A church in Vice President Mike Pence’s home state is protesting the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy of separating children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. On Tuesday, the Indianapolis church placed statues of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus inside of a barricaded fence as part of its “Every Family is Holy” campaign. It’s worth noting that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were all undocumented immigrants.
Christ Church Cathedral, also known as “The Church on the Circle,” is trying to bring awareness to this awful policy, according to RTV6.
“They were a homeless family with nowhere to stay,” said the church’s dean, Steve Carlson.
“I think our faith tells us where we need to be. The fact that it’s controversial isn’t because I want to be controversial,” he continued. “What’s controversial is that we’re turning away from the values that should be guiding us. The point of a religious icon is to move our hearts. If at first, people are upset by it, that might just be God trying to move their hearts. I hope their hearts soften.”
Holy Family #Detention: Indy’s @CCCathedralIndy puts Joseph, Mary & Jesus inside a fence on its lawn. When asked how long the display will remain, Dean @Steve_Carlsen said “My greatest hope would be that we, our nation, will search its heart & say this is not who we want to be.” pic.twitter.com/AgcOZv4xSz
— Michael R. Hartz (@MikeThePhotog) July 3, 2018
Carlson was asked how long the display would remain up and said, “How long are we going to keep detaining families indefinitely?”
Thousands of children have been separated from their families and the administration has no plan for how they will reunite them.
A more realistic scenario would probably be for Mary and Joseph to be separated from Baby Jesus. Still, the bold church’s display should turn heads.
There’s been a swift backlash against Trump’s cruel and inhumane separation policy. In major cities and small towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered to protest his policy last weekend.