Outrageous: Church Creates Nativity Scene With Bleeding Trayvon Martin

A faux nativity scene featuring a makikin of a bleeding Trayvon Martin.

A California church has sponsored a “nativity scene” that outrageously turns violent Florida teen Trayvon Martin into a Christ figure showing him bleeding above the slogan “a child is born, a son is given.”

The faux nativity scene features wooden cutouts of traditional nativity figures but instead of a baby jesus, the display has a life-sized African American manikin wearing a black hoodie. The manikin has a stream of blood oozing from its chest and onto the ground staining its hands red.

The outrageous scene is part of a display by Claremont United Methodist Church in Inland Valley, California, which is about 30 miles east of Los Angeles.

According to the “artist” that created the display, the death of Trayvon Martin made him think of Jesus.

Artist John Zachary told the media that since the nativity was a story centered around King Herod’s campaign to kill all the infants in Bethlehem in an attempt to kill the newborn Messiah, he naturally thought of the death of Trayvon Martin.

Zachary said that when he was looking for photos of Trayvon Martin, one of the teenager lying dead on the pavement really sparked his interest. “What if Jesus was lying there bleeding to death? I was kind of thinking of that,” Zachary said.

Instead of tidings of comfort and joy, Christmas in Bethlehem would have witnessed “other parents in agony because their children had just been killed,” a plaque near the display explains.

Of course, the main title under the display shows Zachary’s ignorance of the Bible. The line “a child is born, a son is given,” is more apropos of Easter, not Christmas.

When his mixing of holidays was mentioned, Zachary blew it off saying, “Easter and Christmas should be tied together. It’s all the same story.”


The artists sits near his creation.

The pastor of the church, Sharon Rhodes-Wickett–not surprising this is a progressive woman pastor–supported the obscene display saying, “I think the value of this is that it stretches us to think, what does the birth of Christ call us to do?”

Unfortunately, this has become a tradition of sorts at this left-wing church. Zachary has been creating his “updated” nativity displays since 2007. One year he even turned the nativity into an platform to push gay marriage.

Of the rather blasphemous displays, pastor Rhodes-Wickett said, “Some people think it’s too edgy. I understand that point of view. I don’t know what the future will bring, but at this point it’s an annual thing.”

Of course, it is absurd and outrageous for this artist to intimate that Trayvon Martin, a thug who was beating a man when he was shot, is somehow just like Jesus who died for our sins.

What do you think of this “tradition” at this liberal church?

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  • jim_m

    So we have two things to celebrate in the same nativity scene, the birth of Jesus Christ and the death of a violent thug.

    • Commander_Chico

      I think the “nativity” scene is in bad taste.

      But, Zimmerman had an extensive record of violence before the shooting. Why isn’t he a “violent thug?” What did Martin do that was violent? Was he ever charged with a violent offense and put on probation, like Zim was? Any restraining orders out on him, like Zim? Oh, right, Martin was a black teenager. QED for the nutball crowd.

      Martin Smeared as “Thug” But Violence Alleged in Zimmerman’s Past

      With the hateful rhetoric used by Zimmerman fans — like on FOX where Martin was called a “thug” — court filings from witnesses who said they experienced Zimmerman’s violent reactions indicated behavior that is consistent with the violence his wife claimed occurred this week.

      Beyond those court filings, a former co-worker previously told the New York Daily News that usually Zimmerman was calm when they worked together as security guards but that “it was like Jekyll and Hyde. When the dude snapped, he snapped.”

      “He had a temper and he became a liability,” the man said. “One time this woman was acting a little out of control. She was drunk. George lost his cool and totally overreacted,” he said. “It was weird, because he was such a cool guy, but he got all nuts. He picked her up and threw her. It was pure rage. She twisted her ankle. Everyone was flipping out.”

      However, Zimmerman’s criminal history and the allegations of past violence and his temperament were kept from the jury, even though the jury was allowed to learn that Martin had inhaled a controlled substance.

      Martin had been suspended from school for tardiness, graffiti with a marker, and possession of a baggie with marijuana residue. Although some have attempted to portray Martin as a criminal for having a trace amount of marijuana in his system the night he was killed, there is no scientific evidence that smoking marijuana typically causes violence; rather, the science indicates the opposite effect. Moreover, according to the U.S. government, in 2012, nearly 40% of American high school seniors had used marijuana in the past year.

      The Devil Is in the Details: Zimmerman Charged with Felony Violence

      On July 16, 2005, Zimmerman was arrested for felony resisting arrest “with violence” and with “battery” of a law enforcement officer, according to the sworn affidavit filed in the case.

      The officer, Paul Fleischman, in the summary of his complaint said that Zimmerman interfered with an arrest of an Orlando bar employee who had been handcuffed and sitting on a curb awaiting transport to county jail. The Division of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms officer said Zimmerman was “obstructing justice.”

      Zimmerman’s Response to a Police Request to Walk Away: “Fuck You”

      When the undercover officer showed Zimmerman his badge and asked him to step away, Zimmerman reportedly said, “I don’t care who you are.” When the officer asked him again to leave, Zimmerman reportedly said, “Fuck you.”

      The officer stated that when he “attempted to escort Zimmerman away from the interview area, he shrugged away from me, and then pushed my arms away with his hands. After a short struggle with Zimmerman he was placed in handcuffs and detained” for transportation to jail.

      The officer said several law enforcement officers witnessed the fight, and that Zimmerman “refused medical treatment.” (Zimmerman was also identified as a white male in the affidavit.) His bond was set at $1,000.

      Zimmerman was initially charged with a felony in county court and in the process of plea negotiations the case was transferred to a lower court and he was then charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and pleaded not guilty. Later that year he was accepted into a “pre-trial diversion” program that would allow the charges to be dismissed or not prosecuted (“nolle prosequi”).

      Zimmerman Given “Special Condition” — “Anger Management” Classes

      The court imposed a “special condition” on Zimmerman: that he complete an “Anger Management” class and write an apology to the officer. (Later, however, when Zimmerman applied to a criminal justice program, he claimed the police officer supposedly never said he was a police officer and that Zimmerman was trying to protect his friend from the officer who had arrested the friend.)

      The program also required Zimmerman not to violate any other laws and to be under court supervision for six months for $300 in fees, but he sought an extension to complete its 40 hours of required community service, along with a potential fee of $100 for the extension.

      While out on Bond for Assault, More Violence by Zimmerman Alleged

      In the meantime, on August 8, 2005, Zimmerman’s ex-fiancee, Veronica Zuazo, petitioned for an order of “protection against domestic violence” by him. At the time, Zuazo was living in Orlando and Zimmerman was living in an apartment in Lake Mary, Florida, after they had stopped living together and broken up.

      Zimmerman Hung Out Near Ex’s House and Reportedly Insisted on Staying There

      According to Zuazo’s petition, on her way home that night around 10:30 pm, she spotted Zimmerman’s car near her home and called him on the phone to ask why he was there. According to Zuazo, Zimmerman replied that he was “checking on me.”

      She said he asked if he could come in and talk. She said she agreed they could talk for a “little bit,” and he stayed for an hour. When she told Zimmerman he had to go home, she said he “insisted on staying.”

      Zimmerman “Got Upset” When Asked to Leave, said Ex, and “Pushed” Her

      When she told him he could not stay, Zuazo said Zimmerman “got upset” and demanded some photos and papers.

      When she said she would find them tomorrow and drop them off, Zuazo said Zimmerman “got more upset.” She said he also grabbed her cell phone and tried to leave with it. She said she stood in front of the door and asked for it back.

      She said Zimmerman then told her the phone was not hers and then “pushed” her.

      She said she told him “not to touch me” and to give it back, and she said it then “became a pushing match.” She said she got the cell phone from him and they continued pushing each other as she tried to push him out of the door of her home.

      In the midst of this fight, she said her dog jumped up and marred his cheek by biting at it. She said the dog’s response to his fighting with her “freaked me out” and she reiterated her demand that he leave.

      She said she then ran up the stairs, and locked the door and called 9-1-1 on her phone. She said that as he walked out the door he yelled, “I can’t believe you’d do this to me.”

      When the police came, she says they recommended she file for an injunction to protect herself from him the next day.

      She did; on August 9, 2005, Zuazo requested a temporary restraining order.

      Ex Alleged Other Acts of Violence by Zimmerman

      In her request for an order of protection against Zimmerman, his ex detailed other times she says Zimmerman acted violently and that she had reported them to the Orlando Police Department.

      She said there was a previous violent incident when he was upset because she got home late and then he started “sexually groping me.” When she objected she said he said he could treat her that way because “I was his woman.” She said when she “asked him to leave me alone,” he picked her up and threw her on the bed. She said when she got up to leave “he grabbed” her and threw her down again. She admitted she smacked him in response and then he left.

      She said that another time he had “smacked my mouth” with an open hand during an argument in the car on their way back from a counseling session. She said she decided to stay at a friend’s house that night.

      Court Issued Domestic Violence Injunction against Zimmerman

      On August 9 of that year, a court granted her restraining order against Zimmerman. That injunction barred him from contacting her or hurting her and from possessing a firearm while the order was in effect.


      Of course, this does not even include more recent allegations about Zim, threatening his girlfriend with a shotgun, etc.

      • jim_m

        So your long copy and paste is ittle more than an effort to point the finger at Zimmerman and claim that he is worse than Martin.

        Nice try. No one was arguing about Zimmerman. The point was that Martin was unarguably a punk and a thug. He attacked an armed man without provocation and got exactly what he deserved.

        • Commander_Chico

          What does it say when people make a loser like Zim their hero?

          • jim_m

            No one is making him a hero. As I have posted before, believing in his innocence in the Martin case does not require believing that he is the perfect person or that he is innocent in any other case. It is losers like you who think that because he has had other run ins with the law that he is therefore guilty here too.

            Funny how if you saw the same attitude in a jury convicting a black man for the same reasons that you think Zimmerman is guilty, you would accuse them of being racists.

            That is really the bottom line here. Martin’s defenders want to make him a saint because of his skin color. they want to make Zimmerman guilty because he was declared a white man. It was never about the case it was only about the skin color.

            BTW, that reminds me, have you bothered to answer RM’s questions yet?

          • Retired military

            What does it say when people like Chico make Martin their hero?

          • jim_m

            That race trumps all other issues. That innocence and guilt are to be determined not by the person’s actions or deeds but by their racial identity.

            And finally that the different races should be held to different standards of conduct and that, for instance, young black men should be expected to violently assault others and that using force to resist them should be a crime.

          • Commander_Chico

            Martin wasn’t a hero. He was just a teenager unlucky enough to meet up with a wannabe failed-to-be cop and nutball named Zimmerman who stalked him at night like a pedo.

          • Retired military

            Lets see

            You replace the baby Jesus in a nativity scene.

            That kinda means that at least some folks think of him as a hero. You know how some folks think of Oprah as a heroine and defend her to the death.

            After all if Barrack had a son he would look just like Trayvon.

            “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

            How about practising what you preach Chico.

            1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
            policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)
            Do you feel that it is because the left is just playing the race card?

            2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

            3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

          • He was a second generation gang banging thug.

          • Vagabond661

            Like Obama said. You don’t take a knife to a gun fight.

          • jim_m

            He was just a teenager unlucky enough to meet up with a wannabe failed-to-be cop and nutball named Zimmerman who stalked him at night like a pedo committing an unprovoked assault on a resident who happened to be a legal CCW permit holder who blew his ass away legally.


            I suggest that your pedo reference is pure projection. I should get yourself some help. Your kind doesn’t fare well in prison.

          • 914

            They didn’t make him a hero. Zim was left out of the nativity. Martin is the star.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • 914

    Shouldn’t Zimmerman be laying underneath him for accuracy sake? Sickos

    • jim_m

      Yeah I was thinking about that. It is inadvertently accurate in that he is depicted bending over the ground and shot from underneath.

      Trayvon Martin, the patron saint of deserving gun shot victims. He should be canonized for the miracle of turning a Hispanic man into a white man.

  • Retired military

    You cant offend GLAAD but you can offend Christians everywhere.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    If Obama had a son, he’d look like Jesus.
    EDIT – My bad. Obama would never say that. He’d say: “If I had a son, he WOULD be Jesus.”

    • Retired military

      MOhammed, Mohammed. Get it right Walter.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    All part and parcel of the now accelerating decline into Idiocracy. It’ll actually get a lot worse as time marches on. Just wait until single payer. Then when inflation and higher interest rates rear their ugly heads we’ll pretty much turn into South Africa or Brazil, but with much higher overall crime rates and far worse racial strife. Politics has consequences.

    • jim_m

      Just wait until single payer.

      Larry, this was not about obamacare. Try to keep up.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Smokin’ that Glen Beck crack pipe again

  • GarandFan

    “I think the value of this is that it stretches us to think, what does the birth of Christ call us to do?”

    Well poor ol’ Trayvon was staying at his Dad’s house because he’d gotten kicked out of school after stolen property was found in his backpack. The school was also “progressive”. They didn’t turn him over to the police, they just kicked him out of the school. So is Christ calling on us to steal? Just wondering.

  • Greg Wood

    I think this misses the point. While I find this personally reprehensible, particularly for any church that considers itself “christian,” the simple fact is that the first amendment to the Constitution was written precisely to cover this sort of thing: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” and the freedom of speech is included in that same amendment. So whether we approve or not is really beside the point. This church is free to express itself as it sees fit, and we are equally free to ignore them. As for the lady pastor, I suspect she will garner all the followers she desires and deserves.

  • Hmm.. sort of like glorifying Judas for the crucifixion of Christ. That being said I support their right to convey a non-christian message.