Thursday, December 29, 2011

Priests brawl in Bethlehem

This is the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Apparently, fights occur every year between the rival priests.

But what's really funny is this quote from the Bethlehem police (via the BBC):
"No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God," he said.

Maybe if they arrested these brawling priests, instead of treating them with such exaggerated, and unwarranted, respect, they wouldn't have this problem.

This is also pretty funny (or pretty sad, I can't decide):
The 1,700-year-old church, one of the holiest sites in Christianity, is in a bad state of repair, largely because the priests cannot agree on who should pay for its upkeep.

I'll tell you what. Kick out all of these priests and appoint atheists, or maybe humanists (who tend to be a little better at organizing, I suspect), to care for the church. We'd respect it as a historical structure and see that it was treated right - without fighting like a bunch of drunk monkeys!

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