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'Vandals have hacked at the heart of Christianity'
Daily Mail ^ | Dec 9th, 2010

Posted on 12/09/2010 10:33:00 AM PST by TaraP

2,000-year-old Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury is cut down

Vandals have destroyed one of the most celebrated Christian pilgrimage sites in Britain and chopped down a tree said to have sprouted from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea 2,000 years ago.

The Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury, Somerset, is visited by thousands every year to pay homage and leave tokens of worship. Those visiting today were moved to tears on finding the tree cut to a stump.

The sacred tree is unique in that it blossoms twice a year - at Christmas and Easter - and sprigs taken from the thorn are sent to The Queen each year for the festive table.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: glastonbury; josephofarimathea
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1 posted on 12/09/2010 10:33:04 AM PST by TaraP
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The tree in all its glory before it was hacked apart. Legend says it sprang from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, the man who helped Jesus of the cross. To the right of the tree, in the distance, is Glastonbury Tor
2 posted on 12/09/2010 10:33:56 AM PST by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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A member of the public gathers sprigs from the chopped branches while (right) onlookers cry and say prayers
3 posted on 12/09/2010 10:35:02 AM PST by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: TaraP

moslems


4 posted on 12/09/2010 10:35:20 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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Police tape surrounds the vandalised Holy Thorn tree on Wearyall Hill in Glastonbury as stunned locals look on. The branches were cut off overnight and a police investigation has been launched
5 posted on 12/09/2010 10:36:11 AM PST by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: isthisnickcool

A__holes


6 posted on 12/09/2010 10:36:37 AM PST by Wu (Excuse me while I kiss the sky......)
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To: TaraP

This is horrible.


7 posted on 12/09/2010 10:37:23 AM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Wu

Amish...


8 posted on 12/09/2010 10:37:34 AM PST by MichaelP (It's the end of the world as they know it, and I'm so glad!)
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To: TaraP

“said to have sprouted from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea 2,000 years ago. “

The Brits have some weird legends


9 posted on 12/09/2010 10:38:30 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Wu
No...Muslims
10 posted on 12/09/2010 10:38:36 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: TaraP
Looks like GB's muslims don't look upon the holy grail of diversity as kindly as do the natives.

My guess, of course.

Good thing we christians don't place much stock in icons.

11 posted on 12/09/2010 10:38:43 AM PST by skeeter
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To: TaraP
'Some of the main trunk is there but the branches have been sawn away. I am absolutely lost for words - I just do not know why people would want to do this.

Because there are those in the world that hate Christianity so much that even a tree to them must be destroyed.

12 posted on 12/09/2010 10:38:43 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Quix; All

Christian legend dictates that Jesus’s great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, came to Britain after the crucifixion 2,000 years ago bearing the Holy Grail - the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper.
He visited Glastonbury and thrust his staff into Wearyall Hill, just below the Tor, planting a seed for the original thorn tree.

Roundheads felled the tree during the English Civil War, when forces led by Oliver Cromwell (pictured) waged a vicious battle against the Crown.
However, locals salvaged the roots of the original tree, hiding it in secret locations around Glastonbury.

It was then replanted on the hill in 1951. Other cuttings were also grown and placed around the town - including its famous Glastonbury Abbey.

Experts had verified that the tree - known as the Crategus Monogyna Bi Flora - originated from the Middle East.

A sprig of holy thorns was taken from the Thorn tree by Glastonbury’s St Johns Church on Wednesday and sent to the Queen.

The 100-year-old tradition will see the thorns sit on Her Majesty’s dinner table on Christmas Day

YES WE ARE FIGHTING THE EVIL IN THE LAST DAYS...

EPHESIANS 6:12

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


13 posted on 12/09/2010 10:38:47 AM PST by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: TaraP

Could a tree surgeon do some emergency surgery to fix the tree?


14 posted on 12/09/2010 10:39:42 AM PST by GraceG
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To: TaraP

It is a tree and hardly the heart of Christianity.


15 posted on 12/09/2010 10:39:58 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: TaraP

You can only pity those so reprehensibly deprived of anything resembling human consciousness. Were the world depleted of their kind........


16 posted on 12/09/2010 10:40:41 AM PST by yoe
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To: TaraP

It’s not Biblical. Don’t make an idol out of a tree.


17 posted on 12/09/2010 10:41:31 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Stimulus ~ Response / "...and that's why the color yellow makes me sad, I think.")
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To: TaraP

That is just sick. And so very sad. A tree that has outlived so many generations is like a revered elder. To indiscriminately damage it like that just underscores some of the meanness and idiocy of our times. I hope they can fix the damage and get it to sprout new limbs. I don’t know anything of this tree or this kind of tree. I’m reminded of the Ents in LOTR, some of my favorite characters. So very sad.


18 posted on 12/09/2010 10:42:02 AM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: TaraP

If this had been done to something that muslims held in esteem you can bet there would be untold investigations and arrests.


19 posted on 12/09/2010 10:42:02 AM PST by taxesareforever (Release Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and let him and his family get on with their lives.)
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To: TaraP

They must hurry and grow cuttings from the living branches, to make more trees, and to plan an entire grove of them.


20 posted on 12/09/2010 10:42:17 AM PST by Tax Government (Democrat: "I'm driving to Socialism at 95 mph." Republican: "Observe the speed limit.")
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To: yoe

We live amongst so many deprived, depraved evil people anymore it’s sickening, however Jesus warned us this would happen in the *last Days* and he has already won this battle....We just have to endure it for a short time without loosing our sanity....

Those who endure shall be saved.....

Heaven is for Heroes
Hell is for Cowards.....


21 posted on 12/09/2010 10:43:41 AM PST by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: 2banana

It is also I believe a site considered sacred to modern Pagans. So this may have not been an anti Christian act.


22 posted on 12/09/2010 10:44:07 AM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Tax Government

Also, plant the cuttings somewhere on private property within sight every mosque in Britain.


23 posted on 12/09/2010 10:44:19 AM PST by Tax Government (Democrat: "I'm driving to Socialism at 95 mph." Republican: "Observe the speed limit.")
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To: TaraP
I will tell you one thing... I would be a worthless president but if you guys elect old LLS in 2012... my first act will be to NUKE mecca and medina.

LLS

24 posted on 12/09/2010 10:45:00 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I don’t think they were idolizing the tree, it is just a symbol of faith, it is like vandalizing Crosses at Churches or cutting the head off of a Statue of Mary..It is mean, it is evil, it is dis-respectful and it is unlawful.


25 posted on 12/09/2010 10:46:59 AM PST by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: TaraP

The comments at the original article are interesting. One poster explicitly blames a local real estate developer for the destruction. If so, this is a highly charged conflict of a different kind.


26 posted on 12/09/2010 10:47:08 AM PST by TexNewMex
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To: TaraP

I didn’t know there were any Christians left in the U.K.


27 posted on 12/09/2010 10:47:57 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: AD from SpringBay

England has been cut off from the heart of Christianity since the time of Henry VIII.


28 posted on 12/09/2010 10:48:26 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: TaraP

I saw the tree when I was there. At least, they should be able to make grafts of it. How sad.


29 posted on 12/09/2010 10:48:48 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: TaraP

30 posted on 12/09/2010 10:49:03 AM PST by Bon mots ("Anything you say, can and will be construed as racist...")
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FWIW, someone left this comment at the link:
I went to the tree this morning, i am so shocked! It is a special Holy tree not just for christinaity but for pagans and all faiths. We now know who did it and he revenged the whole town because he wanted to build flats and we opposed the destruction of the hill where the tree grows. So after the sprig was sent to the queen he ruined the tree over night. - Ella, Glastonbury, 09/12/2010 17:19

31 posted on 12/09/2010 10:49:23 AM PST by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: TaraP

From the commetns section it looks like it wasn’t who you all think it was but a developer who was p’oed that he couldn’t plow the hill to build flats.It also looks like the trunk is still in the ground so with good care which I’m sure the town will get it the tree could survive and bloom again.Watch for new sprig to spout soon to give the world hope.


32 posted on 12/09/2010 10:49:56 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Rich21IE

Yeah No Joke.....

What ever happened to the U.K they are in a serious moral breakdown....


33 posted on 12/09/2010 10:50:05 AM PST by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: TaraP

A vanquished people must become used to their sacred things being handled, fingered, licked and treated with contempt by the conqueror.


34 posted on 12/09/2010 10:50:38 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: rightwingextremist1776

No, the animals are “Mooslums”


35 posted on 12/09/2010 10:50:43 AM PST by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: TaraP

Well, I see that we still have a few of the descendants of Oliver Cromwell here in the forum. I wish they’d save more of their energy for fighting against the liberal atheists and Communists and Muslims who are the real threat to Christianity and our western civilization.

I’m very sorry to hear about this. Glastonbury has always been famous as a Grail site. And for its connections with the ancient Arthurian stories.

At least they are salvaging the cuttings, as they have done before. And it’s good to know that so many of the villagers still feel strongly about preserving their traditions.


36 posted on 12/09/2010 10:50:43 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: taxesareforever

Yet some PC idiot on another board over Easter weekend told me “he sees ‘discrimination daily’ against Muslims . . . but has never seen it against Christianity”

What a loser . .wonder what he would call this?


37 posted on 12/09/2010 10:51:06 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat (NO MOS-que AP: It's the "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE")
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To: TaraP; nw_arizona_granny; Cindy; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; WestCoastGal

Oh my goodness, how awful.


38 posted on 12/09/2010 10:51:06 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: mlizzy

I will await proof before I am convinced.

LLS


39 posted on 12/09/2010 10:51:20 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: TaraP

Wow!

That is a cruel deal.

Even if you are not a Christian,

Even if you are not amazed that a plant blooms on Christmas and Easter,

Even if you don’t believe that it came from Joseph’s staff,

You should still respect for a tree that survived for 2000 YEARS! To ruin something that brought so much joy to people for 20 centuries is something that is hard to imagine.


40 posted on 12/09/2010 10:51:20 AM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: SueRae

As another poster commented, take cuttings and plant them in hidden places.

Shades of the White Tree of Gondor.


41 posted on 12/09/2010 10:51:39 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: AD from SpringBay

I agree that it is just a tree. But make no mistake that the attack was not against the tree itself.


42 posted on 12/09/2010 10:51:50 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: narses

ping


43 posted on 12/09/2010 10:52:31 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: AD from SpringBay

If it is at all like “thorn” trees on my property, they grow right back. They didn’t tear out the roots — they “heavily pruned” it.

It’s offensive and outrageous, but I’ll bet that a new tree will sprout from the roots by June.


44 posted on 12/09/2010 10:53:46 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: LibLieSlayer

Sure is a sad thing to see ...


45 posted on 12/09/2010 10:55:08 AM PST by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: Sherman Logan

Probably a pretty good chance that Tolkien was familiar with the tree and the Cromwell story.


46 posted on 12/09/2010 10:59:37 AM PST by old3030 (I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look.)
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To: TexNewMex
One poster explicitly blames a local real estate developer for the destruction. If so, this is a highly charged conflict of a different kind.

Probably the true reason when it finally comes out.

47 posted on 12/09/2010 11:02:26 AM PST by hoyt-clagwell (5:00 AM Gym Crew)
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To: InvisibleChurch
It’s not Biblical. Don’t make an idol out of a tree.

There's nothing wrong with it. A relic or artifact merely provides a connection to a long past event. It's evidence-- a physical representation of history that has lasted through centuries. Nobody is worshipping it.

It's one thing to read a story about something that existed centuries ago. It's quite another to actually be able to go there and touch a piece of it. It true of any historical artifact.

48 posted on 12/09/2010 11:02:58 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: old3030

Somehow I suspect he wasn’t a fan of Cromwell or the Roundheads.


49 posted on 12/09/2010 11:03:01 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: TaraP
THE PEACEFUL RELIGION,

WE NEED TO DO SOME H-Bombing!

50 posted on 12/09/2010 11:04:46 AM PST by factmart
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