A tenant of the made-up holiday Festivus from the television show Seinfeld was the annual airing of grievances, so it’s fitting that four Oklahoma lawmakers are complaining about the Festivus pole that is being erected at the Oklahoma State Capitol for the holiday season.
The holiday was meant to be a parody. It was invented by George’s father and forced upon him as a child. George hated it until he had the opportunity to use the holiday to get time off from work. It has become the anti-holiday in the years since, embraced by secular anti-corporate people who hate the idea of the intensity of Christmas.
As part of the holiday, an aluminium pole is erected which George’s dad describes as a “very high strength-to-weight ratio.” It doesn’t have any decorations on it, presumably because that would violate the anti-consumer message, but also George’s dad thought that tensile was distracting. Finding an aluminium pole isn’t the easiest thing to find, so many people today use the only aluminium they can find: soda or beer cans. It’s a great way to recycle!
In Oklahoma, four Republicans took issue with the pole going up in the rotunda where other religious and secular holiday items have been displayed through the month of December.
According to an NPR report
Broken Arrow Republican David Brumbaugh says the display is an example of “a war on Christmas,” while Arcadia Republican Lewis Moore calls the Festivus pole a “sacrilegious symbol.”
They apparently didn’t have a problem with a nutcracker or the sleigh, neither of which are Christian symbols of the birth of Jesus but have become common during the holidays.
This year, Oklahoma was forced to remove its 10 Commandments monument on capitol grounds because it violated the Oklahoma Constitution. Generally, during the holiday season, many religions are represented in government institutions. Guess these elected leaders find anything other than Christianity to be an attack on their religion.
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