Episcopal Church takes campaign against President Trump’s zero tolerance policy against Mexican immigrants to another level

An Episcopal Church in Indiana has placed Mary, Joseph and Jesus statues inside a cage on a church’s front lawn. Christ Church Cathedral says the Holy Family has been placed in “ICE detention”. A poignant statement on immigration that has gained widespread attention.

“This is to protest President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy of arresting people at the U.S.-Mexico border.” Onward Christian Magazine was told.

The rector of the congregation, Christ Church Cathedral, said the chain-link fence with barbed wire is meant to symbolize a detention center.

“I know what the Bible said,” the Rev. Stephen Carlsen told the Indianapolis Star. “We’re supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves.”

The display, which can be seen on the church’s lawn, was the idea of the Rev. Lee Curtis.

“This symbol is something that speaks to every one of us at our most basic level. Because of who we are as a church and as Christians,” Curtis told CNN.

Curtis asserted that Mary and Joseph were seeking asylum, similar to the families crossing the border. He referenced Matthew 2:13:14, which says, “When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt.”

Curtis told The Star, “This family is every family, and every family is holy.”

Misguided interpretation holy family not immigrants

Not everyone on agreed with the church, though. Tennessee Star Political Editor Steve Gill, argued that the Biblical protest by Episcopal Church in Indianapolis was a misguided interpretation of the holy family as immigrants.

Steve Gill said “Apparently the church is incapable of understanding the term ‘illegal,’ you know, ‘criminal behavior.’ Apparently, we shouldn’t put people in prisons if they break the law.”

He continued:

I wonder if somebody broke into the church and stole all the church items and stole the money in the church whether they would prosecute or just turn the other cheek and say we shouldn’t jail anybody because it might separate them from their families.

Anyway, Christ Church Cathedral constructed a cage made of chain link fence on its lawn overnight. And placed statues of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph inside to represent Christ and the holy family being detained by immigration authorities.

ICE detention

The church tweeted out yesterday morning, ‘On our lawn tonight, we place the holy family in an ICE detention.’

Steve Carlson, the church’s rector and dean, told the Indianapolis Star that the display was meant to serve as a protest to Trump’s policy of housing illegal immigrant families in detention centers for illegally crossing the U.S. border. ‘I know what the bible said,’ Carlson said. ‘We are supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves.’

Well Reverend Carlson, the Bible said a lot of other stuff too. The idea that somehow Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were homeless, in the night that they entered Bethlehem, I guess Jesus joined them later, but the idea that Mary and Joseph were homeless is just complete ignorance of what the bible said. They were not homeless, they were traveling, they found no room in the inn. They were out of town.

Holy family were not homeless

You know if you go to a super bowl town the week of the super bowl. And you can’t find a hotel room and didn’t make reservations before. If you can’t find a hotel room that doesn’t make you homeless. Means your out of town and you should have made a hotel reservation early. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were in the stable because the inn was full while they were traveling at the behest of the government to comply with the census.

It might be interesting to know if folks at this particular church leave their doors open. I mean their personal homes, so that their neighbors can come take whatever they want. Again, you’re supposed to love your neighbors as yourself. Shouldn’t you have to give all your stuff to your neighbors.

I bet they drive some pretty nice cars at this church, wouldn’t it be nice to know.”

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