A pastor in Texas outraged parents waiting with their children to see Santa Claus this weekend and even more online are calling for the mall to ban the evangelical pastor.
David Grisham recorded video of himself telling kids who were waiting in line to see Santa Claus that Kris Kringle isn't real and that they were just going to see a man in a suit.
The pastor starts with the camera pointed at him as he explains what he's about to do: tell kids in Amarillo, Texas, the truth - that there is no Santa Claus.
He walks up to the line and then proclaims:
“Kids, I want to tell you today that there is no such thing as Santa Claus. Santa Claus does not exist. The Christmas season is about Jesus."
He then continues to pace back and forth, telling kids that Santa isn't real and their parents are lying to them.
"The man you’re going to see today is just a man in a suit, dressed up like Santa - but Santa does not exist. Santa’s not real. And parents y'all need to stop lying to your children and telling them that Santa Claus is real when in fact he’s not. When you substitute the lie of Santa Claus in the heart of your child for the truth of Jesus Christ, you are bearing false witness against God."
After about a minute of his speech, several dads tell him to quiet down. Eventually, one man walks over and tells him to quit 'babbling'.
Grisham says he was 'assaulted' by a parent who put his hand on him - but it wasn't visible in the video.
He speaks to a couple of dads who tell him that it's not his decision what they tell their kids. He yells out one final 'kids there is no Santa' before the video ends.
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Angry commenters on Facebook asked that the mall ban the pastor in the future. They issued a statement: "Westgate Mall is aware of the incident with Mr. Grisham yesterday at our shopping center. We want everyone at our center to have an enjoyable shopping experience. All of the shoppers are expected to follow our code of conduct and will be asked to leave our premises if they can’t follow these rules."
Whether that means he will be banned or not, remains to be seen.
Santa Claus, of course, is based off of St. Nicolas whose generosity towards children while a Greek bishop led to him being declared the patron saint of children and bringer of gifts.