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Just Be Nice

December 22, 2005 | 9 Comments

I just don’t understand when they act like this:

The wife of the pastor of the nation’s largest church was asked to leave a plane after she failed to comply with a flight attendant’s instructions, the FBI said Tuesday.

Houston Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen, his wife, Victoria, and their two children boarded a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Vail, Colo., Monday. The plane’s door had been closed when Victoria Osteen and a flight attendant had a disagreement.

“She failed to comply with the flight attendant’s instructions, and they were asked to leave the flight,” FBI spokeswoman Luz Garcia said without elaborating on the disagreement.

The FBI reviewed a report from Continental after the incident, Garcia said. No charges will be filed, she said.

Rev. Osteen’s last book has sold more than 3 million copies. His services fill NBA-sized arenas and he’s poured some $90 million into renovations of the former NBA arena that now houses his regular congregation. So it’s fairly safe to say that he’s fabulously wealthy man and that he and his family are set for life. No problem meeting life’s basic material needs, ever, or in enjoying all of its luxuries, like ski trips to Vail.

Is it really so hard to be nice to the hired help?

I’m well aware that post-9/11 airline personnel can be a nasty, irrational, vindictive bunch. Nevertheless, it takes some doing to get kicked off a plane. Even assuming the flight attendant was completely in the wrong, and rude to boot, all you have to do is turn the other cheek, shut up and sit down. Just like Jesus would.

According to some accounts (here and here), the incident had something to do with a spilled drink. It wasn’t cleaned up to her liking, apparently. But unless they ordered her down on her knees to lick it off the floor (which is something a good Christian would do anyway without being asked) she could have just let it go. Even if it was in her seat, she could have just covered it up with one of those in-house airline magazines.

The FBI ain’t prosecuting and the airline ain’t talking. Count your blessings, lady, and go forth and sin no more.


9 Responses to “Just Be Nice”

  1. jeff
    December 22nd, 2005 @ 2:07 pm

    I thought she got kicked off because of her mysterious vibrating bag?

  2. Tony
    December 22nd, 2005 @ 3:42 pm

    Sometimes you just need to pick up a stick and beat someone about the head and shoulders just like Jesus did in the temple.

  3. Jason Malloy
    December 22nd, 2005 @ 5:54 pm

    If there’s something I think we keep learning, it’s that religion and planes just don’t mix well.

  4. Richard
    December 22nd, 2005 @ 6:36 pm

    The powerful wealthy pastor has an arrogant, self-centered wife. His own personal hell!

    Failing to comply with flight attendant instructions is a Federal offense. But it looks like she isn’t going to be charged. She’s lucky her husband is a powerful wealthy pastor.

  5. sternwallow
    December 23rd, 2005 @ 5:32 am

    I thought she got kicked off because she was a hysterical irate bag?

    December 23rd, 2005 @ 8:56 am

    She could take a lesson from her husband. He’s always preaching about making the best of whatever life deals you.


  7. Tomek
    December 23rd, 2005 @ 11:27 pm

    These people are all talk. A really large profile pastor / preacher here in Australia is a good example. I watched a documentary about him with interviews and all that and at one point he talked about allegations of tax fraud. Well, at the end of the show, it said that after filming, the guy was found to be guilty of tax evasion / fraud or something along those lines. All that wealth he had seemed suspicious for a non-profit organisation after all. If he spent on himself he needed to pay tax.

  8. Mort Coyle
    December 24th, 2005 @ 12:04 pm

    These guys usually strike me as the antithesis of what Jesus, Peter, Paul, et al., were all about.

    On the other hand, check out this Newsweek story about Rick & Kay Warren:

  9. Innomen
    December 29th, 2005 @ 6:46 am

    About the MSNBC link. How dangerous is this guy? He gave away 90% of his cash, didnt get thrown off an airplane, and avoids televangalism. Also the list of goals is intresting to me. Elimination of “poverty, disease, egocentric leadership, spiritual emptiness, and illiteracy.”

    4 out of 5 isnt bad. :)

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