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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.
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What’s so Weird?
I bet is was those damn muslims!
The heart of Christianity is Jesus Christ, and no vandal can harm Him.
That they do -- but what does that have to do with this thread.
be careful how you answer that
Isn’t that what he said?
Islam is from the PIT OF HELL!
Amen! You beat me to it. Still an attack on Christianity, no doubt.
Maybe some other limbs will be removed.
You can’t have anything enjoyable and meaningful around Muslims, although this is something I wouldn’t put past pop culture in general.
They didn't worship the tree. The tree was, according to legend, planted by Joseph. It's something spiritual.
Please avoid the religious strawman arguments.
What will happen if they get caught? My bet is nothing. Nothing at all. We'll just tell them we're saddened. That should do some good...NOT.
Even Lewis the non-Catholic wasn’t a big Cromwell fan.
NUKE MECCA NOW!
NO ISLAM, NO TERROR!
Sorry to change the subject. The destruction of the Glastonbury thorn tree was a despicable act. But I am encouraged to learn that thorn trees are hardy and quickly regenerate. And this tree really did originate in the Middle East.
There’s always room for miracles.
It could actually be a christian behind the act.
The religion of piece (chop you to pieces)
The owner of Wearyall Hill is Edward James, 70, who was arrested this week in connection with the collapse of Crown Currency Exchange, of which he is a major shareholder. The company, which has 8,000 creditors, collapsed in October, owing £16 million. One possibility is that the attack may have been part of a vendetta against Mr James, who is on police bail.
Mr James said he had spoken to police about the attack on the tree "but we don't know who it (the culprit) could be yet."
He said: "People have said the tree was destroyed to get at me because of the Crown Currency Exchange affair.
"They were saying it was vendetta time. I know a lot of people are hurting at the moment but this was a very holy tree. It's weird.
Don't forget the Qom Bomb!!!
Your photographs prove I slam is a cult of ignorant fools
who worship a madman and practice a bloody and false religion from th epits of Hell itself.(And it’s embraced by th eignorant politicians here in America
If they let the tree alone it may well grow back. We’ve all seen stumps with many sprouts coming out and in just a few years, the’ve turned into trunks. Often they form a tree more lovely than the original.
The “mindless vandals” might be mindless Moslems.
Glad to know that you are All-Knowing and All-Seeing and can see into all their hearts and minds.
As I will not be dragged into a Catholic v. Protestant Religious Flame War of Christianity, I will sum it up are saying that your opinions are not relevant to me as they have nothing to do with my Faith, and your presumptions are, to say the least, uncharitable and, at the other extreme, bordering on un-Christian-like.
Follow up as you will. I will neither read nor respond.
Brought me to tears for a minute.
Nonsense. Do you have anything that once belonged to your parents, grandparents, or other forebearers? Something you keep on your mantel that reminds you of them?
Is that worshipping too, in your world?
“It was then replanted on the hill in 1951.”
Interesting history of the “tree”. In quotes as I’m not sure replanting some of its roots still qualifies as being a 2000 year-old tree.
However, that gives hope that the remnants of this tree will live on in spite of the attempts at destroying the tree. (A HUGE metaphor in there).
And interesting. Not to say that a “miracle” didn’t happen with the whole original planting, but it almost sounds like a seed was planted - and he used his staff to shove it into the dirt?
I love the old legends and stuff. Not that it makes a difference if it is real or not. Just interesting to ponder.
Muslims are well known for their destruction of the religious artifacts of other countries.
Wood hath hope. One day it will bloom again.
The people who swed off all its limbs did so, not because they dislike trees, but because they dislike Christianity. If it were the limb-hackers' own tree--- a tree they owned ---it would be distasteful to maim it. Since it is somebody else's tree, it is a criminal offense as well as a symbolic act of odium Dei
Some people just can’t stand to read anything that threatens their paradigm.
Carry on... :-)
Thank you for responding. ; )
horrible but what to expect from a Christian nation that turned it’s back on God after he saved them from destruction just 65 years ago
I hate islam with a passion, but I’m holding off blaming muslims for this for now until the facts are known. If evidence comes to light proving muslims were behind it, then go after them hard.
A vanquished people must become used to their sacred things being
handled, fingered, licked and treated with contempt by the conqueror.
There’s not the slightest threat to the health of this tree. On the contrary. It’s clear from the photo that the tree has been, albeit unintentionally, pollarded. This actually prolongs the life of the tree rather than reducing it. Periodic pollarding or coppicing (in which the trunk was cut at ground level) were the traditional methods with which English woodsmen maintained ancient deciduous woodland in good health. Doesn’t work with conifers, but succeeds with most species of temperate deciduous hardwoods.
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Hardly the heart of Christianity but deplorable none the less.
Multiculturalism is grand, isn’t it.
Don’t you mean...if this had been done to something that muslims held in esteem you can bet there would be riots, bombings and beheadings?
“A relic or artifact merely provides a connection to a long past event.”
I condemn what happened, but....I suspect most religious relics of that purported age are not authentic, especially in Europe. People in the Middle Ages were largely illiterate and gullible. Mark Twain wrote hilariously funny satires about religious relics in a couple of his travel books, “Innocents Abroad” and “A Tramp Abroad”.
Flame suit on.
LOL... Oh, yes I’m sure that many so-called “relics” are just hoaxes played on some unsuspecting traveler perhaps hundreds of years ago. It would be fun to think some of them are the real deal. That you could actually hold a chunk of history in your hand... would be cool.
With the branches are all cut off? I doubt it can be saved.
I think the "tragedy" here is way over-rated, because, after all, the Puritans cut down the (supposed) original tree, and this one only dates back to 1951 (read the story). I'm sure there are plenty of clippings and other growths of the original tree out there to regrow a new one, perhaps behind a stout wall or fence....
I wonder if they could make a graft to start a new tree?
UGLY FER SURE.
I stand corrected.
There is nothing spiritual about a tree and it should have been cut down by Christians as soon as people thought there was!