While the Grinch may usually reside in Whoville, on Saturday he decided a trip to Texas was in order.
David Grisham, a pastor with with Last Frontier Evangelism in Alaska, upset parents and kids at a mall in Amarillo, Texas when he interrupted a Santa photo session by telling them that “Santa’s not real” and that parents should be teaching their kids about Jesus instead.
“Parents, you all need to stop lying to your children and telling them that Santa Claus is real when in fact he’s not,” he said. “Don’t lie to your children and tell them there’s such a thing as Santa when you know in reality that there are no flying reindeer, there is no workshop of the North Pole, there is no elves making toys, that you buy all the gifts and put them under the tree. That’s all the truth.”
He then turned his attention to the kids, shouting “Kids, I want to tell you today that there is no such thing as Santa Claus. Santa Claus does not exist. 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.”
The parents began yelling at him to get him to leave, with one father telling him “it’s not your decision for me to tell my kids what’s the truth and what’s not.” Grisham refused and proudly recorded it all, claiming he was “ASSAULTED” for what he was doing.
After the incident, the mall in Amarillo, Texas, released a statement. “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.”