There he goes again. Famed anti-everything Chaz Stevens has once again erected a Festivus pole opposite a Nativity scene in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Normally he has that pole firmly parked up his backside but he drags it out every Christmas, er, Festivus, to air his grievances.
And what grievances they are. He replaces that pole with one serious weed.
He hates religious freedom, you see. He hates people who believe in God, peace, love and hope. And he wants to wrestle control over these things. He won’t stop at banning.
We wrote about him first in 2012, when he pitched a fit as he lost a case to get the Nativity scene off city property in Deerfield Beach.
Deciding to join the fray with the construction of his own “holiday” display, Stevens selected Festivus — an imaginary holiday born of the television show, Seinfeld — and put up a humble pole made of beer cans.
The media just ate it up and gave Stevens all the publicity he wanted. He brought his beer cans back in 2013.
He’s been back every year and each year the media darling gets such a big stage on the likes of CNN that he paints more absurdity into his “protest”.
Last year, just to rankle Christians, his Festivus pole was themed gay, in order to support the LGBT movement. Forget the fact that nobody has a problem with gays celebrating either Christmas or Festivus.
Stevens point was to mock, no matter how absurd his display made his statement.
Christmas is evidently okay with Stevens because he perpetually uses Christmas-themed stuff on his pole, which is technically a violation of the tenets of Festivusim. The pole isn’t supposed to have any decoration because it’s “too distracting”.
This year the barber-pole design includes a tip of the hat — literally — to Donald Trump. Stevens has filed for a permit to burn it down at some point (a modern Yule log?).
Nothing is sacred to Stevens and he resents what is sacred to others.
He tramples and mocks the beliefs of others in order to pursue a political agenda that includes religious suppression, militant atheism, and a host of radical issues that includes embracing Satanism (which makes no sense when one advocates atheism but common sense seems to be far from Stevens’ agenda).
His goal is to erect Festivus poles in all fifty state capitols.
You see, his fight to get a Nativity scene removed in Florida backfired. Instead of removing the scene he was told to put up his own holiday display. He was told to embrace the principle of liberty he wants to deny everyone else: he was told to express his free speech, to exercise the freedom of HIS religion.
And he does that year after year. His religion is mockery, denial and darkness.
With each passing season Stevens showcases his bitter monument to suppressing the ideas of others.
His display, his actions and his words showcase that he’s anti-peace, anti-love, anti-Christ, anti-goodwill.
He wants to take your religion — any religion — and put it in a box where it isn’t seen or isn’t heard.
It won’t be allowed.
He wants, in his circular thinking, to make HIS religion everyone’s religion. He believes in nothing and that is what he wants to impose on everyone.
Think about it. If he is successful in suppressing all religion only HIS religion will be the one acknowledged.
Atheism is a convenient cloak. It is a broad umbrella which is used by political activists to hide behind. Don’t be fooled by this.
Stevens likely is no atheist. We doubt he gives much thought at all to things spiritual, which many true atheists do.
If he did, his actions would not support the attack on those who believe differently than him.
Stevens wants several things in his quest, and little of them have to do with Christmas.
He wants a society where all are held to one standard — his standard. By force.
He wants religion removed from the public discourse entirely.
That means not only no Christmas but also no churches.
And if there are churches he wants them taxed and regulated.
The State decides everything. The State is Omnipotent. He wants devotion only to the State.
He desires a State that engineers everything — from sexuality to medical care to population control to private property ownership.
Chaz Stevens is not about rights. He’s not about beer cans or burning poles to defy Trump. He’s certainly not about Christmas. He’s about force and denial of the human spirit.
The way to combat this is to allow Stevens to put up his pole year after year.
Let the contrast show between his darkness and the light of truth found in Christmas.
And let the media fawn over him. Applaud his right to mock, jeer and pronounce what you believe to be silly, profane and idiotic. By his fruits he will be known.
And if he does burn that pole I say we all show up. Bring marshmallows. Or chestnuts.
He’s using Christmas. He is using atheism. He is using Festivus.
He is even using Satanism (he wanted to pray to Satan in order to stop prayers from being said at civic events and it worked).
Chaz Stevens is a user who will stop at nothing to control your first amendment rights. That’s what his pole is all about.