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Satanic Temple Looking to Put Up Holiday Display in Florida Capitol Again

Last year, the Satanic Temple put in a request to Florida's Department of Management Services to have a display placed in the state's Capitol rotunda along with a Nativity scene for the holidays.

The Satanic Temple was rejected with extreme prejudice and told that its display was "grossly offensive for the holidays" by the department. The temple asked for an elaboration on what exactly was grossly offensive but never got a response.

The 2013 holidays came and went without the temple being able to set up its display.

Now, with the 2014 season approaching, the Satanic Temple is once again submitting its request for the same exact display to be put up in the state Capitol. And it's come armed with lawyers.

See also: Satanic Temple to Distribute Pamphlets to Florida Schools

When the temple submitted its request last year, it was initially given the green light to proceed with its display.

The Department of Management Services has specific requirements for any display that is to be put up in the rotunda, but merely for aesthetic purposes -- how large and how much space it takes up.

But the remainder of the qualifications are not very binding. Religious groups and nonbelievers alike are welcome to put up any display.

Deerfield Beach resident Chaz Stevens made headlines when he placed a festivus pole made of beer cans in the rotunda. Another atheist group put up a Spaghetti Monster next to the Baby Jesus.

Like the others, the Satanic Temple went through the required channels and applied for a five-foot-by-five-foot square of the rotunda to put up its display, which depicted the scene from Isaiah 14:12, which reads:

"How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!"

At the time, the Satanic Temple shared the Department of Management Services's email exchange with New Times that called the display (shown above) "grossly offensive for the holiday season."

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Chris Joseph
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