Except for Santa Claus, the Christmas Tree is probably the most popular and recognizable symbol of Christmas. It's also the least Christian! Originally used in pagan religious celebrations in Europe, the Christmas Tree was adopted by Christianity but never entirely at home in it. Today the Christmas Tree can be a completely secular symbol of Christmas celebrations. It's curious that Christians latch on to it as if it where inherently Christian.
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President Ronald Reagan is known for helping the Religious Right rise to power and using it for his own electoral success. His son, though, is an atheist who has become more and more outspoken in recent years. Now he's even taped a radio ad for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, proclaiming his support for secular government and denying that there is any reason to fear hell.
There are a lot more atheists in America than there were in the past and, more importantly, there are more people willing to admit to being atheists - even in public. This includes public and famous figures like Ron Reagan, but it's still relatively rare to actually hear from them like this.
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Americans as a whole are equally divided on whether religion has too much, too little, or the right amount of influence on politics. There are, however, large divisions between people with different political beliefs: almost half of Democrats think religion has too much influence and almost half of Republicans believe it has to little influence.
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Christians and even most non-Christians typically regard Christmas as being at least innocuous if not a positive good. This opinion is not universally shared, though. Some are critical of Christmas, arguing that it has more negative aspects than positive ones - or even that there's nothing especially positive about it at all.
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