Thursday, December 22, 2005

Victoria Osteen Responds

At the Ontario Empoblog I found Victoria Osteen's response to her being ousted off the Continental flight from Houston.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I know that many of you have seen the recent news report on our trip to Colorado. Let me begin by saying that I have received so many of your emails and notes encouraging me and expressing your love and support. Each one of you means so much to me and I love you all dearly.

Regardless of how some have portrayed the situation, please know that it was truly a minor misunderstanding and did not escalate into what you saw or read in the news. Contrary to those reports it was my choice to remove myself from the situation. Nonetheless, it was a most unfortunate event and I truly regret that it happened.

The last thing I would ever want to do is let any of you down. And I promise you that I did not act in any way that would cast a bad light on you, my family, Lakewood Church or our Lord Jesus Christ. I value the position that God has placed me in and I can assure you that I will always walk in love and integrity. While I am not perfect, I will always seek to be a peacemaker and seek the high road.

As many of you have told me, I know that God has me in the palm of His hand. My confidence in God is stronger than ever—and I know that He is faithful to His promises.

Thank you for standing with me and, in spite of what you’ve heard, thank you for believing the best in me. I know that God causes all things to work together for our good— and I truly believe that when faced with adversities we all emerge better and stronger than when we were before.

During this season, as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, Joel and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May peace and happiness embrace all of us and may 2006 be your best year ever.

She seems to be denying any fault at all. Despite the claims of witnesses and the FBI. What is glaringly missing is an apology to the other passangers who were delayed by her little temper tantrum. I can understand her not wanting to sit on a wet seat, but it could have been sopped up and had a blanket thrown over it to make the seat a little more comfortable. Victoria offers no explanations, just denials. Millions of people manage to fly every year and only a select few manage to get themselves tossed. Victoria seems to be one in a million.


On 12/23/2005 12:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not sure exactly what happened as I was not on the plane. However, if this is going to be splashed all over the newspaper, I think all of the facts should be revealed, i.e., what did the flight attendant ask Victoria to do? What exactly did Victoria refuse to do? Did the attendant have the authroity to make the decision to remove Victoria? Did Victoria ask to get off of the plane? Did Victoria run for the cockpit and bang on the door? Where was Joel & the children while all of this was going on? Tell all or shut up!

On 12/23/2005 03:47:00 PM, Blogger Liberty said...

I believe that many of the facts are pretty clear.
what did the flight attendant ask Victoria to do? What exactly did Victoria refuse to do?
Victoria asked the flight attendent to do something about a wet seat. It wasn't done to Victoria's satisfaction. Victoria got pissed got loud and banged on the cockpit door. Its safe to assume that all the stewardess could do was to sop up the seat and throw a blanket over the seat.
Did the attendant have the authroity to make the decision to remove Victoria? Did Victoria ask to get off of the plane?
By law all passanngers are required to follow any instructions by the crew. By reported accounts by the FBI Victoria was asked to leave and she complied. She was not physically removed. Her tantrum was about the wet seat, and her perceived attitude from the flight attendant.
Did Victoria run for the cockpit and bang on the door?
Eye witnesses have reported that this is exactly what she did. Passangers claimed they were frightened by her actions.
Where was Joel & the children while all of this was going on? Tell all or shut up!

Joel and the kids were were on the plane when this happened. He was not involved with the disturbance. Apparently they have better manners. They asked to leave the plane after shed had already disembarked. Most of your questions were ansered 2 post down on this blog.. What I want to know is why is it that people find it so hard to believe that someone who comes off in public as so sweet can be a spoiled bitch. We see actors who play such nice people on the tube, that are confirmed by the police records to be less than perfect. The main person who has something to say is Victoria, she has yet to issue a public apology to those passengers who were inconvienience by her little outburst. Her statement on her church website is an insult to those who had to put up with the results of her little temper tantrum.

On 12/24/2005 06:00:00 AM, Anonymous said...

Wet seat?

Brother, you shoulda seen my wet seat the first time I flew AeroMexico!

And I was flying first class, too, you could tell because the wash bucket with the coal fire, where the old lady was making the tortillas, was brand new!

On 12/27/2005 05:27:00 PM, Blogger Ontario Emperor said...

Now that I've thought about this a bit more, I guess the part that is disturbing is that Osteen believed that her ministry would be harmed if she were not perfect. A comparison with Swaggart is in order.

On 12/28/2005 11:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was not on the flight. I would be waiting for a hand written apology from Mrs. Osteen, for holding up my flight. That would be the Christian thing to do. Don't you think? What about taking responsibility for our actions? I am guessing at this point that she beleives that she is above this. I mean she got to her destination,why should she be bothered by the ones who missed connecting flights,and time.I thought that she would have been a bigger person. What a shame,I was starting to think they were really good people.

On 12/29/2005 06:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, Ms. Osteen did not accept responsibility for her actions. She clearly had a major part in this. The posting on the website should include her acceptance of her responsibility in this matter.

As a representative of the ministry, you do not hold up a plain over spilt water.

On 1/20/2006 01:29:00 AM, Blogger mitch said...

the only thing that is hard to understand is the fact that little mistakes a minister make will become a headline and a way to point fingers to prove that ministers really make mistakes....

please understand that a minister make mistakes as well and an imperfect person who has been saved by grace..

if in any way victoria osteens action became displeasing to others who echoe as ordinary as always, is she not worthy to be forgiven and to be understood at times...why should we keep on saying she should make a public apology?

Hey folks! she is a human being too..she is not Jesus not just like her because she appeared cute and nice on thankful that she became a Christian..

On 3/04/2006 07:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Basically.....this is a case of diva-ism.....just because someone is in the ministry....the more money they have the better they are used to.....she is pretty in the face (a little bloated) but not real based on Joel's stories of her and shopping and not being the helpmate she should be

On 4/09/2006 10:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have problem with Pastor Joelie and his big haired wanna be diva bitch wife, preaching the word of Jesus....who by the way, if I remember correctly said, "it is easier for a poor man than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven"...and here is Pastor Joelie and his dumb bell spoiled rich bitch wife sitting in FIRST CLASS...HOW? To go to one of Pator Joelies "church" things, one pays up to 80.00 a ticket. Gee...didn't Jesus say something about away your money to the poor.....
The two of them are two raging phonies...and she is a total bitch on top of it. Good luck to the dumb sheep who blow their money to listen to their talks. They are just meal tickets....or fans.


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