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Church nativity scene depicts Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in cages as a family separated at the border


One California church is gaining attention for its nativity scene, which depicts Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in separate cages, as a family of refugees separated at the border. Claremont United Methodist Church in Claremont, CA went viral when the church's senior minister Karen Clark Ristine posted a photo on Facebook of the scene along with a theological statement explaining the church's position. 

"Stirred to tears by the Claremont UMC nativity," she wrote. "Inside the church, the Holy Family is reunited. The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death. What if this family sought refuge in our country today?