Christian clothing and accessories retailer Christian Cabela’s is the latest brand to be forced to cancel its upcoming annual Christmas events due to religious beliefs.
The company’s Santa Claus and his helpers will not be able to take part in Christmas celebrations on December 25 and 26 in the US.
The US state of Indiana has passed a bill that forbids Christmas celebrations and other Christian-themed activities at state schools.
The legislation also bans Christmas events and decorations at places of worship and schools.
The Indiana State Board of Education says the bill violates the rights of all religious entities.
“We cannot participate in activities that promote the spread of misinformation, promote the use of hate speech, promote discrimination against individuals, promote hatred or discrimination based on religious beliefs,” the board said in a statement.
The board says the legislation “could have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion in Indiana”.
The company has also cancelled Christmas events in Utah and Nevada, as well as other Christian events, due to its religious beliefs, according to the board.
Cabela has announced plans to expand into New York in the coming year, and plans to make its Santa Claus the official brand in Australia.
The company’s Christian merchandise has been a popular source of profit for the company for many years.
It’s now being forced to rethink its business model after it was branded as anti-Christian by critics.
A statement from the company said: “Cabelas Santa Claus is the ultimate Santa Claus, so our Santa Claus will be the one dressed as Jesus Christ.
However, due the holiday season, we will not have a Santa Claus on hand to wear Santa costumes for the foreseeable future.”
While we respect the holiday spirit, we cannot take part with our Santa Santa in any way, shape or form.
“It’s not the first time Christian clothing has been pulled from stores.
In 2012, Christian clothing chain Christian Clothing & Gifts Inc (CCG) pulled its Santa and the Merry Pranksters clothing line.
It had been marketed as a Christian-friendly clothing line for the Holidays.