Scandal Brewing at Oral Roberts U.I'm guessing it's easier to redecorate your home 11 times than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
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. [...] "This lawsuit ... is about intimidation, blackmail and extortion."
[ED: like god did when he threatened your father with death if he didn't come up with $8 mil!?]
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 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.
Cross posted at VidiotSpeak