Chaz Stevens is something of a crusader against Christmas, what with being a self-described “militant atheist” and all. He’s pretty well known around the city of Deerfield Beach, Florida, where last year, he complained to the city that their manger scene was against the separation of church and state and was given permission to erect his own Festivus pole among the holiday displays. Well, this year, Deerfield Beach said they weren’t going to put up holiday decorations at all, so Stevens took his Festivus pole to the state capital’s holiday display. Well, cue the double-reverse. Chaz Stevens is threatening to sue Deerfield Beach for putting up a manger scene but not a Festivus pole.
Stevens says that the manger scene must have been put up at the behest of Deerfield Beach mayor Jean Robb and that she must not care about taxpayer money, because he’s promised to sue the city over this reversal in policy. Stevens is consulting with the ACLU for legal advice concerning his lawsuit. Meanwhile, city officials have yet to comment on the proceedings and the potential lawsuit. I’d imagine it won’t make it to court, since it’s expensive for both parties to sue back and forth and Stevens will get to put up a Festivus pole unimpeded.
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