A topless woman from the feminist group Femen made a run for the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square on Monday, Christmas Day, but was subdued by Vatican gendarme police as she reached the ascended the stage. She was attempted to steal the baby Jesus.
The protestor both shouted "God is woman" and had the same slogan painted on her exposed back. The apprehended and detained mere hours before Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message to over 50,000 people in the same square.
"Complete victory over patriarchy."
The Femen website identifies the would-be fake-baby snatcher as Alisa Vinogradova and calls her a "sextremist." Founded in Ukraine, the group's goal is “complete victory over patriarchy."
A Femen activist staged a similar action on Christmas Day in 2014, managing to take the statue of baby Jesus out of the crib before she was arrested.
What is this world coming to?
@Ruptly @DemilleCecil This is why we can’t have nice things— @dj_beav is learning to code 🍸 (@@dj_beav is learning to code 🍸)1514299522.0
@Ruptly We have Santa getting shot at in Palestine and a naked woman trying to kidnap the baby Jesus. What is this world coming too?— Dreaming of Peace (@Dreaming of Peace)1514213955.0
Turns out the Femen are bat-shit crazy extreme feminists.
@WinderDeyan The FEMEN are of course nutty as fruitcakes.— Russian Platform (@Russian Platform)1514234752.0
And it is important that people do not confuse them with real feminists.
@ajdnalkfosmmm @Ruptly they're crazy. A woman is not like that.— Lhen Dhee (@Lhen Dhee)1514249566.0
Whoa whoa whoa -- some people called for an extreme response to the protest.
@Ruptly I found this ... nickname "woman" ... filthy by her gesture ... I dare to hope that she will receive the ju… https://t.co/reg6h3Fbj6— Che'yen (@Che'yen)1514237286.0
It's just a baby statue of Jesus, people. Calm down.
Others supported the half-nude protestor.
They are all for the idea that God is a woman.
@thecheetah21 @nowthisnews Preach. 😏— SprBronySparkle97 🌐 (@SprBronySparkle97 🌐)1514265064.0
@nowthisnews God is probably a woman. But doing a bunch of acid and trying to steal baby Jesus might not be the be… https://t.co/NZgqiLkuQx— USMC BL4CK B3ARD (@USMC BL4CK B3ARD)1514256319.0
Of course, you have the orthodox argument that God is male.
@theblaze God is male...hence the "Father" Get over it. I am a women & not everything has to be feminine. Stop alre… https://t.co/UofYYZZu96— Sande Goddard (@Sande Goddard)1514326943.0
Or is God genderless?
@nowthisnews Technically God is a it. Any being compromised of pure energy/consciousness is neither male nor female… https://t.co/pqDqoj0cbO— Kehlus Zeta (@Kehlus Zeta)1514253428.0
Either way, some people are not keen on this God no matter how you slice the gender.
@J2LUNo @theblaze Na, that's cool, your god is into genocides plagues, and once allowed the Devil to reduce a right… https://t.co/Uxi8mdX2fq— Matt (@Matt)1514338835.0
Which always leads to someone saying this.
Nevertheless, the treatment of the woman by police was extreme.
@nowthisnews Such a nervous reaction for an unarmed, half naked, woman who just wanted to provoke it? That's silly and ridiculous.— Giovanni Fanfoni (@Giovanni Fanfoni)1514285828.0
That's it, everyone has been naughty this year.
No gifts for anyone.
A lot of people thought they were seeing Batman chasing her onto the Nativity scene.
Without fail, someone provided scripture as words of comfort.
@cjsienna55 @Ruptly Let not your hearts be troubled... Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth… https://t.co/qPIQ1kXdFc— Pablo von Gomez (@Pablo von Gomez)1514214044.0
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