How’s That “Goodwill Towards Men” Bit Working Out?

There may be no finer example of our condition as fallen beings

Riot police were forced to restore order inside the basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem after rival groups of Orthodox and Armenian clerics clashed in a dispute over the boundaries of their respective jurisdictions inside the church.

About 100 clergymen from the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic churches, armed with brooms, came to blows during the cleaning of the church in preparation for Orthodox Christmas celebrations.

Palestinian riot police…breaking up fights between Christian clergy.

The mind reels.

8 Responses to “How’s That “Goodwill Towards Men” Bit Working Out?”

  1. Yojimbo says:

    Yes, the mind does reel at all aspects of that situation.
    I’m sure those brooms were on full auto. I’m sure that story was above the fold in the Pali Bugle as well.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    They swept right in to clean up the situation with their elite “Swiffer Brigade”.

  3. JeffS says:

    I hope the operation was a clean sweep.

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    They’ve declared “victory” and are mopping things up now.

  5. JeffS says:

    So it was just a minor dust up, then?

  6. aelfheld says:

    Yojimbo, the rivalry between the various churches present in the basilica goes back for ages. The propaganda value, if any, is pretty low after all this time.

  7. mojo says:

    Let’s see if we can get the Russian Orthodox Church to field a team next year, just to break the monotony…

  8. Ave says:

    Sure, and let’s also try to get the Wiccans.

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