Festivus at the Wisconsin Capitol

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 | buzz

With the holiday season, the first amendment laboratory that is the Wisconsin State Capitol has taken on an appropriately festive tone. If you pass through the ground and first floors of the rotunda, you will see not only the traditional Christmas tree (re-re-named such by Governor Walker after it was called a “holiday” tree for years), but also a menorah, a Christian nativity scene, an atheist diorama featuring the likenesses of Darwin, Einstein and Mark Twain, a Flying Spaghetti Monster, and a Festivus pole. Festivus, a mythical holiday made up by the characters in the 1990’s television show “Seinfeld,” involves a simple aluminum pole that people can stuff with written grievances or complaints. At a particular day, the grievances are withdrawn and ceremonially read aloud. For Wisconsin’s Festivus pole that day is today, at noon. Greg Gordon, Daithi Wolfe and Bernie Schlafke joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing in the WORT studio on Festivus day, 12/23/2013.

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