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December 9, 2010

Vandals Destroy 2,000-year-old Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury (and more)

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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.

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The Telegraph reports:

The Holy Thorn tree on Wearyall Hill in Glastonbury, Somerset, is regarded as one of Britain's most important symbols of Christendom, and is said to be derived from the original planted by Joseph of Arimathea.

The tree is one of several Holy Thorns located around Glastonbury but is arguably the most significant because of its placing on the spot where Joseph visited.

Each year a sprig from another Holy Thorn tree in the town is cut for the Queen, a tradition which dates back more than 100 years. The Queen places the sprig on her dining room table on Christmas Day. The cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday, hours before the overnight attack.

Police are trying to establish a motive for the attack, in which vandals hacked off the branches of the tree, leaving only part of the trunk remaining. They have not ruled out a religious motive.

Katherine Gorbing, director of Glastonbury Abbey, said: "The vandals have struck at the heart of Christianity. Like the whole town, we are shocked and appalled."

"The tree holds a very special significance all over the world and thousands follow in the footsteps of Joseph of Arimathea, coming especially to see it. "

This is the most important tree in Glastonbury and is of exceptional spiritual significance.

More on the story and the history of the Holy Thorn and Joseph of Arimathea - here

If and when the asshat that committed this heinous act is caught, he should be made to wait in a prison cell for the 25 or 30 years it will take for this tree to return to its former glory.

If via Andrew Stuttaford at NRO, if you are looking for other acts of desecration in Britain today, there are at least two pictured in this Daily Mail account of demonstrators rioting in London (nine police officers are also reported as seriously injured). If you scroll down through the story, you can see a demonstrator swinging from one of the flags that fly at the cenotaph originally built to honor Britain's war dead from World War One. And if that isn't nauseating enough, scroll down further still and there's an image of someone urinating on the plinth of the statue of Winston Churchill that stands in Parliament Square.

(Image credit - The Telegraph)

Posted by Richard at December 9, 2010 3:50 PM



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