Church cages Jesus, Mary, and Joseph to protest Trump's ICE immigrant abuse

My father’s own father, he waded that river,
They took all the money he made in his life;
My brothers and sisters come working the fruit trees,
And they rode the truck till they took down and died.

Some of us are illegal, and some are not wanted,
Our work contract’s out and we have to move on;
Six hundred miles to that Mexican border,
They chase us like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves.

We died in your hills, we died in your deserts,
We died in your valleys and died on your plains.
We died 'neath your trees and we died in your bushes,
Both sides of the river, we died just the same.

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye, Rosalita,
Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria;
You won’t have your names when you ride the big airplane,
All they will call you will be “deportees”

–Woody Guthrie, “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)”



To really make this accurate, they’d have to put the crib with baby Jesus in a separate cage.

But it’s good to remind people that they too were refugees.


In five months someone is inevitably going to repurpose this picture with a fake caption. “This church’s creche was being vandalized so frequently they had to put it in a cage to protect it! LIKE and SHARE if you oppose the War On Christmas!” and so on.


There will always be a pedant or two to call them out on their disingenuous claims.


now HIM i would follow.


various churches and western religions in general and i have a long, fraught history, but it’s things like this and opening up their places as sanctuaries that make me cut them some slack from time to time.


The US Episcopal church tends to be OK with LGBT issues. The related Church of England can be OK too, but not as reliably (Always remember to check to see if the church is involved with the Evangelical Alliance, my personal history with them has been negative.)

If Richard Coles from the Communards can become a vicar while still being openly gay they can’t be all bad. We just want them to drop the celibacy requirement that doesn’t apply to heterosexual priests.


Mary and Joseph were literally undocumented asylum seekers, hiding out in Egypt according to Matthew 2:13.




Border Agent: So his first name is Hey-Zeus. How do you spell that?

Middle initial? What does “H” stand for? Could you spell that?

Last name? Spelling?

Look Lady, if you don’t want us to lose your kid, tell us his real name and yours too. “The Virgin Mary” seems like a fake name.

Father’s name?

That’s not what I have. I’ve got Joseph T. Carpenter.
Oh, the husband’s not the Father. Got it.

What happened, did He Ghost on you? Okay, so eh, who’s the baby daddy?

Could you spell that? YHWH? No vowels? Is that some kind of Middle Eastern name? What do you mean you don’t know?

Look Lady, if this kid was born in [checks paperwork] Bethlehem, which is [checks Wikipedia] in PALESTINE, that sounds pretty goddammed Middle Eastern to me.

If the Baby Daddy’s Palestinian we need to know. We might have to deport Him. He might be a terrorist.

Does the Baby Daddy live in Palestine or does He reside in the United States?
He’s in the heart? You mean the heartland? Like Nebraska?

Mary, you are making this process very difficult. I don’t know what you are afraid of. If the Father entered the heartland legally there shouldn’t be any problem. I can’t believe that He would abandon His Son.

Now if you had gotten legally married to the Father you wouldn’t be having this problem. I’m just sayin.’

Okay, well that’s all I need. Now this nice lady agent is going to take little Hey Zeus H. Christ for a bath. Don’t worry He’ll return soon. I can’t tell you when. It’s not up to me. I don’t make the rules. I’m just following orders.

Tales From The Border: An Interview With An Asylum Seeker




Also should be posted in the John Waters thread!


Wait. There’s a John Waters thread? What else have i missed? Is… Rob Ford dead?


OMG! Do we need a thread!

But this one:



I was semi-raised in the Episcopal church when I was a kid because of my mom - though I was baptized Catholic, but my dad was not really interested in being part of the church. By and large, the folks from that particular denomination have been well ahead of quite a few of the others.
Though a friend of mine in the 80’s said that his Catholic priest got arrested at a no-nukes rally, which was nice.
I’ve otherwise had zero affiliation with any church/religion. I used to go with my mom on certain Sundays till my late teens, but to be honest, I stopped not only because it didn’t really mean anything to me, but also because I felt like a phony. I looked around at these very nice Episcopalians and was like - I have no reason to be here and act like I’m part of something with these kind folks, when I’m not.
I am guilty of lighting a candle for relatives in giant churches when I’ve been on vacation in Europe, tho. I figured they would like it.
I got nothing to explain my actions. :slight_smile:


“Jesus, John and Elvis
Son of God, President and Pelvis
These are the big three … (if you ask me)”
—- Dick Seigel, Michigan folk singer


I’ve done my confirmation as a catholic which is a big deal (i guess) but i don’t practice… on the odd blue moon my mom drags me to church i always decline taking the communion wafer because i also feel like it’d be disingenuous to do so. It doesn’t symbolize or mean anything to me


In my book a religious person protesting against Trump in public beats a non-religious person ranting against Christians on the internet. I don’t need to share all of a person’s beliefs to recognize them as an ally and quite possibly a great human being.