Kate Naranjo, a local resident of Austin, Texas has put on display a handmade nativity scene showing baby Jesus locked in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainment cage.
Naranjo told FOX 7 that the controversial holiday display was meant to act as a statement against President Trump’s immigration policies.
“No matter what country you live in, no matter what your ethnicity is, you should be with your family at this time and unfortunately our country in recent history has decided to separate families,” Naranjo said.
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” a poster next to the nativity display reads.
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Naranjo also told Fox 7 that the display is meant to reflect Jesus’s story as a refugee as well.
“Each year we try to bring a little levity but also some seriousness to the holiday season,” she said.
Unfortunately this is not a random occurrence. Just 3 weeks ago a Massachusetts church’s nativity scene depicted baby Jesus in a cage and the wise men closed off by a wall, in an effort to provoke a conversation about immigration.
Saint Susanna’s Parish in Dedham, MA hoped the scene would be thought-provoking.
We try to take a picture of the world as it is and put it together with a Christmas message,” pastor Stephen Josoma said.
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In the scene, baby Jesus can be seen in a cage, which the church says is meant to represent migrant children held at the southern border and separated from their parents. The wise men, who are behind a border wall, are meant to represent a caravan of migrants, Kxxv, Texas reported.
Josoma believes the nativity scene is in line with the message of Jesus, calling it “gospel activism.”
“Jesus was about taking care of one another. This is not the way to take care of one another,” Josoma said.