Joel Osteen on Protecting Marriage and Respecting Gay People


Last Sunday Joel Osteen was interviewed by Mike Wallace on FOX News:

WALLACE: Is being gay a sin?

J. OSTEEN: I believe the Scripture says that being gay is a sin. But, you know, every time I say that, Chris, I get people say, well, you are a gay hater and you're a gay basher. I'm not. I don't -- I don't dislike anybody. Gays are some of the nicest, kindest, most loving people in the world.

But my faith is based on what I believe the Scripture says and that's the way I read the Scripture.

WALLACE: So, do you think gays should have any of the rights of heterosexual couples, civil unions, marriage?

J. OSTEEN: I think we should discriminate against anybody. So, I think -- yes, I don't think there is an issue where somebody couldn't go visit a gay loved one in the hospital. I don't think that's right. They love each other.

So, I think there should be some. I'm not for gay marriage, but I'm not for discriminating against people.