Florida’s Department of Management Services rejected a proposal from a Satanist group to install a holiday decoration near a Nativity scene in the Florida Capitol calling the idea “grossly offensive.”
“The department’s position is that your proposed display is grossly offensive during the holiday season,” DMS Administrative Assistant Sherrie K. Routt told The Satanic Temple via email on Wednesday afternoon.
The group’s spokesman Lucien Greaves says the organization is both “surprised and dismayed” by the rejection.
The initial application for the display said it would be a 5-by-5-foot poster “of religious symbols and images that adhere to community standards... to contribute to the plurality of the community by representing the spirit of good will from other faiths.”
DMS says the group wanted a kiosk showing an angel falling into a pit of flames under the banner “Happy Holidays From The Satanic Temple.”
Monday, the DMS approved a display for the Capitol rotunda that features a Flying Spaghetti Monster, a symbol of the light-hearted Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Often considered a “parody religion,” the movement opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public school.
Nearby is a Nativity scene and a “Festivus” pole made out of empty Pabst Blue Ribbon Cans. Festivus was a fictional holiday proposed on the show “Seinfeld.”