After feeling overwhelming pressure to open its doors to house thousands in need of relief, Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church tripped over another PR landmine.
Apparently, someone thought it’d be a great idea to pass around collection plates during services on Wednesday (August 30), even though the audience consisted of hundreds of people who lost their homes, belongings and even loved ones.
There’s actually video proof of this, too. Below is video of the service and at the end, you can see the collection plates start to make their way to the audience.
This comes after the aforementioned first blunder, which had Lakewood initially denying folks in need of shelter access to the church because they claimed it was flooding. Subsequently, locals did their own investigation and called BS on all excuses, which then publicly forced the church to open its doors.
Joel Osteen's big stack of collection$$$ plates. pic.twitter.com/lY5rYKR2bH— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) September 3, 2017
See reaction from social media over the collection plates below.
-Joel Osteen’s Megachurch Just Handed Out Collection Plates To Hurricane Eva— 👑 (@Bubba_sauce) September 3, 2017
-Man this Betta not be true or I'm done with church.
Yup. It was total manipulation of those poor people which she timed just right with the collection plates— Marcia Juell (@marciajuell) September 4, 2017
I saw where they were passing around collection plates to the evacuees at Osteen's "church!" People who had lost everything.— SuznG (@therealsuzn) September 3, 2017
JOEL OSTEEN WAS PASSING OUT COLLECTION PLATES TO HURRICANE SURVIVORS. I WANT MY ROUND @JoelOsteen— KEY$ensei (@DeadbeatDAD_12) September 3, 2017
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