Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus have graced the corner of Hillsboro Boulevard and Federal Highway every December for more than 20 years.
This year, they're joined by an 8-foot-tall aluminum Festivus Pole, symbol of a Dec. 23 atheist "holiday" that became a pop culture hit after being featured in a "Seinfeld" episode.
"It's just 23 beer cans stacked 8 feet high and conveniently located 6 feet from Baby Jesus," said activist blogger Chaz Stevens, who installed it Thursday with the city's permission.
Stevens said he has been trying unsuccessfully for five years to get the city to take down the Nativity scene. So this year he asked for space to express his own unreligious beliefs.
"Think of how many people have died over the years to give us our freedoms," Stevens said. "So I've got to push back a little." http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2012/1...
His beef? A nativity scene and Menorah placed on the front lawn of a city firehouse at the corner of Hillsboro Boulevard and Federal Highway.
"I would like permission to place an 'anti-religious' display this coming holiday season, on the fire department's property," Stevens wrote in an email to Deerfield Mayor Peggy Noland, who didn't return numerous calls for comment, and a handful of other city officials. "I wish for my display to be located next to the (ever present) manger and menorah."
Stevens had the ACLU and the city attorney on speed dial. Much to his surprise, the city acquiesced.
Then came the hard part: figuring out what holiday icon to erect.
Waist-high block letters reading "WTF" in candy-cane stripes would be hard to sell as being in the holiday spirit and could be deemed offensive. A Flying Spaghetti Monster was too esoteric and not the easiest thing to build. Stevens found his answer in a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon.