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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:27 am 
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Church Puts Baby Jesus In Cage For Immigration-Themed Nativity Scene
St. Susanna’s Rev. Steve Josoma said the Massachusetts church’s Nativity display puts a “mirror image of the world into the stable.”
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A Massachusetts church is mixing faith and politics in its nativity display this year ― placing a baby Jesus figurine in a cage to provoke conversations about America’s immigration policies.

Leaders at St. Susanna Parish, a Roman Catholic congregation in Dedham, hope the display puts a Christian perspective on controversial actions toward migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and around the world.

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St. Susanna’s Nativity scene shows what happens when people find ways to build walls between each other, the priest said.

The scene shows baby Jesus in a black metal cage, separated from Mary and Joseph. The image of Jesus behind bars is meant to represent the plight of migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border because of White House policies.

To the right of the scene, a fence creates a barrier between the Holy Family and the three wise men. A sign attached to the fence reads, “Deportation.” Josoma said the wall is supposed to represent the southern border and other physical and metaphorical walls that Western countries have created to keep refugees out.

Above the stable, a blue banner reads, “Peace on Earth?”

Josoma said that the sign is meant to get viewers to ask, “Is this what peace on Earth looks like?”

St. Susanna’s alternative Nativity scene is the brainchild of the parish’s Pax Christi committee, a group that does outreach and education on nonviolence and peacemaking.

Josoma said the Nativity scene is an “affirmation of gospel values” and not just an attack on President Donald Trump and his administration. But, he added, some of the administration’s policies are “at odds” with the message of the gospel.

“Soldiers firing tear gas at the border doesn’t seem to be the way to go to bring out healing and reconciliation,” the priest said.

The display, which was set up over the weekend in time for the first Sunday of Advent, has sparked criticism from some corners. Fox News host Sean Hannity discussed the display on his show Wednesday and claimed on Twitter that Christmas is “under siege.”

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No, Spammity, this isn't the war on Christmas, it's the war for Christmas. It's not my holiday, but I can get why these people are fighting for what it might really mean if you're going to celebrate it, maybe it means something more than consumerism and tinsel.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:56 pm 
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I saw that (accidentally) on Spanish TV. Nice to know that my Spanish is still good enough to understand that not everyone seeing it was a happy camper.

I love it.

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Naturally hosts at FOX would hate it. Its like looking in the mirror and seeing their own bigotry.

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