Outrageous Did a Texas Pastor Seriously Tell Kids Santa Claus Isn't Real?!
In a rather unbelievable video, a Texas pastor may have ruined Christmas for a number of youngsters.
Evangelical preacher David Grisham recorded a video of himself Saturday at the Westgate Mall in Amarillo telling children and their families that Santa Claus is not real and that Christmas is truly about the birth of Jesus Christ.
The children were waiting in line to have their picture taken with Santa.
"Kids, I want to tell you today that there is no such thing as Santa Claus. Santa Claus does not exist," Grisham says in the video posted to Facebook by his wife, Tracy. "The Christmas season is about Jesus. Jesus was born 2,016 years ago. He was born in a manger in a small town called Bethlehem.
"And that’s the truth about Christmas. The man you are going to see today is just a man in a suit dressed up like Santa."
Grisham went on to tell the children there are no flying reindeer, no elves making toys and no workshop at the North Pole.
After a few minutes, a group of fathers approached Grisham asking him to stop, at which point the pastor accused the parents of lying to their children and committing what he called a "sin in the eyes of God."
"It is not your place to lie to your children," Grisham says. "Tell them the truth about Jesus Christ. Tell them the truth about what Christmas is all about."
In a statement, the mall responded to Grisham's behavior:
"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."
Grisham told The Dallas Morning News that his life was threatened after the incident. He said he sees that as proof that he managed to make Christmas more about Jesus than Santa.
Several days before his tirade at Westgate Mall, Grisham shared the below video on Facebook at Park Place Mall in Arlington, Texas, discussing his plan.
Grisham is no stranger to controversy, as he's also attempted to burn the Koran in public and fired a rifle at a Santa piñata, according to the report. He says he plans to hit other malls soon.
Watch the videos above, and tell us your thoughts on how you would have reacted to this situation.