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Occupy the Manger': Boston Protesters Perform a Live Nativity -- With a Wall Street Spin

“Shepherds are the 99%."

We already showed you what happened when a live nativity scene was placed in the middle of the Occupy D.C. encampment. Now, you'll get a sneak peak at Occupy Boston protesters who dressed up in biblical garb and attempted to make parallels between their movement and Christianity's central themes.

On Thursday, around 20 members of the Boston movement returned to Dewey Square Park to get their holiday-themed protest off to a rousing start. This was the first day that the park was re-opened following a Dec. 10 eviction. The Occupiers came along with "protest chaplains," who are described by as "clergy and lay people who have brought a spiritual framework to the Occupy movement."

The event, organized in part by Harvard Divinity School student Robin Lutjohann, was apparently a showcase meant to stop consumerism from co-opting the holiday. Lutjohann, 25, said he hoped the brief protest would focus upon New Testament themes he holds dear.

“The message is to show people that Christmas at its heart is about liberation,” he said. “It’s not about how expensive is the gift you give to your loved one. It’s not about jump-starting the economy. It’s about liberating the oppressed.”

The protesters held signs that said, "There is still no room at the inn" and "Peace on Earth, goodwill to the 99%" -- clearly attempting to use the holiday themes to bring more attention to their cause. According to CBS News, other signs read, "Occupy the Manger," "God believes in unwed pregnant teenagers” and “Shepherds are the 99%."

The group put on a nativity play, as they infused themes from the protest movement to bring more attention to their cause. Watch another clip from the event, below (stay tuned for the biblical mic checks):

The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, a local faith leader, led the protesters in singing “O Come All Ye Faithful." Pointing to the similarities she sees between Christ and the Occupy movement, she said:

“The point is just to remind people as they celebrate the Christmas season that you can’t celebrate Christmas without acknowledging that Jesus was poor, homeless, disenfranchised and willing to give his life for the many. Can we be that generous?”


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