More caring and some pedagogy

Manar TV (Hizbullah related) ran today a series of interviews with priests and Christian activists from and in Bethlehem (it was a live show), interpreting the birth of Jesus (that is commonly confused with the capitalist commercialized Christmas) as a communal celebration with the current state of affairs in Palestinian. It seems that this particular Christian celebration in Bethlehem takes a little militant turn and is used as a platform to denounce the racist and apartheid-like policies of the Zionist state.

There was an interesting priest talking from Al Manar’s studio with the host of the show. I could not get his name and whether he was Lebanese or Palestinian but he sure knew how to speak. Ironically, a socially militant Christian should turn to al Manar as a source of inspiration. I mean what can he get out of these wanna-be aristocrat Lebanese Maronite (and other) bishops for example? When did we ever see any of these conservatives talk about Palestine and other oppressive environments on a day like Christmas? Their Church sermons that are all over the Christian related TV channels are all about either some vague interpretation of the birth of Jesus as a source of peace, of God’s message of love. The only political undertones in Church’s sermons revolve around nationalistic self-preservation and elitist discursive articulations.

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One Response to More caring and some pedagogy

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bechir, I didn’t watch the show but from your description the priest you speak of may have been the current or recently “retraité” palestinian patriarch. His name is Michel Sabbah and I stopped watching the guy speak a while ago because everytime I watched him I hated Sfeir more and more. Anyways, he’s interesting to check… And I think he’s pretty close to Hamas.
    Also interesting, first time I heard of the guy was on Al Jazeera… Definitely not on LBC.
    S.

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