Why did America’s biggest megachurch take so long to shelter Harvey victims?

Spokesman dismisses ‘haters’ who he says dislike Joel Osteen, pastor facing widespread criticism after Lakewood church was slow to react to hurricaneTowers of diaper boxes were stacked so high and so densely that it looked like someone was trying to build a scale model of Manhattan. Pillows were piled up against a wall, a supermarket aisle’s worth of toiletries were on offer and a medical team waited for the wounded and the sick at a triage desk. Outsize, the needy lined up by the dozen to enter.But what took so long? For his church’s slow reaction to tropical storm Harvey, Joel Osteen, the celebrity pastor of America’s biggest megachurch, has found himself the target of a barrage of online criticism. Continue reading…

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