A Media Christmas
The online ‘teaser’ on the news service read, “Half of US Celebrates Agnostic Christmas.” I thought, “That doesn’t sound right, even with some of the Godless and unwashed that are gaining influence in the world of Political Incorrectness these days.” So, I went to the article, which paraded the headline, “Half of America Strips Religion from Christmas.” Unfortunately, a lot of people are headline-only readers and are probably propagating this Pablum even as we speak. For those who took that last giant step and actually read the article, they discovered the first paragraph began:
“Nine out of ten Americans do Christmas and three-quarters believe in the biblical account of Jesus‘ birth — but only a little more than half actually regard the holiday primarily as a religious celebration. More than one-third say it’s more a cultural holiday.”
Then it goes on to describe a fairly traditional Christmas … but is quick to point out that caroling is on the decline and fewer people are sending greeting cards than in the past. I was relieved to realize it was only the media being the media again, combining spin and ignorance to create another story to further an agenda.
The first thing they needed to do is look up the word agnostic and realize that it is someone either unsure or undecided about the existence of God … not the same thing as an atheist. Next, if you factor in the number of kids and commercials out there, the emphasis being placed upon Santa instead of Jesus may even be low at fifty percent. Given people’s frantic schedules, and the cost of cards and stamps, I think it’s easy to explain any possible loss of celebratory expression … not to mention a pretty normal falloff in church attendance between kidhood and adultness.
It seems to me that reports of Christmas’ or Jesus’ demise are highly exaggerated, and wholly attributable to an overzealous media, that have managed to turn the making something out of nothing at all into an art form.