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War On Christmas Competition: A Reader Reports A Festivus Pole In Florida, Carefully Placed Next To The Manger
From: An Anonymous Floridian [Email her]
Hello and MERRY CHRISTMAS to my friends at VDare.com!
Below is my entry into "the most outrageous attempt to abolish Christmas in 2012" sweepstakes.
By Chris Sweeney, Broward Palm Beach New Times, Thursday, Dec 13 2012
Out in Deerfield Beach, on a piece of government-owned property, an eight-foot, five-inch-tall tower of beer cans looms over baby Jesus in his manger. No, it isn't a rogue Art Basel installation that crossed the county line. It's Chaz Stevens' heartfelt salute to the holiday season.
Since the end of November, Stevens — a 48-year-old self-proclaimed attention whore and "rabid atheist" whom New Times deemed "Gadfly of the Year" in 2010 — has been girding for battle with the Deerfield Beach City Commission over holiday decorations.[More]
This magnificent ode to "inclusiveness"—a Festivus pole built of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans—was erected as an "anti-religious display for the holiday season" (deliciously oxymoronic), winning out over other noteworthy contenders such as "waist-high block letters reading 'WTF' in candy-cane stripes" ("could be deemed offensive") and a "Flying Spaghetti Monster—the god of 'Pastafarians'" ("too esoteric").
The ironies in all this appear lost on the Deerfield Beach City Commission and the alternative newspaper that published the story.