INDIANAPOLIS (AP): An Indianapolis church has placed statues of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in a cage of fencing topped with barbed wired to protest the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy.
The statues were erected Tuesday morning outside Christ Church Cathedral on downtown Indianapolis’ Monument Circle and surrounded by the fencing.
On our lawn tonight we placed The Holy Family…in #ICE detention. #Immigration pic.twitter.com/eSkTv89SEf
— CCC Indy (@CCCathedralIndy) July 3, 2018
The Episcopalian church’s dean and rector, the Rev. Stephen Carlsen, says the display that’s part of the church’s “Every Family is Holy Campaign” condemns the nation’s immigration policy that’s holding families in detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
He says the Holy Family was “a homeless family with nowhere to stay” and that the Bible says “we’re supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves.”
President Donald Trump recently ended his administration’s practice of separating families detained at the border.
“I know what the Bible said … we’re supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves.” -Father Stephen Carlson of @CCCathedralIndy pic.twitter.com/iVAlUl6gvs
— Faith E. Pinho (@faithepinho) July 3, 2018
A lot of “Love” is already being given to the illegal aliens. Food Stamps, assistance with housing, health coverage, etc. Why doesn’t this Episcopalian church forgo its tax-exempt status and help contribute like the rest of us (businesses and people alike)? So they’re separated for a while. It’s not a perfect process. Finish building the wall and that will take care of most of this. They’re coming in illegally. They’re putting themselves in the situation. They have the ability to turn around and walk back if the accommodations are not to their liking.