Poleing Data

Yesterday at the Capitol, douchebags protestors flaunted their small anti-Christmas victory, airing their grievances around the recently-erected Festivus pole, which stands alongside a nativity scene and fir tree.

From the AP report, “Celebrating Festivus involves airing of grievances, which participants did through a megaphone that echoed through the rotunda of the Capitol.

There are two kinds of people who get unsettled when the state saddles up too close to religion. The first runs screaming that all representations of faith, whether menorahs or trees or Jesus statues or sacred cows, ought to be non-existent on government property. The second contends that all faiths ought to have their special place. In the case of “frequent protestor Greg Gordon,” the guy who had the pole put up, he’s evidently one of the latter.

Those airing their grievances around the tree were obviously making a point by exercising a tenet of their made-up religion. They would not have the same levity about expressing faith if Christians used megaphones in the same space to make “disciples of all nations,” pursuant to Matthew 28:16.

Shouting through a megaphone in a public space is their most effective way to reach people, because the substance of their argument — that there’s something offensive about the birth of Jesus Christ, and the state’s celebration of it is illegal — is flimsy, asinine, and designed to be annoying.

‘Tis the season.

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