The Kansas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has, for example, just issued a complaint over a “sneaky Santa”, a man who was invited into several state schools by the local authorities and who allegedly used his time there to “proselytise”.

After asking the children what the meaning of Christmas was, one or two youngsters apparently offered the information that it was connected to the birth of Jesus, with which the Santa concurred.

“He was sneaky. He took advantage of his access to children to preach, and that simply cannot be allowed to happen,” said Dick Kurtenbach of the Kansas ACLU, which has made a complaint. [BBC]