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October 4th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

Joel Osteen: "We stand with the Israeli people. Our hearts go out to the Palestinian people as well"

Pastor and author Joel Osteen is the guest on "Piers Morgan Tonight" for the hour, and he talks about whether he could ever see himself voting for a Jewish president. "Sure I could vote for a Jewish candidate, that's how our faith was started," he tells Piers Morgan. How about a Muslim president? "I think I could [but] 90% of America is Christian so I'm pretty sure I'd find somebody that more shares my beliefs."

Osteen also talked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"It's a difficult situation," said Osteen. "We stand with the Israeli people. Our hearts go out to the Palestinian people as well."

Osteen's wife, Victoria Osteen, talked about their recent trip to Israel. "The people are very solid, they're very peaceful," she said. "We found it fascinating."

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  1. maggie

    who cares what Osteen thinks! He's obnoxious

    October 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mark morris

      Hi Maggie. Osteen is not only obnoxious, he is 100% fraud. He tells people what he thinks they want to hear.He does not want to lose followers, because that means money. He uses the name of Jesus Christ only to make himself a multimillionaire. And that sickly permanent grin is always there, because he is thinking of his ever increasing bank account. Mark.

      October 5, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Craig Smith

    Still allowed to bash to all and judge ye not...jesus says shame on you!!!

    October 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Craig Smith

    Piers..I can't believe that you would insult Amanda Knox's verdict...clearly, the killer confessed, his sperm, blood, fingerprints were all over the murder scene. He's serving 16 yrs...why do you and the British press ignore the evidence...

    October 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Marshall Paul

    I just heard an agreement that everybody would be happier if they lived in a Soweto slum. Uh, didn't I?

    October 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Doc

    Joel bobbled the ball on the death penalty. He just says what people want to hear. Shame on you Joel.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lisa in Laurel

      I totally concur! If you proclaim to preach the gospel, you have to do it boldly like Apostle Paul... never mind the critics.

      October 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mark morris

      Hi Doc. I would just like to say that I agree with you. Mr Osteen never commits himself completely to anything important, for fear of losing followers, which means MONEY to him. He is a 100% fraud. Jesus Christ said 'you cannot serve me & mammon' Mr Osteen is a multimillionaire. He believes ONLY in MONEY, and nothing else. A true Christian was Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She got her hands dirty, and she worked directly with the poor, and made NO money. I doubt if Osteen even believes in God. Mark.

      October 5, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Lisa in Laurel

    Piers: How did you let Mr. Osteen off the hook about capital punishment? You should've asked him, "What would you have done when they put Jesus to death?" Wasn't He a victim of capital punishment at the hand of liars?

    October 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. P. Fragopoulos

    I feel Piers continued to attack Victoria in particular. He would talk on top of her without hearing her full comment for most of the program. Disrespectful.
    Why doesn't Joel change his view because society has changed? Because God's Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
    Joel's refusal to make a definitive statement is equally Biblical in not judging. We are to judge sin.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Cheryl

    Since when did interviewing consist totally of pinning interviewee to the wall on every controversial subject possible. Piers showed no respect. Maybe Larry King could teach him how to conduct a professional interview.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Uskids

    Very disappointed in Joel Olsteen. A man of God, with a huge following, to claim not to know about the Mormon religion, shows incredible ignorance! A man of his stature, has an obligation to know the basic values and tenants of the wolds major religions. He is either ignorant or avoiding. A disappointment. I used to think highly of him.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mookie


    October 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mookie

      Exactly, Piers did a good job in trying to get Osteen to answer any controversial question. Osteen avoided every question – not what Jesus would do.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Lisa in Laurel

        Mookie, I TOTALLY concur! Jesus was out to win any popularity contests, boost His ratings, or build a financial empire!

        October 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    Piers is a moron and will try and get his guests to say something controversial just for the publicity instead of letting them tell their own stories. The garbage about the death penalty is abysmal. When people stop murdering millions of unborn children every year who have 100% never committed a crime vs a couple hundred who have not only been proved to have committed a major atrocity, but have gone through a number of subsequent trials and an average of 14 years between the original verdict and the actual putting to death. There have been possibly a couple that may have been put to death erroneously (though I don't know of any proof), but we all know many actual murderers who have gone free. The argument that they can be converted is so sick and disgusting when the people they killed ended up with 0% chance of doing anything.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. BB

    Osteen couldn't make decisions for most questions, and apparently timid, occasionally disgusting, and has double standards. Very unworldly and unaware of what is really going on in the world. He should not be invited anymore to interviews

    October 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mark morris.

      Steve. Exactly, Joel is extremely careful not to upset anyone. Fof instance, abortion is a very profound topic, but Osteen sits on the fence, saying "well I think it's wrong, but I can't tell a Woman what to do with her own boby".He talks like this because he knows that out there, there are very many who support abortion, & upsetting those people will cause a loss of revenue for his lifestyle. He speaks this way on most controversial issues. He wants to be loved, and trusted, and I'm afraid that people are falling for his fake perma smile, and his beautifyl message, a message which he cherry picks from the Bible.He NEVER speaks of God's anger, and his hard lessons in the Bible. Mark

      October 7, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Christian Man

    Why not the opposite Osteen? Why not we stand with the Palestinian people, while our hearts go out to the Israeli? And why would you vote for a Jewish but not a Muslim? And you stressed the BELIEVES, does Judaism have same BELIEVES like Christianity? Did you read enough before being in your position? Somebody send him this message PLEASE!!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mark morris.

      With Osteen everything is to do with making as much money as he can, for HIMSELF. In America there are so many, many more Jews than Palestinians. He does not want to upset the Jewish population. Less money coming in. He speaks nicely of the Palestinians because he does not want to soil his dubious reputation and be seen as a racist. All these collections in his massive Church went to build a house worth $1,500,000. THAT'S SERVING MAMMON, NOT GOD. I don't think he even believes in God, but money, now that's a different thing.He should follow the example of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Mark.

      October 7, 2011 at 5:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Peter

    Could you vote for a Jewish candidate?
    Osteen: “SURE! Jews, that’s how our faith started, they are God’s chosen people in the scripture”
    Could you vote for a Muslim candidate?
    Osteen: “well, I I think, I think I could, but a a I’d have to look it all, you know e e e it’s so hypothetical, because 90% of America is Christians”… “so it’s hard for me to go there”
    WOW! Is this our Christianity and is this America? Please let Osteen represent himself only

    October 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mark morris

      Joel Osteen really does not want to upset anyone. instead of saying 'no, I don't want a Muslim President', he dithers. Joel Osteen does not want to upset anyone because he might lose followers, & followers means MONEY to him. His God is money, and he will say & do anything to keep it that way. His Millionaires lifestyle proves this. He is a fraud, & an insult to Jesus Christ.

      October 7, 2011 at 4:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Velvet

    You've got to be kidding me-it's so trapnsarnetly clear now!

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  18. David Christie

    Hahaha.. What a brazen and unrepentant fake, phony and low-down fraud this grinning fool is. He goes to Israel glad handing and schmoozing with criminals who are perpetrating the most repressive and egregious human rights abuses since Apartheid South Africa.. who – as I write this – are threatening their neighbors with another war. Yet, he totally ignores the thousands of Christians who are the long suffering victims of these maniacs, corralled behind the walls and razor wire of ghettos that Israel keeps them bottled up in while they conduct an ethnic cleansing campaign.. And the obnoxious, arrogant dummy, Piers, never ever points out the flagrant and obscene hypocrisy... Gee.. I wonder whom Jesus would have been far more likely to visit. Osteen is a clown.

    September 24, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • mark morris.

      To me, Joel Osteen is in it for the money, and the money only. Look to our lady of Calcutta. She was a real Christian, she was poor, and happy to preach the word of God. Osteen is a multi millionaire. Jesus said, you can't serve God and mammon. Osteen is 100% fake. He grins all the time, thinking of all the money he has falsely aquired.

      September 24, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. TLC

    This faker makes Bill Clinton look like a small time potato salad thief at local picnics.

    April 9, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply

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