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Does allowing a minister to dress as Santa and tell children the story of Christmas at school violate separation of church and state?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 4, 2003

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“Technically yes, but I don’t see it as a big deal. I think it’s good for ministers to reach out to kids, and if that’s how they want to do it, that’s fine.”

“Yes. It seems very subversive to me. Like he knew he was doing something wrong and dressing as Santa was a way to sneak in.”

“No, it’s not a violation. It’s his choice to do what he wants to do. He’s giving the children what they want.”

“I guess it would. My neighbors don’t celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or any of the holidays. I think that’s the parents’ choice.”

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