A man who was ordered to leave a mall for wearing a “Jesus Saves” shirt has now spoken out following the incident which took place in Minnesota.
On January 7, Paul Shoro from Ethiopia was ordered to remove his shirt or leave a mall in Bloomington after some shoppers complained that his shirt was offensive.
According to the New York Post, Shoro was seen walking around the area sporting a fluorescent green shirt with the words “Jesus Saves” in dark green letters. While that message seems pretty standard, on the back, the words “Jesus is the only way” were stamped in black letters alongside the sacred symbols of other religions spelling out the word “coexist” which was crossed out.
In the footage, the security guard can be heard saying: “Jesus is associated with religion and it is offending people.”
Man gets told to leave mall of America because his shirt said Jesus Saves pic.twitter.com/Tpy4qfx1x9
— Clown World ™ 🤡 (@ClownWorld_) January 17, 2023
Shoro claims he didn’t preach or speak to anyone as a prior incident saw him removed from the mall for doing so.
A representative for the Mall of America told the Daily Mail that just a week prior to this T-shirt incident, the man was “issued a 24-hour trespass for soliciting guests.”
“Again, sir, it is religious soliciting,” the security guard told him in the video. “There is no soliciting allowed on mall property, which is private property.”
Since the video was shared on social media, it has sparked a huge debate with most people being left divided over the issue. Some claimed that crossing the coexist symbol out was taking it too far, while others encouraged the freedom to wear whatever you want, adding that the next time they visit the mall, they will be wearing similar attire.
I automatically assumed this was overseas, but it's right here in America. pic.twitter.com/Q79eUCG7xh
— John Mason (@LivingGodsTruth) January 12, 2023
If I ever go to the Mall of America again, I'm wearing the biggest Jesus shirt I can find.
— Wyatt Sullivan (@wyatt_sullivan) January 12, 2023
Now, in a lengthy new video interview posted to YouTube, Shoro is back to defend his actions.
“He [God] told me what to do. Go into the street and preach the Gospel. I ordered T-shirts. Everything I have is Jesus, man. Hallelujah!”, he says before claiming that God “anointed me.”
“The Lord delivered me from the darkness. He anointed me and finally by the time I was in Washington D.C. he said ‘Hey son, I need you to go to Minnesota.’
“I started going to Mall of America and met tens of thousands of people but they stopped me preaching the gospel.”
The devout Christian then explained that when he was asked to remove his shirt, he had a bold response for the guards.
“When I was asked to take it off I said I would rather go to jail or die than take off my shirt,” he said.
“Some people think we judge them but we don’t. We go out to preach and help these people. I was so nice to them. I know my purpose. I didn’t go there to fight,” he concluded.
As per the Daily Mail, Shoro was ultimately allowed to remain in the mall still wearing his shirt following the incident.