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Scuffles have broken out between rival groups of Greek Orthodox and Armenian clerics in a turf war at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity.

Bemused tourists looked on as about 100 priests fought with brooms while cleaning the church in preparation for Orthodox Christmas, on 7 January.

Palestinian police armed with batons and shields broke up the clashes.

Groups of priests have clashed before in the church, built on the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born.

"It was a trivial problem that... occurs every year," Bethlehem police Lt-Col Khaled al-Tamimi told Reuters.

"No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God," he said.

Nobody was seriously injured in the scuffles, according to the police.

Previous clashes between the denominations which share the administration of the church have been sparked by perceived encroachments on one group's territory by another.

Priests in Bethlehem, BBC News 59 Comments [1/6/2012 4:11:13 AM]
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Submitted By: Elliott
WTF?! || meh
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Prager

"No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God,"

If anything, that is a perfect reason to lock them up in an asylum to the wantonly deranged.

1/6/2012 4:20:36 AM

Nerikull

They were fighting with brooms? What, did someone call shenanigans?

(+20 points if you get that)

1/6/2012 5:23:18 AM



Funny, but I voted meh.

1/6/2012 5:30:26 AM



They were men of God?. Not for the other cheeck stuff, obviously.

1/6/2012 5:35:03 AM

Zimmer

If two religions can settle their differences with brooms instead of guns, I'm satisfied.

1/6/2012 5:35:15 AM

Dr.Shrinker

At least this time the priests were attacking each other and not each others parishioners.

1/6/2012 5:39:47 AM

Kinderklein

Encroachment od territory = a ladder had been placed partially on the "wrong side".

1/6/2012 5:40:55 AM

Doubting Thomas

"No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God," he said.

How nice. A get out of jail free card. If anything, being a "man of God" and involved in a fight should automatically land you in jail, because as a "man of God" you're supposed to be held to higher standards. But maybe they're just men of the Old Testament God who constantly fought & slaughtered people.

1/6/2012 7:08:21 AM

Noneofyourbusiness

That's really pathetic. The priestly equivalent of football hooligans. Someone break out the Jesus!Facepalm.

1/6/2012 7:30:01 AM

Raised by Horses


1/6/2012 7:32:41 AM

Brendan Rizzo

Wait, so priests are above the law now? There is truly no hope for that area.

Seriously, why must any one Christian group own the Church of the Nativity? If it's one of the holiest sites in Christianity, that means, logically, that it should be open to all Christians. Can't they just cooperate, or at least have a rotating schedule, for crying out loud?!

1/6/2012 7:38:51 AM

Horsefeathers

"'No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God,' he said."

And?

"Previous clashes between the denominations which share the administration of the church have been sparked by perceived encroachments on one group's territory by another."

If you were really "men of God" then you'd know what you're supposed to do. Read your Old Testament. There's fairly detailed instructions about invading territory held by heathens, wiping them out, and claiming it for your own.

1/6/2012 7:56:22 AM

Blue_J

If I remember correctly, this has become sort of a tradition at the Church of the Nativity.

1/6/2012 8:04:15 AM

navelgazer

*points & laughs*

Next time add cartoon sound effects and wacky musice.

1/6/2012 8:17:17 AM

Comrade Potatovich

Holy turfwars, Batman!

1/6/2012 8:40:52 AM

\m/>_<\m/

at first i was lol...

then i read it again...

and i lolled :-D

1/6/2012 8:54:41 AM

Big Jilm

Now that's some youtube vids we need to see.

1/6/2012 8:58:19 AM



Aw shit boys, get your crucifixes out. The Southside Baptists be stepping up on our turf.

1/6/2012 9:15:19 AM

breakerslion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNxCvDYpmxE


1/6/2012 9:16:25 AM

Osiris

Jesus died so men of his faith would fight each other to the death every year with brooms in the town of his birth over what day he was born. And that makes baby Jesus cry.

1/6/2012 9:21:24 AM



And if they´re not men of God they´re not extended the same courtesy?. Talk about justice.

1/6/2012 9:36:12 AM

BlackMageJ

Repeat, I've definitely seen this one bef... oh, it happened again. And there's video footage this time! Hooray!

http://www.fstdt.net/QuoteComment.aspx?QID=32945
(Let's do the time warp again)

1/6/2012 10:03:01 AM

Stonespiral

I about died laughing when I saw some of the footage of this one the news. Idiots obviously have no concept of how to treat a sacred space.

1/6/2012 10:04:31 AM

Berny

Were they taking turns "Turning the other cheek?"

1/6/2012 10:05:58 AM

Comrade Potatovich

Here it is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shFA_H8e11E

1/6/2012 10:39:34 AM
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