Popular televangelist Ernest Angley is ordered to pay over $388,000 to a group of unpaid employees forced to work at his Ohio restaurant.
Angley closed down his Cathedral Buffet restaurant late last month after a federal court ordered the televangelist to pay $388,000 in back pay and damages to employees who were coerced into working at the restaurant without pay.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports a federal judge ordered Angley and the restaurant to pay $388,507.90 in damages and back pay to employees following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.
U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson wrote that testimony at a trial held in October and November showed that Angley and his managers at Cathedral Buffet encouraged members of his church, Grace Cathedral, to work at the buffet without pay.
Judge Pearson noted in her findings that members of Angley’s flock were coerced into volunteering at the buffet:
In his announcements, Reverend Angley would suggest that Church members had an obligation to provide their labor to the Buffet, in service to God, and that a failure to offer their labor to the Buffet – or to refuse to respond to phone calls … seeking volunteers – would be the same as failing God.
This is not the first time this creepy Ohio televangelist has been in the news. Previously Ernest Angley made news after reports circulated that the televangelist forced followers to have abortions and vasectomies in order to avoid the costs of raising children because “Jesus needs money.”
According to former members of the large congregation, Angley coerced pregnant women to have abortions and men to have vasectomies because the costs of raising children would divert future funds from the church.
A scathing expose, published by the Akron Beacon Journal in 2014, exposes Angley’s sinister practices:
Angley’s church is a dangerous cult where pregnant women are encouraged to have abortions, childless men are encouraged to have vasectomies and Angley — who preaches vehemently against the “sin” of homosexuality — is himself a gay man who personally examines the genitals of the male parishioners before and after their surgeries. They also say he turns a blind eye to sexual abuse by other members of his church.
In fact, many female church members report they were forced into having abortions by Angley.
In addition to forced family planning, Angley is also accused of sexually abusing boys and young men in the church, accusations Angley denies:
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.
However, while denying he is “a homosexual” Angley does admit, and many former male church members confirm, that Angley often examined the genitals of men before and after receiving their vasectomies:
Sure, I’d have them uncover themselves, but I did not handle them at all.
Former church members report Angley controls virtually every aspect of congregants’ lives, from deciding what they read and watch on TV to whom they will marry and when; and consistently threatens and intimidates his flock into following his instructions, bullying them into life-changing decisions that often split up families.
Bottom line: Ernest Angley is a creep. Yet his supporters claim the televangelist is a prophet of God, currently under attack by Satan.