Community divided over shopping centre Muslim Santa

A Muslim man dressed as Santa for Christmas photos appears to have divided shoppers at a Sydney mall with some being critical but others happy to have him there.

Ersin Tustas has been working as Santa at the Rockdale Plaza since the beginning of the season – posing with children to create happy Christmas memories. 

But the Santa was targeted with an online post that highlighted his religion.

A Muslim man dressed as Santa for the iconic Christmas photo appears to have divided shoppers at a Sydney mall with some being critical but others happy to have him there

A Muslim man dressed as Santa for the iconic Christmas photo appears to have divided shoppers at a Sydney mall with some being critical but others happy to have him there

'I Have just found out the Santa at Rockdale Plaza in Sydney I a muslim,' the post by Ben McNeill read, followed by three 'angry faces'. 

But on Friday families appeared to be throwing their support around the man-in-red, and said they didn't know why the actor's religion was important.

'If he is okay with dressing up as Santa then I am okay with it - we will still get our photos taken with him,' a mother of two children, eight and five, said.

'As long as the Santa is nice to the children I don't care where they come from or what they do in their

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