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Priests brawl at Bethlehem church

Priests brawl at Bethlehem church | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A fight broke out at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem after rival groups of Orthodox and Armenian clerics clashed over the boundaries of their jurisdictions inside the church.

 

This is a great video to show religious geography and how scale plays a key role in a patterns.  Not only does the macro-religious geography of the Levant lead to politically contentious situations, but the micro-religious geography can also be problematic.  This building itself has a curiously devided spatial pattern among Christian branches that demands tolerance, cooperation and searching for ways to share a place that many groups find holy...this could be seen as symbolic way to look at the whole area.   

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Charles Matley's comment, January 30, 2012 2:13 PM
This goes to show the world how tense of a subject religion is. Look at the fuss over the removal of the "School Prayer" in Cranston.
mderder's comment, January 30, 2012 2:21 PM
It is ironic that Orthodox Christians, both Eastern and Oriental, have yet to figure out that the founder of their religion would strictly disapprove of this kind of behavior. Instead of trying to grab space from one another in holy shrines, they should instead be cooperating with one another.
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