Nativity Scene Sparks Gun Violence Conversation by Featuring Trayvon Martin Instead of Jesus

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  • CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) — 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 on 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.

    But some faithful have shuddered at the depiction and called it sacrilege.

    Retiree Viola Saunders, who stopped and took some pictures of the scene with her phone, said she thought the Nativity was too sacred to modify.

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    6 thoughts on “Nativity Scene Sparks Gun Violence Conversation by Featuring Trayvon Martin Instead of Jesus

    1. JanCorey is at it again. Do not bother to respond to this post. To those of you who would offer your thoughts to JanCorey, please do not waste your time. JanCorey is a paid informant for the Koch Brothers and Sarah Palin. He ignorantly patrols minority websites for the sole & express purpose of spreading hateful, racist and bigoed comments. Merley to engage in a battle of responses. Obvioulsy, this is his way of “Getitng Off” Ted Cruz has also beguun paying neanderthals like him who spend their day trolling these sites. Move on from this site and spend your day with a more pleasant topic of conversation and leave JanCorey to himself.

      • The Timekeeper is at it again. Do not bother to respond to any of his posts. To those of you who would offer your thoughts to The Timekeeper, please do not waste your time. The Timekeeper is a paid informant for the Troll-Bros and the Devil. The Time Keeper is a confirmed troll of WordPress and other sites as well who has been confirmed to be a recent mental patient in a needed in-patient services-unit on a frequent basis. He ignorantly patrols minority websites for the sole & express purpose of spreading hateful, racist, his homosexual agenda items and bigoted comments. Merely to engage in a battle of responses. Obviously, this is his way of “Getting Off” The administration has also begun paying Neanderthals like him who spend their day trolling these sites. Move on from this troll and spend your day with a more pleasant topic of conversation and leave The Timekeeper to himself and his own thing he does with his butt with his butt-buddiess is noone else‘s business (according to the Time Keeper).

      • I like “JUSTICE 4 TRAYVON MARTIN” (which Trayvon already got) and I love the fact that Trayvon is now dead as a direct result of his criminal and felonious actions.

    2. Big mistake on that switch. Jesus is a symbol of pure, non-violent, and non-criminal, the total opposite of that dope-head-Trayvon. Putting a symbol of Trayvon in the scene will only encourage visitors to piss all over the scene.

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