The Archbishop of Canterbury is Wrong Again.

The Arch Druid of Canterbury has spoken about Christians in the Middle East which has lead to the leaders of Kairos Palestine sending him a letter which can be read on Steven Sizer’s blog here.

One paragraph is

Your inaccurate and erroneous remarks cite Muslim extremism as the greatest threat facing Christians in Palestine, and the primary reason for our emigration. Your statements about Bethlehem are particularly faulty and offensive especially when you say that the movement of Muslims into the Bethlehem area, where space is limited, is forcing Christians to leave.

Another paragraph is

Since Your Grace did not meet or consult with any Palestinian Christians during your recent visit here, we are wondering why would you be suddenly interested to speak on our behalf? This troubles us. Palestinian Christians are fully capable of expressing their situation without needing anyone to interpret what they mean; we are happy to meet directly with church leaders and, in solidarity, discuss our reality and what can be done to transform it.

Also, there’s more outrage from Palestinian Christians here.

One quote is

It is not Muslims but Israel which is occupying Bethlehem, and has taken all but 13% of Bethlehem’s land for Israeli use. The Archbishop didn’t even mention that Palestinians can’t visit – let alone move to – Jerusalem, an important home for all three faiths.

The real reason why Christians are becoming a lower percentage of the Palestinian population is because Palestinian Christians tend to be more wealthy than Palestinian Muslim’s, meaning they are more likely to have the financial resources to leave Palestine. Which many do because the Israeli Occupation makes life so unbearable for them.

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