Atheist Says He'll Sue Deerfield Beach for Putting Up Manger but Not Allowing Festivus Pole
As shown in the following video, the City of Deerfield Beach has put up a manger scene, along with a few other holiday props, on public property at the city's fire station.
Chaz Stevens, an activist and self-described "militant atheist," says he warned the city that he would sue if it put up any religious displays without also erecting a "Festivus pole," an homage to a fake holiday that was immortalized in an episode of Seinfeld.
Stevens told New Times he suspects that the nativity scene was put up at the behest of Mayor Jean Robb and that, since he warned city officials he would sue, she "must not care about taxpayer money." He said he is consulting with the American Civil Liberties Union to examine his legal options.
Stevens caused a hubub in the city last year when he complained about the manger violating separation of church and state and was eventually allowed to erect his Festivus pole. This year, the city initially said it wouldn't allow any holiday displays at all, so Stevens took his activism to Tallahassee, where he was allowed to erect his pole in the rotunda of the Capitol.
In the following video, Stevens refers to the "baby fucking Jesus," says it looks "like somebody stuck their finger up the little baby's ass," calls the manger a "baby Jesus Motel 6," and says a fake deer looks like it has herpes.
"People don't fucking learn?" he says. "Told you I was gonna sue."
City officials could not be reached Sunday.
Send story tips to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Find out about upcoming events and special offers happening in South Florida.