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(Tallahassee.com) -- A nearly 6-foot-tall pole made from emptied beer cans, marking aparody holiday, will be put up in the Florida Capitol this week as anot-so-subtle protest to the recent placement of a Christian nativityscene.

The homemade Festivus pole will be erected mostlikely on Wednesday in the same first-floor rotunda as a nativity scenedepicting the birth of Jesus Christ that was put up last week by theFlorida Prayer Network.

"I still chuckle, I literally can'tbelieve there will be a pile of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the staterotunda," said Chaz Stevens, a Deerfield Beach resident who applied tothe state Department of Management Services to put the Festivus pole ondisplay.

Stevens, who operates a blog that focuses on SouthFlorida politics, said the intent of the Festivus pole is to make apolitical statement on the need for the separation of church and state.

Hecompared the Festivus pole to the nativity scene as "my ridiculousstatement versus what I consider, as an atheist, as their ridiculousstatement."

Festivus is a "holiday" created for the TV sitcom "Seinfeld" as a non-commercial festival "for the rest of us" inthe Christmas and year-end holiday season. Festivus, celebrated Dec. 23,comes with a ceremonial post-dinner "airing of the grievances" in whichparticipants describe how they have been disappointed by others in thepast year and engage in "feats of strength."

Festivuspurists may favor a more-simple unadorned aluminum pole, but Stevenssaid the use of beer cans --- he wouldn't say who emptied the cans ---is in line with the irreverent spirit of those who celebrate theholiday.

Late last week, the Madison, Wisc.-based FreedomFrom Religion Foundation, which advocates for non-theists and promotesthe separation of church and state, also set up a "Bill of Rightsnativity" banner in the rotunda. The foundation's banner states: "Atthis season of the Winter Solstice, we celebrate the Birth of theUnconquered Sun --- the TRUE reason for the season."

PamOlsen, president of the Florida Prayer Network, said last week that suchdisplays only "shine more light" on her group's message that she saidisn't to be viewed as a state-sponsorship of religion.

A nearly 6-foot-tall pole made from emptied beer cans, marking aparody holiday, will be put up in the Florida Capitol this week as anot-so-subtle protest to the recent placement of a Christian nativityscene.

The homemade Festivus pole will be erected mostlikely on Wednesday in the same first-floor rotunda as a nativity scenedepicting the birth of Jesus Christ that was put up last week by theFlorida Prayer Network.

"I still chuckle, I literally can'tbelieve there will be a pile of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the staterotunda," said Chaz Stevens, a Deerfield Beach resident who applied tothe state Department of Management Services to put the Festivus pole ondisplay.

Stevens, who operates a blog that focuses on SouthFlorida politics, said the intent of the Festivus pole is to make apolitical statement on the need for the separation of church and state.

Hecompared the Festivus pole to the nativity scene as "my ridiculousstatement versus what I consider, as an atheist, as their ridiculousstatement."

Festivus is a "holiday" created for the TVsitcom "Seinfeld" as a non-commercial festival "for the rest of us" inthe Christmas and year-end holiday season. Festivus, celebrated Dec. 23,comes with a ceremonial post-dinner "airing of the grievances" in whichparticipants describe how they have been disappointed by others in thepast year and engage in "feats of strength."

Festivuspurists may favor a more-simple unadorned aluminum pole, but Stevenssaid the use of beer cans --- he wouldn't say who emptied the cans ---is in line with the irreverent spirit of those who celebrate theholiday.

Late last week, the Madison, Wisc.-based FreedomFrom Religion Foundation, which advocates for non-theists and promotesthe separation of church and state, also set up a "Bill of Rightsnativity" banner in the rotunda. The foundation's banner states: "Atthis season of the Winter Solstice, we celebrate the Birth of theUnconquered Sun --- the TRUE reason for the season."

PamOlsen, president of the Florida Prayer Network, said last week that suchdisplays only "shine more light" on her group's message that she saidisn't to be viewed as a state-sponsorship of religion.

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