16
Dec
09

Oral Roberts

The infamous and aptly named Oral Robers (Granville Oral Roberts) who claimed to have visions of a Giant Zombie Jesus (GZJ)-no, seriously, a 900 ft tall vision of Jesus-that encouraged him to build a hospital, and this hospital would make him money and be really successful. The hospital was losing tons of money (MILLIONS), and so he said he had to make $8 million by March of 1987 or god would “call him home.” That’s right, he said god would kill him. After that, he sold the hospital (which GZJ told him would be a success) with the hospital in nearly $25 million in debt. The guy who started a university only to use it as a personal slush fund. Am I sad that he died? Not in the least, we all die. I am sad that he died having wasted his life and the money of thousands of duped people and exploited their ignorance. He was a con artist, a very clever con artist, but a liar, thief, and charlatan. It also seems Mr. Granville has a son that picked up where his father left off: Richard Roberts. Thankfully, Dick (kind of funny; Oral has a son named “Dick”) doesn’t have quite the political clout his father did.

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4 Responses to “Oral Roberts”


  1. 1 Pliny-the-in-Between
    December 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    My wife and I were talking about the 900′ floating Jesus this morning (the floating is important because it is much more impressive than a mere 900′ Jesus). I remember a comic ripping into that whole ‘God is an extortionist’ appeal he did. The comic asked some questions: Oral said that the 900′ floating Jesus looked him straight in the eye – did that mean he has standing on his head? The comic also said that Jesus must have been intimidated by Oral – he said he would have been impressed by even a 1″ floating Jesus…

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    December 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Well, my guess is, it was to impress OTHERS because he knew it was a fiction.

  3. December 17, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Heh. You said, “oral.” Heh. Heh.

  4. 4 jaredcormier
    December 17, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Well, I suppose he was just fellating the audience with his nonsense that filled a particular psychological niche playing to their preconceived notions, prejudices, fear, and hatred… Not all that different from psychics and other mentalism performances when you think about it…


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