Amazingly Elaborate Hoax Targets Megachurch Pastor
Joel Osteen has renounced his faith, online hoax claims
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2013 4:41 AM CDT
Updated Apr 9, 2013 7:42 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Somebody has put a massive amount of work into a hoax claiming that pastor Joel Osteen has renounced his faith and is resigning from the Texas megachurch his father founded, the Houston Chronicle reports. The hoax includes a fake Twitter feed, a YouTube video from "ChristianityNews" containing mockups of news websites trumpeting Osteen's loss of faith, and a fake website that looks similar to the pastor's own site.

"Deep down in my heart, for a number of years now, I have been questioning the faith, Christianity, and whether Jesus Christ is really my, or anyone's, 'savior,'" the fake Osteen writes, thanking his wife, his congregation, Texas, "and my close friends, Oprah Winfrey and Larry King," and pledging to devote his efforts to environmental issues from now on. Lakewood Church officials say they are aware of the hoax. NPR has tracked the website to an entity called BMG Enterprises in Milwaukee.

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Apr 10, 2013 11:57 AM CDT
If its a hoax, it's hilarious. If its not a hoax, its even MORE hilarious.
Apr 10, 2013 9:09 AM CDT
I saw that "ChristianityNews" one. It was a blog that had 3 other entries, all done within the last week. It was acting like it was reporting the news. Not terribly believable under ANY scrutiny. Then again, the only people who would care also actually believe the bible to be
Apr 9, 2013 7:27 PM CDT
It's about time. All that nonsense he spouted every week was getting olde.