Dean and Rector of Indianapolis Christ Church Chains and Cages Jesus and Mary on Church Lawn
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — July 5, 2018
The dean's action was carried out in protest of the Trump administration's controversial “zero-tolerance” policy which separates immigrant children from their parents.
“Some of our congregants at the cathedral are first or second-generation immigrants and this situation is not abstract to them,” explained Rev. Lee Curtis of Christ Church Cathedral, who came up with the idea for the action. "I know what the Bible said. We're supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves. 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. We walked and supported people through ICE deportation proceedings before too."
He added that he hasn't decided how long the display will stay up.
“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 announced.
The protest was supported by the Rev. Ron Verblaauw, a pastor at the Rutherford Congregational Church in New Jersey
"Separating children from families is the first sign we are not the land of the free and the home of the brave anymore. We are scared," he said in connection to nationwide protests last month.
As of yet there is no response to the protest from police or federal authorities.
Trump signed an executive order putting on end to the policy on June 20.