Rest assured there will be no religious displays of any kind in the Florida state Capitol next year after the floodgates were opened to allow every and all kinds of nonsensical displays this year.
After allowing a Nativity scene to be placed in the Capitol Rotunda earlier this month, the Department of Management Services was hard pressed to refuse such ludicrous displays from atheists like a beer can Festivus pole and the most absurd of all placed in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster – “a desk chair with a shredded cardboard representation of its deity – an eyed blob of noodles grasping two meatballs – with a sign reading: ‘A closed mouth catches no noodly appendages. – ProvHerbs 3:27,’” according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
But to the department’s credit, it refused a “grossly offensive” holiday display offered by the Satanic Temple on Wednesday.
According to the Democrat:
In an email Wednesday afternoon, DMS Administrative Assistant Sherrie K. Routt denied Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves the inclusion of a kiosk adorned with an angel falling into a pit of flames and the words “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple” because “The Department’s position is that your proposed display is grossly offensive during the holiday season.”
The group applied Dec. 10 to include their display in the Capitol rotunda, which is now home to six displays from various groups, but was stalled when it failed to submit a required photo of what their exhibit would be. Once the picture was submitted, the display was denied.
The Satanic Temple is waiting for “clarification from DMS” before deciding if it will challenge the denial, with Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves saying he was “surprised and dismayed” the proposed display was denied, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Peter Wood, who applied on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, told the Democrat he was happy “state government is actively facilitating all of these people. The excitement’s contagious.”
But, guaranteed the debate between religious displays in government buildings will rage on now that state officials have opened the door to all after allowing in one.