Sunday, December 22, 2019

A Nativity Scene for the Trump Era

A church in Claremont, California has unveiled a nativity scene depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages. 

CBS Los Angeles reported the display at the Claremont United Methodist Church is stoking debate related to the Donald Trump administration's separation policies at the US southern border. 

As Rev Karen Clark Ristine said, Jesus, Mary and Joseph were "the most well-known refugee family in the world. What if this family sought refuge in our country today? Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center as more than 5,500 children have been the past three years. Jesus grew up to teach us kindness and mercy and a radical welcome of all people". 

A more traditional nativity which reunites the family is displayed inside the church, which serves a congregation of about 300 people. 

On Saturday, Celtic overcame dogged 10-man Aberdeen 2-1 to secure a tenth successive Scottish Premiership win and restore their five-point lead at the top.

In the seventh minute, Celtic corner found Christopher Jullien in the penalty area. The Frenchman beat an opponent to the delivery and volleyed a shot off the ground and into the top corner. 

Aberdeen leveled the score twenty-eight minutes later – but Odsonne Edouard put the ball beyond the Dons goalkeeper in the sixty-sixth minute to secure the points.

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