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Sunday, 22 May 2011

Carry on Camping

Well I'm still here and so apparently is everyone else. Perhaps the Rapture did happen and all the righteous people did get into heaven?

It's very easy to mock because anyone with a spot of critical thinking knew what the outcome was going to be at 6pm on the 21 May 2010 but there were supposedly thousands who truly believed End Times would start then and some were foolish enough to give up jobs, possessions and money in preparation for the event.

Harold Camping, doomsday prophet and fleecer of the gullible, has fallen silent after this prediction didn’t come true with no statement as yet being issued since the end of the world did not start on Saturday. The real good news is that it seems this particular group of followers doesn't seem inclined to get to heaven by their own means and bring some others along.

4 comments:

  1. Sorry to drag down the light-hearted tone of the post but have you seen this?

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/fearful-teen-commits-suicide-due-to-harold-campings-judgment-day-forecast-50542/

    "A 14-year-old girl from Russia was so scared of the May 21 doomsday and rapture prediction made by Harold Camping that she committed suicide the same day, investigators said Wednesday. The teenager wanted to choose death rather than be among the ones suffering on earth after the rapture."

    Chris R

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  2. Thanks for that Chris. I suppose it is all right making fun of the ridiculousness of all this, especially when Camping has now announced a 6 month postponement for the end of the world. But the story you link to is utterly tragic. It doesn't really matter if this young girl was particularly gullible or emotionally unstable or any other reason that might have made her more susceptible to this cranks predictions, they have still lead to hardship and in this case death for those who believed him.

    It is interesting to note that he refuses to accept any responsibility for the outcome of his actions in this.

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