The controversy surrounding a church’s nativity scene depicting a bloody Trayvon Martin standing in for Jesus Christ continues, according to a Fox News report on Saturday. The Christmas decoration created by one of the church’s congregants, John Zachary, has become of concern – not only at the church – the Claremont United Methodist Church – but throughout the area and nationally, as well.
In the Zachary version of the manger scene, Trayvon Martin is depicted in a hoodie, slumped over in a pool of blood. The assertions that insist the scene on the church’s lawn is blasphemous - have increased on social media and via news media and commentary since the manger scene with Martin has been placed there.
Rev. Dan Lewis, the pastor at the church, has said that the scene featuring Trayvon Martin was meant to be thought-provoking. Obviously, critics are saying that Christmas is about Jesus Christ and no one else and the sacrilege is horrendously offensive to Christians. The church says that the altered scene with Martin is to bring light to the issues of gun violence and race in America.
With loud voice, critics are saying that such messages are for a pastor’s sermons and other church communications within – if that is the pastor’s and congregants' desires – and not for an offensive, sacrilegious public display outside of the church.
Regardless of the increased discontent with the display, the scene will remain at the church until Jan. 5.
The Claremont United Methodist Church is located at 211 West Foothill Boulevard in Claremont, California (zip code: 91711), and its phone number is 909-624-9021. Foothill Boulevard is Route 66 in the area. It is located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles.