A Christmas display that included images of lesbian and gay couples has been vandalized according to KTLA 5. The non-traditional "nativity" scene featured a sign that read "Christ Is Born" above the silhouettes of three separate couples -- straight, gay and lesbian. Early Christmas morning, the same-sex images were knocked over. John Zachary, the California artist who created the work for Claremont United Methodist Church said his work was meant to convey God's inclusive plan:
"I wanted it to be clear, and without a doubt, that the gay and lesbian -- homosexual community, was just as included in this process as anyone."
KTLA says the incident is being investigated by Claremont detectives as a hate crime. The Associated Press reports that the damage cost several thousand dollars, and quotes a reverend as saying the church has members who are gay.
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