Indiana church protests Trump’s immigration policy by holding Jesus, Mary and Joseph in ICE detention’

Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis placed the figures of Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus in an “ICE detention” cage on his lawn to protest the Trump administration of the immigration policy

(Christ Church Cathedral )

An Indianapolis church last, the figures of Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus in a cage Monday night to protest against the Trump administration of the “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.

Called the #EveryFamilyIsHoly campaign of Christ Church Cathedral, images of the Holy Family in front of the church in an “ICE detention” the chain link of the cage to raise the awareness of the humanitarian atrocities of our nation’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy on the border and here in Indianapolis.”

The display is set weeks after thousands of minors were separated from their families at the border. After the national outrage of both sides, Trump signed an executive order in late June, allowing families to remain together in detention.

On our lawn this evening we have The Holy Family…in #ICE detention. #Immigration

— CCC Indy (@CCCathedralIndy) July 3, 2018

Stephen Carlsen, dean and rector of Christ Church Cathedral, told Fox News the demonstration will continue outside the downtown Indianapolis church, however long it is needed.

“The holy Scripture is clear on how we are to treat people who are trying to find the safety of their families – we are to show mercy and welcome,” Carlsen said in a statement.

“The Holy Family today calls us to stand with all families seeking safety and a future for their children,” he continued. “We will not stand by while the children of their parents, and families come from our communities and municipalities.”


Carlsen said that the church puts out a creche – the Nativity scene, which often includes the Holy family, the shepherds, the star of Bethlehem and the angels – each year around Christmas as a “symbol of a homeless family with nowhere to go, and where Christ was born.” That display, ” he said, “challenges us on how we treat the most vulnerable people” – and he hopes that he will be the new display will do, also.

The historic church, located a stone’s throw away from the statehouse in Monument Circle in Indianapolis, also encouraged the congregants to participate in a protest against the government’s immigration policy in June.

Christ Church Cathedral bills itself as a ‘refuge for the city” and is “mission-minded”, with the emphasis on the homeless, the LGBT and Hispanic communities in Indianapolis, according to its website.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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