September 20th, 2012
01:41 PM ET

soundoff (795 Responses)
  1. jms

    gay smells like poo, str8 smells good

    September 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  2. jms

    if you dont choose it, then its r@pe?

    September 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  3. jms

    2weinerz is not good, poop goes out, nothing posed to go in, its designed to go in the magical v and not the bung

    September 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • JayzLookin

      You make a good point, jms.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  4. Russ

    Evolution created man, man created religion. Period.

    September 30, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  5. Sony Bozo & Chair

    Joel kept dancing around the question ; like Jerky Sandusky in Bob Costa interview

    September 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • JayzLookin

      Poor fella wasn't allowed to answer the questions thrown at him, because the interviewers kept interrupting him!

      October 1, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  6. Judy75201

    If there is nothing wrong with being gay, there is nothing wrong with choosing to be gay.

    Get over it.

    September 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Elbonian

      While some may "choose" to be gay, I really doubt that all do. There are examples of "gay" animals in many different species, and I doubt that any of them "choose" to be "gay" as they don't have human brains and thus no human "free will." Instead, we view animals as operating largely on "instinct" and if a "gay instinct" can be found in many species of animals, then why not in humans too?

      September 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • jms

      an animal will hump a pillow

      September 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  7. Judy75201

    You can chose how you behave.

    September 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Which is relevant how, exactly ?

      September 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Diz

      I'm thinking you must have meant choose..? Maybe it's true what they say about the religion/intelligence correlation..

      September 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  8. Kipling

    Joel Osteen should declare the Word of God boldly and let the chips fall where they may. The job of the preacher is not to "lift people up" but to correctly preach the Word o God and call people to repentence. Osteen needs to decide whether he will be faithful to God or court worldly success by "staying in his lane."

    September 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Ed


      September 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  9. alan

    credit where it's due: Joel comes off well in this interview. He let's that one annoying fella interrupt him, put words in his mouth and demand he 'lend his voice' to the cause of gay marriage, and all without ever taking the bait. I can certainly see why he's popular.

    Nicely done Mr. Osteen. You stepped willingly into the lions den and you were neither prey nor fighter.

    September 29, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  10. SixDegrees

    Joel Osteen is a pervert.

    September 29, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • alan

      [citation needed]

      September 29, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  11. Sydney

    i'm glad Olsteen agrees with God and calls it what it is, SIN ??? Think about what two men do and then tell me it is not Sin ??? You can't say it is not sin with a straight face when you know it is an awful act ??? In Romans God says it is an abomination, and that sounds like sin to me !!!!!!

    September 29, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • I'm a better Sydney than you are

      Get off it, Sydney. Your wacky god also wants you to do animal sacrifice too.

      Actually your god doesn't exist. Stop being such a bigoted putz and get with the times.

      September 29, 2012 at 8:10 am |
    • alan

      I'll take the bait. When I think of sin I think of causing harm to others. I can't agree that an expression of love is a sin. And the fact that you were raised to be horrified by it doesn't make for a compelling argument that others should. If a person looks inside themselves and asks what 'sin' is and doesn't define it by what they've been told God believes, then I think they must tie it to the notion of harm. And love is the opposite of harm. (And claiming your sensibilities are harmed by in immoral act is just the weakest kind of word-smithing and circular reasoning).

      September 29, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Shepherd

      Call it what you want Sydney, but the fact is, SIN only exists within religion. Marriage, however, can exist outside of religion. One can go to a justice of the peace and get legally married, without religion getting involved. It's only a SIN if you subscribe to the dogma of a religious group. I don't have religion, therefore, you can never tell me that anything within your dogma is universal. A gay couple getting married has no impact on your religion if everyone within your religion subscribes to it's beliefs. So why must you try to make your beliefs universal...to impact the lives of those that don't hold the same beliefs??? Instead, concentrate on the problems within your religion, not on the problems you can create with your religion.

      September 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • JayzLookin

      You make a good point, Sydney.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  12. Bawi

    Why these people are trying to Judge Joel Osteen ? What I see is they are trying to attack Joel Osteen .the guy who interview Joel Osteen is more like trying to be smart ? . Be careful how you live ? what you say. ? these CNN interviewers are trying to put Pastors to mistakes . respect pastors thy are God's chosen people . Pastors should not answer News Reporter interview . if you are christian read your bible . don't put God, scripture how you want and how you think . Do and follow what scripture says .

    September 29, 2012 at 2:28 am |
    • Rawalipundit

      Baloney. If greasy losers like Osteen and all his child abuser colleagues can't take the heat, they picked a wrong profession. Part of the job is public appearance, and if like Osteen you can't even stand up because of the oil slick from your hair, you are a greasy loser no matter how much money you milked the sheeple for.

      September 29, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • alan

      I'm not a christian, but you are correct. In this interview It's Mr. Osteen who emerges with the most credit. Agree with him or not, he's the most likable character in that interview by far. If you don't agree then you didn't watch it.

      September 29, 2012 at 11:01 am |
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    September 29, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • alan

      Hilarious. Perfect page to put this nonsense as the readership of anything to do with pastor Joel is bound to have a high Nonsense tolerance factor!

      September 29, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Rob

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      September 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  14. Giao Hoan

    Slick just like Teddy before 😉

    September 28, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  15. Marsha

    What a wishy washy "Christian"! Is he serious? "Stay in my lane?" "Don't really undstand this stuff?" Give me a break! Sin is Sin...call it what it is and stand up and be a man, stick with your beliefs! This man makes me sick and DOES NOT SPEAK for the Christian God of the Bible. He speaks for himself. He wants to please everyone and is all sunshine and roses. The bible NEVER promised life would be so happy go lucky. Good Grief!

    September 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Rob

      There is no god.

      September 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • John

      Marsha, put your apron over your nekked body and get back in the kitchen. God said it was your place.

      September 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Tammy

      John ...

      oops, wrong p0rno flick.

      September 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Me

      Christians are bullied all the time by LGTB people everyday. I dont believe it is a good lifestyle but if I say so I get attacked.
      We need more people to stand up for freedom of religion. Why dont they get some Muslim guys up there and see how they feel...to scared I guess. They say that LGTB people should be put to death Interview them CNN

      September 29, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • alan

      Hopefully everyone speaks for themselves. No-one should presume to speak for God. No-one should presume to know the mind of God. The best we can do is follow our conscience and hope it is aligned with God.

      September 29, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • jkflipflop

      "When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment."

      -Exodus 21:7

      September 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  16. marykate

    No wonder CNN has terrible ratings. How about reporting on BAD economy, terrorist that killed the ambassador, national debt, fast and furious, no jobs, mortgage crisis, government bailouts,and on and on and on...................

    September 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


      perhaps you need to look at the news page?

      September 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • alan

      Do you complain whenever anyone talks about a topic that you believe isn't as important as another topic? You can't be much fun at parties. 😉

      September 29, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • redhedplus

      You are kidding, right?? You're saying that a topic that is not only affecting the lives of thousands of our fellow Americans, much less entire political parties is not relevant??? I have to admit that, as a former pastor, Joel Osteen's demeanor/message/etc does stick in my craw, but come on. What did JESUS say??? Love God with all your heart and mind and soul, and your neighbor as yourself. Far as my Bible goes, I don't think Jesus excluded LGBT, Muslim, Jews, Hindi, Buddists, black, white, purple or green. So let's love, and be loved, and let others love as well. Please.

      September 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  17. Dave

    I have to say this, "DUH!" What did the reporter think the answer would've been? How stupid is the reported. Here's a tip, next time go ask an Athiest if he believes in God and see what the response you'll get. Dee Da Dee reporting at it's best. Come on CNN, you can do better than that....

    September 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  18. Margaret

    I hate these interviews where a question is asked and then the person being interviewed isn't given a chance to answer. Constant, constant interruptions! I am not particularly a fan of this clergyman, and I know what my opinion on this issue is, but it would have been nice to actually get a chance to hear a debate, or an answer, or even a complete sentence.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • Mel Ramsey

      Exactly, let the man finish a sentence !!!

      September 28, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Mitsy

      I agree. I'm not a Joel Osteen fan either but that one dude was totally rude. Trying to put someone on the defensive all the time doesn't always make a good dialogue. In fact, it defeats the purpose of having him on the show to begin with. The anchor woman should have stepped in.

      September 28, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  19. Pete

    I routinely beat off to lesbians but really look down upon gay men. There is a world of difference between the two. One is acceptable and the other is not

    September 28, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Majav

      I am a gay man but I look like a lesbian. Does that count?

      September 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  20. dataman

    His wife is a hottie. Sure would be a waste if he were gay.

    September 28, 2012 at 6:33 am |
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