Senseless and barbaric

Via Jim Hoft.

The historic Glastonbury Holy Thorn Tree was destroyed by vandals on Thursday.
The thorn tree had ties to the early days of Christianity. The vandals sawed off all of its branches down to the stump.

The Glastonbury tree is one of the most celebrated Christian pilgrimage sites in Great Britain.
The AP reported:
The rare thorn tree had ties to the early days of Christianity and pilgrims often left offerings at its base. Local children honoured it each year by cutting sprigs to place on Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas dining table.

Now British police want to know who sawed off the historic limbs of the Glastonbury Holy Thorn Tree, reducing it to a stump. And they want to know why.
“I’ve just driven past the site, and people are coming out in tears,” said Glastonbury Mayor John Coles. “I’ve never seen a sadder sight, or a more serious act of vandalism, in my 60 years in Glastonbury.”

Glastonbury, 125 miles (200 kilometres) west of London, is best known for its annual rock music festival that has drawn artists such as Bruce Springsteen since the 1960s. Its mysterious landscape — including the Glastonbury Tor hill, which is believed by some to have magical qualities — has drawn pagan worshippers to the area for many years.

Katherine Gorbing, the director of Glastonbury Abbey, said the tree originally came from the Middle East and is a type of thorn tree common in Lebanon as well as in Europe. It typically lives about 100 years, but locals have kept it going by taking grafts and clippings from the tree to plant new ones when the existing once is nearing the end of its natural life span.

“It’s a sacred tree,” Gorbing said. “Not only for the Christian church, but for many other people.”

The tree itself, located near the summit of Wearyall Hill, is visible from many parts of rural Somerset.

Coles said the night time attack came between Wednesday and Thursday shortly after he, the local vicar and schoolchildren participated in the annual sprig cutting for the queen’s Christmas table.
Irrespective of what one might think of the tree, it obviously held some symbolism, some message to the vandals. One they opposed to. But what depravity makes a person taking out his/her frustration on a tree, a living thing that brings joy and doesn't do anybody harm?

3 reacties:

MFS - Updates zei

Saw the story yesterday,my hope is if they protect the tree against the coming frosts and it makes it trough the Winter.Then hopefully in Spring new branches will sprout and it will flower again, that will be the real miracle.

Guy Gadbois zei

Muslim suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of Stockholm, shouting: Allahu Akbar!

"About ten minutes before the explosions sent an email to TT, also addressed to the Security Service, where a man turns to" Sweden and Swedish people. "He refers to the Swedish silence on Lars Vilks paintings, the Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan, saying that" now your children, daughters and sisters to die like that our brothers and sisters and children are dying. "

- Our actions will speak for themselves. As long as you do not stop your war against Islam and degrading to the Prophet and your stupid support for the pig Vilks, "says the man.

Then the man calls all Muslims in Sweden to "stop suck up and humiliate you." He ends the message with yet another call for "all the mujahideen in Europe and Sweden":

- It's time to turn to, wait no longer. Come up with whatever you are although it is a knife and I know you have more than one knife to come by. Fear not, fear not a prison, do not fear death. "

"Something exploded in his stomach"

The first witness on the spot tried to give the man first aid. "It looked as if the man had carried something that exploded in his stomach."

Muslims urged to kill Swedes "Our actions will speak for themselves."


Guy Gadbois zei

I'm quite sure it will turn out to be arselifters behind the vandalism. As usual. Glastonbury is not only a holy christian site but a pagan as well tied to the famous legends of Merlin and King Arthur.


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