For five years blogger, activist and atheist Chaz Stevens has been fighting for the removal of a nativity scene on city property in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Last week Stevens took matters in his own hands by erecting an 8-foot tall “Festivus Pole” made from Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans. He did obtain a permit from the city for his peaceful protest.
The Festivus Pole is a reference to a classic episode of Seinfeld featuring the made-up holiday of Festivus, “the holiday for the rest of us”. Stevens Festivus Pole stands right next to Deerfield Beach’s nativity scene and menorah.
â€œThink of how many people have died over the years to give us our freedoms,â€ Stevens told the Sun Sentinel newspaper. â€œSo Iâ€™ve got to push back a little.â€
â€œHow to make a statement, without actually making one, was the task at hand,â€ Stevens told The Daily Caller in an email. â€œAnd it was during my research that I came across a video by Allen Salkin (former NYT reporter and author of â€œFestivus: The Holiday For the Rest of Usâ€).â€