‘It’s nuts!’ Fox’s Gretchen Carlson furious at beer can pole joining Nativity in Fla. Capitol

The spokesman for a national atheists group told Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson on national television on Tuesday that Christianity “stole the season from Solstice.”

On Wednesday, a self-proclaimed “militant atheist” who placed a farcical holiday pole made of beer cans in Florida’s Capitol told local news cameras that the Nativity scene erected there last week “needs to go.”

And liberals keep saying there’s no “war on Christmas?

On “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson,” Carlson was outraged by the plans to place the so-called Festivus pole in the Capitol rotunda to compete with a nearby Nativity scene.

“Why do I have to drive around with my kids to look for a nativity scenes and be, like, ‘Oh, yeah, kids, look, there’s baby Jesus behind the Festivus pole made out of beer cans!’ It’s nuts!”

Peter Donohue, president of the Catholic League, agreed.

“We don’t have to have the Klan out there on Martin Luther King Day with their monuments right next to a bust of Martin Luther King,” he said. “We don’t want to have neo-Nazis out there to stick it to Jews on Yom Kippur. And we shouldn’t have people out there ready to trash Christianity given that proximity.

“Let them do it some other time and some other place.”

But another time and other place wouldn’t serve the purpose, as militant atheist Chaz Stephens made clear when during a media event to mark the installation of the Festivus pole on Wednesday, he posed disgracefully with a case of Pabst beer thumbing disdainfully at the Nativity scene.

Stephens could have put up a “Festivus” pole in the Rotunda any time between December and May, according to “Seinfeld” rules. But only by putting it up while the Nativity scene is there could Stephens hope for any attention at all.

“What’s the point? There is no point. It’s ridiculous,” Stephens said, according to the Associated Press. “This is the most ridiculous thing I could come up with. This is about the separation of church and state.”

No, it’s not. It’s about the co-option of a basically harmless and mildly funny idea of a “Festivus” holiday into an attack on religion – the very religion that’s the bedrock of the Western culture that gave birth to the United States.

“He is not raising this display in order to celebrate a holiday, like the Christians with the Nativity scene or the Jews with the menorah,” Harry Mihet, a top attorney at Florida-based Liberty Counsel, told the Christian Post. “That’s what makes his display offensive, and why it should have been rejected, in my view.”

He’s raising it to attack Christians, to be deliberately offensive to practically the only group of people in the United States who can be attacked with impunity.

And liberals keep saying there’s “no war on Christmas?”

To them, it’s practically an article of faith.

Check out Carlson’s segment on the Festivus pole here:

And the sneering atheist who put up the pole in Florida’s Capitol here:

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


163 thoughts on “‘It’s nuts!’ Fox’s Gretchen Carlson furious at beer can pole joining Nativity in Fla. Capitol

  1. Mark Udoni says:

    Chaz Stevens, fat-ass idiot, and at least use a good beer, I mean PBR ???

  2. Charles Sparrow says:

    Like cats marking territory Christian supremacist urinate on public property marking it like it’s their private property for their religious displays. As long as it’s their display it’s ok-if any one else puts one up they scream ” U r attacking and persecuting us, taking our religious freedoms and liberties”. The festivus display is no more offensive than the nativity scene.

  3. RottenJohnny says:

    Here’s the simple thing Christian extremists are too ignorant to understand: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    What that means is if you allow one religion to put up their thing on public property, you have to allow all religions to put up their thing as well. Otherwise you’re in clear violation of the first amendment of the constitution of this country. Once you open that can of worms, it’s almost impossible to put the top back on. Same goes for teaching creationism in public schools. Teach it, you gotta teach all religions version of creation. The religious right wanted to be exclusive. The constitution says they can’t be.

    1. Charles Sparrow says:

      Wow-U ain’t just rotten, u plum bad, and I like it!

  4. John Stuart Mill says:

    Has someone contacted Pabst so they can tell that prck to Cease and Desist abusing their trademark…? And when he moves to Budweiser … ditto. Let him taste the lash.

  5. Exactly! Hence why the Church purposely chose this season to celebrate Christmas.

  6. I hope you are joking. Where do you get your “historical” resources? Wait, let me guess….. Common Core?

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