Houston televangelist and pastor at the Lakewood megachurch Joel Osteen has been largely MIA from the response to Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Southeast Texas over the weekend.
He’s come under fire for shuttering his taxpayer-funded, former NBA arena church to those seeking refuge, dubiously using “flooding” as an excuse — even though plenty of images show otherwise — and is already seeking donations for his church and a shady partner organization run by fellow controversial evangelist Franklin Graham (Osteen’s* net worth is more than $56 million and fundraising is a large component of Lakewood Church) to provide unspecified aid.
Meanwhile, local Muslims and Muslim civic associations are out in the community providing aid to those in need, fundraising via a legitimate international disaster relief organization and several mosques have opened as public shelters.
— MuslimYouthUSA (@MuslimYouthUSA) August 28, 2017
Human rights activist, author and Muslim educator Qasim Rashid noted the juxtaposition.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) August 28, 2017