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Satanists & Atheists Vie For Space In Florida Capitol

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – A new display proposed for the Florida Capitol rotunda may leave you asking if the devil made them do it.

After the state agreed to allow a private Christian group to put up a nativity scene and a private group to put up a Festivus pole made up of empty beer cans; more groups are applying to put their own displays in the rotunda.

The latest filings for a Capitol display are from the Satanic Temple and from the Tallahassee Atheists, according to the News Service of Florida. The Satanic Temple hasn't said what it would put on display in a 5-foot-by-5-foot poster, but said it would include "religious symbols and images that adhere to community standards," according to the NSF.

Tallahassee Atheists have asked for a 4-foot-by-5-foot sign that reads, "Happy Holidays" and "There are many reasons for the season, celebrate the one that you choose," the News Service of Florida reported.

Meantime, the American Atheists Florida Regional Directors want to put up a similarly-sized poster that simply says "Celebrate the true meaning of Xmas!"

The Capitol rotunda also housed a menorah in recent weeks to observe Hanukkah.

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