Contact Us

LA Gay Nativity Scene Vandalized

An unusual nativity display at a suburban Los Angeles church that included artistic silhouettes of gay couples was vandalized over the weekend in an incident authorities are investigating as a hate crime.


via David Silverman, Getty Images

Claremont United Methodist Church is known for its unusual and sometimes controversial nativity displays that carry a social or political message.

Despite some of the controversial topics, church officials say their nativity scenes had never been vandalized or defaced. But this year, someone vandalized a scene that included wooden cut outs of three couples holding hands — a man and a woman, two women, and two men — all standing under a star of Bethlehem and a sign that said “Christ is Born.”

via >2011 CUMC Nativity.

The Claremont rector says sometime early Christmas morning they found that someone had pushed over the two gay couples and left the heterosexual couple standing.  No suspects have been identified.

One openly gay member of the church says “It’s a reminder that although there are pockets of acceptance, not everybody is accepting.”

via Gay nativity scene vandalized at Claremont church –

This church has never shied away from controversial topics. Past nativity scenes have depicted the homeless, the war in the Middle East, a mother and baby in prison, and the U.S./Mexico border fence.

In 1993, the church made a decision to be a “reconciling congregation” which welcomes gay, lesbian and transgender members.

(photo of nativity scene via Claremont UMC)

Best of KSFA

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KSFA VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KSFA VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.