Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Indianapolis church cages Holy Family in immigration protest

Indianapolis church cages Holy Family in immigration protest

The sight is similar to that of immigrant families being detained as they try to enter the USA illegally.

There are still thousands of children who have been separated from their families.

Steve Carlsen, dean of the Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis, told RTV6 that he hopes the display can help "hearts soften" on the controversial and divisive topic.

An Indianapolis, Ind., church made a bold statement about Trump's "zero tolerance" policy by placing statues of Mary, Joseph and Jesus inside a cage representing "ICE detention". The fact that it's controversial isn't because I want to be controversial. "We don't think that's true of our best American values". Our religious images are supposed to remind us where God's heart is.

"They had to flee for asylum in Egypt", he told the outlet.

"When we say "every family" we mean families on the border", Carlsen says. "We've heard scripture quoted to support these [immigration] policies".

"We must not be divided by race, language or culture, but reach out to care for our neighbors - because every family is sacred", Carlsen said.

"In the last couple months, we've been very concerned about how families are being treated as they're coming to our country", he said. The large exhibit is in the front lawn of the church - and it's guaranteed to get a lot of attention.

"This issue isn't a new one for us", Carlsen said.

Christ Church Cathedral, with its self-described progressive clergy, has a long history of activism and charity work. In defending the family separations at the U.S. -Mexico border, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited a Bible passage invoked by defenders of slavery.

"This is an easy one for us", said Carlsen, a member of the Faith in IN group that advocates for immigrants. "This is about people I know and love, and I'm going to stand with them".

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