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Old 10-06-2007, 08:24 AM   #1
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Scandal growing at Oral Roberts University

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/artic..._1__Inres01606
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Old 10-06-2007, 04:05 PM   #2
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Alriight my city's made FYM!

It's a very interesting story to say the least. Will be even more interesting to see the outcome of the audit. Very disappointing if the claims against him are true.
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I'd love to see Pat Robertson or the Heritage Foundation audited.

Talk about wolves in sheep's clothing....
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I'm not surprised. So many of these big shot evangelists are dishonest.
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Richard Roberts is going to be on Larry King Live tonight.

Local news reported that The National Council for Community Empowerment delivered a letter to Roberts today on behalf of some students requesting his resignation.

I think it's a bit early for that since they haven't even proved if the allegations or true or not. Not so sure he would even if it is proven that he misspent the money.

Will be interesting to see how he reacts and responds on CNN tonight.
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Bleh. I'm not sure what to think now. I'm not overly impressed by any of the people involved. Some of the answers the Robert's gave tonight did seem fairly logical but they were still rather fishy. And now after briefly hearing the professors invovled, they seem daft and not so innocent either. Perhaps they all deserve each other.
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I lost respect for the guy when he pulled the "if you don't give me 13 million dollars the Lord will call me home" and sat up in the tower waiting for people to call in and give him money. Anything after that is just gravy. He's bonkers and so is anyone who believes him IMO.
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Which one did that Richard or Oral?
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Which one did that Richard or Oral?
That was Oral. He did that 20 years ago. He said God would call him home if the money didn't come in for some new building or something.
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Yeah I thought it was him..it worked I guess lol.
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NEW YORK -- Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts and his wife, Lindsay Roberts, denied on Tuesday that they had misused university money, allegations made against them in a lawsuit a week ago. The couple gave their first interview since the lawsuit was filed as they rode Tuesday in ORU's leased 1979 Hawker 700 plane en route to New York City for an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live."

A Tulsa World reporter and photographer and an AP reporter accompanied the Robertses to New York. The World made arrangements to pay for the cost of transporting its personnel.

On the show, King asked the couple to address the claims in the lawsuit point-by-point, beginning with the allegation that Richard Roberts, president of ORU, required professor Tim Brooker to make his students help with a Tulsa mayoral campaign in 2006.

"I didn't ask or coerce anybody to do that. That's not true," Richard Roberts responded.

Brooker is among three former Oral Roberts University professors who on Oct. 2 filed suit against the school and four administrators, including Roberts, alleging wrongful termination and wrongful causing of one professor's resignation.

The professors said they lost their jobs because they turned over to administrators a report that alleged that the Richard Roberts family extensively spent university money for personal uses.

Richard Roberts confirmed on CNN that one of the professors was terminated, another's contract was not renewed and the third resigned.

A week after two of the plaintiffs and their attorney held a press conference to announce the filing of the lawsuit, the Robertses said in an interview with the Tulsa World and The Associated Press that they still had not been served with the lawsuit and were instead being tried "in the court of public opinion and media."
Here's the rest of the article. They go into each allegation with Richard Robert's response. http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/artic..._A1_hTheO16827
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:22 PM   #13
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Yeah I thought it was him..it worked I guess lol.
Oral stepped down a long time ago as president though so he's not directly involved except for with the reputation of his school.

I think the professors were probably fired for legit reasons, I mean have you guys heard them talk on tv? They don't sound too with it lol.

As for the Robert's I have no idea. Not suprising if some of the allegations are true, but who knows.

Doubt anyone invovled is entirely innocent.
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my 12 year old sense of humor fully enjoys seeing the word oral involved with a school like this.
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my 12 year old sense of humor fully enjoys seeing the word oral involved with a school like this.


i was thinking precisely the same thing.
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By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press Writer

TULSA, Okla. - The president of Oral Roberts University who is facing accusations he misspent university funds to support a lavish lifestyle resigned from his position, officials said Friday.

Richard Roberts' resignation is effective immediately, according to a statement e-mailed from George Pearsons, chairman of the school's Board of Regents.

Roberts and the university have come under fire since a lawsuit was filed by three former professors.

The lawsuit includes allegations of a $39,000 shopping tab at one store for Richard Roberts' wife, Lindsay, a $29,411 Bahamas senior trip on the university jet for one of Roberts' daughters, and a stable of horses for the Roberts children.

Roberts, son of school founder and televangelist Oral Roberts, had been on temporary leave from the evangelical university, fighting the accusations against him. In a recent interview, the couple denied wrongdoing.

Roberts has said the lawsuit amounted to "intimidation, blackmail and extortion."

On Friday, he said in the statement that he loved the university. He became president in 1993. "I love ORU with all my heart," Roberts said in the statement. "I love the students, faculty, staff and administration and I want to see God's best for all of them."

The professors also alleged in their lawsuit that Richard Roberts required students in a government class to work on 2006 mayoral candidate Randi Miller's campaign.

Roberts publicly endorsed Miller, but said then that he was doing so as a private citizen and not as an ORU representative. He has denied the lawsuit's claims that he ordered students to work on Miller's campaign.

Professor Tim Brooker, one of the lawsuit plaintiffs, accused the school of forcing him to quit after he warned Roberts that requiring students to work on Miller's campaign jeopardized ORU's tax-exempt status.

In the weeks since that lawsuit was filed, others have cropped up, including one from a former senior accountant who alleged that the Robertses ordered him to help them hide improper and illegal financial wrongdoing from the authorities and the public.

Besides the legal issues, the school's provost, Mark Lewandowski, offered to quit, telling the regents he could not "in good conscience serve under (Roberts') leadership." Roberts received a vote of "no confidence" recently from the school's tenured faculty.

The school's regents will meet Monday and Tuesday to determine action in the search process for a new president, Pearsons said in the statement.

Executive Regent Billy Joe Daugherty will assume the president's administrative responsibilities, working with Oral Roberts until the regents' meeting, the statement said.
The political campaign emails etc. were published in the paper this week.. they were pretty eye opening.

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Probably find links to the others on the newspapers main page.
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AngelofHarlem01,

Thank you for the update.


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I can't help but be disappointed that my own brothers and sisters in Christ would piss away their own reputations like this (and, as a result, the reputation of the one to which they profess as well), but I'm also not surprised. The "gospel of prosperity", as it's being called, rubs me the wrong way.
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It's been happening since Jesus' time...

I don't trust the majority of overly vocal "Christians".
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It's been happening since Jesus' time...

I don't trust the majority of overly vocal "Christians".


A good thought.

"Test everything." ~a quote from the Bible


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