A Festivus pole made of beer cans is on Federal Highway next to religious symbols
BY BUDDY NEVINS
Blogger Chaz Stevens has done it again.
After complaining about religious holiday symbols being allowed on city property, the atheist blogger was permitted to erect a pole constructed out of beer cans at the corner of Federal Highway and Hillsboro Boulevard.
Stevens said the pole celebrates the fictional holiday of Festivus popularized by the Seinfeld television show.
The pole is near the menorah and the crèche or manger scene that prompted Stevens’ complaint. He felt having religious symbols on city property was a violation of the Constitutional separation of church and state.
Stevens had the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Festivus was described by the Seinfeld show to be a secular holiday on December 23.
Stevens’ pole is constructed from 23 Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans.
He wrote in a news release that the beer can construction is an attempt to mirror the Seinfeld show’s description of the ideal Festivus celebration.
The Festivus pole was described by Seinfeld character Frank Costanza in the episode “The Strike” like this: “It requires no decoration. I find tinsel distracting….Its made from aluminium. Very high strength-to-weight ratio.”
Stevens noted that beer cans are aluminum and have “high strength-to-weight ratio.”
Stevens is a well-known blogger who has been instrumental in exposing corruption in Deerfield Beach and Lauderdale Lakes, among other places. He posts frequently in the comments section of Browardbeat.com