Monk Fight

Several alert fans forwarded this story to us; apparently, Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks got into a massive brawl at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (one of the holiest sites in all Christendom). There’s even video.

We think we know where they got their inspiration from…


  1. Posted November 16, 2008 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Damn…and I was considering sending you that piece when it happened (last Sunday).

    I would have given anything to be there to watch the police with those long rifles separating the monks and then around the room guarding against further Christian-on-Christian violence.

  2. Colton David
    Posted November 16, 2008 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    A monk brawl…huh.

    That makes me smile for some reason.

  3. Posted November 16, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    This is where boxing and wrestling video games become awesome – the “create a player” modes. I mean reading about a fight is one thing, but gaming it and getting to throw a chair at someone is just something special.

  4. Posted November 16, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    For anyone who knows little about the church: it is divided into many many rooms and sanctuaries, each designated to a different Christian sect, and many fought over. It’s all made of stone, very cavernous, often crypt-like.

    The Israeli press coverage was a little more colorful. For instance, there is a section of the church that needs renovation (and, in fact, is apparently in danger of collapsing). However, no one will let the renovation happen because no one agrees on who the space belongs to nor who should authorize the renovation.

    Also, at the entrance to the church, there is a ladder on the right-hand wall. I had noticed it, but never given it much thought. It turns out, though, that this ladder has been there since the 19th century because no one can agree on who has the authority to move it.

  5. Posted November 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    you just got some blog love on

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