Florida activist Chaz Stevens has taken steps to install a 6-foot-tall rainbow-colored Festivus pole, topped by a disco ball, inside the Arkansas Capitol building in Little Rock:
The director of the Humanity Fund said he feels states have to allow all religious displays on government property or none. He said placing Christian displays at capitol buildings “opened the door” for his Festivus pole.
In addition to Arkansas, Stevens said he wants to place poles in California, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Connecticut.
Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, told KARK, “He has the right to ask. The legislature approved the 10 Commandments as a historical document. Look at our state and national Capitol. They are covered in scripture and the 10 Commandments. I fail to see a gay pole as having any historical significance in the founding of our state or nation.”
So far, no officials have said yes. But you have to wonder on what grounds they could exclude it. If Stevens is filling out the paperwork correctly, and the display is donated (with no cost to taxpayers), and other holiday displays are allowed to be there, then let the grievances be aired.
If you’d like to install the pole in your own State Capitol building, Stevens will build and ship a pole to you for $1,000. A portion of the net profits will go toward LGBT causes.