How do you protest the Republican Party’s cruel immigration policy of separating asylum-seeking families and keeping kids in cages?
And how do you reach religious people who might otherwise be inclined to support Donald Trump no matter what?
You take the famous immigrants in all of mythology, lock them up, and spread the word.
— CCC Indy (@CCCathedralIndy) July 3, 2018
That display went up last night outside Christ Church Cathedral, an Episcopalian church, in downtown Indianapolis:
The Rev. Stephen Carlsen, dean and rector of Christ Church, said the caged Holy Family is a protest to President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy that is holding families in detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I know what the Bible said,” Carlsen said. “We’re supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves.”
The Rev. Lee Curtis, who came up with the idea for the demonstration, said the Biblical trio was a family of refugees seeking asylum in Egypt.
“This family is every family, and every family is holy,” Curtis said.
If they wanted to be more accurate, Baby Jesus should’ve been placed in a separate cage.
Still, it’s a powerful statement. You would think the Christians patting themselves on the back for believing a book that says “love thy neighbor” would try to live it out, but plenty of white evangelicals defend Trump’s barbaric actions. 68% of them say our country doesn’t have an obligation to accept refugees, more than any other religious demographic. (Only 31% of people without religion feel the same.)
The people who constantly tell us they support “family values” would’ve kicked out this holy family, then justified it by saying it was for our safety.