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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A rainbow festivus pole for the Capitol?

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click to enlarge THE HUMANIST FUND
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I learn from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
that a Florida group called The Humanity Fund has asked Secretary of State Mark Martin for permission to erect a festivus pole symbolizing gay pride as a temporary Capitol grounds display along with the Nativity scene and the solstice display.

The six-foot pole wrapped in colors of the rainbow (Pabst beer cans made the internal structure for a similar display in Florida) would be topped with a disco ball. No word yet on the secretary of state's reaction to the request. There are rules for temporary displays and some discretion is granted to prohibit displays that are deemed to be "unsafe, of a permanent nature, disruptive to the ordinary course of business for the state Capitol grounds, destructive to the state Capitol grounds or goes beyond the limits of free speech given by the U.S. Constitution.

The Humanity Fund website says the group is devoted to combating social injustice with humor. It says:

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA - My name is Chaz Stevens, Executive Director for The Humanity Fund, an advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of speech and religion, especially the separation of Church and State.

The Humanity Fund believes in equal rights for all, with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.

In December of 2013, I felt that the religious symbols prominently showcased in the Florida State Capitol were implying that certain viewpoints had state endorsement. To protest this violation of our rights, I decided to force Florida to allow me to erect a Festivus Pole, a symbol from the fictious holiday created within the scripts of the Seinfeld show, with the same prominence given to the manger and menorah. The protest was an international sensation during the holiday season that was nationally recognized on The Colbert Report, Daily Show, Fox News, and hundreds of media outlets.

We saw similar injustice play out after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right, subsequently various public officials, political pundits, and presidential hopefuls across this country are actively seeking to thwart those inalienable rights.

We could not stand by while religious fanatics denied people their basic human rights and dignity, and watched in abject horror as Kim Davis, and her followers, flaunt the law of the land.

The Humanity Fund has decided to take our advocacy a step further by placing Festivus Poles across the country, so the world can collectively and jubilantly protest this harassment, while making the world a better place. 

 Somebody alert Jason Rapert.


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