An annual barometer of America's spiritual climate during the
advent season indicates the majority of the nation's citizens still
celebrate Jesus as "the reason for the season."
It was an election year when one of the two prevailing political
parties - the Democrats - had to vote multiple times to return
"God" to its official platform. And it was an election year that
saw the reelection of president who champions some of the most
anti-biblical policies ─ including his stances on same-sex
"marriage" and abortion. So it's no wonder that many people have
come to believe that Christian values are becoming more and more a
thing of the past.
But a Christian attorney who has had his finger on the pulse of
the American culture for several decades now believes there's a
glimmer of hope.
"While some 'grinches' try to secularize Christmas
and remove any mention of Christ from Christmas, the majority of
Americans still celebrate the 'reason for the season,'" says Liberty Counsel
founder and chairman Mat Staver.
One traditional barometer of America's spiritual climate during
the Christmas season over the past years, known as the Rasmussen Reports, shines a little insight as
to where people stand when it comes to their religious take on the
most popular holiday of the year.
A Rasmussen poll released earlier this month divulged that 76 percent of American adults believe that
Christmas should be more about Jesus (as opposed to Santa Claus
or other traditional Yuletide icons). Just 14 percent say Christmas
should focus more on Santa.
Despite the fact that the general consensus of the United States
agrees that there is nothing wrong with celebrating Christmas and
its true meaning, public schools, government agencies, atheistic
organizations and the media have been notorious for vilifying those
who recognize the Christian holiday.
"Christmas isn't a dirty word," Staver asserts. "No other
federal holiday is blacklisted like Christmas. It's okay to say
Over the past year, however, there has been a slight decline in
the percentage of Americans who prefer "Merry Christmas" to "Happy
Holidays" on store signs, with 68 percent favoring the former this season,
compared to 70 percent a year ago. This year, an anemic 23
percent choose "Happy Holidays."
When asked whether they believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead,
77 percent of Americans expressed belief this
year, whereas a 2011 poll indicated that 78 percent proclaim Jesus is the Son of God
who came to earth to die for our sins.
With Christmas making winter the season of giving, just how many
Americans plan on increasing their charitable contributions this
year? Only 15 percent said they plan on giving more,
while 33 percent said their donations will decrease. Forty-seven
percent say the amount will be the same as last year.
Last Christmas, 81 percent of those polled indicated that they
celebrated December 25th as a religious holiday; and the previous
year, 80 percent of Americans said that their faith
is an essential part of their daily lives.
Does America want God
excused from our schools?
Under a constant barrage from organizations such as the American
Civil Liberties Union, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a diminished
presence of Christianity has been witnessed in America's schools --
especially since Bible reading and school prayer were banished from
public campuses in 1963.
But is the culture of secular humanism promoted in the schools
strong enough to un-invite Jesus Christ from the celebration of his
birthday? Rasmussen polls show things to be quite to the
"The majority of Americans believe that Christmas should be
celebrated in the public schools," Staver asserts. "Public
schools are not religion-free zones."
This year, more adults than ever (82 percent) have voted in favor of celebrating
Christmas on public school campuses ─ up 3 percent from last year ─ while half
believe that all religious holidays should be celebrated there.
Only 15 percent believe that public schools should not observe any
religious holidays at all.
According to Staver, not only is observing religious holidays
permissible in public schools, but teachers legally can guide their
instruction to explore the meaning behind them.
"Classroom discussion of the religious aspects of the holidays
is permissible," contends the attorney.
Correspondingly, most Americans say religious symbols should be
allowed on public land, including schools, according to this year's
Rasmussen poll. That, says Staver, is consistent with the law.
"A holiday display in a classroom may include a nativity scene
or other religious imagery, so long as the context also includes
secular symbols," states Liberty Counsel.
And with the number of
lawsuits waged against students and schools alike for performing
Christmas songs, one would think that such music is
unconstitutional -- but not in America.
"A choral performance may include religious songs," Staver
informed. "Indeed, the majority of the songs may be religious, so
long as the performance also includes secular holiday songs. If the
students select their own songs, there is no requirement that the
songs include secular numbers."
The Liberty Counsel founder also has advice for students who are
intimidated into believing that they cannot hand out
Christmas-related items or wear clothes geared to the holiday.
"Students may distribute religious Christmas cards to their
classmates during non-instructional time, and students who are not
required to wear uniforms may wear clothing with religious words
and religious jewelry," the Christian attorney advised.
With public opinion, legal precedents, and legitimate school
policies indicating that celebrating Christmas is anything but
unconstitutional, it evident that most Americans would agree
Christmas is here to stay.