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Away goes the manger; The message behind an unconventional nativity scene




This is a rendering of the scene artist John Zachary proposed for the Nativity outside Claremont United Methodist Church.
This is a rendering of the scene artist John Zachary proposed for the Nativity outside Claremont United Methodist Church.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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Claremont United Methodist Church usually steps outside the norm at Christmas.

Instead of displaying farm animals, three wise men and baby Jesus resting in a manger, Claremont United disrupts the nativity scene by inserting a political statement — but they're not making as provocative a statement this year.

This year, the display on Foothill Boulevard has been replaced by a banner declaring "Peace on Earth" in multiple languages. The artist who installs the nativity scene each year, John Zachary, said that the church decided not to move forward with his design themed around gun violence.

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Guests:

Rev. Mark Wiley, Pastor at the Claremont United Methodists church. The church has an annual tradition of unconventional Nativity Scenes

David Allen, Reporter for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin who reported on this story earlier in the week