Tyler Perry Donates $1 Million Towards Harvey Relief, And Defends Joel Osteen
Embed from Getty ImagesHipHollywood reports Tyler Perry joined a growing list of celebrities giving huge amounts of money to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Last Thursday (August 31, 2017) the famous playwright/director/actor, announced that he was donating $1 million to help with relief efforts. Reportedly the money will be divided between four different organizations. Each entity will get a $250k donation from Perry, to support and continue the relief efforts of their charities. Beyonce’s pastor, Bread of Life founder Rudy Rasmus, and megachurch televangelist Joel Osteen. Joel Osteen has been getting dragged all over social media, because he didn’t open his 16,000 seat, Lakewood church, to Houston citizens seeking refuge from Harvey’s rising flood waters. Osteen insists the accusations are completely false, and adamantly denies he turned people away during the storm. Hurricane Harvey has devastated the Southeast and Eastern portions of Texas. The storm flooded 30% of Houston, and catastrophic damage to smaller cities like Nome, Port Arthur, Dickerson, Bay Town and Beaumont. Emotions are running high. Since Harvey dropped record levels of rain, leaving thousands homeless. As Harvey beared down on Houston, it didn’t take long for chatter to crank up about Osteen’s church being closed. People started to question why the megachurch sat empty. One angry post led to another, and next thing he knew, the famous Houston pastor was being ripped to shreds all over social media.
Joel Osteen won’t open his church that holds 16,000 to hurricane victims because it only provides shelter from taxes. #HoustonStrong
— Alan Spencer (@MrAlanSpencer) August 28, 2017
[This is not my vid] @joelosteen's 16,800 seat, multi level #LakeWoodChurch is "flooded" alright… flooded with BULLSHIT! Meanwhile, there's #MattressMack in Houston letting people (and pets) take shelter in his furniture store and sleep for free on his merchandise! Respects! And big ups to the gentleman who filmed this (cred?)✊ #BeNotInhospitableToStrangers . . #ComradeSlim #FTW #JoelOsteen #texasstrong #prayfortexas #prayersfortexas #texas #hurricaneharvey #atheists #atheism #agnostic #freethinker #goodwithoutgod #jesus #harvey #hurricane #houston #twitter #megachurch #seperationofchurchandstate #hypocrite #prayer #pray #science #flood #flooding #blacklivesmatter
Victoria and I care deeply about our fellow Houstonians. Lakewood’s doors are open and we are receiving anyone who needs shelter. — Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) August 29, 2017
The Houston televangelist was stunned by the widespread outrage, and went into immediate damage control in an effort to silence the naysayers. Osteen interviewed with every major news outlet, trying to explain. Members of the Lakewood congregation also pushed back, and took to social media to try and explain what happened.
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Not that any of you naysayers, hypocrites, haters, and Pharisees deserve any explanation as to why Lakewood Church is not accessible to anyone. #Repost Now get back to more POSITIVE AND HELPFUL PURSUITS. #LakewoodChurch #joelosteen #JohnGray #HurricaneHarvey #Houston #Texas #Roadways #Flooding #CNN #HeadlineNews #FoxNews #Click2Houston #ABC13 #NewsOneNow #GMA
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