Utterly stupid. Joseph and Mary were Jewish and this priest thought it was a good idea to put up an Islamic interpretation of the traditional Christian nativity scene.
A parish priest in the south of Italy enraged parishioners by dressing the Virgin Mary in a Muslim burqa for his church’s Christmas Nativity scene, adding a boatful of refugees and a rainbow flag in place of the star of Bethlehem.
The pastor of the parish of Saints Joachim and Anne in Potenza, Father Franco Corbo, found himself face to face with an angry mob of demonstrators gathered outside his church on Wednesday to protest his provocative display. BreitBart
The 75-year- old priest pinned a burqa on Mary, dressed Joseph and the shepherds wearing traditional Muslim clothing, and changed the star of Bethlehem to a rainbow flag “in the name of dialogue among religions”.
Asked whether he didn’t consider his Nativity scene as sacrilegious, the 75-year-old priest said it was not, but rather a symbol that “religion can and should be an instrument of dialogue.”
“Islam is synonymous with peace and brotherhood,” the priest said, adding that Islamic terrorism is “an aberration that has nothing to do with religion.” BreitBart
Ignorant arguments repeatedly made by the left.
The walls of the traditional manger have been daubed with various slogans such as “Foreigners out”.
The scene is also split down the middle and divided into “Eastern” and “Western” sides…
However the priest had defended his decision, saying that he wanted to send a message saying ‘no’ to too many walls, either literally or symbolically, that prevented integration.
He said: “Just think about the wall built by Israel to keep Palestinians lock in true enclaves. Express
The wall separating Palestinians from Israel was erected to stop the daily suicide bombings and killing of innocent Israeli citizens. The lack of a wall would result in more murderous carnage and the Arab-Palestinians would be closer to their goal of exterminating the Jews, not peace.
The Christmas story is not about a refugee family, it is about Christ.
The priest also added a boatful of refugees.
Joseph and Mary were not refugees, they were not foreigners in Bethlehem. The nativity account is not a story about Middle Eastern people seeking refuge and being turned away by the heartless people. That is a diminishing of a foundational doctrine of the Christian faith.
The refugee crisis is in no way analogous to the story of the birth of Christ. Joseph and Mary were not fleeing a war-torn country. They were returning home for a government-mandated census. The reason Joseph and Mary could not find a room at the ‘inn’ was most likely because Bethlehem was brimming with people returning for the census.
They fled to Egypt.
There are similarities between Syrians fleeing ISIS and Mary and Joseph seeking refuge in Egypt in order to save Jesus from the murderous wrath of King Herod. But I have no doubt that most conservative Christians in America would gladly be Egypt to those Syrians who are fleeing the Herodian bloodlust of ISIS, as long as they had absolute certainty that ISIS itself or an Islamist worldview wouldn’t cross the border with them. The Federlist
They were not radicals that would enact violence and Joseph would not have gone on a rape spree of infidel women.
Politics disguised as religion and Christian apostasy is alive and well on planet earth.