Religion

Satanists, Atheists Demand Holiday Space Alongside Nativity In Florida Capitol

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Atheists and members of a Satanic temple are asking for holiday display space in the Florida State Capitol after the Florida Prayer Network was granted approval to place a Nativity display on government property.

Now a group called the Satanic Temple of Tallahassee wants approval from the Florida Department of Management Services to set up their own display, a five by five-foot poster.

The organization Tallahassee Atheists wants sign that simply reads “Happy Holidays” because they say there are “many reasons for the season.”

One secular organization already received approval for a display of beer cans celebrating “Festivus,” which is situated across the Capitol Rotunda from the Nativity. Festivus was an alternative holiday popularized by the show “Seinfeld.” The display, made up of empty Pabst Blue Ribbon cans, was made by blogger Chaz Stevens.

“This is about separation of church and state,” Stevens told NPR. “The government shouldn’t be in this business of allowing the mixture of church and state.”

The atheist group the Freedom From Religion Foundation has a large poster display that reads “Happy Winter Solstice.”

“When a religious group seeks to co-opt the power and the prestige of the government for their religious message, the best way to dilute that co-opting of the power and prestige is to put up our own message,” said Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Andrew Seidel.

Sources: TheBlaze, NPR