I really enjoyed watching this interaction between Larry King and Joel Osteen/Victoria Osteen for one reason: It’s awkward as hell.
Just like Rick Warren, Joel just can’t bring himself to say he absolutely opposes gay marriage. So he tries to work around it and he fails.
Here’s what journalists need to do: keep questioning Christian leaders on their position on this issue. Don’t let them hedge around it. They obviously have an opinion. They can’t have the best of both worlds. Get them on record as saying they’re against it (if that’s the case, which it probably will be).
Then, let that statement spread.
When gay marriage becomes as commonplace as interracial marriage, their opposition to equal rights will come back to haunt them. Better for everyone else.
Also, if anyone want to make a really popular YouTube video, I suggest making a compilation of all the Joel Osteen clips in which he says “I don’t know” or “I don’t understand” or “I never think about that.”
(For the record, I actually like Osteen’s sermons. He normally doesn’t get into political issues, so yay for that. But if he wants to comment on social issues, he should be taken to task for what he says.)