California church replaces baby Jesus w/ Trayvon Martin in Nativity scene

Posted by: ST on December 30, 2013 at 10:37 am
Altered Nativity scene

Yes. This happened. Photo via David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Words fail. Via the LA Times (hat tip):

On the lawn of a Claremont church, just like at many churches at this time of year, cutouts of wise men on camelback head toward a makeshift stable, a meager wooden structure where Mary and Joseph have huddled inside.

But instead of an infant Jesus cradled in his mother’s arms, the Nativity at Claremont United Methodist Church — the creation of congregant and artist John Zachary — features a depiction of Trayvon Martin slumped over in his hoodie, a pool of his blood spreading over a bed of straw.

For several years, Zachary has brought his artistic interpretations of the Nativity — as well as the occasional controversy — to the church, as he used a scene that traditionally conveys themes of joy and innocence to spread messages of social justice. Over the last few years, his installations have touched on homelessness, poverty and acceptance of gay families.

He decided over the summer that this year’s scene would include the Florida teenager whose shooting death captured the nation’s attention. Zachary said he wanted to draw a parallel between rampant gun violence and the dark time in which Jesus was born.

“He was, in my view, an innocent child like the innocent children killed by King Herod,” Zachary, 57, said of Martin. “I think the Nativity has to be relevant to our time. I think Jesus is a symbol of hope and I think he has to be seen in today’s context.”

I’m just going to say this as plainly as possible: There should never, ever be any type of “replacement” for baby Jesus in the manger scene. Ever.  I don’t care what your “rationale” is, nor is it important to understand your “intent” or “meaning.” The story of baby Jesus is timeless, unique, spiritual, heavenly, and transcends anything that has or will ever happen here on Earth.

Consider this a PSA, leftists. Thanks!

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4 Responses to “California church replaces baby Jesus w/ Trayvon Martin in Nativity scene”

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  1. Leticia cortez says:

    I’m glad that Zachary has done this. It brought us back to remembering the horrific murder of Trayvon by Zimmerman. There was no justice done to Trayvon, so perhaps this will give some people more awareness. The ones that are obviously upset are the NRA & the right-wingers. I applaud Claremont Methodist Church for letting Zachary do this & I’m an Atheist.

  2. Roger Wildin says:

    Of course your an “Athiest” Letricia Cortez. No real Christian would agree that replacing Jesus with Trayvon Martin was a GOOD IDEA, Artistic, or socially correct ! Whether you agree with the outcome of the trial or not, Trayvon was not “Innocent” or anywhere close to being “without sin”. And “NO” ! It’s not just rightwingers or the NRA that is upset with the “corrupted” Nativity Scene ! Find some Ethics and Morals somewhere and then analyze the Nativity Scene !

  3. wilma Frost says:

    I think a church that tries to replace Jesus just to draw attention to someone else and an atheist praise them for it,something is wrong. all you people need to go back to the cross and see how much Jesus Christ loved us all so much ,he gave his life that we might have eternal life through his blood he shed at Calvary.

  4. Great White Rat says:

    I applaud Claremont Methodist Church for letting Zachary do this & I’m an Atheist.

    Actually, you’re not an atheist. Your God is the all-powerful State and leftist dogma. Christians have the Bible, you have Rules for Radicals. You’re not so much an atheist as a hater of anyone who advocates more personal freedom and less government control of our lives. And of Christians.

    One wonders, would you have had the same reaction if the church had replaced Jesus with Ambassador Chris Stevens and the other Americans murdered at Benghazi while Obama did nothing because he needed to rest up for a party?

    Let’s see…would we have read something like this:

    “It brought us back to remembering the horrific sacrifice of Stevens and the others by Obama. There was no justice done to the Benghazi Four, so perhaps this will give some people more awareness. The ones that are obviously upset are the Democrats & the extreme left-wingers.”

    No, we don’t need to guess. You’d be screaming about how the nativity scene was being politicized. You leftists are nothing if not completely predictable.