barbara pesters her father again, and again, about going to the circus because they’ve never gone, and it sounds like fun, and they never do anything fun. eating spaghetti at the coffee table and watching the news instead of eating at the table isn’t fun, that’s just messy, daddy. but he’s busy with his recent promotion and promises her that he’ll think about it before she asks for the eighth time in as many minutes. the show runs for the duration of the long weekend, and on the ride to work he figures, if he’s lucky, maybe he can take her to an afternoon one, let her play hooky for the first time ever.
there’s an elephant she so desperately wants to see, a trapeze act she’s looked up, brochures left scattered around the kitchen, and instead of getting them tickets as he arrives at the grounds, all jim sees is a little boy with a blanket over his shoulders and thinks he’s seen this before, he knows this story.
Church nativity scene puts the holy family in cages, because that's how America deals with asylum-seekers like Christ
Jesus and his fam were refugees, so it’s only fitting that the folks at Claremont United Methodist Church decided to put its nativity figures in cages behind razorwire.
As Rev Karen Clark Ristine said, Jesus, Mary and Joseph were “the most well-known refugee family in the world. What if this family sought refuge in our country today? Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center.”
A separate nativity inside the church reunites the family. Nearly 70,000 children were imprisoned by the US government for seeking asylum in 2019.