November 10, 2008

It's the Way He Would Have Wanted It

From Netscape and BBC News: Monks Brawl at Jerusalem Holy Site

See, I'm glad the election is finally over, because it means that stories like this can finally start getting the attention they deserve again.
JERUSALEM (Nov. 9) -Israeli police rushed into one of Christianity's holiest churches Sunday and arrested two clergyman after an argument between monks erupted into a brawl next to the site of Jesus' tomb.

The clash between Armenian and Greek Orthodox monks broke out in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, revered as the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
Seriously, this is fantastic! Christian brothers pummelling each other at the tomb of Christianity's most vocal proponent of brotherly love! Hipsters can't even hope to be that ironic!

An Armenian clergyman blamed the conflagration on the Greeks:
"The Greeks have tried so many times to put their monk inside the tomb but they don't have the right to when the Armenians are celebrating the feast," he said.
The reporter replied, "Yes, the crow casts a shadow on the Sepulcher at dawn," and was then handed a locked briefcase by the Armenian.

The Greeks, on the other hand, maintain that they were protesting peacefully, and merely blocking access to the Edicule for the Armenians — who then started the brawl. Eventually, the Israeli riot police were forced to intervene, according to spokesperson (this just gets better and better) Micky Rosenfeld, who I imagine said:
"Hey, you guys: take it easy, already. Capiche? Fugghedaboudit!"
Best story ever.

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