Thursday, April 24, 2008

Mortal Kombat In The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

I missed this news from Sunday. In a rematch of last xmas's "broom and stone" tournament at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic sect members went after each other again, this time, using their feet and fists! Police who intervened were more lucky; they were pummeled with palm fronds. There were no fatalities.

This violence stems from disputes over what is called the "status quo," an agreement originally established in 1767 to divvy up the Church of the Holy Sepulchre into pieces which were then passed out to various Catholic Christian sects.

From Wikipedia, which is so on top of things that this dustup is already included in their article:
The primary custodians are the Eastern Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, and Roman Catholic Churches, with the Greek Orthodox Church having the lion's share. In the 19th century, the Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox and the Syriac Orthodox acquired lesser responsibilities, which include shrines and other structures within and around the building. Times and places of worship for each community are strictly regulated in common areas.

It looks as though the Protestant sects have been completely ignored! Perhaps they should start agitating as well. There are enough divisions among Protestants that everyone could get a square foot or so to keep clean and place donation boxes on.

I roll my eyes once again at religious ridiculousness.

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