Saturday, August 09, 2008

just in case...

...you thought the world was starting to make sense. You have this.

Joel Osteen (God wants you to conquer the world, get rich, and live well) and his wife (I follow Joel everywhere) were flying (first class, of course) back in 2005.

Mrs. Osteen notices there's a liquid spilled on her armrest. Instead of grabbin' a wetnap or hanky out of her purse and swiping the bad boy up, she calls the stewardess. Asks her to do it. There's a misunderstanding. The woman accuses Mrs. Osteen of "grabbing Brown by the shoulders, elbowing her in the chest and pushing her out of the way in an attempt to get into the cockpit". Apparently, that's where they keep the napkins.

Joel obviously defends his wife, saying she never raised her voice or grabbed the attendent. But later agreed that he couldn't even hear his wife from where he was seated at the time.

So what's this lawsuit going through the court-system for? What could this flight attendent possibly be seeking?

"
Brown wants an apology and punitive damages amounting to 10 percent of Victoria Osteen's net worth as part of her lawsuit. Brown claims she suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder because of the incident and that her faith has been affected. She is also suing for counseling expenses."

Wow. Really? Not that it would affect the Osteen's financially really. After all, it's God's will that they continue to be ridiculously rich, and eat fresh buttered biscuits forever. But seriously?

An apology I can understand. Obviously SOMETHING happened, because the Osteen's were asked to leave the flight. (even though Joel says they left voluntarily. c'mon now...who volunteers to leave a flight going where they NEED to be?) But to seek millions of dollars, claiming depression and PTSD and a loss of faith from being asked, even if by force, to wipe up a spill? Whew.

I suppose it's not that we're raising our children so that they can "grow up" and become a part of this world. But perhaps that our children can help the world grow up.

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