A new poll suggests more Americans are aware of the "War on Christmas," and they lay the blame for that "war" on public officials.
The recent poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University found that almost half of Americans polled agreed with the suggestion of a "concerted effort" by politicians to "take 'Christ' out of Christmas."
The poll found that 47 percent of 1,009 respondents agreed with that suggestion.
Although the poll shows about half of Americans disagree, says poll director Krista Jenkins, the 47 percent is up from 28 percent in 2013. The 48-percent figure is down from 65 percent two years ago.
Regular readers of OneNewsNow are likely aware of that "war," which includes annual legal battles over whether nativity scenes on public property violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Groups such as the ACLU threaten town governments and public schools with letters and lawsuits over the nativity. Other groups defend the public bodies, including the Thomas More Society, which provided legal counsel in 21 states this Christmas season.
OneNewsNow reported in a Dec. 3 story that a nativity scene is still on display at Daley Plaza in Chicago after a legal fight that dates back to 1985.
There have been other recent stories, too, not of the religious nature of the Christmas season but blatant political correctness over the word "Christmas" itself.
The commander of an American Legion post in Marlborough, New Hampshire was told to change the post's Christmas tree lighting ceremony to "holiday" tree lighting. A public school superintendent had requested the change.
"Needless to say," reported Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes, "Supt. Robert Malay’s decision went over about as well as replacing Santa’s milk and cookies with tofu and a shot of wheatgrass."
Matt Sharp of legal group Alliance Defending Freedom says Malay was opposing a flyer from the American Legion that was not sponsored by the school district and wasn't advertising a school event.
"It's ridiculous that we're reaching the point that Christmas, which is a national holiday, we can't even use that word anymore," he tells OneNewsNow.
At the University of Tennessee, guidelines were issued that suggested that any "holiday parties" should refrain from using the word "Christmas," and even a "Secret Santa" game was considered a bad suggestion.
Even though some controversies involve the plain, red Starbucks cups, says Jenkins, the public is especially angry with politicians.
In fact, the results showed that Republicans more than Democrats agree that politicians are taking "Christ out of Christmas." Thirty-six percent of Democrats agree with that versus 64 percent of Republicans.
The poll also found that 48 percent of Democrats agreed that Christmas programs at school should remain non-religious. Only 22 percent of Republicans agreed with that.
The survey also asked what greeting should prevail in the minds of Americans – "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays."
The respondents picked "Merry Christmas" over the more generic version 65 percent to 25 percent.