Tamarac Joins Other Cities in Erecting Festivus Pole for Holidays

Children posing with the Festivus Pole at the Tamarac Community Center

Children posing with the Festivus Pole at the Tamarac Community Center

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Tamarac has joined other cities as well as our State Capital by having a Festivus pole displayed on government property.

Not just any pole, but a Pabst Blue Ribbon-inspired Festivus pole next to Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus’ Manger. Now as tasteless as this may sound to some, until there is a ban on all religious displays on government property, any group’s religious displays are welcome, and the City cannot discriminate against anyone.

Including a Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Festivus pole.

Deerfield Beach and Delray Beach already have Festivus poles and Plantation and Hollywood may too. Soon the State Capitals of Georgia, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Illinois as well as Florida will all have poles thanks to local Atheist and political activist Chaz Stevens who received worldwide attention last year for the one he displayed in the Florida Capital last year.

This year he built a bigger and better Festivus pole for the City of Tamarac and this time he says he’s donating it to the city to use permanently.

As long as the manger stays there he says.

“When they’re talking about religion in America they’re talking about Christianity. That’s what it’s about. You don’t see Hindus looking to put any stuff up, it’s always baby Jesus mangers. They don’t want freedom of religion, they want freedom of their religion.”

Last year, his Festivus pole was displayed in City Hall. This year, he felt the best location was prominently in front of the Tamarac Community Center where everyone could enjoy it.

Festivus, a parody holiday, is celebrated every December 23 and is an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas holidays. It became part of worldwide popular culture after being featured on Seinfeld. Festivus usually begins with an aluminum pole, however, Stevens has elaborated on the tradition by adorning his with Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans.

Stevens, who is a recovering alcoholic doesn’t even drink beer.

So what provokes Stevens to do this?

“I do not like religious displays on State property,” said Stevens.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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  • Pierrette Arcand Jean Feuillet

    Disgusting. Why can’t they let Christians and Jews do their thing?

    • Jim Jones

      They’re more than welcome. Why not have special buildings just for “doing their thing”? Some places with enough space and the facilities so people could truly enjoy “doing their thing”? Heck, we could even allow them tax free buildings just for the purpose.

  • Pierrette Arcand Jean Feuillet

    Actually, why don’t they install their festivus pole at the Eid Festival and see if they will live without being stoned or decapitated.

    • He probably would only install a festivus pole at an Eid Festival if the placed their religious items on Government property. That is the difference. You see the logic now?

  • Pierette;

    You don’t mind if I call you dick, do you?

    Dick;

    Man, oh man, Dick.

    If you’re disgusted by a Festivus Pole, then my upcoming Satanic Invocation will surely give you digestive distress.

    Now, about stoning me? WTF man… I once lived in Saudi Arabia and saw a woman stoned to death. Well, actually, she was in a pit and they dumped three loads of stones on her.

    But are you suggesting violence? Really? Isn’t that what those confounded Muslims do when they don’t get their way? Or are you just being an Internet Tough Guy?

    I’m thinking Plan B… With a name like Dick, well, you have to live up to your name.

    Oh, and have a good day.

    • Pierrette Arcand Jean Feuillet

      Hi Chaz, this is Dick. Isn’t Chaz a transgender’s name? Someone who’s neither male nor female, a shadow of a human being? Sad for you Chaz.

      • Now that is ripping reparte!

        Friend, this isn’t my first rodeo … and let me suggest this … you don’t want to poke a bear with a stick.

        My blog chews folks up.

  • Jim Jones

    > It’s written on it “In God We Trust”.

    That was done at the urging of the Catholics in 1954 as a magic spell to keep Communists away.

    Not sure how it helped. Seems more like an effort to poke everyone else in the eye.