A church in Dedham, Massachusetts, is displaying a controversial nativity scene again this year showing the baby Jesus in a cage and questioning the phrase 'Peace on Earth?' to spark conversation about Trump administration policies.
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Peace on Earth? Massachusetts church again using controversial nativity scene

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At first glance, the nativity scene outside of St. Susanna's Parish looks like any other, with baby Jesus, his parents and the usual cast of characters away in the manger. But if you look closer, you'll see it's not exactly the norm. Baby Jesus and the wise men are enclosed in cages and Peace on Earth isn't a statement, it's a question.

It's a not-so-subtle commentary on the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border over the past few months and Pastor Steve Josoma says it's meant to get people talking. 

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"Sixty-five million refugees worldwide seeking a better way of life and we were wondering what that might look like 2000 years ago if this family encountered the same dynamics that are taking place in our country right now," Josoma said. 

It's the second year in a row Josoma has opted for a display that not everyone was comfortable with. 

Last year, he had the names of the towns where mass shootings happened displayed on the wall behind the nativity scene. This year, he says feedback has been pretty good. 

A nativity scene at St. Susanna's in Dedham, Massachusetts, that is stirring up controversy. The pastor said that's what it's supposed to do.

"The folks here seem to appreciate it," Josoma said.

But not everyone is comfortable with it.

"My personal feeling is that it's inappropriate. We don't have to make everything a statement," someone told Boston 25 News.

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But Josoma says that is just the idea, and while not everyone is happy with it, he hopes it will get people talking.

Despite the pushback, Josoma says they have no plans to take the display down

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