Festivus Pole On Display In Illinois State Capitol

Inside the Illinois Capitol, not far from the Nativity scene and the atheists' display, is the handle from Michael Tennehouse's pool skimmer. It's now being used for a loftier purpose -- as a Festivus pole where believers can list their grievances and fight until someone pins the head of the household to the floor.

Festivus got a big laugh on "Seinfeld," but some aren't laughing now. The chairman of the Nativity Scene Committee says "it's a mockery." The atheists point to it as an example of what happens when the state starts creating forums for religion. Tennehouse is 18. He says he put up the pole partly because he's off from school for three weeks and got bored.

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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Dec 31, 2008 at 05:05 AM
    Why is this stupidity still here? Recycle this space for something of some significance, please.
  • by MT Location: Springfield, IL on Dec 28, 2008 at 07:11 AM
    Thanks for posting this article. This was really just a chance to "air our grievances" with our governor in a fun way. Lighten up people! See what our poster at the Capitol actually said, visit our web site at


    Happy new year and festivus!

  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Dec 27, 2008 at 10:49 PM
    This is a sign of the level of common sense in the land of Lincoln these days. Blagojevich, obama, corrupt Chicago politics as a whole and now Festivus poles displayed alongside meaningful religious displays and the nitwit atheists chiming in to boot. Can we check this idiocy while it's in it's infancy throughout most of the country or are we going to let the obamakins turn this country completely stupid.

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