December 31st, 2012
01:56 PM ET

Fight over water at a holy site

(CNN)–Why a fight over water threatened to shut down one of the holiest sites in Christianity. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Israel • Middle East

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. saggyroy

    So if the church shuts down, the clip-joint gift shops will go out of business? It isn't about god, it's about the spin off industries. Is this where Peter Popoff, and Benny Hinn get their holy water?

    January 2, 2013 at 6:34 am |
  2. Extra Medium

    How about give them all the free water but seal up all their sewer pipes ? The deal smells good to me !

    December 31, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Jerry

      Human beings thirsty and covered in poo. Nice. Here's hoping you don't work in the health care field. I'd hate to be your patient.

      January 1, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
  3. Bostontola

    I don't get it, should food be delivered for free also?

    December 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  4. Angel Moronic

    God provides everything except free running water 😉

    December 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  5. Seyedibar

    Shut off their water! Let them pray for help.

    December 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  6. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:


    Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

    "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan)

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    December 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Wow..this added so much to the topic. Oh wait..it didn't.

      January 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
  7. truth be told

    The mentally ill tend to be atheist types.

    December 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Yes, exactly that but completely opposite.

      December 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Seyedibar

      Most, if not all, of this year's public mass murderers were actively-participating Christians. 85% of US prisoners are Christian compared to 1% atheists. 75% of the mentally ill committed are Christian,compared to 3% atheists.

      December 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      The mentally ill tend to be named 'truth be told'.

      January 1, 2013 at 12:42 am |
    • tallulah13

      Actually, I think trolls are mentally ill.

      January 1, 2013 at 12:44 am |
    • The Fladaboscan

      I spend a lot of time in churches, more than most people, because of my job as a symphony musician.. i have heard more asinine, biased, hateful things said in blissful ways than you can imagine. I have seen speaking in tongues, people in wheelchairs being saved (right in front of me – and I had to keep reminding myself not to laugh because they were paying me, after all.) There are a lot of nice, sane people in churches, but you never hear about an atheist killing in the name of 'there is no god' but you hear about honor killings and religious strife ALL THE FREAKING TIME. So let's stop pretending religion is always a smiley wonderful thing and those of us who question what we can't possibly know live in peace and with some respect.

      January 1, 2013 at 8:30 am |

      As a psychiatrist, I know this to be true! Lordy.

      January 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Oy, can we get off this mental illness crap. Being atheist or religious does NOT make one mentally ill.

      January 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  8. Apple Bush

    If you click my Apple Bush link I will have occasional treats for you boys and girls.

    December 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  9. Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

    Let the mentally ill kill each other in the name of their respective magical sky wizards

    December 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Will you get off this whole mental illness crap. If you had to deal with someone with PKU oriented Schizophrenia...you might see for a moment has utterly stupid and childish you are with wanting to compare anyone who has a belief to those that really do have a mental illness.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  10. William Demuth

    Let them slaughter each other till their beloved land runs red with their blood!

    Then we can use their "holy water" to lean the earth of their stain!

    December 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I will bring the slip and slide.

      December 31, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
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