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Festivus pole added to nativity scene

Dec. 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM   |   Comments

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- This year, a Nativity scene in Deerfield Beach, Fla., features a "Festivus pole" made of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans, as well as a Menorah.

The pole, a reference to the Dec. 23 atheist "holiday" that became a pop culture hit after being featured in a "Seinfeld" episode, was installed Thursday by activist blogger Chaz Stevens, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Stevens said he had been trying to get the city to remove the Nativity scene for five years, and this year he decided to ask for space to express his own beliefs.

"It's just 23 beer cans stacked 8 feet high and conveniently located 6 feet from Baby Jesus," said Stevens.

"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."

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