Australian politician Lizzie Blandthorn says that people are upset with her over her nativity display, in which she used a black baby doll to represent Jesus Christ.
“They don’t understand… I’m Christian myself and I think it’s good,” Blandthorn told 7News, explaining that people who had a problem with the display had a naive perspective of the Christian religion.
“When we cut our skin we’ve got blood there… I think that’s more important. How he was, what he did for us.”
Blandthorn said that she wasn’t trying to provoke outrage, or even a conversation, with her display.
“I wasn’t intending to be provocative. The great thing about the district I represent is that people come from all corners of the globe, all walks of life and every age… It was meant to be a lovely reflection of the true spirit of Christmas,” she said, seemingly confused by all the attention her simple nativity was getting.
But, Blandthorn said, the response was not all negative, and she has no plans to take the display down. She has received messages of support from many people who agree with her as well.
“Baby Jesus was born for all people of all nations and for all of history and as I said, the response has been overwhelmingly positive,” she said.