Sunday, October 07, 2007


Televangelists and scandals seem to go hand in hand - A PERFECT FIT. Some of the list of televangelists con men includes Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, John Hagge, Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Ted Haggard, Benny Hinn, Garner Ted Armstrong and son Herbert, and Oral Roberts. This time, Roberts’ son, Richard, and his wife are apparently at the top of the heap of scumbags nowadays.

The ORU campus is famous for this sculpture of praying hands.
More like a symbol of "PREYing hands"

Just in from Associated Press: Scandal Brews at Oral Roberts University

TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 6) - Twenty years ago, televangelist Oral Roberts said he was reading a spy novel when God appeared to him and told him to raise $8 million for Roberts' university, or else he would be "called home."

Now, his son, Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts, says God is speaking again, telling him to deny lurid allegations in a lawsuit that threatens to engulf this 44-year-old Bible Belt college in scandal.

Richard Roberts is accused of illegal involvement in a local political campaign and lavish spending at donors' expense, including numerous home remodeling projects, use of the university jet for his daughter's senior trip to the Bahamas, and a red Mercedes convertible and a Lexus SUV for his wife, Lindsay.

She is accused of dropping tens of thousands of dollars on clothes, awarding nonacademic scholarships to friends of her children and sending scores of text messages on university-issued cell phones to people described in the lawsuit as "underage males."

At a chapel service this week on the 5,300-student campus known for its 60-foot-tall bronze sculpture of praying hands, Roberts said God told him: "We live in a litigious society. Anyone can get mad and file a lawsuit against another person whether they have a legitimate case or not. This lawsuit ... is about intimidation, blackmail and extortion."

San Antonio televangelist John Hagee, a member of the ORU board of regents, said the university's executive board "is conducting a full and thorough investigation."

Colleagues fear for the reputation of the university and the future of the Roberts' ministry, which grew from Southern tent revivals to one of the most successful evangelical empires in the country, hauling in tens of millions of dollars in contributions a year. The university reported nearly $76 million in revenue in 2005, according to the IRS.

Oral Roberts is 89 and lives in California. He holds the title of chancellor, but the university describes him as semi-retired, and his son presides over day-to-day operations on the campus, which had a modern, space-age design when it was built in the early 1960s but now looks dated, like Disney's Tomorrowland.

Cornell Cross II, a senior from Burlington, Vt., said he is looking to transfer to another school because the scandal has "severely devalued and hurt the reputation of my degree."

"We have asked and asked and asked to see the finances of our school and what they're doing with our money, and we've been told no," said, Cross who is majoring in government. "Now we know why. As a student, I'm not going to stand for it any longer."

The allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by three former professors. They sued ORU and Roberts, alleging they were wrongfully dismissed after reporting the school's involvement in a local political race.

Richard Roberts, according to the suit, asked a professor in 2005 to use his students and university resources to aid a county commissioner's bid for Tulsa mayor. Such involvement would violate state and federal law because of the university's nonprofit status. Up to 50 students are alleged to have worked on the campaign.

The professors also said their dismissals came after they turned over to the board of regents a copy of a report documenting moral and ethical lapses on the part of Roberts and his family. The internal document was prepared by Stephanie Cantese, Richard Roberts' sister-in-law, according to the lawsuit.

An ORU student repairing Cantese's laptop discovered the document and later provided a copy to one of the professors.

It details dozens of alleged instances of misconduct. Among them:

A longtime maintenance employee was fired so that an underage male friend of Mrs. Roberts could have his position.

Mrs. Roberts - who is a member of the board of regents and is referred to as ORU's "first lady" on the university's Web site - frequently had cell-phone bills of more than $800 per month, with hundreds of text messages sent between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. to "underage males who had been provided phones at university expense."

The university jet was used to take one daughter and several friends on a senior trip to Orlando, Fla., and the Bahamas. The $29,411 trip was billed to the ministry as an "evangelistic function of the president."

Mrs. Roberts spent more than $39,000 at one Chico's clothing store alone in less than a year, and had other accounts in Texas and California. She also repeatedly said, "As long as I wear it once on TV, we can charge it off." The document cites inconsistencies in clothing purchases and actual usage on TV.

Mrs. Roberts was given a white Lexus SUV and a red Mercedes convertible by ministry donors.

University and ministry employees are regularly summoned to the Roberts' home to do the daughters' homework.

The university and ministry maintain a stable of horses for exclusive use by the Roberts' children.

The Roberts' home has been remodeled 11 times in the past 14 years.

Tim Brooker, one of the professors who sued, said he fears for the university's survival if certain changes aren't made.

"All over that campus, there are signs up that say, `And God said, build me a university, build it on my authority, and build it on the Holy Spirit,"' Brooker said. "Unfortunately, ownership has shifted."

It seems that God has gotten involved in this lawsuit because according to Richard Roberts, God had spoken to him and advised him to answer the allegation. He told the students and professors gathered at the service about what God said, “‘We live in a litigious society. Anyone can get mad and file a lawsuit against another person whether they have a legitimate case or not. This lawsuit is not about wrongful termination, it is about intimidation, blackmail, and extortion.”

Just how many idiots believe this slimeball? Can't they see the con staring at them right smack in their faces?

I'm sure Richard Roberts will tell the judge that he must drop the charges or God will call him home.
Oral Roberts' Son Says God Telling Him to Deny Scandal Charges

Richard Roberts, son of televangelist Oral Roberts and current president of his father's university, says he is being told by God to deny charges being laid against him by three former professors, involving political favors and personal indulgences.

He's accused of using the school's jet to send his daughter to the Bahamas and buying two luxury cars. Also, his wife for spending thousands on clothes, nonacademic scholarships to family friends, and using school cellphones to text "underage males."

"We have asked and asked to see the finances of our school and what they're doing with our money, and we've been told no. Now we know why. As a student, I'm not going to stand for it any longer," said a student, who plans on transferring.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Gloomy Future or Hoax Like the Y2K?

Do you want to see something Gloomy? Watch This:

For the pessimists in some of us, Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

I am a Pastafarian

I am a believer of the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster! I am a true Pastafarian. I was skeptical at first, but the gospel is true. I was touched by his noodly appendages. BELIEVE! All you have to do is believe.

The Earth is created by TFSM. Here is proof:

This is a local news report from OzarksFirst in Missouri regarding the FSM.

Soon this religion will have an impact on our way of life.

FSM has been a running gag for some time. Catch up the latest happenings with the church. Come and visit the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

RAmen to our God and all his creations, let us all be touched by His noodly appendages! RAmen....

Monday, October 01, 2007

I am Free!

I am a Dawkins fan. I first read his book, "A Blind Watchmaker," in late 1988 when I was pregnant with my second daughter. Like Darwin's "The Origin of Species," it was not an easy read if you have been fed with creationism bullshit ever since you can remember. However, Dawkins' book was a lot more interesting read and it peaked my curiosity and introduced me to a facinating world of natural selection. (At that time, I was so afraid I'd be sent to hell because I was reading a book against God. That was how fucked up I was, it instilled in me fear of an eye in the sky looking at my every movement, mistakes will send me to eternal damnation).

Although I was already doubting the existence of God, It took me another 3 years to finally admit that I do not believe in the existence of a god. It was a process of unlearning what you learned all those years and re-learning by way of thinking for yourself, to finally admit, "faith is the absence of reason" and the bible is actually just made up fables and mythology.

I don't know how many Atheists feel this way. I can only say, now I am free. I feel free. I have never been happier.

I posted this for me. However, if any of you just happen to stop by, I suggest you watch it.

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