Sunday, November 09, 2008

Brotherly love among the Christians in the holy land.

I often wonder if there exists any place in the world more contentious than Jerusalem. It seems no one is immune to violence. Jerusalem Post:
A brawl erupted in Jerusalem Sunday between rival monks at one of Christianity's holiest sites, and police have detained two clergymen for questioning. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said fighting erupted between Armenian and Greek Orthodox monks at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City. The church marks the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Police called in to break up the brawl detained one monk from each side.

Brawling Christian monks seems to be part of the long-standing tradition at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and even more ironically; it often requires Jewish intervention to prevent the altercations from shedding more than a little blood among the monks.

Christian monks battle regularly over such contentious issues of the placement of a chair a ladder or even an open door. In fact, the roof is actually in danger of collapsing the entire chapel but the necessary repairs require the various rival brethren to turn the other cheek and cooperate with each other in the spirit of brotherly love to facilitate the repairs.

So far the Christian monks have opted to let the possibility of the structure falling to rack and ruins upon their heads rather than engage in the necessary consensus building in order to carry out the repairs.

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