An Indiana church created this controversial display as a protest against Trump

Leroy Wright
July 4, 2018

"When we say "every family" we mean families on the border", Carlsen says. We don't think people are listening to each other anymore.

On our lawn tonight we placed The Holy Family...in #ICE detention.

"This is an easy one for us", said Carlsen, a member of the Faith in IN group that advocates for immigrants. The fence resembles those seen in some detention centers near the border, where some families who were separated at the border are detained.

"The fact that it's controversial isn't because I want to be controversial", Steve Carlson, the church's dean, said. "Our scripture is very clear how we're to receive those families who come to us, seeking safety for their children seeking safety for themselves - it's the same thing my family wanted three generations ago, when they came here from Norway". "That's what's so powerful about a religious icon", he said.

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Carlsen said the church puts out a crèche - the Nativity scene that often includes the Holy family, shepherds, the star of Bethlehem and angels - every year around Christmas as a "symbol of a homeless family with nowhere to go and where Christ was born".

The White House's "zero-tolerance" prosecution policy has resulted in the detention of families caught crossing illegally at the border.

Over the weekend, hundreds gathered near the Indiana Statehouse as part of a nationwide protest against family separation. The passage, Romans 13, says that God has ordained the government for his purposes. He signed an executive order that ended family separations and instructed the Department of Homeland Security to keep families together while in custody. The administration said about 500 children have since been reunited with their parents.

Carlsen said he does not know how long the display will be outside the church. "I would love for it to be outdated and be taken down".

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