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Indianapolis church cages Holy Family in immigration protest

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 2:50 PM
Statues of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus are in a cage of fencing topped with barbed wired on the lawn of Monument Circle’s Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis. The statues were erected to protest the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy.

INDIANAPOLIS – 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.

He 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.”

President Donald Trump recently ended his administration’s practice of separating families detained at the border.

Ralph Howard and Senior Pastor Stephen Carlsen discuss the statue of Mary, Joesph and Baby Jesus caged in with barbwire on the lawn of Monument Circle’s Christ Church Cathedral on July 3, 2018, in Indianapolis. The statues were erected to protest the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy. “I picture myself in there, if they are willing to put immigrants in there they are willing to lock anyone up for any reason at all,” Howard said.
Ebony Cox/The Indianapolis Star via AP

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