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Joel Osteen Is Doing Damage Control This Morning

Just a big misunderstanding, he says.
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Joel Osteen was out doing damage control this morning, and he appeared on Good Morning America to say his Lakewood Church had offered shelter to hurricane victims.

The 16,800-seat church was closed until Tuesday afternoon, and Osteen was hounded on Twitter and Facebook as a result.

“The narrative is that we didn’t want to take people in or we didn’t open in time, you know, it’s totally not true,” he said.

“We were here for people, we were a shelter, we were taking people as soon as the floodwaters receded, when several people came here, to take them in.”

How about that? "Several" people. As opposed to hundreds, or thousands.

He was ready for the photo op, showing off donated piles of towels and diapers.

“The city has a shelter four miles from here,” Olsteen said. “We work with the city all the time, and when their shelter was totally full, they started bringing people over here, and here are again today doing it like we did in 2001, when we housed 3,000 people. So I don’t know — I think somebody created that narrative, that somehow we were high and dry, and none of that is true. This building was a safety issue, and we took people in from the very beginning.”

“We were fearing that it would flood. The last thing we would do is put people in it right at the beginning but, yeah, you know, we would probably be, you know, do some things differently, obviously.”

So he's got a plausible narrative, and maybe he's even telling the truth.

On the other hand, this is someone who says "send me money and God will bless you with money, too."

We report, you decide.

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