Outrage and praise for Black Jesus dolls in nativity scenes
Anger over a black baby Jesus in a nativity scene has been sparked by Labor politician Lizzie Blandthorn, who had Christians hyperventilating over a display one branded ‘silly, stupid and offensive’.
Local media then reported that Dandenong Hospital in Melbourne set up its own black baby Jesus display, but the hospital claims that feedback has so far been “positive”.
Shane Butler, spokesman for hospital operator Monash Health, said:
The nativity scene at Dandenong Hospital features a baby perhaps best described as being of Middle-Eastern ethnicity. We have had no negative feedback from passers-by, and, in fact, our staff have received a number of positive comments about the nativity scene.
Blandthorn, on the other hand, has received a number of complaints from local residents who claim the doll was:
Changing what Jesus was.
Blandthorn reacted strongly to the criticism and has refused to remove the display.
I’m disappointed that it has caused a bit of controversy. There was certainly nothing negative intended, it was meant to be a positive reflection of the Christmas nativity.
It’s a choice that I made and I think it was meant to be a lovely reflection of the true spirit of Christmas and the real things we’re meant to be celebrating at this time.
The Australian politician from north Melbourne also hit back on social media and saying it reflected her constituency’s diversity.
The MP was forced to defend her display which a local resident, “Francesca”, labelled as:
Silly, stupid and offensive. Many people, especially people of her [Ms Blandthorn] own faith, will find it very offensive.
She really went outside the boundaries … At the end of the game, this is a mocking of the birth of Christ, the son of God and I think it’s very offensive.
However not everyone was critical. Local resident, Wendy Odgers, said:
I think its fantastic that you have the nativity scene in your office electorate window. Forget the whingers who complain at the colour of the doll. The colour is not important.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn