The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on Christmas Eve about a poll in which Rasmussen Reports asked people about the religious content of Christmas. The newspaper’s headline stated, “More people say there should be less of a Christian emphasis placed on the holidays,” and the story went on to say that “27 percent of respondents said that there should be less of a Christian emphasis on the holidays.” The headline is based on a one-year rise from 17% to 27%, though an essentially unchanged (from last year) 64% said that “the holiday season should focus more on the birth of Jesus.”

The interesting thing to me is this: Christmas is an intrinsically religious occasion. It is not about Santa Claus, winter wonderlands, trees or gifts. It is about the birth of the founder of the world’s largest religion. If you don’t like that, fine–start your own religion, and make up your own holidays. Or join a religion that has holidays that you like. Or don’t observe any holidays at all. But those who think that there should be “less of a Christian emphasis” at Christmas have got the ownership rights on this particular celebration all mixed up. For them, there’s Festivus, or Winter Solstice, or Kwanzaa, or whatever floats their boat. Christmas is Christian, and to claim otherwise is like demanding that citizens of the United States stop celebrating Independence Day because that makes the Fourth of July “too American.”

(Via Newsbusters.)