Religious Group Shoots Santa

Ben Briscoe

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Controversy is building once again around the local religious group Repent Amarillo.

They released a video of its leaders executing Santa Clause. With over 4000 YouTube hits the video puts a Santa pinata in front of a firing squad.

It's creator David Grishim of Repent Amarillo says the whole thing's a joke to get people's attention. But seriously there is a serious message behind it, and that is this Christmas is about Jesus Christ.  Grishim goes on to say Santa has become an idol in American culture and Christmas is too commercial nowadays.

The repent footage has a 97 percent dislike rating on YouTube with comments like: Grishim tells us all of this negative reaction just serves to prove his point that people are too obsessed with Santa Clause. At the same time, a Facebook group has started called Amarillo Citizens Against Repent Amarillo. It's up to over 4,000 members.

You can view the video here: