Does anyone else remember Jim Bakker, and his wife, Tammy Faye? Well, Joel and Victoria Osteen just seem like the new version to me. The Osteens are just much more slick, polished, clever, and telegenic. The Osteens probably should have just quietly settled this lawsuit, though. I have a feeling that this trial might just be the first incident that begins to expose the chinks in their armor. I think that as televangelists who are used to communicating only with their own congregation members, the Osteens are convinced that they can persuade people of just about anything. But they're not used to being cross examined or having their stories challenged. The simple fact that the Osteens already paid a $3,000 FAA fine for Victoria's disruptive behavior is going to make them have some credibility issues. Of course, people don't like frivolous lawsuits, and the fact that this waitress is claiming that she suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder and should receive 10% of Victoria Osteen's net worth because of a push (in which no injury was sustained) is probably likely to offend some jurors.
But the last thing that you want to do when you make your living off of faith and trust is to publicly raise questions that could potentially make you look like a hypocrite, a liar, or an otherwise sketchy person.
But the Osteens are on trial in Houston, and Houston seems to love the Osteens. It'll be interesting to see how this thing plays out.
(p.s.- I initially published this over the weekend, but now it's somehow been saved to my "drafts" folder. This, of course, raises questions as to whether the Osteens are somehow involved in some kind of worldwide anti-blogger conspiracy. Or maybe I hit the wrong button at some point. Anyway, I'm republishing.)