Richard Roberts, Lindsay Roberts: Oral Roberts University Lawsuit
Let me begin by saying that in this country, you are innocent and must be “proved” guilty, and this is the case in the Oral Roberts University lawsuit against Dr. Richard Roberts, Dr. Mark Lewandowski, Dr. Wendy Shirk, and Dr. Jeff Ogle. The plaintiffs are Dr. John Swails, Dr. Tim Brooker, and Dr. Paulita Brooker. The case against Dr. Richard Roberts and the other basically states that the university had students participate in political campaigning events, and used some of Oral Roberts University’s money for personal needs. They also accused Dr. Richard Roberts’ wife, Lindsay Roberts (who I personally think is a great woman of God) of traveling with University security guards and giving scholarships to friends’ children. You can read the lawsuit transcript here: Lawsuit against Oral Roberts University and Dr. Richard Roberts
I personally hope that both Richard Roberts and Lindsay Roberts are cleared in this Oral Roberts University lawsuit; do you want to know why? Good, I knew you wanted to hear my opinion, here it is. Oral Roberts University is the only Spirit Filled University in the country that is accredited and has earned its reputation of being a quality school. I don’t want to see that lost.
Richard Roberts has stated that the lawsuit is only about money, which wouldn’t surprise me, the plaintiffs are seeking financial damages.
I don’t know, I am not a lawyer, but if students attend Harvard, and take political science, aren’t they allowed to participate in political events? I think that the issue is blurred because Oral Roberts University is a Christian University, however when it comes to education, what is more important? Political science education or your non-profit status? It would be incredulous to believe that students in Christian universities cannot have anything to do with political activities. I don’t know if this is the case with Richard Roberts and the Oral Roberts University lawsuit, but if it is, it will be interesting to see how it turns out. In a perfect world, it seems to me that Christian students who take political science should be allowed to participate in political functions. However, I am over my head here, I really don’t care for politics much at all. I really never agreed with the separation of church and state, and this incident is a clear example. It is really about the “non profit” status. Other students would be awarded for serving in political campaigns with fervor and commitment.
One thing I found interesting was that the plaintiff Tim Brooker, states that he fears for the future of ORU. Well, if you fear for the future of the university, why are you suing? I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem all that scandalous to me, but maybe they aren’t reporting everything. I mean, if I were friends with the President of a college, I would hope they would help my child get an education. I am sure the president of many academic institutions have opened the doors to friends and family members, it’s called connections. I didn’t know that was a crime. But then, I am not a lawyer, so we’ll see what type of crime was committed when enrolling friends’ children at Oral Roberts University.
Ok, well one thing I do believe is that Richard Roberts and Lindsay Roberts are praying people. I believe their prayer board is for real, and from what I can see with the official records being released, Richard Roberts and Lindsay Roberts are in no financial wrong with the IRS. Their school has basically resurrected from the dead and I don’t think it is going to stop so easily. I pray it doesn’t, I think it is an awesome testimony and serves as one of the greatest testaments of Pentecostal history in the nation. My prayers are with both Richard and Lindsay Roberts and that Oral Roberts University will stand strong against this adversity. Honestly, I think the basis of the issue lies with the Supreme Court and whether or not non-profit Christian university students can practice political science, and in my opinion, if they are going to be educated in politics, they should be. You can’t tell me that in other universities students are not participating in campaigns.