Gateway to Heaven


The whole campus looks like a metastasized 1960’s World’s Fair, or like a spaceship landing field from an inept sci-fi movie of the same period.

The Praying Hands at Oral Roberts University, cast from Oral Roberts very own hands, is 60 feet tall and weighs 30 tons. The monument was cast in Juárez, Mexico in 1980 and is the largest bronze sculpture in the world. It is the gateway to the University, the gateway to Heaven, the gateway to the Promise Land… so long as you obey the code: prohibited activities include lying, cursing, smoking, drinking, gambling, illicit sexual acts, and homosexual behavior.

Next month I’ll see this foreign object with my own eyes as part of the Situational Tour of the USA Bible Belt.