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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:30 PM
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What ever became of Oral Roberts?
It's rare when a fundie whack job like Oral Roberts suddenly seems to drop off the face of the earth. Not that I'm complaining, mind you.

Oral Roberts was a leading Jesus freak for many years. (You've just gotta love that name. There's a story that he resented his parents naming him Oral, until he considered the alternative.)

The last time I remember hearing about him was back when he tried to run a scam by claiming that unless people sent him money right away, Jesus would "call him home." Does anyone know (or care) what became of him?
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:31 PM
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1. i believe it's
orel
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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:33 PM
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4. Nope, it's Oral.
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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:35 PM
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7. No, it's really "Oral." Not like the baseball player . . .
Herscheiser, or whatever his name is.
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:37 PM
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13. That's the pitcher.
now coach, herscheiser . But Old Oral has been keeping his mouth shut!
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KingFlorez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:32 PM
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2. Rush Limbaugh probably ate him
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:32 PM
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3. I heard rumors he has the Reagan disease.
no, not being shot because of his stupid fucked policies, but
Alzheimer's.

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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:34 PM
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5. I hope he is "called home" along with Falwell, Robertson, Dobson, etc.

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OKNancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:34 PM
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6. His son Richard has taken over everything
Oral is elderly, so he's not around much. Richard is slicker, but he's still religiously insane...just smarter about it.
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smitty Donating Member (580 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:35 PM
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8. He's got a new job.
He writes an advice column for Penthouse magazine and has changed his name to Oral Sex.
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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:35 PM
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9. He's still alive, in California I believe. His idiot son Richard took
over the money machine years ago. (His younger son Ronnie and I were pretty good friends in high school - he committed suicide a couple years after we graduated) :-(
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ObaMania Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:36 PM
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10. more importantly...
.. what happened to his brother, anal? :crazy:
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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:37 PM
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11. He was doing tent shows back in the early '50s, if not before.
I remember seeing the traveling revival advertised on TV, when TV was on only from 5 pm to 11.
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:37 PM
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12. Oral Roberts isn't Oral anymore...
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:38 PM
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14. he's still out there fleecing the faithful....
"God asks that you send me money." Who'd have ever thought this actually works? :rofl:
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ginnyinWI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:43 PM
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15. Quack, Quack Quack
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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:50 PM
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18. Interesting link. Pat Robertson coulda' been taking notes on Oral's scams.
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:46 PM
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16. can you imagine
how the coulter/malkin/rushies would be harping on this if the dems had names like dick, bush, oral, and colin?
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warrens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 04:49 PM
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17. He's still up in that tower waiting for God to take him
He never raised the ransom god was demanding. I ran into Richie at a Wal-Mart opening near ORU one time and asked just that questions. If looks could cripple, I would have left in a basket.

I think he's got Alzheimer's. But how would anyone know? He was dotty all his life.
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 05:01 PM
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19. his university, Oral Roberts University, is thriving in Tulsa
Edited on Thu Mar-02-06 05:02 PM by bobbieinok
the university was founded in the late 1960s

the Roberts had 4 children....one daughter died in a plane crash with her husband; one son was apparently quite brilliant, attended Stanford, became a popular foreign language teacher at a Tulsa magnet high school, and may have committed suicide

the other son Richard Roberts is also an evangelist and the president of ORU; Richard's second wife Lindsay is herself a popular evangelist......Lindsay's brother Henry Salem is married to a former Miss America; they have 2 sons.....their daughter died tragically when she was about 7.....apparently largely b/c of their daughter's death, the Salems now have their own ministry

Oral's wife Evelyn died last year after a fall in a parking lot in CA, where they had been living for some years

Oral Roberts is given the credit for starting the second charismatic revival with his first tent meeting in 1949.....he had tent meetings everywhere, and then in the 60s he had a major TV show

a one time the university had a law school (I think Anita Hill studied here) and a medical and dental school.....ORU has a graduate Business School, a graduate Education School (a very high % of local and state 'teacher of the year' teachers have graduated from ORU) and a seminary (in the 70s up to 10 seminary students left pentecostal/protestant churches and became Eastern Orthodox priests; in the early 90s several theological faculty became Roman Catholics--they're still faculty members)

after the Bakker and Swaggert scandals, many evangelists experienced a major drop in funding; Roberts' ministry and the school also lost money b/c many of the early partners (who joined in the days of the tent ministry) had died

*******

Cheryl Prewitt Salem, Miss America 1980

A horrifying automobile accident, a scarred face, a body cast and a wheelchair did not add up to disaster for this little girl. When Cheryl Prewitt was only a young girl of eleven, this accident forced her to decide whether to trust God or just give up and accept the prognosis . . . Doctors promised that she would be scarred, they claimed that she would not walk again, they insisted that bearing children would be impossible for her . . . they were wrong!

Cheryl not only walked; she walked the runway at Atlantic City to become Miss America! Only her focused faith in God kept her on the road to winning. She married Harry Salem and gave birth to three beautiful children! Throughout the years, she has relied upon that same undaunted focused trust in Him to keep her on the winning side.

Cheryl Salem grew up in Choctaw County, Mississippi. Through her unyielding trust in God, she overcame a devastating, crippling car accident and being sexually abused as a child to achieve her dreams. She is a wife, mother, musician, and minister of the gospel, accompanying her husband all over the world, to preach the Good News.

The news that the Salems received in early 1999 was anything but good, however. Everything in life had seemingly come together to near perfection. But in a matter of a few hours one January morning, this family was rocked to the core. Their beautiful 5-year-old daughter, Gabrielle Christian, received a diagnosis that declared she would not live to see her 6th birthday. For 11 months, this family stood in faith, believing God for Gabrielle's healing to manifest. She now lives in Heaven, completely restored! Theirs is a testimony of hope, trust in God's sovereign plan, and of restoration. They have not backed down, they have not given up, they continue to reach out to people, to show them how to go from mourning to morning and from grief to glory.

....

******

more info than you ever really wanted, right????.....more about ORU and the ministry at http://www.oru.edu


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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 05:11 PM
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21. The Salem story is both inspiring and tragic. It has nothing to do,
Edited on Thu Mar-02-06 05:12 PM by Cyrano
however with a scam artist like Oral. You are obviously a strong believer who should condemn the actions of a con man like him.
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 05:18 PM
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22. I am NOT a 'strong believer'; I just happen to live in Tulsa
Edited on Thu Mar-02-06 05:20 PM by bobbieinok
the Salems and the Roberts ARE related; Lindsay and Harry ARE brother and sister

until the Salems started their ministry, Harry was a top administrator at ORU; I believe the Salems had a house in the ORU 'compound' next to the Roberts.....Cheryl was a frequent guest on Lindsay's TV show (setting is a kitchen; recipes, stories about children and families, and christian testimonies are shared)

a prestige women's dorm at ORU is named for Gabrielle
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 06:55 PM
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23. I think the poster was just sharing information
I don't get the sense that he/she is a follower of OR.
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kevinmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 05:09 PM
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20. Last I heard .......
he was broadcasting and asking for money from his Limo on I-10 .... while being chased by a 800 foot Jesus ....
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