In the latest episode of inane liberals protesting the immigration child separation policy, an Indianapolis church took things to a whole new level.
Christ Church Cathedral made the decision to take a stand against the administration’s zero tolerance policy, which was rescinded by President Trump last month, by “detaining” statues of baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph in a chain-linked, cage-like fixture on its property.
“The statement with the Holy Family says as much about our policy as any statement would say,” the Rev. Canon Lee Curtis told NBC News.
“We want an end for family detention. Families, all families, every family, is holy, and we hope and pray that families who are seeking out a better life for their kids are afforded that opportunity,” Curtis said.
— CCC Indy (@CCCathedralIndy) July 3, 2018
The display is a direct response to the policy which separates children from the adults accompanying them as they illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, according to dean and rector of Christ Church, the Rev. Stephen Carlsen, NBC News reported.
“I know what the Bible said,” Carlsen told the Indy Star. “We’re supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves.”
“This family is every family, and every family is holy,” Curtis declared as the church launched its #EveryFamilyIsHoly campaign.
Father Lee Curtis “ this family is every family and every family is holy” pic.twitter.com/TIP45axPnn
— Vic Ryckaert (@VicRyc) July 3, 2018
“A number of our congregants at the cathedral are first or second-generation immigrants and this situation is not abstract to them and this is not abstract for us,” Curtis told NBC News.
“This is something that we preach and teach about, and we are partnering with other groups in the state in order to see meaningful reform for detention and deportation,” he added. “We walked and supported people through ICE deportation proceedings before too.”
The clergy of the self-described “progressive” Episcopal church also took part in a “Families Belong Together” rally last weekend to protest family detention.
The display has sparked mixed reaction from the community and around the world as the story has been reported.
Locking up the holy family in “ICE detention” — a bold statement from one of the most visible churches in downtown #Indianapolis on the separation of families at the border. We’re hearing LOTS of mixed reactions from people on the church’s #EveryFamilyisHoly movement @rtv6 pic.twitter.com/ROtOclT8UF
— Stephanie Wade (@stephmwade) July 3, 2018
Some cheered on the church for its strong statement.
Thank-you for having the courage to make this statement. We need allies of all stripes to resist this inhumanity being done in America’s name, and within our borders.
— Don Samaan (@Donny_Beisbol) July 3, 2018
I am so proud and inspired by this! Thank you for demonstrating true Christianity and humanity.
— Jaci Urbani (@JaciUrbani) July 3, 2018
— CCC Indy (@CCCathedralIndy) July 3, 2018
Others, however, were clear that using the holy family to further a political agenda was not appropriate.
This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen.
— Jim Acosta’s Dignity (@RichAlanCheek) July 3, 2018
Shame on this church! Our Holy Father GAVE US His Son… yet you mock Him & use Jesus Christ in your propaganda!
— Deborah Miller (@damiller1) July 4, 2018
Heaven has a Wall and strict immigration policies. Hell has open borders.
— Breather Of Ether (@BreatherOfEther) July 4, 2018
How sad for your church to wait this long to set up this display. It should have been done under Obama, Bush, or Clinton
— Robert Jeffreyz (@natjeff1988) July 4, 2018
This is nothing but a political stunt an why the Episcopal church is a joke.
— Lisa 🇺🇸⚓👠 (@mymac24) July 3, 2018
You are not “guided by Episcopalian traditions and structures” as your website claims, you are disgracing them. Jesus was not a left-wing liberal Democrat, and your political stunt is appalling.
— Harpo (@Harpo5555) July 4, 2018
What do you do about the nearly million abortions every year? Talk about ripping families apart.
— Debra Rakestraw (@DebraRakestraw) July 4, 2018
Shame on you @CCCathedralIndy for this. A church should be where people go to hear the truth, not half-truths and exaggerations. If you are desperate for attention why don’t you try proclaiming the Word of God and not some sensationalist propaganda.
— SincerelyMe (@SweetorMeanUp2U) July 4, 2018
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