Hark, the angels aren't singing in Bethlehem

"O little town of Bethlehem," a Christmas carol that resonates with many Christians, refers to the town where, according to their religion, many think Jesus was born. And for years believers would celebrate Christmas in the town.  But not this year.  The hotels and shops, mainly owned by Christian Arabs are mostly empty. Why?  The town's Christian population has dwindled from more than 85 per cent in 1948 to 12 per cent of its 60,000 inhabitants in 2006. There are reports of religious persecution, in the form of murders, beatings and land grabs. Meanwhile, the breakdown in security is putting off tourists, leading to economic hardship for Christians, who own most of the town's hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. Who is the cause of these problems?  The Moslem Arabs.  The situation has become even worse since last year when, from the distance, the British archbishop of Canterbury and the resident Greek Orthodox cleric, blamed the...(Read Full Post)