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Oral Roberts, dead at 91

Leading televangelist built a religious empire in the 70s and 80s


Oral Roberts, one of the biggest names in U.S. televangelism, has died at 91 of complications from pneumonia. Roberts embraced television early in its history, beginning in 1954, when he filmed worship services conducted under a traveling tent that held up to 10,000 people. By the 1970s, “Oral Roberts and You” was the leading religious telecast in the nation and, by 1985, Roberts stood at the head of an empire that employed more than 2,300 people and earned $110 million in revenue. He is survived by a daughter, Roberta Potts, and a son, Richard Roberts, who succeeded him as president of Oral Roberts University and resigned in 2007.

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Oral Roberts, dead at 91

  1. I guess the charlatan-tinged-God'll-call-me-home-unless-I-get-$8 million-bucks-fundraising couldn't save him this time.

  2. I think it was the Dubai thing. The Arabs just can't chip in like they used to.

    • LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. You say he , "earned $110 million in revenue " Is duping innocent people into donating their much needed money considered revenue or thief ? It is not particularly remarkable that a mountebank like Oral Roberts should succeed in conning his followers out of their money. As P T Barnum observed, there's a sucker born every minute. If people are that stupid and choose to hand over their money to an obvious fake, that is their privilege. What should concern the rest of us is that the scams pulled off by well-heeled charlatans like Roberts are tax free.

  4. Yeah, from the stage they'll be tryin' to get water outta rocks
    A whore will pass the hat, collect a hundred grand and say thanks
    They like to take all this money from sin, build big universities to study in
    Sing "Amazing Grace" all the way to the Swiss banks

    Bob Dylan, "Foot of Pride"

  5. If there is a Hell, it has a new resident today.

  6. holy father, holy ghost, who's the one who pays the most (ronnie james dio, black sabbath)

  7. The lack of respect you people show for the dead and people of faith is very sad! I don't agree with everything he said or did but come one people show respect. I pray for each of you.

    • If he deserved no respect while living does this magically change when he dies ? Keep your prayers please. Telepathically speaking to an imaginary friend is not healthy.

  8. Gary I agree Telepathically speaking to an imaginary friend is not healthy! I am thankful that God is real and that he longs to want to know us : )