(National Sentinel) Just Another Day: In yet another sign of Western cultural decay, a growing number of Americans don’t see Christmas as a religious holiday, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.
The study, which was based on interviews conducted with 1,503 adults in recent weeks, found that the vast majority of Americans do indeed association Christmas with religion.
That said, most respondents also found that religious elements of the holiday are being emphasized less and less than in the past, while few see many problems with that, The New York Times reported.
As is the case with most every other issue in the country, Pew found a strong partisan divide in its results. Responses from Republican-leaning Americans mostly placed an emphasis on religion, while Democrat respondents focused more on secularism.
“But the data complicate efforts to portray Christmas as either in mortal danger or in no trouble at all, a central issue in a yearslong debate over whether Christmas in America respects Christianity or has been undermined by liberalism,” the Times said.
Nevertheless, here are the results: Nine in 10 Americans celebrate Christmas in some form or another, and that figure has “hardly budged at all” since Pew began its survey in 2013, said the research center.
Meanwhile, 56 percent of Americans believe the religious elements of the holiday are emphasized less now than they were in the past, while only 32 percent say that change bothers them “a lot” or “some,” the study found.
In 2017, just 55 percent of Americans said they celebrated Christmas as a religious holiday, and that includes 46 percent who saw it primarily as a religious holiday. Nine percent said Christmas was both a religious and cultural holiday, while just one-in-three, or 33 percent, celebrated Christmas as mostly a cultural holiday.
The biggest change is in the number of Americans who no longer believe the Biblical story surrounding Christmas is an accurate reflection of the holiday.
“In 2013, 86 percent of celebrants said they would spend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with loved ones, and 54 percent said they would attend a religious service,” the Times reported, citing the survey.
“That declined in 2017 to 82 percent who said they would spend the holiday with family or friends and 51 percent who said they planned to attend a religious service.”
The survey asked respondents four questions related to the Biblical story: That an angel heralded the birth of Jesus; that it was a virgin birth; that wise men were guided to baby Jesus by a star; and that he was placed in a manger.
Just 57 percent of Americans believe in all four, down from 65 percent in 2014.
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