PHOTO: Christ Church Cathedral Launches Every Family Is Holy Campaign, Puts Jesus, Mary & Joseph in ‘ICE Detention’


An Indiana church is protesting President Donald Trump’s immigrant family detention policy by placing a nativity scene inside a barbed wire enclosure.

Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis has launched an #EveryFamilyIsHoly campaign, which displays statues of the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus detained in an “ICE Detention” cage.

The church set up the scene on their lawn Monday night in protest of Trump’s indefinite detention of families at the U.S.-Mexican border.

The church hopes to “bring awareness to the humanitarian atrocities from our nation’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policies,” it said in a statement.

Followers of the church on Twitter thought the display was a clever way of driving home the inhumanity of the Trump administration’s treatment of asylum seekers, most of whom are coming to the United States to escape violence and to pursue a better life.

Others pointed out the harsh reality of the “zero tolerance” policy of separating migrant children from their parents, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions established in May.

The president issued an executive order in June which intended to stop separating families, however to this day no plan is in place to reunite children with their parents. Instead, families are being detained indefinitely together. Last week, a federal judge ordered the administration to return separated children to their parents within 30 days.

On Sunday, the church tweeted a prayer for “families separated at the border.”

It too was met with support.

As was its tweet of the scene on Tuesday.

Reverend Stephen Carlsen, who serves as dean and rector of the church, said that the story of the nativity is based upon loving your neighbors as yourselves.

“I know what the Bible said,” Carlsen told the Indy Star. “We’re supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves.”

“[Some] forget that this is a homeless family with nowhere to go,” Carlsen said. “The story of the Holy Family teaches that “the heart of God is with those who are most vulnerable, most at risk.”

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