Ernest Angley, one of the televangelists discussed in James Randi’s 1987 book The Faith Healers, is the subject of “Falling from Grace?,” a new six-part investigative report by Akron Beacon Journal reporter Bob Dyer.
According to Dyer, the 93-year-old Angley has been accused of:
- Operating a dangerous cult in which “pregnant women are encouraged to have abortions” when they wanted to have children and “childless men are encouraged to have vasectomies” [Updated: when they wanted to have children]
- Personally examining the genitals of male church members before and after the vasectomies he encouraged
- Being gay [not that there’s anything wrong with that], despite preaching “vehemently against the ‘sin’ of homosexuality” [now that’s wrong!]
- Consistently threatening and intimidating “his flock into following his instructions, bullying them into life-changing decisions that often split up families”
- Counseling his devout followers to stay silent in response to their complaints to him about sexual abuse occurring at Grace Cathedral in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
- Advising church members to shun people who leave the church including their spouses and children
- Violating a former associate pastor over a seven-year period by having him undress and then touching him all over [genitals supposedly excluded]
- Blaming demons hovering over a woman for the severe beatings she received from her husband.
Angley has denied all the accusations except for the genital checking.