The Florida state capitol has become the butt of jokes this season after allowing nearly every kind of “religious” display next to the traditional Nativity scene there. A Florida atheist famously erected a Festivus pole there. Even the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has a display there (we’re not kidding). But Satanists are NOT welcome. The state of Florida is putting their foot down.
The Satanic Temple, a group based in New York, submitted its application last week to be included in the Florida capitol parade of ridiculous displays. But it was rejected as â€œgrossly offensive,â€ says the website Tallahasee.com.
In an email published by the website, a Department said the satanic display featured an image of an angel falling into the flaming pits of Hell, accompanied by a greeting that said, â€œHappy Holidays from the Satanic Templeâ€ and a bible verse.
The rejection will no doubt cause a Constitutional crisis.
By the way, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster calls itself â€œpastafariansâ€ and insists that it isnâ€™t anti-religious. Its display in Florida depicted a lump of noodles with two googly eyes.