AMARILLO, TEXAS — A pastor caused chaos at a Texas mall when he was caught on camera telling a group of kids standing in line at a Christmas display that Santa Claus is not real.
David Grisham of Last Frontier Evangelism filmed himself on his cell phone at Amarillo’s Westgate Mall on Saturday in what he said was an effort to teach kids “that Christmas is about Jesus Christ.”
“We’re going to tell the children here today the truth. That there is no Santa Claus, and that Christmas is about Jesus Christ,” he said in the now-viral video. “Kids, I want to tell you today that there is no such thing as Santa Claus,” he’s heard saying loudly.
Grisham goes on to rant: “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!”.
At first, people seem to be trying to ignore him – but eventually, a few angry parents come up to confront him after he addresses them directly.
Undeterred, Grisham continues: “And parents, y’all need to stop lying to your children and telling them that Santa Claus is real when he’s not. You know in reality there are no flying reindeer, there is no workshop at the North Pole, there is no elves making toys, that you buy all the gifts and put them under the tree. That’s the truth!”
One upset man can be heard telling him repeatedly to “stop” and “quit talking this mess” and others tell him to “shut up.” Grisham can then be heard saying that he has been “assaulted” by a parent who placed his hand on him, and telling the man to keep his hands to himself.
In an official statement, the Westgate Mall said: “We want everyone at our shopping center to have an enjoyable experience. All of the shoppers are expected to follow our code of conduct and will be asked to leave our premises if they don’t follow these rules.”
The Huffington Post
Main photo: David Grisham [Photo: The Huffington Post/YouTube (screenshot)]