A man wearing a "Jesus Saves" T-shirt was told by security that he mus

On Jan 17, 2023

A man wearing a 'Jesus Saves' T-shirt was ordered to remove the clothing or leave the Mall of America last weekend in a video that has gone viral on social media. 
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A security guard at the nation's most famous shopping center in Minnesota can be heard telling the man: 'If you want to shop here you need to take off that shirt'. 

A viral video shows a man wearing a “Jesus Saves” T-shirt was ordered by a security guard to remove the clothing or leave the Mall of America.


In the video, the shopper is wearing a neon green T-shirt that reads “Jesus is the only way” on the back while the popular “coexist symbol” is crossed out. A security guard can be heard telling the man, “If you want to shop here you need to take off that shirt.”

The officer claimed the shopper was engaging in “religious soliciting,” which the mall forbids, despite the fact the man didn’t speak to anyone. In the video, the officer says, “Jesus is associated with religion, and it is offending people. People have been offended… You’re walking wearing that shirt in the form of soliciting and we’ve had guests come up and say they’re offended by your shirt.”

Another clip shows the same guard saying: 'Jesus is associated with religion and it is offending people. People have been offended.'

The video which was recorded on January 7 has prompted outrage online with one group organizing a protest at the Mall where they intend to wear their own 'Jesus Saves' shirts. 

The man tries to reason with the guards, telling them that he didn’t speak or say anything to anyone — in terms of preaching.

He was removed from the mall for “preaching the gospel” on another occasion, he said in the video.

Man in yellow "Jesus saves" shirt
The guards told the man that other shoppers said they were offended by his shirt.
Backside of man wearing shirt that reads "Jess is the only way" with the "Coexist" symbols crossed out on back.
The guards said his shirt was religious soliciting which is not allowed on the mall premises.

A spokesperson for the Mall of America told the Daily Mail that one week prior to the T-shirt incident, the man was “issued a 24-hour trespass for soliciting guests.”

The mall policy forbids “picketing, demonstrating, soliciting, protesting or petitioning” on the premises.

The security guard said the man’s religious tee still counted as soliciting even if he was not actively preaching.

“Again sir, it is religious soliciting,” he told him in the video. “There is no soliciting allowed on mall property, which is private property.”

He added that people also said they were offended by the shirt.

The mall’s policy also disapproves of “apparel that has obscene language, obscene gestures or racial/religious/ethnic slurs that are likely to create a disturbance,” according to its website.

“I’m giving you a couple options,” the guard told the man, who was wearing a long-sleeved shirt underneath the t-shirt. “You can take your shirt off and you can go to Macy’s and you can do your shopping — or you could leave the mall. Those are your only options right now.”

However, the man was eventually allowed to keep his shirt on and go about his way shopping, a spokesperson for the mall said.

‘”After a brief interaction, the guest was not required to change his shirt and was allowed to remain at the Mall,” the representative told the Daily Mail.

Many Christians said they were shocked to learn the video was taken in the US.

“There is no way this should happen in USA,” Twitter user Carol Harper wrote. “He has a free speech right to wear that shirt, and a freedom of religion right to practice his faith in public places. More people should wear Christian shirts to that mall.”

A pastor said the man should take legal action against the mall.

“He should sue them into oblivion,” Pastor Chase Thompson tweeted. “This wouldn’t have happened anywhere in the US until very recently, and it certainly wouldn’t have happened if he’d had a pride shirt on and even 50 people complained.”

Others said they planned to wear Jesus shirts en masse to the shopping mall as a protest.

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