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Bush and Blair banned from Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity

UPDATE: 2008 – Footage of Bush’s January visit to Bethlehem suggests that he visited the Church of the Nativity and than the ban may have only been in place in the immediate aftermath of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Nevertheless, the ban was good while it lasted …

Oh how deliciously, symbolically poetic and just! I only just caught this snippet over at; in a virtually unreported item here, Dubya and B-liar had been officially banned from the birthplace of Christ in 2003 in response to their invasion of Iraq. Here is the preamble to the news item featured there, followed by a cartoon from Leunig:

“Their entry into the church will tarnish it as [Bush’s] hands are covered in the blood of the innocent…”

The Spirit of Christmas consists in spreading Peace and Justice.

The Spirit of Christmas is when War Criminals are banned from the Birthplace of Jesus Christ.

In April 2003 at the height of the military campaign directed against Iraq, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem decided to ban President Bush and Prime Minister Blair from the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

“They are war criminals and murderers of children. Therefore the Church of Nativity decided to ban them access into the holy shrine for ever,”

“Their entry into the church will tarnish it as [Bush’s] hands are covered in the blood of the innocent,”

The Church of the Nativity is under the authority of the Greek Orthodox church.

Of utmost significance, the US News media has not reported this story.

Spread the word to Church parishes in the US and around the World.

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Caption: “Look at that! Brilliant! You kill the leader and you nip the whole movement in the bud.”

Cartoon by Michael Leunig

2 comments on “Bush and Blair banned from Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity

  1. Elias Bayeh
    24 December, 2007

    Makes me proud to be Greek Orthodox :)

  2. Ann El Khoury
    27 December, 2007

    And a Merry Christmas to you and yours, Elias, this week and in January ;)

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This entry was posted on 29 December, 2006 by in Cartoonists, Christianity, Christmas, Empire, War and Terror, Palestine, Peace and Justice, War crimes.

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"


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