Oral Roberts, dead at 91

“Ironic. He could save others from death, but not himself.”
– Chancellor Palpatine discussing Oral Roberts upon news of his death.

Oral Roberts is almost single-handedly responsible for television evangelists. It was also his idea to suggest that the more money people donated to his ministry, the better their chances of going to heaven. He was the founder of Oral Roberts University and Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association. And of course he also claimed to be a faith healer who had literally raised the dead.

Apparently though, all of that couldn’t save him from pneumonia, which is what’s responsible for his own death at the age of 91. I guess we just have to assume that was his Kryptonite.

Roberts also had some really, really strange beliefs, as exemplified in the sermon played in this segment of The Young Turks:

Ultimately, I think the real tragedy in all this is that I’m probably not going to get a chance to slip a “douche” card into his coffin before he’s buried.

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