The church, based in IN, said the scene was in response to the "humanitarian atrocities from our nation's "zero-tolerance" immigration policies" adopted at the United States border. Lee Curtis of Christ Church Cathedral, a self-described "progressive" Episcopal church, tells the Indy Star.
"I know what the Bible said", Carlsen said.
Last week U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw ruled that the Trump administration must reunify all children under the age of five with their undocumented migrant parents within two weeks, and all minor children age five and older within 30 days. "This is a family that resonates with a lot of people". "When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt", he said, quoting Matthew 2:13-14. "We've been working pastorally and also raising our voices on behalf of families who have come to our country seeking safety and seeking a future for their children".
"We must not be divided by race, language or culture, but reach out to care for our neighbours - because every family is sacred", he added.
Asked by WRTV reporters Tuesday how long the church intends to keep the display on its front lawn, Carlsen responded with a question of his own.
"This issue isn't a new one for us", Carlsen said.
It is part of the Christ Church Cathedral's #EveryFamilyIsHoly campaign.
"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".
"This is an easy one for us", said Carlsen, a member of the Faith in IN group that advocates for immigrants. "I would love for it to be outdated and be taken down".