Trouble for Another Televangelist

Ernest Angley is one of the old-school TV evangelists. Now 93 years old, his ministry goes back more than 60 years. He’s such an obvious con man that it’s difficult to imagine how anyone could fall for his schtick, but people do. And now some of those people are blowing the whistle on a whole of weird shit going on, like forcing men to get vasectomies and Angley fondling them routinely.

He and others say Angley holds so much sway over his members’ lives that he has persuaded them to get abortions and vasectomies even when they didn’t want to.

“None of us have kids because he makes all the men get fixed,” said Becky Roadman, 32, who quit the church last year and now lives in Georgia. “You’re not allowed to have babies there.”

That assertion is seconded by Akron resident Angelia Oborne, who worked in the church’s restaurant, the Cathedral Buffet, for 20 years before quitting the church a year and a half ago.

“My husband and I can’t have children because my husband had a vasectomy,” she said. “We were looking at getting it reversed, but I’m 35 years old and … may not be able to have children anymore.

“And that breaks my heart, because that choice was made for me, because of the brainwashing, the mind control. We weren’t allowed to have children. If you turned up pregnant, it’s almost as if you had sinned.”

Oborne says Angley once advised a friend to think of her growing fetus as “a tumor.”

“She was four months pregnant and she sat in the [abortion clinic] waiting room and told her baby that she was so sorry that she was doing this,” Oborne said.

“I know another girl — she won’t come forward — but she was forced into having four abortions.”

Here’s how he responded to these accusations:

The dispute exploded on July 13, when Angley and two others in his camp addressed the situation in a 2½-hour open service. The service was recorded by one of the attendees and shared with the Beacon Journal.

In response to swirling accusations that he is a homosexual who has abused both his associates and members of the congregation, Angley, 93, had this to say to a large Sunday gathering.

“I’m not a homosexual. God wouldn’t use a homosexual like he uses me. He calls me his prophet, and indeed I am. …

“They called Jesus a homosexual, did you know that? And still do. Because he was with men. Oh, Mary Magdalene and a few women. But you can’t stop the people’s lies.”

Then he addressed his history of urging the males in his congregation to submit to vasectomies.

“I’ve helped so many of the boys down through the years,” he said in his slow, singsong cadence. “They had their misgivings. Sure, I’d have them uncover themselves, but I did not handle them at all.

“And I would tell them how that would work. And they’d have to watch it. I’d have some of them come back to me that I felt needed to. And I would tell them, I would look at them, their privates — I, so I could tell how they were swelling.

“One young man, he decided to put in a garden [doctors advise against physical exertion after a vasectomy]. And he’d like to died. If he’d just told me — ask me. …

“Another one was constipated. It was awful. And he was just dying deaths.

“And another one, one of his testicles fell out, absolutely fell out. ‘It’s dangerous, you should have a nurse.’ But I knew they wouldn’t get one.

“And men’s — I was a farm boy. We thought nothing about undressing. We didn’t know about homosexuals. We talked about women.

“And some of these turned against me.”

Yeah, that sounds totally credible. And I’m sure it goes without saying that this is all the devil attacking Angley. That’s always their excuse.

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    “And another one, one of his testicles fell out, absolutely fell out. …

    THat is why I stopped going to church, all the testicles rolling all over the place. It was like Home Alone just waiting to happen!

  • D. C. Sessions

    I’m going to be really interested to see how Modus tops theschwa today.

    Perhaps I shoud rephrase that …

  • John Pieret

    I was a farm boy. We thought nothing about undressing.

    And I bet the sheep got nervous every time that happened.

  • robertfoster

    Isn’t he the guy with the dead beaver on the top of his head? 93 and not a gray hair to be seen. No pride or vanity here. Just a simple follower of Jesus. And what’s this about watching the privates swelling? Even the wording is a bit creepy.

  • tubi

    Man, I haven’t heard Ernest Angley’s name in decades. I remember talking about him with my buddies on a school field trip. We spent four days camping and exploring (and learning) at Gettysburg National Park. We would sit in our tents at night and goof, as 8th grade boys will do. Angley was one of our frequent targets.

    This was the summer of 1978. I had no idea he was still alive.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    HE HAD TO SENT THOSE TESTICLED MEN TO DOCTORS BECAUSE THEY DIDNT HAVE ENOUGH FAITH FOR HIS FAITH HEALING AND THATS WHAT HE DOES FOR A LIVING RIGHT FAITH HEALING AND HE CAN CURE CANCER AND CRIPPLEMENT AND DISEASE BUT NOT BALLS FOR SOME REASON!!!

  • deityfree

    @Tubi 5:

    I had the same reaction as you. I used to watch that guy on TV too, laying hands on people to get them to climb out of their wheelchairs and walk again and speaking in tongues (“Oh, Shalabamba!”)… it was so hilarious to watch as a kid, but now its terrible to think about all those poor, uneducated people scraping their pennies together to send to this narcissistic con artist. None of these allegations surprises me in the least.

    IMO, these televangelists are all criminals, preying upon the uneducated and desperate, defrauding them to generate wealth. I don’t understand why they aren’t prosecuted to the full extent of the law like internet scammers and mail fraud con men – oh wait a minute, I forgot, they’re doing the lord’s work, so they get a pass, right? Riiiiiight…

  • John Pieret

    blowing the whistle

    That probably should have been the title of this post.

  • teawithbertrand

    Maybe all fundie con men should preach the virtues of vasectomies and abortions.

  • http://www.jafafahots.com Jafafa Hots

    Back in high school some of my friends and I (all atheists) went to an Ernest Angely appearance.

    It was clear that they edited these things for TV, because it was even more of an absurdly obvious scam than the TV show made apparent.

    Too tired to related the whole experience right now, past my bedtime… but the entire thing was about cash…. A couple of my friends went into the line to ask to be “healed” and they required everyone to sign a contract to give cash even if they weren’t chosen to go on stage. Something like $250 1981 dollars. Huge buckets of cash were passed up and down the rows.

    When we chuckled a little too much, some extremely heavily muscled and tattooed men in suits made it clear we had better leave before we found ourselves hurt. One friend, who had remained totally quiet, was assaulted as we filed out.

    We went in in good humor, wanting to explore something we found odd in our culture.

    We left quiet, sad and depressed, all heading off separately to go straight home rather than hang out and talk.

    Most blatantly obvious con and fraud I have ever witnessed.

  • sceptinurse

    I remember my step father watching him. He was bopping people on the head to “heal” them long before Benny Hinn.

  • congenital cynic

    Wow. I also didn’t know he was still alive. I used to laugh at his “out satan” or “out devil” pronouncements on his show. And his obvious fake hair was another laughing point. He was the most comical of the televangilists of the day. Total con artist. Human excrement.

  • http://www.northernpick.com danrobinson

    He’s right. Whenever I’ve been naked with some men their privates swell.