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A Joseph and Joseph Nativity Scene That Makes a Point

A Joseph and Joseph Nativity Scene That Makes a Point

If you really want to anger religious conservatives this Christmas, apparently a gay nativity scene is just the thing to do it. Such has been found by couple Andrés Vásquez and Felipe Cárdenas of Colombia who, having created a Joseph and Joseph nativity and jettisoned the Virgin Mary for double daddy time, have caused “outrage” among the country’s religious conservatives.

Reports NY Daily News:

The country’s Catholic Church has labeled the display, in the northern city of Cartagena, as “sacrilege.”

And thousands of Colombians have taken to social networking sites to slam the pair, with many saying they show “a lack of respect to God and all Christians.”

So why have Andrés Vásquez and Felipe Cárdenas dared stir controversy so? The couple have said they wanted to provoke a debate because they “believe in Columbia” and that tolerance will win out. Was this faith misplaced? It’s hard to tell. Certainly, protestations have been loud and made louder still by news sites like the Daily Mail cribbing comments left on other reports so as to apparently, though not truthfully, show the level of “outrage” the nativity scene has caused.

That this so-called outrage is the height of overreaction barely needs to be said.

The historical inaccuracy of the nativity story is well known, from conflated census mandates to contortions surrounding the date of  the child’s birth, to name but a few. Nevertheless the story does mean a lot to many Christians. Even so, this Joseph and Joseph nativity makes no claim to represent the biblical story accurately (and, one could argue, the best you can hope for there is a historically authentic retelling), and to claim offense is to suggest that religious faith is so fragile it cannot withstand to be thought of in any way different from that which the church proscribes. If that is true, it is a very sad thing indeed.

This furrow comes as Columbia considers a same-sex marriage bill that, while cheered by liberals, has attracted staunch and decidedly anti-gay reactions from several legislators.

Colombian lawmaker Marco Fidel Suarez has attacked the proposed bill, claiming it contravenes Article 42 of the constitution which defines marriage is between a man and a woman. He has said that the bill passing its first reading has “disgraced” the nation.

Conservative Senator Roberto Gerlein, has said that he finds gay sex “repulsive” and that it should be condemned–he may have misread the marriage bill, however, as there exists within it no stipulation that he must go and find himself a same-sex partner or a mandate forcing others to do the same. Some in the LGBT community reacted to the senator’s words by holding a kiss-in outside of congress.

A bill to recognize gay marriage has already been defeated six times by the Colombian Congress, and it is unclear if there is enough support to pass the legislation with this attempt, though its initial reading was promising.

The legislation, which must now pass another three readings, would grant same-sex couples the right to access marriage but would not allow them to jointly adopt. In this way Andrés Vásquez and Felipe Cárdenas’ nativity scene of two men standing over a crib looking down at their child takes on a distinctly more poignant significance of a right denied, even if this change in the law is made.

 

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7:49AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

it's all about symbolism. Those are two very brave men, I wish them the best. live and let live, love and let love

4:41PM PST on Dec 31, 2012

CONTINUATION . . . .

The second sentence of the Declaration of Independence which inspired your constitution: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

"... unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." --- Members of the LGBT community, like all other people, desire happiness through the committed relationship and love of another. That committed relationship and love of another being marriage.

Any marriage is an emotional need, the need to be in a committed, loving relationship, to care for and to be care for by another individual. Sexual activity comes as a part of that relationship, whether it be heterosexual or homosexual. Homosexuality, like heterosexuality, is an emotional orientation and response.

As Jesus would say to you, "Go and sin no more." or in other words, love your neighbour and get rid of your hate before it completely destroys you from the inside out. Do I expect you'll do this? No. You have ears that cannot hear, eyes that cannot see, and a heart that cannot love the way Christ taught you to love.

My wish for you this New Year's Eve is that Christ truly open your heart.

4:40PM PST on Dec 31, 2012

@ Darryll G - I would suggest that you change your profile --- Passion: God's creatures --- with so much hate for the LGBT community, you cannot claim to be passionate about God's creation because God created homosexuals to be the way they are; Religion: Christian (conservative) --- with so much hate in you, you are no Christian that follows Christ's commandment to love your neighbour! You are a pseudo Christian, a pretend Christian.

"...canada went that way, now christians can't even speak out against them without going to jail for hate crimes..."

People go to jail for flagrant hate crimes and inciting violence against any group. Canada has the freedom of speech and does not willy nilly stifle it. But as I said, flagrant hate crimes and inciting violence against any group is good for prosecution by either the federal law courts or a Human Rights Tribunal.

"... if all the lgbt community wanted was equal rights, they would have had them years ago, they want to justify their perverted way buy calling it marriage..."

No Darryll G, the LGBT community has always had equal rights in law as citizens of your country. It's people like you that pervert the law that have denied them the practice of their rights and freedoms.

The second sentence of the Declaration of Independence which inspired your constitution: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among

12:28PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Lynn S. if all the lgbt community wanted was equal rights, they would have had them years ago, they want to justify their perverted way buy calling it marriage, canada went that way, now christians can't even speak out against them without going to jail for hate crimes and they want that here

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A Joseph and Joseph Nativity Scene That Makes a Point
"... to claim offense is to suggest that religious faith is so fragile it cannot withstand to be thought of in any way different from that which the church proscribes. ..." As a Christian, I do NOT find this depiction offensive. What I DO find offensive is the lack of equal rights for members of the LGBT community and the fanatical rhetoric of various religious sorts.

5:54AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

About time!!! By the way, klaus p, are you a homophobe? Homosexuals are not disgusting, which is more than I can say for you! Grow up!

1:52PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

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6:22AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thanks

6:21AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

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3:49AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

I think the offense is in designing a card meant to cause offense, I think religious people still consider it sacrileges. Even the couple said they wanted to stir a debate....

1:39AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

By Wendy V.'s logic, God never wanted there to be any kind of nativity scene at all, since He never made a single one. Nativity scenes are made by humans. This one, and all others, each with their own particular characteristics which reflect on those who made them. Very, very few try for any kind of historical accuracy - how many blond baby Jesuses have you seen? How many show Mary in blue and white, two colours she would never have worn? The blue and white robes are medieval symbolism, not accuracy. This, too, is about symbolism.

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