Overnight, a church in Indianapolis made headlines with a bold message regarding America’s current zero-tolerance immigration policy.
Christ Church Cathedral, a 161-year-old episcopal institution located in the heart of Indy’s downtown at Monument Circle, put up a display on their lawn showcasing the statues of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus fenced inside a cage topped with barbed wire. The image calls attention to idea of The Holy Family as refugees seeking asylum from Egypt.
In a statement released this morning, the church announced that the display is part of their #EveryFamilyisHoly campaign, which is designed to bring awareness to the immigrant family separations happening at the US-Mexico border. The church first revealed the display on Twitter at 1:12 a.m. with the caption: “On our lawn tonight we placed The Holy Family…in #ICE detention.”
— CCC Indy (@CCCathedralIndy) July 3, 2018
In addition to the display, the church placed a banner on their grounds that reads #EveryFamilyisHoly and the equivalent in Spanish, #CadaFamiliaEsSagrada.
“The Holy Family today calls us to stand with all families seeking safety and a future for their children,” said the church’s Dean and Rector Steve Carlsen in the press release. “We will not stand by while children are being taken from their parents, and families are being taken from our communities and organizations.”
Church officials haven’t specified exactly when the display will come down, but they’ve suggested it could remain up as long as families are detained.