More on Richard Roberts

My old college friend Peter Smith, at his Louisville Courier-Journal blog, pooh-poohs the notion that the recent Richard Roberts scandal has devalued our ORU degrees:

Initial reaction: Yikes! A devalued ORU degree? Gulp. I have one of those myself.

Second reaction: The Roberts family did something to raise questions about the value of an ORU degree? Who’d have predicted it?

Third reaction: Don’t worry, kids. That stock’s been falling for a long time.

I had to laugh at this:

If nothing else, in this era of resume inflation, this is proof that my resume is accurate, because who would put that on a resume if it wasn’t true?

Meanwhile, 10,000 Monkeys and a Camera ties in the scandal to “the corrupt leaders at the top of America’s Religious Right,” which I find pretty funny. For all the disdain that I have always had for Richard, and have for televangelism in general, the Robertses were always pretty apolitical. I was shocked, in fact, when part of the Richard Roberts scandal had to do with Richard’s support for a local candidate there in Tulsa. This is a broad and irresponsible over-generalization, but it’s my impression that the charismatic or pentecostal televangelists (with the obvious exception of Pat Robertson) are less concerned with politics than televangelists from an evangelical background (like the late Jerry Falwell).

The blogger at 10,000 Monkeys also quotes Carlton Pearson, noting that he is “a former ORU board member,” as if he were an insider, calling his remarks “candid”; actually, Pearson has been a pariah in those circles ever since he renounced belief in Hell and started preaching universal salvation — the idea that God will ultimately save and forgive everyone, whether or not each person has made any sort of decision in his earthly life. MSNBC recently did a fascinating documentary about Carlton Pearson and his whole story, from being one of ORU’s favorite sons to losing everything.