There's not a war on Christmas, but in Florida, there's definitely a laugh track. Get ready, Tallahassee, for Festivus.
For those of a certain age, the word "Festivus" may bring back happier memories than any real-world holiday. Festivus is a creation of the television show "Seinfeld," a holiday "for the rest of us" designed as a protest against rampant commercialism. And now, as the Orlando Sentinel notes, it's the inspiration for a new display in the Florida state Capitol rotunda.
The rotunda is already home to a nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, courtesy of the Florida Prayer Network. Now, thanks to political activist Chaz Stevens, there will be a 6-foot-tall aluminum Festivus pole — specifically, a stack of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans — alongside the manger scene.
Stevens is upfront and unapologetic about his perspective: that a nativity scene does not belong on state property because of the division of church and state. He terms the Festivus display "my ridiculousRead More »from It's Festivus time in Florida's Capitol! Prepare for the airing of grievances!