Evangelical pastor David Grisham ruined a Christmas tradition for many children at a mall in Texas. He came up to the children in line at the mall, and he began telling them that Santa is not real. He also told the parents to quit lying to their children.
Naturally, the parents in line got pissed off. Several men came up and told the pastor to leave. He was yelling about Santa Claus not being real, and he was preaching about Jesus being the reason for Christmas.
A few of the fathers came up to Grisham and told him to leave, but he wouldn’t at first. He told these parents they were “sinning” by lying to their children.
Here is the video:
Facebook took it down once already; this is the second post.
I am an atheist, but this pastor was just being a dick. These parents don’t want to ruin the season for their children. That could apply to people of any religion.
I don’t run into your churches yelling, “There is no God.” This is the wrong place and the wrong time for Grisham to be preaching this bullshit.
However, Grisham’s behavior might be explained by the fact that he is a Westboro Baptist Church supporter. These are the same people who protest soldiers’ funerals. They love to sport their “God Hates Fags” signs.
Grisham should have done his homework. The character of Santa Claus comes from an ancient story of a saint, St. Nicholas:
“How did this St. Nicholas become a North Pole-dwelling bringer of Christmas gifts? The original saint was a Greek born 280 years after Christ who became bishop of Myra, a small Roman town in modern Turkey. Nicholas was neither fat nor jolly but developed a reputation as a fiery, wiry, and defiant defender of church doctrine during the “Great Persecution,” when Bibles were put to the torch and priests made to renounce Christianity or face execution.
“Nicholas defied these edicts and spent years in prison before Constantine brought Christianity to prominence in his empire. Nicholas’s fame lived long after his death (on December 6 of some unknown year in the mid-fourth century) because he was associated with many miracles, and reverence for him continues to this day independent of his Santa Claus connection.”
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