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Nativity features Trayvon Martin instead of Jesus

Published: Mon, December 30, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


A Southern California church Nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about gun violence.

The Nativity scene on the lawn of the Claremont United Methodist Church — which shows Martin in a hoodie, slumped over and bleeding — was created by 57-year-old congregant and artist John Zachary.

Zachary, who in the past has created installations addressing homelessness and poverty, said he wanted to make the Nativity relevant to modern times and generate a community conversation, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

Zachary said he chose to focus on the Florida teenager whose shooting death captured the nation to draw a parallel to the dark times in which Jesus was born.

Some faithful have shuddered at the depiction and called it sacrilege.

The scene will remain in place at the church through Jan. 5.


1Photoman(1246 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Anything for a bit of press. Zachary and the church leaders are loonies anyway. The good folks of Claremont and the many college students there must be appalled by this display.

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2HSG(185 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Read psalm 119

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3mouse(112 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

there have been many injustices in our country but none of them can ever replace the Lord & a day that is set aside to reflect on why Jesus came in the first place!
as for trayvon & zimmerman story I did not sit on the jury so i do not know what came out in the trial that we did not hear on the news.
but i do know how i would feel if trayvon was my son. but please, put Jesus back & protest in another way.....

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4southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I often wonder if Trayvon Martin had been White...hmmm

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