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Indianapolis Church Put Jesus’ Family in a Cage to Protest Immigration Policy

On Tuesday, Christ Church Cathedral put a nativity scene in a cage in front of their church. The display mirrors the migrant families being detained at the U.S. southern border.

In a statement from the church, Rector Stephen Carlsen explained the scene is “designed to bring awareness to the humanitarian atrocities from our nation’s ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policies on the border and here in Indianapolis.”

The statement continues:


Holy Scripture is clear about how we are to treat people trying to find safety for their families—we are to show mercy and welcome them. Jesus, Mary and Joseph were homeless and fled danger to seek asylum.

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

People of good will and faith must not allow this to continue. We must not be divided by race, language or culture, but reach out to care for our neighbors—because every family is sacred.


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