Christ Church Cathedral is seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. This week, it placed statues of the Holy Family, usually used at Christmas, inside of a hurricane fence cage on the side of the Cathedral. With the words “Every Family Is Holy” placed nearby, the parish made the point that policies of family separation and prolonged detention of children in cages violate basic moral precepts.
Stephen Carlsen, dean and rector of Christ Church Cathedral, told reporters that “Holy Scripture is clear about how we are to treat people trying to find safety for their families – we are to show mercy and welcome them…The Holy Family today calls us to stand with all families seeking safety and a future for their children. We will not stand by while children are being taken from their parents, and families are being taken from our communities and congregations.”
A new poll from Quinnipiac indicates that Americans generally are turning away from Trump’s immigration policies. Only 36% approve of his policies around the children arriving at the Southern border. Among 18 to 34 year-olds, support drops to 29%.
The respondents were asked the following question:
In one word, how do you feel about children being separated from their parents at the border? (Numbers are not percentages. Figures show the number of times each response was given. This table reports only words that were mentioned at least five times.)
sad 79 terrible 67 bad 53 wrong 47 disgusted 45 horrible 39 unfortunate 37 horrified 22 awful 18 disapprove 18 heartbroken 17 immoral 17 inhumane 15 no 15 horrific 14 angry 13 appalled 13 disgraceful 13