Trayvon Martin sculpture replaces baby Jesus in Claremont Nativity

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“Where did I put my tiara?”

Since: Dec 11

Lewis Center, OH

#1 Dec 30, 2013
CLAREMONT, Calif.(KABC)-- A Nativity scene in front of a Claremont church is causing controversy for replacing the figure of Jesus with a sculpture of Trayvon Martin.

The Nativity is on display outside of Claremont United Methodist Church. The figure of Martin, covered in fake blood, is seated where the infant Jesus would normally be placed.

The sculpture was created by artist John Zachary, who says he wanted to make the Nativity more relevant by juxtaposing it with the modern-day issue of gun violence.

"What we tried to do is make it a new way of looking at the Nativity and connecting the Nativity story with a contemporary issue," he said.

The church's Rev. Dan Lewis says the Nativity is effective at sending a message.

"The depiction here is uncomfortable, and that's kind of the point," said Lewis.

Zachary says the display has received mixed responses. Some say it's sacrilegious; others are more appreciative of its message.

The scene will remain in place through Jan. 5.

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story...
Geronimo

Reynoldsburg, OH

#2 Dec 30, 2013
Hope it had bullet holes in it.

“PLANET EARTH”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#3 Dec 30, 2013
Ooooooh broooooottttttther!
The inmates are running the asylum......

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#4 Dec 30, 2013
John Zachary is a psycho!
Pope Che Reagan Christ I

Medina, OH

#5 Dec 30, 2013
Zoe Regen wrote:
John Zachary is a psycho!
You know him?

Since: Dec 13

Medina, OH

#7 Dec 30, 2013
Pope Che Reagan Christ I wrote:
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You know him?
what?
Geronimo

Reynoldsburg, OH

#8 Dec 30, 2013
Did the wise men bring a hoody, skittles and an Arizona ice tea?
Geronimo

Reynoldsburg, OH

#9 Dec 30, 2013
Zoe Regen wrote:
John Zachary is a psycho!
Agree!

Jesus is white.
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#10 Dec 30, 2013
Is anyone surprised?
I ain't!!!
Geronimo

Reynoldsburg, OH

#11 Dec 30, 2013
dunadd wrote:
Is anyone surprised?
I ain't!!!
Meaning what?
Pope Che Reagan Christ I

Lodi, OH

#12 Dec 30, 2013
Geronimo wrote:
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Meaning what?
I think he is stating the obvious. Methodists hate Jesus.
Geronimo

Reynoldsburg, OH

#13 Dec 30, 2013
Pope Che Reagan Christ I wrote:
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I think he is stating the obvious. Methodists hate Jesus.
Or maybe Methodists fund controversial art?
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#14 Dec 30, 2013
GlitterSucks wrote:
CLAREMONT, Calif.(KABC)-- A Nativity scene in front of a Claremont church is causing controversy for replacing the figure of Jesus with a sculpture of Trayvon Martin.
The Nativity is on display outside of Claremont United Methodist Church. The figure of Martin, covered in fake blood, is seated where the infant Jesus would normally be placed.
The sculpture was created by artist John Zachary, who says he wanted to make the Nativity more relevant by juxtaposing it with the modern-day issue of gun violence.
"What we tried to do is make it a new way of looking at the Nativity and connecting the Nativity story with a contemporary issue," he said.
The church's Rev. Dan Lewis says the Nativity is effective at sending a message.
"The depiction here is uncomfortable, and that's kind of the point," said Lewis.
Zachary says the display has received mixed responses. Some say it's sacrilegious; others are more appreciative of its message.
The scene will remain in place through Jan. 5.
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story...
That is my new desktop background. Thanks!

“Ludibrium est onus genio”

Since: Dec 11

Planet Earth

#15 Dec 30, 2013
Antonio Santiago would have been a better choice. You know, a REAL baby...
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#16 Dec 31, 2013
Why didn't they use a bust of Barack Hussein Obama? Ain't he the savior?
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#17 Dec 31, 2013
My post 15 ain't incendiary, is it? Setting the woods on fire!
Maybe i'll get some nuts for this one.

“Paper Or Plastic?”

Since: Nov 11

Albakoikee

#18 Dec 31, 2013
GlitterSucks wrote:
CLAREMONT, Calif.(KABC)-- A Nativity scene in front of a Claremont church is causing controversy for replacing the figure of Jesus with a sculpture of Trayvon Martin.
The Nativity is on display outside of Claremont United Methodist Church. The figure of Martin, covered in fake blood, is seated where the infant Jesus would normally be placed.
The sculpture was created by artist John Zachary, who says he wanted to make the Nativity more relevant by juxtaposing it with the modern-day issue of gun violence.
"What we tried to do is make it a new way of looking at the Nativity and connecting the Nativity story with a contemporary issue," he said.
The church's Rev. Dan Lewis says the Nativity is effective at sending a message.
"The depiction here is uncomfortable, and that's kind of the point," said Lewis.
Zachary says the display has received mixed responses. Some say it's sacrilegious; others are more appreciative of its message.
The scene will remain in place through Jan. 5.
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story...
So, where did they find a lump of coal that big?
Gosh0Mighty

Columbus, OH

#19 Jan 3, 2014
Geronimo wrote:
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Agree!
Jesus is white.
jesus is white? Are Jews white?

“Hereeeeee'ssss UR Pizza”

Since: May 13

Columbus, OH

#20 Jan 3, 2014
Gosh0Mighty wrote:
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jesus is white? Are Jews white?
errrr....... why yes the Jewish people are Semites and are Caucasians......

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Semite

surprised huh racist boy.......
Geronimo

Reynoldsburg, OH

#21 Jan 3, 2014
Gosh0Mighty wrote:
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jesus is white? Are Jews white?
Yes, Jews are white.

Sorry if that bursts your bubble.

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