truth be told, so I’ll have to investigate the Holy Brewery.

11 Michael { 12.30.07 at 11:58 pm }

Now BadTux, what’s wrong with my Church of the Cannabis Sacrament? 🙂

But a little beer now and again is fine too.