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.


At 11/02/2007 03:17:00 AM, Blogger hungrykong said...

Honestly, my awakening began when I started to read articles about atheism. Science indirectly contradicting the existence of a supernatural being and the scandals brought by the various sectors of the catholic order compounded the situation. It was difficult for me to accept the fact that there is another side to consider. It haunted me at night to the brink of madness knowing that I am one of those who actually fell off the wagon on a path to salvation. Now it's not just a question of faith but if a god really exist. Who am I kidding? Everyone with a positive frame of mind should understand that all these are just illusions created by man to accomplish his ulterior motives and keeping man in place by injecting fear like, "Burn in the eternal fires of hell". What bothered me the most is the fact that the so called god has a hand in every detail. For instance, If something good occurred, "God willed it". If there's a catastrophe, "God is testing us". If somebody gave us a second chance, "God moves in mysterious ways". Come to think of it, if there is a god then he must be a sadist considering all the tests he's giving us. I'm a husband and a father of two intelligent kids. They firmly believed in the existence of god. I don't want to be the one to tell them that what they learned about divinity are false and pretentious. I made my choice and I want them to make their own. In fact, I don't want anybody to use me as an excuse to defy whatever they believe. I want them to find the truth as they go through the process of natural reasoning. Just like you, I was born, raised, and practiced as a roman catholic....but hey... I grew up! Thanx 'tol

At 11/26/2007 04:03:00 PM, Blogger CrypticLife said...

Somehow, I'm betting Richard Roberts is still retaining counsel, even though he claims to being advised by a deity.

Funny how that works.


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