Thursday, October 11, 2007

It's Whited Sepulchre Thursday!, Dept.

Well, well, well. Seems like the turd doesn't fall far from the horse's ass. Just twenty years after Oral Roberts strong-armed his congregation in an effort to get them to pony up $8 million or the Lord was going to kill him daid, his son is being sued for similarly coercing students to influence a local political race. And Sonny-boy's wife? Let's just say she's Tammy Faye meets Imelda at Mrs. Robinson's house.

Here's a long quote from the AP report:

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.

Ain't that a hoot? I especially like the bits about Mrs. Roberts. Man, don't that ol' girl like 'em young'n'hung?

All kidding aside, what do these charlatans have to do to discredit themselves once and for all in peoples' eyes? Bugger underage hookers on YouTube? Shit on crucifixes while speaking well of Satan? As pissed as I am that I have to share a continent with these cunts, I can only imagine what it must be like to be one of their contributors. "Naow, don't be listenin' to that gol-danged news show, Lurleen, that's just the devil a-talkin' outta that there anchor feller's mouth."


Pigasus said...

Okay, that's twice you've made me look up whited sepulcher. This time I'm writing it down.

the sobsister said...

It's awfully handy as phrases go. Just about any discussion of the GOP and especially the Religious Right can begin and end with its use.

Plus, it's Biblical, so you know it's unimpeachably sourced.