As a Catholic school 5th grader in the heavy metal days of 1985, I was given a stern warning for flashing the “Hang Loose” hand signal, which according to my principal was a bit too reminiscent of the universally known sieg heil to Satan. This past weekend, megachurch pastor Joel Osteen found himself in a similar predicament for flashing the real deal, thanks to some of his occult-wary fans on Twitter.
As reported by The Christian Post, Osteen and his wife Victoria were attending their son’s graduation from the University of Texas this weekend, when he posted a photo of himself and his son taking part in the time-honored tradition of flashing the “Hook’em Horns” hand sign.
— Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) May 20, 2017
Among the generally good-natured and congratulatory comments, some worried the presence of a potentially devilish signal could send the wrong message.
— GowinDgospelRapper (@GoWinDrapper) May 25, 2017
— SABATO FAUSTINUS (@Sabato_Oukoo) May 20, 2017
— Natalia (@Sandragdg) May 20, 2017
— askofu indimuli (@ian_indimuli) May 20, 2017
— Christopher Pewl (@ChrisPoool) May 21, 2017
— Jesse Samson (@JesseSamson4) May 20, 2017
Victoria Osteen only fanned the flames by posting a photo of herself and her son flashing the horns. Some demanded to know if hailing Satan was a family affair:
— Victoria Osteen (@VictoriaOsteen) May 20, 2017
— Oyola Kiasa (@sir_oyola) May 20, 2017
— Isaac Hogg (@isaachogg) May 21, 2017
— Saheer.E (@SaheerHilliyas) May 21, 2017
— sylvia leal (@realeal) May 23, 2017
Featured image via Twitter