- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Satanic Temple has set up a holiday display in the Florida Capitol’s rotunda.

The diorama showing an angel falling into a pit of fire went on public display Monday. Writing across the top says, “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple.”

Groups in recent years have been allowed to put up displays - initially religious in nature - in the Statehouse rotunda because the area is considered to be a public forum. Non-religious groups responded with displays that included a Festivus pole - based on the TV series “Seinfeld” - made of beer cans and a depiction of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The Department of Management Services rejected the Satanic Temple’s display last year, saying it was “grossly offensive.”

The state allowed the display this year, following threats of legal action from the non-partisan group Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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