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Claremont United Methodist Church in California has an unusual Nativity scene featuring a “dying Trayvon Martin” as the “centerpiece,” as reported Tuesday at InsideLocal.

The artist who created the display, John Zachary, explained that he liked to incorporate "contemporary" issues into the Nativity story. He said in the embedded video,

"From our privileged point of view, we've come to see the Nativity as a representation of something that is comfortable and pleasant and wonderful in our lives and I want to make it about something that Jesus would have taught...about social justice.

In previous years, Zachary created Nativity scenes that featured themes such as “homelessness, war, immigration…" This year, he explains, the theme is "gun violence."

He said,

"I've represented Trayvon Martin here sitting on the Nativity scene bleeding to death."

Because that is what Jesus would have taught.

The Claremont United Methodist Church is a politically active, progressive church complete with it's own preschool and "action alerts" for members to tackle such issues as immigration, gun control and protecting minorities (minorities include everyone except for white males who are American citizens).

Zachary said,

"As we celebrate the birth of Christ, I think it is important to think about all those who don't have the privilege to celebrate with us."

As noted at Tavern Keepers, it is difficult to imagine the curriculum of the preschoolers at a church such as the Claremont United Methodist Church.

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