The Baby Jesus will have a bit more company in the Nativity on Christmas Day — President Obama and the First Lady.
Figurine replicas of the president and first lady will appear in Italian nativity scenes alongside Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Reuters reported. Naples craftsmen are selling the figurines in advance of Christmas.
“The ones we are selling the most of are those of Barack Obama, America’s new president, along with his wife Michelle, craftsman Genny Di Virgilio told Reuters.
There are also figurines available of other notables including former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Some locals ridiculed the inclusion of Obama into the Nativity – a nun called it a “cartoon version of a nativity scene.”
“Something as beautiful as the traditional nativity scene shouldn’t be spoiled by these figurines of personalities and I don’t think children like them,” another critic told Reuters.
It’s not the first time the President Obama has been compared to a higher power. Street vendors at the Democratic National Convention sold a variety of products that depicted the president as Jesus Christ.
“Barak is of Hebrew origin and its meaning is ‘flash of lightning,” the poster notes, referencing a passage in in the Old Testament book of Judges.
Hussein, they allege, is a Biblical word meaning “good and handsome.”
“So you see, Barak was destined to be a good and handsome man that would rise like a flash of lightning to win victory in a battle against overwhelming odds,” the poster read.
The posters were not sanctioned by the DNC.
An Obama calendar, obtained by Fox News, features two religious images of the Commander-in-Chief.
The month of August includes a photograph of Obama’s birth certificate with the words “Heaven sent.”
The president was born on Aug. 4th.
The entry also includes a photograph of Obama along with a passage of Scripture from the New Testament.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” the entry read — referencing John 3:16.
The month of November includes an image of individuals with their hands on Obama’s back — with the words “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
The comparisons to Jesus Christ have brought strong condemnation from some evangelicals — including Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX.
“If Barack Obama is the promised Messiah, I think there are going to be many Christians who are profoundly disappointed,” Jeffress told Fox News. “One only has to look at Obama’s record to understand that he is absolutely, positively not the promised One.”