Sometimes polling companies find ways to ask questions that put pins in balloons. The Pew company has been asking people about their Christmas displays, religious or not.
These responses give us another angle from which to view religion. Instead of asking people a question like, “Do you believe in God?” they ask about actual observance of religion.
Each year, Pew finds, fewer people observe Christmas with religious displays. This has been going on in business work places for years. Religious Christmas music is not played to many offices and displays are secular. In their homes people are decorating with Christmas finery but leaving their manger displays in storage.
We had our big ruckus with “Happy Holidays.” Bill O’Reilly and President Trump have both scolded us for saying it. For some reason decorating in our homes has not come under their supervision yet. Maybe later.
Their is an old rule of public acceptance that to make an idea acceptable to the public is needs to be wrapped around an attractive personality. That Reagan ideas were wrapped around his popular persona. It may also be true that wrapping ideas around unpopular personalities pull them down. O’Reilly and Trump are linked to inappropriate sexual behavior. Of course, Bill Clinton was too.
Polls show the trend away from denominations continues. I think this is part of a trend away from accepting direction from centralized institutions including denominations. We can all speculate of the cause of this but it is happening.