They’re going all in for the holidays in Tallahassee.
Chaz Stevens, a Deerfield Beach resident, made a Festivus pole from Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans and applied to have it displayed in the state capitol. Festivus was established on “Seinfeld” as a way to protest the commercial nature of Christmas, and the holiday’s traditions include displaying a Festivus pole and an “Airing of Grievances” with friends and family.
Stevens applied to display the Festivus pole because he wanted to make a political statement about separation of church and state after learning that there would be a nativity scene at the capitol, according to the News Service of Florida.
“I still chuckle, I literally can’t believe there will be a pile of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the state rotunda,” Stevens said.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group based in Madison, Wisc., also applied for a secular display in the Rotunda. The group has placed a banner in the capitol that reads, “At this season of the Winter Solstice, we celebrate the Birth of the Unconquered Sun — the TRUE reason for the season.”
Let the griping commence.