Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The smiley facade cracks

AP reports: "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.

The flight was delayed more than an hour while the Osteens' luggage was retrieved, Garcia said. The family took another flight to Colorado, where church spokesman Don Iloff said they were skiing Tuesday."


At 8:31 AM, Blogger mikevotes said...

The "Oasis of Love" Lakewood Baptist moved about a year ago from a large traditional site out on the edge of town, to a new site, about a mile from me.

They took over what used to be "the Summit," the building where the Houston Rockets pro basketball team used to play, a huge square ugly building.

And, in the last two weeks, the "Lakewood" logo has been moved away from the freeway side of the building to a much less prominent place to be replaced by this funky modern "Joel Olsteen" logo.

The whole thing is really pretty amazing if you see it.



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