Dozens of US congressmen have pledged to protect Christmas from attempts to undermine it. So is the West’s foremost public holiday really under attack?

One of the most famous family scenes in history, the nativity, appears to be facing threats from all sides.

A tug of war is going on over a nativity setting on a courthouse lawn in Texas, with the Freedom from Religion Foundation urging it be removed or an atheistic solstice banner put up nearby. In South Carolina, a state hospital has banned a nativity scene from its premises.

It’s part of a wider assault on the Christmas tradition, say some Christian groups, who also point to a rule barring congressmen from sending Christmas cards through the official congressional post.

Theirs is a very modern crusade over the place of religion in public life that has been taken up on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, rumours the very name “Christmas” had been replaced in some places by “Winterval” provoked outrage.

Now the US Congress has joined the fight. A non-binding resolution sponsored by 67 Republicans and Democrats expresses “the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those who celebrate Christmas”.

The resolution “strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas” and “expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions by those who celebrate Christmas”.

It was never brought up for a vote, in part because Congress has been consumed with fights over taxes and the budget. But it has sparked debate.

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