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Joel Osteen Turns the Other Cheek on Internet Hoax

Posted by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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Joel Osteen Turns the Other Cheek on Internet Hoax

Written by  Jeanette Torres

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Joel Osteen Turns the Other Cheek on Internet HoaxRay Tamarra/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It may be a little late for an April Fools’ Day joke but that didn’t stop some on the Internet from pulling off an elaborate hoax targeting televangelist Joel Osteen.  The prank included telling his many followers that he was denouncing the Christian faith.
On Monday, a website posing as Osteen’s official webpage unveiled a “special announcement,” claiming the pastor of the Lakewood Church in Texas was leaving the Christian faith and bashed the Bible for being a “fallible, flawed, highly inconsistent history book.”
Osteen spoke with ABC News overnight and said he found the entire hoax mildly amusing.
“You know, I’m really not angry.  I don’t feel like a victim,” Osteen said.  “I feel too blessed, that life is too short to let things like this get you down.”
The fake website also rolled out a video complete with a screen grab of CNN’s website with the headline.  “Pastor of mega church resigns, rejects Christ.”  A Drudge headline proclaimed, “Osteen: I am no longer a Christian.”
The bogus site featured a letter titled: “I am leaving the Christian faith.”
“I believe now that the Bible is a fallible, flawed, highly inconsistent history book that has been altered hundreds of times.  There is zero evidence the Bible is the holy word of God.  In fact, there is zero evidence ‘God’ even exists,” Osteen was quoted saying in the letter.
There was an accompanying Twitter account that has now been suspended.
True to form, Osteen is turning the other cheek and spinning this bit of adversity as part of his core message.
“You can’t stop everything from happening, but you can choose to say, ‘God, it’s in your hands.’  I’m going to move forward.  I’m going stay full of joy and I’m going enjoy this day,” Osteen told ABC News.
While the leader of the 45,000 member church is adopting a forgiving attitude, he did not rule out taking some sort of legal action.
The website’s domain was registered to a group called BMG Enterprises in Milwaukee and it went live on April Fools’ Day.  BMG did not return ABC News’ request for comment.

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survivorinohio
by René on Apr. 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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I dont really like him but he took this well. 

IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

 And that's how it's done. Suing is pointless, imo. Ppl will say and do what they want, as long as it doesn't physically hurt someone, I say, ignore it. I've seen countless lies about ppl in my family online..I don't need to make them pay..That's God's promise to handle...

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Seems like a good way to go on with your day.

Some people are not worth it.  

I'm sure there are legal consequences to the actions of those who pulled off this hoax.  With, or without, the input of Mr. Osteen.

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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Perhaps some of the people who choose to respond to the hoax by personally attacking Osteen will be humbled by his response. 

sweetr0se
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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That's awesome! Can't let people get you down!

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