Texas megachurch pastor Joel Osteen was among more than 60,000 people who marched in a Houston Black Lives Matter protest against the police killing of George Floyd.
“Despite Joel Osteen’s commendable action of marching with Floyd’s family, he hasn’t articulated positions on anti-Black racism, police brutality, and racial justice,” Faithfully Magazine Managing Editor Nicola A. Menzie observed on Twitter.
“Osteen pretty much [boils] it down to ‘loving each other’ with no mention of need for systemic changes or police accountability,” she added, describing a video interview in which the pastor expresses solidarity with his “Black brothers and sisters.”
In addition to leading a church that draws tens of thousands of attendees weekly, Osteen is the bestselling author of such books as Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential and The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today.
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