Monday, November 10, 2008

Once again, Monks brawl at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of Jesus's crucifixion

Armenian and Greek Orthodox monks scuffle next to the site traditionally believed to be the tomb of Jesus Christ at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008. A brawl erupted between rival monks at one of Christianity's holiest sites, and Israeli police detained two clergymen for questioning. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

It began as Armenian clergymen marched in an annual procession commemorating the 4th-century discovery of the cross believed to have been used to crucify Jesus. It ended with the arrival of dozens of riot policemen who separated the sides, seizing a bearded Armenian monk in a red-and-pink robe and a black-clad Greek Orthodox monk with a bloody gash on his forehead. Both men were taken away in handcuffs. Six Christian sects divide control of the ancient church. They regularly fight over turf and influence, and Israeli police are occasionally forced to intervene.

The article clearly states these Christians groups "regularly fight over turf and influence." Yet, the main-stream media continues to tell us "this is a rare occurrence." Yea, I get it - Christianity is supposed to be a religion of tolerance and peace....

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