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. Nothing more than a way to scam money out of ridiculous, weak-minded fools.

    Posted by: RJ | May 21, 2011 4:19:53 PM

  2. Actually, the http://www.familyradio.com/ web site is accessable. I wonder if God raptured them, then sent them back to continue getting the word out as effectively as they have been these past few weeks. Hmmmm . . .

    Posted by: Paul | May 21, 2011 5:36:44 PM

  3. Religion is sad. Ironic that most of humanities death, war and hatred stems from it.

    You die. That's it.

    Posted by: Commonsense | May 21, 2011 5:46:23 PM

  4. It's not The Rapture that America wants, it's The Partial Rapture. In The Rapture, the entire bodies of fundie Christians are whisked away to parts unknown. In The Partial Rapture, it's not their entire bodies, just their BIG MOUTHS.

    Posted by: Phil | May 21, 2011 5:47:00 PM

  5. My theory is that The Rapture has arrived right on schedule. The righteous have indeed been raptured up to heaven, but there are simply too few of them for the rest of us to notice their absence (I'm pretty sure I don't know any). Similarly, the earthquakes, floods, wars, etc are all taking place as prophesied, but since this is only slightly different from the previous state of affairs most of us can't see any change.

    The only shock is that Rev. Camping doesn't seem to have been among the righteous. Never saw that coming!

    Posted by: RobG | May 21, 2011 6:14:53 PM

  6. @ROGB, "My theory is that The Rapture has arrived right on schedule. The righteous have indeed been raptured up to heaven, but there are simply too few of them for the rest of us to notice their absence" ..... PLEASE be sure to bring that up with any fundamentalist Christians you see after 6 PM local time!

    You know, "Hey, you must be a false prophet - all the righteous dudes were taken to Heaven on May 21, 2011."

    Posted by: Bil | May 21, 2011 6:29:19 PM

  7. What is sad is .... he is $70 million dollars richer while his followers sold everything and now today have nothing.

    Camping had a pretty good con. Get the followers to pay for the billboards and leaflets while he collected money from his books, radio advertisers, etc. I'm in the wrong business.

    Posted by: Dale | May 21, 2011 6:32:58 PM

  8. NOOOOOOO I was looking forward to the world ending oh well their is always the better chance alien's will help free mankind of the plague of organized "religion"

    Posted by: curtis | May 21, 2011 6:41:45 PM

  9. oh well.. maybe next time... carry on then!

    Posted by: kran | May 21, 2011 7:05:45 PM

  10. Maybe the rapture did come and there just weren't that many people being taken ;)

    Posted by: Eric | May 21, 2011 8:15:32 PM

  11. Definitely a good day for me as I finally scored a date in a small town I live in, lol. Funny vid btw.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 21, 2011 8:52:41 PM

  12. @PAUL, "Actually, the http://www.familyradio.com/ web site is accessable."

    In general, that web site is not accessible. If you had visited it earlier, you might have picked up a copy of a page from your browser's cache.

    The site is most likely seriously overloaded with people wanting to see what sort of spin they are going to put out to explain away the obvious.

    Meanwhile the only person showing signs of being "raptured" is Harold Camping himself - according to press reports, he is nowhere to be found and his house has the shades drawn.

    Hint on the spin: one person who helped with all the billboards made the following statement (source - http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/05/21/2011-05-21_as_doomsday_passes_attention_turns_to_harold_camping_religious_leader_who_starte.html ):

    "Some people were saying it was going to be an earthquake at that specific time in New Zealand and be a rolling judgment, but God is keeping us in our place and saying you may know the day but you don't know the hour," Marie Exley, who helped put up billboards across the Middle East, told the AP from her home in Bozeman, Montana. "The day is not over, it's just the morning, and we have to endure until the end."

    Posted by: Bill | May 21, 2011 9:17:26 PM

  13. Imagine no religion
    It's easy if you try.....

    Posted by: Henry Holland | May 21, 2011 9:54:40 PM

  14. LOL- loved the animation specially the high five Jesus- of course the world did not come to an end today- I wonder what that old fool is going to say to his followers now...?!

    Posted by: jaragon | May 21, 2011 10:18:25 PM

  15. Imagine how disappointed that leathery ol' bag is. I'm sure he thought he was going to be first in line. God has good taste.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 21, 2011 11:11:11 PM

  16. My friend's cat was raptured.
    Here's the video:


    Posted by: Jim | May 22, 2011 1:13:21 AM

  17. I just feel bad for the mentally disturbed adults and their children who quit jobs, stopped saving for college funds, and stopped living their lives months or years ago to prepare for the Rapture, only to find out that they are now f*cked. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/us/20rapture.html?_r=1

    Posted by: redball | May 22, 2011 3:53:48 AM

  18. My cat was raptured, Although temporary, it was still traumatic. You can see it on Youtube at:

    Posted by: SFHarry | May 22, 2011 4:44:55 AM

  19. Sorry, didn't realize my friend already posted it.

    Posted by: SFHarry | May 22, 2011 4:47:38 AM

  20. Any rapture that does not include Anita Baker's album Rapture was doomed to failure anyway.

    Posted by: dempewolf | May 22, 2011 9:20:44 AM

  21. This is like all the idiots who believed Dan Brown's fiction was fact.

    Posted by: anon | May 22, 2011 10:54:17 AM

  22. At 6:45PM EST 05/22/11 the familyradio.com website is working just find - although not updated since the countdown hit zero. And, if anyone has any money to waste the sites donation link is still operational. I'm still waiting for the creepy old fool Camping to crawl out from under his rock and explain how he could have gotten all this rapture crap so terribly wrong. My bet is that he's going to try and pass it off as a "test" from God to find out who the true believer are ... but wouldn't you think that God, with his almighty wisdom, would already know that? His followers are beyond pathetic fools.

    Posted by: Tyron | May 22, 2011 6:43:27 PM

  23. Damn! I was so counting on this. Would have been a lot easier to spot a hot closeted gay man.

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | May 23, 2011 3:00:56 PM

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