In 1996, internationally known televangelist Ernest Angley admitted to his assistant minister that he had had sexual relations with a man who was employed by their church, Grace Cathedral in Cuyahoga Falls. The telephone conversation was tape-recorded and made available to the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com last month.
The person who provided the tape did so for a promise of anonymity. That person felt called to action after reading about an exchange of lawsuits between Angley and another former Grace Cathedral pastor, the Rev. Brock Miller. Miller sued Angley in August, claiming that sexual abuse Angley inflicted upon him has caused permanent damage. Angley has countersued for defamation.
The source believed releasing the tape would show that Angley, who has preached vehemently against the “sin” of homosexuality, has a history of sexual abuse involving his employees. Angley has consistently condemned homosexuality. In a 1995 book called “Oh, God, What a Mess!” he wrote, “Homosexuality is vile, vile before God; and it will send souls to hell.”
Hit the first link for the transcript of the audio tape in which Angley appears to claim that the encounter doesn’t count as gay sex because neither man ejaculated.
The story about the ongoing dueling lawsuits is really something, even for those us inured to evangelical treachery.
Last year Angley was sued for pressuring congregants to work for free at his for-profit restaurant, telling them they would be “blaspheming against the Holy Ghost” if they refused.
VIDEO: Here’s a November 2018 interview with the young pastor suing Angley for sexual abuse. Apparently his breaking point was when Angley wanted to kiss.
(Tipped by JMG reader Melissa)