California Church Sets Up ‘Edgy’ Nativity Scene with Jesus Locked in Cage


Authenticity and candor are some of the strongest characteristics that a human being can elicit, and when they are absent from the conversation it can be easy to find ourselves cringing at the results.

In the realm of politics especially, it can be very easy to spot someone who is acting falsely, or for the sake of attention.  We see this everyday in Congress, where verbosity and bombast tend to dominate the headlines only for the sake of the volume at which they are spoken.  At times, it is extremely clear that it’s all an act, and that those employing this amplified nonsense do so in order to engage with the lowest common denominator of cultural conversation.

To be put simply:  Not everyone can be successful at being “edgy”, and those failures can be wholly embarrassing.

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Such is the case at a California church this week, where a nativity scene was co-opted to make a political statement.

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A Southern California church is using the birth of Jesus to protest the now-defunct immigration policy that separated families who crossed the Mexico-U.S. border illegally.

Rev. Karen Clark Ristine posted a photo of the controversial display, saying she was “stirred to tears” by the Claremont United Methodist Church’s “protest Nativity,” which shows Jesus, Mary and Joseph in separate, barbed-wire cages. The post quickly went viral.

“What if this family sought refuge in our country today?” reads the church’s statement posted next to the protest scene.

Photos of the display quickly went viral on Twitter.

The display drew widespread criticism from the Christian community, with some calling the installation “sacrilegious” and others simply expressing their disappointment that the church would co-opt the nativity imagery to make a pedantic political point.

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