This church wanted to make a bold point about family separation. It succeeded.

Image courtesy the Christ Church Cathedral.

They wanted to make a statement about separating families. The message is clear.

The Trump administration's family separation policy has stirred unity and outrage over protecting the most vulnerable among us.

Not everyone was moved by images and stories of families torn apart. Some have even cited the Bible to justify the policy. A church in Indianapolis decided to make a statement by putting figures of Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus inside a cage as part of their #EveryFamilyIsHoly campaign.


The images are startling.

"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," Stephen Carlsen, dean and rector of the the Christ Church Cathedral said in a statement. "People of good will and faith must not allow this to continue."

Photos of the display were quickly picked up by local media and began to go viral. A post of the church's Facebook page is also drawing attention from both sides of the immigration debate.

Religious groups have been speaking out more about civil rights.

The display in Indiana is part of a larger pattern unfolding in the Trump presidency where religious groups are speaking out over civil rights.

After the Supreme Court ruled in late June to uphold the White House "travel ban," most of the focus was understandably on Muslims. But a number of groups from other faiths, and even atheist organizations, spoke out to oppose the decision, saying it infringed upon civil liberties.

In a statement similar to that of the Christ Church Cathedral, American Jewish Committee general counsel Marc D. Stern said, "The ban is repugnant to bedrock American values of religious equality and openness to immigrants from around the world."

There are plenty of issues that religious groups disagree on, but one thing most seem to agree on is that treating the most vulnerable populations inhumanely in unacceptable.

Image courtesy the Christ Church Cathedral.

After all, millions throughout history were vulnerable refugees seeking asylum.

When asked about his church's display, Carlsen pointed out that Joseph and Mary were once refugees seeking asylum. It's in the very cornerstone of the Christian faith to observe the plight they went through to protect the baby Jesus.

"The fact that it's controversial isn't because I want to be controversial," he said. "What's controversial is that we're turning away from the values that should be guiding us."

Maybe it takes a shocking display to be reminded of those values. If so, it's a small price to pay when weighed against the very real people — families and children — suffering from the family separation policy today.

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What will future generations never believe that we tolerated in 2019?

Dolphin and orca captivity, for sure. They'll probably shake their heads at how people died because they couldn't afford healthcare. And, they'll be completely mystified at the amount of food some people waste while others go starving.

According to Biological Diversity, "An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted every year, costing households, businesses and farms about $218 billion annually."

There are so many things wrong with this.

First of all it's a waste of money for the households who throw out good food. Second, it's a waste of all of the resources that went into growing the food, including the animals who gave their lives for the meal. Third, there's something very wrong with throwing out food when one in eight Americans struggle with hunger.

Supermarkets are just as guilty of this unnecessary waste as consumers. About 10% of all food waste are supermarket products thrown out before they've reached their expiration date.

Three years ago, France took big steps to combat food waste by making a law that bans grocery stores from throwing away edible food.According to the new ordinance, stores can be fined for up to $4,500 for each infraction.

Previously, the French threw out 7.1 million tons of food. Sixty-seven percent of which was tossed by consumers, 15% by restaurants, and 11% by grocery stores.

This has created a network of over 5,000 charities that accept the food from supermarkets and donate them to charity. The law also struck down agreements between supermarkets and manufacturers that prohibited the stores from donating food to charities.

"There was one food manufacturer that was not authorized to donate the sandwiches it made for a particular supermarket brand. But now, we get 30,000 sandwiches a month from them — sandwiches that used to be thrown away," Jacques Bailet, head of the French network of food banks known as Banques Alimentaires, told NPR.

It's expected that similar laws may spread through Europe, but people are a lot less confident at it happening in the United States. The USDA believes that the biggest barrier to such a program would be cost to the charities and or supermarkets.

"The logistics of getting safe, wholesome, edible food from anywhere to people that can use it is really difficult," the organization said according to Gizmodo. "If you're having to set up a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food, that's not good for anybody."

Plus, the idea may seem a little too "socialist" for the average American's appetite.

"The French version is quite socialist, but I would say in a great way because you're providing a way where they [supermarkets] have to do the beneficial things not only for the environment, but from an ethical standpoint of getting healthy food to those who need it and minimizing some of the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that come when food ends up in a landfill," Jonathan Bloom, the author of American Wasteland, told NPR.

However, just because something may be socialist doesn't mean it's wrong. The greater wrong is the insane waste of money, damage to the environment, and devastation caused by hunger that can easily be avoided.

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The world is dark and full of terrors, but every once in a while it graces us with something to warm our icy-cold hearts. And that is what we have today, with a single dad who went viral on Twitter after his daughter posted the photos he sent her when trying to pick out and outfit for his date. You love to see it.




After seeing these heartwarming pics, people on Twitter started suggesting this adorable man date their moms. It was essentially a mom and date matchmaking frenzy.




Others found this to be very relatable content.








And then things took a brief turn...


...when Carli revealed that her dad had been stood up by his date.



And people were NOT happy about it.





However, things did work out in the end. According to Yahoo Lifestyle, Carli told her dad about all of the attention the tweet was getting, and it gave him hope.

Carli's dad, Jeff, told Yahoo Lifestyle that he didn't even know what Twitter was before now, but that he has made an account and is receiving date offers from all over the world. “I'm being asked out a lot," said Jeff. “But I'm very private about that."



We stan Jeff, the viral Twitter dad. Go give him a follow!

This article originally appeared on SomeeCards. You can read it here.

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