Claremont United Methodist Church in California protests violence with Trayvon Martin Nativity scene.
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A Southern California church, known for its cutting-edge Christmas displays, this year features a bleeding Trayvon Martin in its Nativity scene as part of a commentary on violence, the Raw Story reports.

The artist, John Zachary, said that George Zimmermanā€™s acquittal this summer in the shooting death of the unarmed 17-year-old deserved further discussion. To that end, he created a scene depicting the teen with blood spilling from his chest onto a straw-covered floor at Claremont United Methodist Church. Trayvonā€™s figure is surrounded by more traditional Nativity images, including the holy family and the three wise men, in the scene called, ā€œA Child Is Born, a Son Is Given.ā€

The Hollywood production designer said that the statement fits the traditional Christmas narrativeā€”King Herodā€™s edict to slaughter all infants in Bethlehem in an effort to kill the Messiahā€”and is also an intentional blending of Christmas and Easter stories. While Mary, Joseph and others celebrated the birth of Jesus, he said, ā€œother parents [are] in agony because their children had just been killed.ā€

Zachary said that an image of Trayvon lying dead on the pavement affected him emotionally. ā€œWhat if Jesus was lying there bleeding to death? I was kind of thinking of that,ā€ Zachary said of the Nativity scene.

Read more at the Raw Story.