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Church Nativity Scene Features Bloody Trayvon Martin


The Claremont United Methodist Church in California displayed a very unusual nativity scene this Christmas.

The controversial display, called “A Child Is Born, A Son Is Given,” shows a bleeding Trayvon Martin, the black teen shot and killed by George Zimmerman. The title of the display is spelled out in Martin’s blood.

The church claims that the nativity scene is a “piece of art that comments on our times.”

John Zachary is the artist responsible for the display. He claimed that Trayvon Martin was worthy of the church’s nativity scene and an important incident for society to reflect upon. Zachary said that when he saw pictures of Trayvon Martin, “one of the teenager lying dead on the pavement particularly tore at him. ‘What if Jesus was lying there bleeding to death? I was kind of thinking of that,’ Zachary said.”

Sharon Rhodes-Wickett, the church pastor, said, “I found this year’s hard to look at. It’s hard to look at a young man who’s shot and bleeding to death. But even though I’m uncomfortable with it, that’s the point. We have to take a look at the violence.”

She added, “Some people think it’s too edgy. I understand that point of view.”

What are your thoughts on the display? Tell us in the comments section below.

(H/T: Breitbart)

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  • JonCarry

    Liberalism is a mental disease. St. Trayvon of the Skittles, it would be funny if it weren’t so pathologically sick.

  • Sue

    I find it interesting that you would put Trayvon Martin in the same place where Christ should be. Trayvon was a troubled teenager, had issues with school & drugs and I am sure if he had just walked away he would still be here with his family. But he couldn’t let anybody tell him where he should or shouldn’t be. I am not a fan of Zimmerman either, I believe he should have at least got charged with manslaughter but he was not the only one at fault that night. How does that equate to Christ?

    • Tom C

      if Trayvon was not expelled from school, he would not have been 250 miles from home.

      I will go with the jury verdict.

      But why was not the reverse case also presented where a unarmed white teenage was shot and killed by a blackman.

      Instead of promoting Christ’s peace. This display is trying to create and/or envoke racial tensions…

  • SSMcDonald

    The perpetrators of this vile display (for the purpose of taking our eyes off the Savior) will not escape God’s displeasure. Lest they repent, they will ALL suffer the same fate as the rest of Satan’s followers.

  • Marine68

    Martin was a thieving, dope peddling Thug whose last words were: you got me. Not the words of an innocent.

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  • Naomi Blue

    In this country, we have the right to have our own opinion and also to voice that opinion. A piece of artwork is the artist’s opinion. We don’t have to agree with that opinion and we also have a right to voice our opinion. I certainly do not agree with the opinion of this particular artist. This “artwork” is similar to the mural done by the Vietnamese artist and the painting depicting George as a uniformed police officer wearing a KKK hood. I must denounce their opinions because they attempt to twist the truth in their artwork. I despise the main stream media in it’s attempt to do the same in their misreporting of facts.

  • http://outlook jerry granger

    Trayvon Martin is not worthy of walking up to the pearly gates, much less walking through them. I really don’t know what the people of Ca. are on but it really has some effects that require some serious investigations before it spreads too far out of state. There needs to be a court order for containment of many, but a short list follows: Feinstein(aka Frankenstein), Boxer, Brown, and the all mighty Pelosi(aka The drunk bitch at the party). Don’t drink the ater, and watch what you smoke.

  • John Henke

    What a load of total crap.

  • Jim McDonough

    Crap like this is the reason so many Americans are leaving mainstream Protestant/leftist churches for more evangelical and traditional ones.
    This could only appeal to hardcore liberals who think everything, even the birth of Christ, should be appropriated for their political agenda.