Fla. rejects request to install Satanic display

December 19, 2013 - 10:35 PM

Florida-Satanist Display

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, file photo, a woman walks past a Christmas Nativity scene installed at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida state officials overseeing holiday displays at the Capitol have said yes to a Nativity scene, a Festivus pole and even a chair holding a fake pile of pasta with eyeballs and an accompanying proverb created by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But they are drawing the line with Satan. The Department of Management Services emailed The Satanic Temple on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, telling the group its proposed display of an angel falling from heaven into an open fire was “grossly offensive.” During this year's holiday season, several groups have been allowed to put up displays in the Statehouse rotunda because the area is considered to be a public forum. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials overseeing holiday displays at the Florida Capitol have allowed a Nativity scene, a Festivus pole and even a chair holding fake pasta with eyeballs and an accompanying "provHerb" from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

But they are drawing the line with Satan.

The Department of Management Services emailed The Satanic Temple on Wednesday, telling the group its proposed display of an angel falling from heaven into an open fire was "grossly offensive."

Co-founder Lucien Greaves says the group asked what was offensive, acknowledging they might be willing to alter the display, but they didn't get a response Thursday.

Several groups have been allowed to put up displays in the Statehouse rotunda because the area is considered to be a public forum.