*This is the kind of behavior that causes folks to scratch their head. What kind of heartless “Christ-follower” would be so cruel as to tell children that Santa doesn’t exist? But yet and still, one Texas pastor took it upon himself to do so as children stood in line to sit on Santa’s lap by yelling, “The man you’re going to see today is just a man in a suit.”
Needless to say, parents wanted to wring his neck.
“Kids, I want to tell you today that there is no such thing as Santa Claus,” Evangelist pastor David Grisham is heard shouting as he walks alongside a long line of children and their parents.
“The man you’re going to see today is just a man in a suit, dressed up like Santa, but Santa does not exist,” he continues. “Santa’s not real. And parents you all need to stop lying to your children and telling them that Santa Claus is real when in fact he’s not.”
The pastor, who filmed himself and then posted the clip on Facebook claims his intent was to teach kids “that Christmas is about Jesus Christ.”
Parents flooded the Facebook page of Amarillo’s Westgate Mall asking that Grisham be banned.
Westgate Mall acknowledged Grisham’s behavior in a statement sent to The Huffington Post Sunday.
“We want everyone at our shopping center to have an enjoyable experience,” the statement said. “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.”
According to HP, this so-called God-fearing man might do a bit of research because historians say the character of Santa Claus as we know him today is based off a Christian saint, Saint Nicolas, whose generosity toward children as a Greek bishop led to him being declared a patron saint of children and bringer of gifts.
See Grisham’s self-filmed video directly below.