Harold Camping | Religion

The Rapture Is A Dud

The end of days predicted for today by anti-gay pastor and talk radio host Harold Camping has failed to arrive. But you knew that already, didn't you? Camping was also wrong about a similar prophecy he made in 1994.

The International Business Times has now made a prediction of their own: that the end is nigh for Camping's organization, Family Radio, estimated to be worth about $72 million.

"In all likelihood, his ministry will be destroyed...there is no escaping his failed 2011 'Doomsday' prediction. He painted himself into a corner by using words like 'guaranteed' and 'without any shadow of doubt.' His massive publicity campaign just made it worse."

I was able to access the Family Radio website just a bit ago but it's now inaccessible.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation gave the whole doomsday scenario the animation treatment. Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Like most other ploys... it's just a publicity stunt... and the media is dumb enough to fall for it! As a result, Christian extremists are given a platform to attract countless new followers. Sort of like Donald Trump running for president. Then, after they "drink the kool aid" the world sees them for what they really are! Like P.T. Barnum said... "there's a sucker born every minute!"

    Posted by: james Brown | May 21, 2011 12:26:23 PM

  2. I'm shocked that the world didn't end......I'm being sarcastic

    Posted by: Alex | May 21, 2011 12:28:07 PM

  3. Their web site appears to have been swept up in the Rapture.

    Or it buckled under the overload as all the cynics tried to discover what explanation Family Radio have come up with for the non-event.

    Or Family Radio closed it out of embarassment.

    Posted by: Alan | May 21, 2011 12:39:44 PM

  4. He said it wasnt until 6pm tonight. I made cupcakes for an end of the world bbq.

    Posted by: Tonez | May 21, 2011 12:40:17 PM

  5. at 82, the defense lawyers in the soon to be lawsuits will claim 'dementia'; of course, that could be the defense for almost all faith-based nuts...

    Posted by: mike/ | May 21, 2011 12:40:40 PM

  6. I have a prediction of my own... Later today it dawns on old Harold that, a) he was wrong, or b) he was "left behind," and then his old heart gives up and it's the end of his world. Amen.

    Posted by: BoxerDad | May 21, 2011 12:45:23 PM

  7. @Alan -- Actually, after the media questioned Camping exactly *when* the Rapture would happen, he said it would happen at 6pm in *every* time zone around the world, preceded by an earthquake.

    So far reports from the Far East have come up with nothing.

    I certainly hope those panicked by this fraudmeister sue his little scheme into bankruptsy!

    Posted by: Marlene | May 21, 2011 1:15:35 PM

  8. tonez he said 6 pm time zone traveling aroudn the world hitting each time zone at their 6 pm


    Siberia 6 pm saturday was yesterday, new zealand and Tonga have already occurred
    science is of the great satannnnnn :-P

    Now its time for the feds to arrest him and confiscate all his $. The supreme court has ruled one can not yell fire when their is no fire so boo hoo for him, toss his ass in jail

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv | May 21, 2011 1:21:35 PM

  9. "Like most other ploys... it's just a publicity stunt... and the media is dumb enough to fall for it! As a result, Christian extremists are given a platform to attract countless new followers. "

    I enjoyed the media attention given to this, because it thoroughly discredits Camping. Also, while I'm sure the number of his devout followers is rather small, there are millions of Christians who would have actually spared this a second thought, because they still believe in a Rapture. Hopefully, this will inspire some of them to examine the tenets of their faith and see it for the nonsense that it is.

    As for the hardcore group of followers - I think most of them are beyond reasoning. Or rather, they'll reason this seeming contradiction of their faith away and emerge even more fanatical.

    Posted by: Zach | May 21, 2011 1:37:18 PM

  10. Click on the Family Radio link above and WOT (World of Trust--the user-run site rating service) says "This Site Has A Poor Reputation." Way to call 'em WOT!

    Could it be the old geezer realized that a) he could retire and b) keep all the millions if he were "humiliated" by another false prediction? Didn't Bialystock and Bloom try something like this a while back?

    Give him a little credit, he livened up a boring weekend for 7 billion people!

    Posted by: Don | May 21, 2011 1:46:01 PM

  11. @Marlene: its 18:45 in the UK

    Posted by: Alan | May 21, 2011 1:46:43 PM

  12. Oh Damn! Does that mean we still have to put up with these Christianists? Maybe "hell" is beginning, after all.

    Posted by: Reggie | May 21, 2011 1:47:51 PM

  13. Considering most people thought it was sort of a light-hearted joke, the effect was more amusing than anything else, plus if the weather is nice, a good excuse for a party.

    Posted by: anon | May 21, 2011 1:54:41 PM

  14. No one drank the koolaide?

    Posted by: wonderer | May 21, 2011 1:58:27 PM

  15. Just gone seven pm on a lovely sunny evening in islington in London, am in the pub with boyfriend, can report nothing yet and so over to the Dublin jury for their votes cos its nil points from the London jury...

    Posted by: arch | May 21, 2011 2:09:36 PM

  16. This link still seems to work...


    Funny, it doesn't mention if I should iron my clothes first or just let them be all wrinkly for when the lord calls me up.

    200 million saved? Isn't that the number of gay people on the planet? Coincidence?

    Posted by: ross | May 21, 2011 2:20:17 PM

  17. Well, considering that he and his followers are not basing their convictions on anything resembling truth, logic or reality, why would his being wrong have any effect on his ministry? These people believe 6 impossible things before breakfast and they'll continue to do so.

    Posted by: G | May 21, 2011 2:30:49 PM

  18. I'm still holding out for 6pm...can't wait for NOTHING to happen. Slight chance of rain then, though.

    Speaking of weather, if there were going to be an earthquake and calamitous weather, wouldn't the Doppler Radar have picked up on that. I mean, the forecast here on the east coast is sucky, but not apocalyptic.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | May 21, 2011 2:33:11 PM

  19. He didn't really need media to help spread the word, he had signs all over the NY subway and people on the streets all over the world. I also don't see how making this more public is winning over anyone to the flock. I hope he gets sued for false advertising.

    Posted by: MadM@ | May 21, 2011 2:45:36 PM

  20. Somewhere in the world, Jesus had his second coming.

    Posted by: Mintylaramie | May 21, 2011 2:48:45 PM

  21. I hope someone handed him a cum towel.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 21, 2011 3:29:53 PM

  22. Hey wait a second. Has anyone seen the True Believers today? Where is Sherri Shepard from The View? She said yesterday she made Jeffrey clean his room and bake cupcakes for Jesus. Where's my Aunt Myrtle? All that's left is the clothes she was wearing. And now Family Radio has vanished into think air. Hmmm..

    Posted by: Gregv | May 21, 2011 3:30:56 PM

  23. Camping has a temporary out. If he puts Judgment Day 7000 years after the end of Noah's flood instead of the start of the flood, then Judgement Day will immediately follow San Francisco's Gay Pride weekend, and will overlap the final cycle
    of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the opera, where the world also ends on stage! After all, wouldn't God want to take advantage of an opportunity to upstage Richard Wagner!

    Posted by: Bill | May 21, 2011 4:00:11 PM

  24. Well, it's early yet, where I live. Plenty of time before 6 pm to go out & get a facial & a mani/pedi, actually buy something at Louis Vuitton instead of just looking (hey, maybe perpetrate a little credit card fraud!) & find someone to take care of the dogs. Pets aren't eligble, right?

    Posted by: Leroy Lafalamme | May 21, 2011 4:06:45 PM

  25. "Or it buckled under the overload as all the cynics tried to discover what explanation Family Radio have come up with for the non-event."

    Here's one: the "rapture beam" completely unexpectedly replaced the "saved" with avatars that they can control from Heaven, so the "saved" won't have to instantly abandon their sinner friends and might (if they try hard enough) be able to save a few. Any resemblance to a Hollywood movie with a huge CGI budget is purely coincidental.

    Posted by: Bill | May 21, 2011 4:13:13 PM

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