I must admit to a certain amount of glee when I read that Washington State officials have added a "Festivus Pole" to the "Holiday Season" display in the state capitol (Click here: Coming to Capitol: 'Festivus' display | KOMO News - Seattle, Washington | Local & Regional).
The brouhaha began when a group of atheists demanded to be allowed to post a "Winter Solstice" rant against all forms of religion right next to the capitol's nativity scene. Of course, Christians turned on Washington's governor for allowing the atheists to display their sign in the capitol during the Christmas season.
The State of Washington reasons that if you have one religious "holiday" display in the capitol building, then you can't turn away anyone else, including the pranksters who want a "Festivus Pole." BTW--if you don't know what Festivus is, you are missing out on one of the great parodies of all time.
Of course, the more important question is what is a "holiday display" of any sort (including a nativity scene) doing in a state capitol in the first place? And why all the Christian outrage at Washington's Governor for allowing other religions to be equally confused about the two kingdoms?
If this were a case of local governments forbidding Christians from putting up nativity scenes on private or church property, well then, there is a real legal issue at stake. But why is any religious display allowed in the state capitol? The State of Washington's position on this is essentially, "if Christians are confused about the two kingdoms, when why shouldn't atheists (and others) be allowed such confusion as well?"
Meanwhile, I can't wait for December 23 when I can air all my grievances and undertake the feats of strength.
This years "feats of strength" will include picking up several trash cans filled with wet leaves (after the eight inches of rain we have received this week), and the "airing of grievances" will center around the Yankees poor showing during the winter baseball meetings.
As for my "festivus miracle" . . . I'll just have to wait and see.