Satanists’ display rejected as ‘grossly offensive’by John Kennedy | December 19th, 2013
Leave it to Satanists to take things a little too far.
The Florida Department of Management Services has denied a request by a Tallahassee-based group called The Satanic Temple to put up a holiday display in the state Capitol Rotunda, alongside a couple presentations by atheists, a Festivus-follower, and more conventional faith-based groups which put up a nativity scene.
The Satanist proposal has been deemed “grossly offensive during the holiday season,” by DMS.
The Capitol is usually home to a Florida red-cedar Christmas tree and a menorah that was in place during Hannukah. But this year, when the American Nativity Scene Committee earned permission for a display, it opened the door for all.
Until the Satanists’ proposal, 14 empty Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans styled as a Festivus pole, a holiday birthed on TV’s old Seinfeld show, may have been the most outrageous idea. Then again, the Flying Spaghetti Monster posed on a chair in the Rotunda also is unique in the Capitol.
“I just have to laugh,” said Pam Olsen, with the Nativity Scene Committee. “If they want to get me mad, it’s not working. I think it’s great because it just brings more attention to Jesus.”