Showing posts with label Misconduct. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Misconduct. Show all posts

September 6, 2017

You P* Smiling RevJoel Osteen, Be Warned! Your Jugular Would Be His Breakfast



Jacob Gardner, front right, preaches as he and Randall Valdez, left, Mark DeRouville, Matthew Martinez, Kevin Fessler, and Richard Trudeau waiting to be arraigned in Court



This is one of a few available cases surrounding the unchristian behavior of this pastor. With a permanently frozen smile, he went after 6 young guys who disagreed with his sermon on the bible and yelled at him with the corrections. It was not vandalism or young guys disrupting a service for the hell of it. They were following what Jesus did as written on the new testament.the correct verses.  Where these guys rude?  Probably; I don't know whether they tried in private to correct what this pastor was preaching from a book evangelicals know well. Still yelling the scriptures might have called for them to be escorted out and have the incident finished. Yes, they were escorted out but then Mr. Love and Permanent Smile (LPS) Joel had them arrested and with the pull, he has in a town in which he is pastor of a mega church, the authorities paid attention to him more than to the youngsters. This case should have not gone as far as it did. The Pastor had the church paying for court expenses but the youngsters did not have a church covering or so Pasto Joel thought.  They tried a variety of charges of which the defense was 'freedom of speech."
You know how the courts feel about any challenges to one of the main commandments of the Constitution.  I have the case as it happened below and the final disposition. With the Conduct of Pastor Joel Osteen on the hurricane, one looks at his past and see the same thing we saw what he did by not opening his church for the storm survivors until he had to.

                                                                       


 He showed in this incident that if you piss him he will come after you with lots of money and very little love or god involvement



It was religious speech - a warning that Joel Osteen was preaching falsehoods - that led to the arrest of six men who yelled out and shouted scriptures during a Sunday service last year at Lakewood Church, their lawyers said Tuesday.

The men were not committing crimes when they interrupted the service at the megachurch in the Greenway Plaza area of Houston, the lawyers said.

"The state is trying to make a crime out of a religious speech by these men," defense attorney Brad Loper said in opening statements Tuesday of the misdemeanor trial of four of the men. "They intended to warn people, whether you believe them or not, that Mr. Osteen was spreading false teachings."

The men, all of whom are members of a small church in the East Texas town of Wells, are charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing and causing a disturbance in the June 28, 2015, incident.
Prosecutors said security video would show the men intentionally caused a security problem by scattering themselves among the 12,000 parishioners in Lakewood's massive arena.

"One by one they stood up around the sanctuary and began belligerently yelling at Joel Osteen," said Assistant District Attorney Chelsi Honeycutt. "Belligerently and violently."

It was their volume, wildly swinging arms and refusal to stop that led security officers and church ushers to escort them from the premises, she said.

Ronald Crowell, head of Lakewood's security, testified Tuesday that numerous disturbances broke out every few minutes during the service. Prosecutors showed video pinpointing when each member can be heard shouting over Osteen's sermon.

Osteen made light of the disturbances at the time, encouraging the congregation to applaud if they were happy to be there and joking that the protesters could wait until after the service to tell him they love him.


The church is one of the largest Protestant congregation in the country, with 50,000 people attending services through the week.

"Everyone's welcome until they're not," Honeycutt told jurors. "Until they pose a security threat."

The men have publicly admitted they "raised up their voices to God" to protest Osteen, whom they have called a "charlatan" and "imposter."

Four of the men facing misdemeanor charges began trial Tuesday after County Court-at-Law Judge Bill Harmon unexpectedly put them at the top of the docket. They began trial in jeans, tennis shoes or boots and rough-hewn, button-down-collar shirts.

Two of the accused men had permission to miss what was supposed to be a routine docket call and are out of state.

All of them are represented by Loper and attorney Jon Stephenson.

By framing the issue as religious speech, the defense lawyers are expected to argue that the men were escorted out of the church because they were criticizing Osteen.

The group has issued a subpoena for Osteen to testify, but lawyers for the pastor have filed a motion to keep him out of court. They argue in court records that Osteen was too far from the disruption to see it and that the subpoena is just another way to harass the pastor.

The judge said he would rule Wednesday on whether Osteen has to appear. The trial is expected to last two days.

The men on trial are Kevin Fessler, 27; Mark DeRouville, 26; Matthew Martinez, 28; and Randall Valdez, 29. Two other men, Jacob Gardner, 27, and Richard Trudeau, 32, will likely face trial later this week. A seventh man from the church was also part of the protest, according to Gardner and other members of their church, but he slipped out without being arrested. {Houston Chronicle}

Disposition

Friday, June 24, 2016
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Charges against two remaining members of the Church of Wells accused of disrupting a service at Lakewood Church last year have been dismissed.
Today, we learned Jacob Garner and Richard Trudeau, who had been charged with criminal trespass, were cleared in the case, which stemmed from outbursts during a service at Lakewood Church in June of last year.
Earlier this week, four other men accused in the case -- Kevin Fessler, Matthew Martinez, Randall Valdez and Mark DeRouville - had their trespassing charges dismissed. They were also found not guilty of disrupting a meeting or procession.
Men cleared of wrongdoing in Osteen church heckling case
Jurors returned a not guilty verdict for four men who were facing charges in the heckling case against Pastor Joel Osteen.

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