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Meet the man who is forcing states to put up gay pride ‘Festivus’ poles

Nick Duffy December 12, 2015

A man has convinced a number of US states to put up rainbow poles to mark the holiday season.

Chaz Stevens of the Humanity Fund launched the project as a protest against the number of nativity scenes permitted in public-owned spaces despite the constitutional separation of church and state.

The campaigner says his goal is to erect a Festivus pole – honouring a fictional holiday invented in an episode of Seinfeld – in any public place where a nativity scene is displayed.

Amid outrage from religious groups, Stevens has so far had requests to put up his special rainbow-themed Festivus poles in Illinois and his home state of Florida, in their respective state capitols.

The six-foot pole pays tribute to gay equality… and is also topped with a disco ball.

The secularist protester said he is entitled to his point under the First Amendment as much as Christians are, explaining: “The courts of the United States have long established it’s an all-or-none principle. If Christianity is allowed in, then the minority must be. If one is allowed, then the other is allowed.”

He told Fox: “Bill O’Reilly calls it a War on Christmas. I call it a war on Christians Privilege.

“Keep this in mind: The constitution isn’t about protecting the majority view… it’s about protecting the minority view.

“What’s more minority than a satanic diorama, or a Festivus pole made out of beer cans for gay pride?”

The campaigner has his sights set on a number of other cities – with Arkansas and Missouri in his sights.

Watch the origin of Festivus below:

More: Atheist, Christmas, Festivus, Gay, LGBT, nativity, Pride, Religion, secular, US

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