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"Christians?" It just makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
Posted by: McQ on Friday, December 28, 2007

This isn't a shot at Christians or Christianity in general - its a shot at the people involved in this incident who call themselves "Christians" (and who also would call themselves Christian leaders):
Members of rival Christian orders have traded blows at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, with four people reported wounded in the fray.

Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic priests were sweeping up at the church following the Christmas rites of the Western churches earlier in the week.

Reports say some Orthodox faithful encroached on the Armenian section, prompting pitched battles with brooms.

Intense rivalries at the jointly-run church can set off vicious feuds.

The basilica, built over the grotto in the West Bank town that is the reputed birthplace of Jesus Christ is shared by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian religious authorities.

Palestinian police formed a human cordon to separate the battling dark-robed and bearded priests and deacons, said to number about 80, so that cleaning could continue.
You know it is bad when "Palestinian police" have to break something up.
 
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But they did the medieval clerical thing - no shedding blood, so they used brooms and iron rods. The fighting bishops would have been proud.

Near as we could figure from the reports the Orthodox ladders must have violated Armenian air space inside the church and set the whole donnybrook off.

And then, the best part of all, THE PALESTINIANS ARE SENT TO BREAK UP THE FIGHT.
This was one of the better office conversations we’ve had over the holidays.
 
Written By: looker
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You gotta give ’em all a little leeway....over there, everyone seems to be a little crazy
 
Written By: shark
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Who brings a broom to church?

The Bethlehem Fighting Bishops would make a great team name.
 
Written By: the wolf
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I blame the Orthodox, as I believe the Armenian Rite Church is a part of the Roman Catholic Church...those Orthodox dudes just never have gotten over the pope excommunicating the Patriarch! Sore Losers! SPLITTERS!
 
Written By: Joe
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As a lapsed Roman Catholic I can assure you both the Armenians and the Ortho’s are going to hell.
And, as to why they had brooms in church that should be obvious, they rode them there. The fact that you don’t know tells me you too are bound for hell.

Repent sinners, repent!

You will all end up your days with your necks in a halter dancing a fine jig between heaven and hell!
Hell! Hell hell hell hell! Burning Hell! Hell! Burning....Hell....
and burning

(...Hmmmmm I clearly don’t have the same knack that Monseigneur Shields had, a bit more practice may be in order perhaps....)
 
Written By: looker
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As a lapsed Roman Catholic ...

Repent sinners, repent!
Dudes, what kind of Catholic were you? It SHOULD be, "Come play Bingo" or "Buy a raffle ticket?" "Repent" indeed, what kind of church did you attend? Did you all study the Catechism and the Bible? Good Lord, you ought to have been studying cigars, beer, and “good” Catholic girls, attending pancake breakfasts and fish fries…all the things that get you into Confession.

 
Written By: Joe
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Look it’s not your fault; you had a poor church upbringing… Just join our parish, we’ll start you out in the Knights of Columbus, pretty soon you’ll be swigging Kilbeggan whisky and standing over a fish fryer,
 
Written By: Joe
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I mean why do you think I became Catholic?
 
Written By: Joe
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Sorry for the odd postings, what in a line concerning dealing a card game and enjoying an imported cigar excites the filters, so?
 
Written By: Joe
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P*oker spam is endemic. And you must have attached some other magic word to "cigar" to get a no-go on that.
 
Written By: McQ
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P*oker? I meant "P*ker", but heck it worked and it made it more understandable to boot. Aw, screw it.
 
Written By: McQ
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I thought it was "P0ker"....but then the "cigar" thing stumped me.
 
Written By: Joe
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"I mean why do you think I became Catholic?"

Because they use real wine for communion? That almost got me, once. (Southron Baptiss seem to prefer grape juice).
 
Written By: timactual
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Because they use real wine for communion? That almost got me, once. (Southron Baptiss seem to prefer grape juice).

OK there is that, but remember, the traditonal Catholic greeting, "Hey would you like a beer?" I really think we need to change the Sign of Peace from, "Peace Be With You" to "Hey would you like a beer?"

 
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