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Nicholas Coates: Nativity Scenes and Century Middle

nicholas coates: It also features Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar, American singer-songwriter Michael Franti and National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde as the biblical three kings, according to CTV. Rev. The 110-year-old Red Deer Lake United Church's display shows Mary and Joseph with dark complexions and wearing contemporary clothing. Nicholas Coates said his church strives to make everyone feel accepted, and that too often, nativity scenes are just aggressively white. That, I think, can open up a lot of really important questions when we think about immigration policies and how we welcome the others, Coates added. If this is a story that took place in first century Middle East, they would be brown people, he said. ( As reported in the news.