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Indianapolis Church Puts Statues Of Jesus & Family In ‘ICE Detention’

The display is on the front lawn of the church facing Monument Circle downtown.  (Photo: Christ Church Cathedral)

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.

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.

 

Carlsen 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.”

“The Holy Family today calls us to stand with all families seeking safety and a future for their children,” he said in a statement. “We will not stand by while children are being taken from their parents, and families are being taken from our communities and congregations.”

President Donald Trump recently ended his administration’s practice of separating families detained at the border, but reuniting families that were previously separated has proved complicated.

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