Oh, Holy Night!

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-12-28 17:16

Verily, it was that Most Special Time of Year when commemoration of the humble Nativity of the Prince of Peace, with its gentle echoes of the cooing of the Christ Child, inspires each and every Christian to show Goodwill to All Men.

And, Lo! It was that Most Holy of Places at that Most Holy of Times: Bethlehem.

What place and what moment could possibly draw the Faithful nearer to their God and the True Message of the Season?

Thus, the creche-scene was set: pilgrims, priests, Christmas, Bethlehem...

"Seven people were injured on Thursday when Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests came to blows in a dispute over how to clean the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem... For a quarter of an hour bearded and robed priests laid into each other with fists, brooms and iron rods while the photographers who had come to take pictures of the annual cleaning ceremony recorded the whole event. A dozen unarmed Palestinian policemen were sent to try to separate the priests, but two of them were also injured... 'As usual the cleaning of the church after Christmas is a cause of problems,' Bethlehem Mayor Victor Batarseh told AFP..."

The Palestinian cops were the good guys.

And so, as Tiny Tim observed, "God bless us, every one!"

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