Christmas, Still a "Religious Holiday"?

Sarah Jean Seman

12/26/2013 9:35:00 PM - Sarah Jean Seman

Fox News explored the question of whether or not Americans are veering away from celebrating Christmas as a religious holiday. The segment brought on a Rabbi, an Atheist and a Catholic Priest to discuss the question:

Both religious leaders acknowledged a Christ-centered holiday as a waning tradition at best, and American Atheists President David Silverman went so far as to say:

In reality it’s 2013 and God was invented by neanderthals 150,000 years ago.

Despite phrasing the results as “only” 51 percent, the Pew Research study showed the majority still celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday.

The report also found:

Slightly more than half of the public (54%) says they plan to attend religious services on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year. By comparison, about one-third of the public (36%) says that they attend religious services in a typical week.

A study released Tuesday even indicated that this year, more Americans than in 2012 are celebrating Christmas as a religious holiday:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 87% of Americans celebrate Christmas in their family, and 68% of these adults celebrate the holiday primarily as a religious one. That’s up eight points from 60% a year ago.

These statistics hardly seem as bleak as the Fox News segment indicated.