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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyat ... ay-season/

 

Florida's rotunda, which last December hosted a Festivus pole, a creche, and a couple of posters designed by area atheists, now has a Satanist diorama, complete with falling angel.

 

A spokesperson for the group said:

 

 

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While I am pleased that Florida has seen fit to finally respect plurality in its holiday displays, it’s curious to note that the display we submitted this year is the exact same from the year before. Last year, this display was rejected as “grossly offensive.†The only difference, it seems, is that this time around we came flanked with a cadre of lawyers. In any case, we appreciate the opportunity to wish a happy holiday season to all people, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof. The spirit of celebration cannot be monopolized. Let’s take an opportunity this season to put our differences aside and hope for a full and celebratory lives for all.
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I am loving this and finding it absolutely hilarious. Maybe it's because the diorama looks like something I cooked up in seventh grade religious studies class. Delicious.

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I know, right? The flames of hell look strangely cheerful.

It's so delightfully cheesy that I can't fathom how it was declared last year to be "grossly offensive."

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I know, right? The flames of hell look strangely cheerful.

It's so delightfully cheesy that I can't fathom how it was declared last year to be "grossly offensive."

Well the powers that be at the capitol building couldn't exactly explain it either, to be fair. :whistle:

It's a hometown issue for me, and I'm taking my girls to see it. My oldest was reading about it in the paper this morning and thought it was hysterical. The Festivus beer can pole is coming back for the second year too, but I don't know if the FSM display is making another appearance.

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I don't know if they're doing it this year, but last year there was a festivus pole.

ETA: Didn't see your post, Rebelwife. Awesome. I was in Tally that time last year and really regret not going to see it.

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I know, right? The flames of hell look strangely cheerful.

It's so delightfully cheesy that I can't fathom how it was declared last year to be "grossly offensive."

Maybe because the fallen angel didn't look enough like Pam Bondi or Rick Scott. :drumroll:

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My favorite fundie-lite radio show, Janet Parshall, discussed this yesterday. Janet was laughing about it because otherwise "she'd cry." She basically threw up her arms and said "this is preposterous!" She's such a hypocrite. Her whole shtick is that she wants Christianity to "have a booth in the marketplace of ideas" but yet she doesn't want any other group to have a booth. Flaming hypocrite.

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So here's a great quote from the Orlando Sentinel....

"Pam Olsen, president of the Florida Prayer Network and also submitted the application for an approved nativity scene for the International House of Prayer Tallahassee, said she doesn't have a problem with the others putting up displays. However, she questioned the motives of people again are putting up displays in reaction to the Florida Prayer Network's introduction of a nativity scene into the Capitol last year.

"This is not a religious endorsement by our state government. It's freedom of religion and freedom of speech, and we will all be up there," Olsen said. "But are they really putting them up to wish everyone a happy holiday from the atheists and the Satanists, or are they up there to protest baby Jesus?"

Gee, I don't know. What do you think their motive might be? I'm sure there's no way it could have anything to do with making a point about separation of church and state. :roll:

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