A man wearing a T-shirt that read “Jesus Saves” was told to take off his clothes or leave the Mall of America in a video that went viral on social media last weekend.
A security guard at the country’s most famous mall in Minnesota tells the man, “If you’re going to shop here, you’ve got to take this shirt off.”
Another clip shows the same guard saying, “Jesus is associated with religion and offends people. People were offended.’
The video has sparked outrage online as a group organized a protest at the mall where they intend to wear their own Jesus Saves shirts.
A viral video shows a man wearing a T-shirt that reads “Jesus Saves” being ordered by security guards at the Mall of America on Jan. 7 to take off his clothes or leave
A Mall of America spokesman told DailyMail.com that the man was allowed to remain in the mall after the interaction while still wearing his shirt.
And this despite the fact that guards can be clearly heard threatening to throw him out.
In the original clip, the buyer is seen wearing a yellow t-shirt with the religious slogan on it.
“Jesus is the only way” is written on the back of the shirt, while the popular “coexist” symbol – which advocates peaceful coexistence of different religions – is crossed out.
The videos have now been shared across TikTok and Twitter, while one was livestreamed to Facebook on January 7.
He had also been issued a 24-hour trespassing notice for “soliciting guests” a week earlier.
During the tense exchange of blows, three security guards surrounded the man.
In a clip that has gone viral on social media, the man insists he peacefully shopped in his shirt, but officials accused him of “religious solicitation”.
He is heard saying, “But I didn’t say anything. I have not spoken. I did not say anything. I just went to Macy’s.’
The Guardian replies, “I’ll give you a few more options. You can take off your shirt and go to Macy’s and do your shopping.
“Or you can leave the mall, okay? Those are your only options right now.’
The officer later claims he engaged in “religious advertising,” which the mall bans.
However, the man insists throughout the video that he wasn’t trying to preach, just wore the shirt while shopping.
The mall’s policy prohibits “inappropriate clothing,” including clothing that “contains obscene language, obscene gestures, or racial/religious/ethnic slurs that is likely to cause disruption.”
The mall also prohibits picketing, demonstrations, solicitations, protests or petitions.
The man was asked to leave the mall another day because he was preaching. However, this time he seems to have just walked through the mall.
Social media users have reacted with anger to the video, in which the guard claims, “Jesus is associated with religion and offends people.”
A guard is heard saying, “Yes, you’re wearing that shirt as an advertisement, and we’ve had guests come in who say they’re offended by your shirt.”
The posts have caused mass outrage on the internet.
A Twitter user named John Mason captioned the video: “I automatically assumed it was overseas but it’s right here in America.”
Another user, Wyatt Sullivan, replied, “If I ever go back to the Mall of America, I’ll wear the biggest Jesus shirt I can find.”
Meanwhile, Pastor Chase Thompson wrote, “He should have her forgotten.
The clip has prompted a protest on Facebook by a group who will be wearing t-shirts that read “Jesus Saves” at the mall on Saturday February 4
The planned protest was shared on a Bloomington Patriots Facebook group
“Until recently, that wouldn’t have happened anywhere in the US, and it certainly wouldn’t have happened if he’d been wearing a Pride shirt and even 50 people had complained.”
A group called Bloomington Patriots plans to hold a demonstration at the mall on February 4, urging attendees to wear “Jesus shirts.”
A spokesman for the Mall said: “The guest referenced in the video was approached by Mall of America security on January 7, 2023.
“A week earlier he was issued a 24-hour trespassing ordinance for asking for guests.
“After a brief interaction, the guest did not have to change their shirt and was allowed to remain in the mall.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11641123/Man-wearing-Jesus-Saves-t-shirt-Mall-America-ordered-leave.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 A man wearing a Jesus Saves t-shirt at the Mall of America is told to take it off or leave