ORU Kidding Me?

From the Associated Press:

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Embattled Oral Roberts University president Richard Roberts, facing accusations he misspent university funds to support a lavish lifestyle, has received a vote of “no confidence” by the tenured faculty at the evangelical university.

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Richard Roberts has been on temporary leave while an investigation into the school’s finances continues.

Accusations of lavish spending were detailed in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed Oct. 2 by three former ORU 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.


Tulsa attorney Gary Richardson, who filed the lawsuit against ORU on behalf of the former professors, said he was “encouraged” to see that steps are being taken to preserve the university.


Last week, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley announced a Senate investigation into whether six televangelists violated their organizations’ tax-exempt status by living lavishly on the backs of small donors.

The Robertses were not among the six. But those targeted include three members of the school’s Board of Regents: Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn.

Former ORU regent Harry McNevin told AP in a recent interview that he quit the board in disgust in 1987 after it became clear that the Robertses were dipping into the school’s endowment fund for their personal use.


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3 responses to “ORU Kidding Me?

  1. oldgearhead

    Eye of the Needle

    Many fundamentalist seek to explain away the obvious hostility to wealth in the saying attributed to Jesus, “It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God’ (Matthew 19:24).
    Fundamentalists today constantly tell each other that the “eye of a needle’ was a narrow gate into Jerusalem through which a camel could just barely squeeze; implying that even rich people can get into Heaven. Of course a consensus of New Testament scholars disagrees with the fundamentalists. (Part of the above is from an article by Robert Sheaffer)

    Let’s take a look at Mr. Dollar. Is he a rich man? Yes, 40 million dollars by most conservative estimates. He has private jets, $230,000 cars and two or three multi-million dollar homes. He travels with an entourage of body guard, and personal assistants.

    Now let’s assume for a minute the “eye of the needle” does refer to a narrow gate in the wall. I don’t think I want to be on Creflo’s camel when we reach the gate. I might get scrapped off. But then, just how much baggage is the Senator’s camel carrying?

  2. oldgearhead

    ..sorry, I’ve got a tremer..

  3. nonnie9999

    no problem, oldgearhead.
    i edited your comment, so it is only there once.
    thank you for the interesting explanation. i don’t want to be on creflo’s camel, but i especially don’t want to be walking behind it either!
    as to the senator–i don’t think i would want to be following very many senators’ camels either! 😉