There’s weeping and gnashing of teeth in some corners of the globe at news that the “Glastonbury Thorn” was chopped down. The credulous believe that it was planted by Joseph of Arimathea (so to believe that you have to believe all the nonsense about Joseph of Arimathea going to England with the Holy Grail). And the tree is not even 2000 years old–it’s only 50 years old. It was planted from one of many shoots that the keepers of the thorn have nurtured since Cromwell supposedly cut down the actual tree. So take another shoot, plant it, and the tree will look the same in another generation. In the meantime, Christians, direct your gaze heavenward, where Christ still pleads for us foolish people.