Rebel preacher man Jay Bakker simply can’t convince Joel Osteen to love the gays.

The men met last week to discuss mega-church leader Osteen’s offending silence on gay rights, a cause close to Bakker’s heart. Bakker, whose mother was gay icon Tammy Faye Mesner, traveled to Osteen’s church in Texas last week to raise the clownish pastor’s awareness of the universal gay plight.

In a surprising move, Osteen agreed to seat Bakker and activists during his Sunday sermon, but won’t budge on his anti-gay take:

In the end, Bakker said, Osteen was most gracious, had chairs reserved for the LGBT community Sunday morning and made time to meet after the 11 a.m. service.

During their chat, the two men agreed to disagree.

“I don’t think homosexuality is a sin, and they do,” Bakker said, “but it was very nice of Joel to introduce me to his family. I met Joel’s wife and mother, and they were just great. … I’m really grateful.”

And, in the end, Bakker still has the support of the gays, which we think is far more important than – well, just about anything in the universe.

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