Oral Roberts, Sarah Palin, and Rick Santorum Epitomize the Importance of Separation of Church and State


Rick Santorum said that Satan had his sights on the United States. Even church leaders have identified Rick Santorum “as a very judgmental guy.” Sarah Palin has suggested that the “lame-stream” media has gotten “wee-weed up” about his Satan comments.

The fact is that Rick Santorum is being identified as “Crazy Rick” because of the many extreme positions he has taken. He has said things like Satan has his sights on the United States, that separation of church and state makes him want to throw-up, that public education is anachronistic, that the pursuit of happiness is harming America, that birth control is harmful to our society, and so on. People are beginning to realize that this guy is “full-on, bat-flapping nutty.” Even Chris Christie says that Santorum’s comments about Satan are relevant to consider when making decisions about the person for whom you vote.

Santorum recently appeared in Tulsa, Oklahoma, my hometown. The site of his appearance was Oral Roberts University. Having grown up in Tulsa, the heart of conservatives in America, I can tell you that in spite of conservative values, many conservative Tulsans consider Oral Roberts University to be an embarrassment to the city. Oral Roberts is also known as the City of Faith. This City of Faith has a CityPlex Tower that now houses corporate tenants, because Oral Roberts University has gone through bankruptcy and the buildings now house corporate interests who pay rent. The central tower of the three stands 640 feet tall, which is the same height as the Jesus who appeared to Oral in a dream, and told him to build it. 

 

Oral Roberts began his career as a tent evangelist in the late 1940’s, appearing at rallies and evangelical crusades throughout the United States and the world. In the late 1970’s, Oral Roberts’ career began to take a different course as he founded the university that bears his name and began to move away from the crusades and concentrate on the medium of television.

Just to help you realize the forum chosen by Rick Santorum for his appearance in Tulsa, consider the teachings of Oral Roberts:

1. He taught that God wants all believers to be wealthy, healthy and happy.

2. He taught that God gave him continuing direct revelations that directed his life, his ministry and commanded believers to support him.

3. He taught that the Bible revealed the doctrine of “Seed Faith” which he originated, also known as the doctrine of “Giving and Receiving” whereby God would return a multiplication of money to a person who gave money in faith, believing that they would receive a monetary reward, primarily for donating to the ministry of Oral Roberts.

4. He taught and embraced many and various charismatic doctrines and practices that are not Biblical, including support for the “Toronto Blessing” and its high guru and spokesman the “Holy Spirit Bartender”, Rodney Howard-Browne.

5. He taught that he and other like ministers and believers could “bind the devil”.

6. He taught that he had healed many people.

He has never presented proof that he had ever healed any individual and had never healed a visible disease. He never caused a missing arm or leg to appear, caused a congenitally deformed individual to become whole, healed a Down’s syndrome individual or caused a quadriplegic to walk. All of his claimed healings were of the mystery type, those that cannot be seen or verified, i.e., cancer inside the body, headaches and other ailments that cannot be proven to exist. The supposed healings that occurred during his crusades were paraded across the platforms, while those in the wheelchairs, the blind, the terminally ill and those with missing body parts never saw the great man perform his miracles on them.

 

Oral Roberts made his claims about healing for over fifty years, and the Christian church is still gullible and without discernment regarding his failures and absolute inability to heal. He was unable to heal, even with the help of Kenneth Hagin, his grandchild, who died two days after birth.

Over fifty years of false claims, and the Christian world still holds Oral Roberts in esteem, considering him a great man of God.

 

Oral Roberts is responsible for the following false prophecies and outrageous claims:

Oral Roberts claimed that he received a vision, or revelation, from God. In the vision he claimed that God told him to build the City of Faith Medical Center. He also claimed that he saw a 900 foot tall Jesus, who said that the City of Faith would be successful. Four years later, in 1981, he opened the City of Faith.

• 1983

Oral Roberts: said that Jesus Christ appeared to him in person (not a vision) and told him to find a cure for cancer. So far, he has not found that cure.

• 1986

Oral Roberts said that God told him the following:

“I want you to use the ORU medical school to put My medical presence in the earth. I want you to get this going in one year or I will call you home. It will cost $8 million and I want you to believe you can raise it.”

• 1987

In January Oral Roberts said that God spoke to him and told him that he had not sent out any medical missionaries from the university or City of Faith. God instructed him to raise $8 million by March of the same year or God would take him home (presumably God would kill Oral Roberts or translate him to heaven like Enoch).

The money raised was to provide full scholastic scholarships for medical missionaries who would be sent to other countries.

He claimed that $3.5 million had already been raised, but he needed $4.5 million more by March 1, in order to get the full $8 million and prevent God from taking him home.

• 1987

On April 1 Oral Roberts said that he had received $9.1 million which was $1.1 million more that was required by God.

• 1987

In November, Oral Roberts announced that the City of Faith would be closing down.

• 1988

In January, Oral Roberts discontinued the medical scholarships. Apparently he was no longer afraid that God was going to take him home.

• 1988

In March, the medical scholarship fund went bankrupt. If any students wished to transfer to any other institution, they were required to repay their scholarships at 18% interest.

• 1989

In September, Oral Roberts closed the City of Faith.

http://www.ondoctrine.com/10robero.htm

 

My favorite part of Oral Roberts University is the 60 foot high bronze statute of the “praying hands” that symbolize Oral Roberts. This 30-ton bronze sculpture is the largest in the world, was made in Mexico, and was originally called the “Healing Hands” which stood in front of the medical center Roberts built. The “Healing Hands” were devoted to “faith healing.” After the City of Faith declared bankruptcy, the hands were moved to the entrance of the university, near the prayer tower. http://www.oru.edu/prayer_tower/. The hands didn’t help heal anyone, and in spite of Oral’s prayers, his university is a disaster. The hands now serve as a symbol of the failure of Oral Roberts.

It was ironic that the appearance of Rick Santorum at Oral Roberts got a late start due to the heart attack of one of the men in attendance. Rick encouraged all those in attendance to pray for the man. The man died anyway. Oral Roberts, Rick Santorum, and Sarah Palin couldn’t save even a single “follower” from a heart attack at a campaign event, even with the help of prayer, of all those in attendance. Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin each have special needs children. Both Rick and Sarah have left those “special needs children” for weeks and months at a time to campaign. Their prayers didn’t reverse the genetic problems of their children, and didn’t absolve them of their responsibility to provide for these special needs children. Oral Roberts, Rick Santorum, and Sarah Palin are the reason that this country can only survive if we protect the principle of separation of church and state.

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  1. I’m sorry but what idiot in their right mind believes such an idiot full of so much crp its not even funny and even gives their 10% to this blatant grifter ..to build a 600 foot Jesus like university he claims he saw in a dream????? The xtian right is one serious bunch of gullable convenient idiots for the GOP.

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  2. From the earliest times man has used god as his authority to enslave and place fear into his fellow man. This is a perfect example of the likes of mr. rick santorectum and ms. payme. It makes me throw up to see many of our fellow usa citizens and worldwide humans enslaved to these cons. I consider rick, sarah and all the rest to be evil and the works of their so called satan himself. These loons need barrels of holy water and an exorcism indeed.

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  3. I have a real problem with evangelists. All you have to do is flip through some of the Christian channels and there they are day after day hustling for money. I don’t know what program I saw a few days ago, but a preacher was actually yelling at the camera for people to get out of their chairs and go to the phone to make a donation – how about $4,000 – that is the amount he wanted them to commit to!!! What the hell is it with these people?
    O Roberts son and his wife are still on daily doing their best to get people to send in money.
    I remember once when I was about 12 – one of my aunts was dying with a kidney problem. The family decided to write a letter to Oral to ask him to pray for her. They received a form letter back asking for a donation. No prayer until they did that. Jeez. Can’t stand religious people.

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    1. Pat,
      It seems so obvious that this is a scam, but people still send money! I guess its the same people who give to the Rick Santorum campaign.

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  4. Isn’t Bachmann’s law degree (sic) from there? How can they possibly be an accredited law school when they don’t teach the separation of church and state?
    I got a robocall today from a ‘Democrat’ who wanted me to vote for Samtorum tomorrow to stop Romney. I listened until the end, and the call was paid for by “Santorum for President.” I could no more vote for that man than I could Satan himself. Talk about vomiting!

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    1. Sally,
      Her law degree was actually from O. W. Coburn School of Law, which was then a part of Oral Roberts University. What I previously found out about that law school was that it was NOT accredited, but she later got a LLM from Williams and Mary, which was an accredited law school.

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      1. Malia, that’s an odd looking “law degree.” I thought law degree meant a doctor of law degree. LLM looks like a Master’s in Law. Can an LLM take the Bar Exam?

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      2. aj,
        An LLM is a specialist in tax law, which is what Bachmann did when she graduated. What I didn’t understand is how Bachmann got admitted to Wm and Mary after graduating from a non-accredited school. I talked to the records person at Wms and Mary, and they confirmed that Bachmann did get an LLM there, but they couldn’t tell me how somebody graduating from ORU could get into Wms and Mary?

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  5. Can I ask you a question off topic? I was wondering if Shailey Tripp approached you to assist her in the writing of her book. I know that you had posted interviews with her and worked doggedly for her in the investigation against the APD. I’m just curious to know why she chose the writing assistant that she did as I think that you were more informed and much closer to the events surrounding this entire saga. Please don’t post and answer privately if you wish.

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    1. LakeLucilleLoon,
      No she never asked me to help her write it, but the logistics would have been hard. She has children that that have “special needs” and I work hard not to leave my child who is a senior in high school, so I wouldn’t have undertaken to go work with Shailey at her home. The interviews I did of Shailey were done from my home here in Dallas, so it didn’t interfere with my priorities of being here for my daughter.

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  6. Regressive Rick, along with Simple Sarah, Nasty Newt, Rabid Rush,
    Clueless Cain, and other assorted nuts, make a compelling case for separation of church and state. They also make an equally compelling case against a political party’s allowing itself to be hijacked by know-nothing demagogues like the above. I firmly believe that Regressive Rick’s previous comments spoken from loose lips helped to sink his ship in both Michigan and Arizona. I firmly believe that the results last night were more a rejection of Regressive Rick than they were a heartfelt endorsement of Weird
    Willard.

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  7. I would have to say you are an idiot for taking so much time to criticize something you cannot change. You definitely cannot change the school or what God has used Oral Roberts to do for a great number of people.

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