Ephesians 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold nor thy servant an elbow to the tatas.”

I’ve been watching with some amusement the lawsuit over the “unfortunate misunderstanding” involving Victoria Osteen and flight attendant Sharon Brown. As I’m sure you recall (because you also get a guilty pleasure from seeing the mighty stumble, admit it), in 2005 Her Holiness allegedly lost it on an airplane when flight attendants did not work quickly enough to remove a small spill from her seat. Not her ass, her seat. Got it?According to Brown’s testimony Osteen became verbally and physically abusive to both flight attendants, eventually grabbing Brown by the shoulders, elbowing her in the chest and pushing her out of the way in an attempt to get into the cockpit. (Perhaps she was expecting the captain to clean up the spill, described to be the size of a half-dollar. Which is interesting, since most of us haven’t even seen a half-dollar in decades.) In any case, the FAA was sufficiently impressed that they fined Victoria Osteen $3,000 for interfering with a crew member. In real terms, that’s probably 2 seconds worth of tithes received at the Osteen’s Lakewood Church.

Brown says she has suffered depression and post-traumatic stress disorder because of the incident. She also felt disrespected in her role as a leader and as a black woman and had her faith affected.  I have to wonder how traumatized she might be if she actually experienced a real on-board catastrophe, such as a crash landing or a sudden loss of cabin pressure. Aren’t flight crews trained to deal with assholes? Like that one who sat next to you the last time you flew?

Ms. Osteen needs to get over herself. Perhaps, if she loses the suit, the Court should sentence her to fly coach for the next year.


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