Rapture failure, Harold Camping a no-show

Well, the 21st of May has come and gone, and as we all predicted, nothing happened. Now, a number of Harold Camping‘s followers are trying to cope with having been duped.

Some believers expressed bewilderment or said it was a test from God of their faith, after the day passed without event.

Meanwhile, the evangelist at the centre of the claim, Harold Camping, has not been seen since before the deadline.

I would lay low for a little while if I was Harold too. I mean, it can’t feel good to fail AGAIN, and there’s only so many times you can cry “Rapture” before none of the other shephards believe you. It also doesn’t help when some of your followers also spent their entire life savings advertising your stupid shit:

Robert Fitzpatrick, a retired transportation agency worker in New York, said he had spent more than $140,000 (£86,000) of his savings on advertisements in the run-up to 21 May to publicise the prediction.

It’s difficult to ascertain the financial devastation wrought on these poor fools, especially so soon after their little failed End of Days. How many families will lose their homes because of this? How many kids have lost their college fund, and their hope for a better future?

So, did anyone learn a lesson from all this?

…followers said the delay was a further test from God to persevere in their faith.

What a big fucking surprise.

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Comments (12)

  • avatar

    nolan

    The silver lining here is that this all took place in America, which is the most litigious country in the world. I’m hoping for some hilarious lawsuits to emerge out of all this which Fox news will then have to try and defend.

  • avatar

    Apollo

    Surely there should be criminal charges?

    Sounds like a straightforward fraud case to me.

  • avatar

    nick

    The problem is that having gone this far into the delusion it would take a brave person indeed to admit “Actually I was wrong,” and give it up. Far easier to persist.

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    Alan

    I don’t wish anybody harm – even fools. But a lot of these people are going to be “paying” for their big mistake. I’m sorry if they lost their homes and their kid’s college funds. I really am. But it was their choice. I really hope they don’t try to lay off the responsibility on someone else (Harold) by taking this to the courts. They screwed up and they need to take 100% of responsibility.

    As to “Where is Harold?” – again, I don’t wish him any harm – but I wonder if he’s taking a dirt nap somewhere?

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    WCLPeter

    Alan,

    I read somewhere, I was able to find this with quick Google search “http://kissfm969.com/family-radio-evangelist-harold-camping-bringing-in-100-million-in-donations-on-end-of-world-predictions/”, that Harold managed to collect upward of 100 million for his little scheme.

    If I were him I’d be on a yaht in intentional waters, or somewhere else that didn’t have an extradition treaty.

    Honestly, I wouldn’t ever expect to see him ever again (he’s 89 and biked people out of a hundred million, if he was smart enough to do that he’s smart enough to head to a tropical island and live out his what few years he has left in the lap of luxury).

    Pete…

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    BlueIndependent

    I read the “aftermath” story on KTLA. The believers of course think that in light of their failure, they need to believe even harder, as is the MO of every religion when their “predictions”, doomsday or otherwise, don’t work out. Disgustingly dense thinking.

    Camping’s absence is very interesting. I thought it was funny when the news talked to his neighbor in Oakland, and she said she thought he was an OK person, but wouldn’t invite him over for dinner. And here we have the latest moron gracing the news, once Terry Jones fulfilled his second 15-minute stint, but this one not having the stones to own up to it in public, and disappearing, hoping to grace the headlines of page 10 perhaps a few weeks from now.

    But part of me doesn’t care. The idiots that threw their lives away had all the signals – and ridicule – they needed, and it appears that at the very least all the ones polled in the news feel they were in the wrong, but not about the right thing, and openly claim to have learned nothing from the experience since their faith is only “deepened”.

    So is it on to the Aztec calendar crazies at this point? Do we have any other “prophecies” to chortle over until the next 12 months have expended?

  • avatar

    Alan

    Having listened to Harold a bit, I have to think that he was completely sincere about his predictions. I really don’t think he was working a scam just to get money. That still makes him a lunatic. I just don’t think he is a thief.

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    Alan

    I’d also like to thank Harold for what he did. I applaud religious people who are willing to make solid, testable claims about their religion. I think we need more of this. Let the religious make their claims and let’s watch them fail one after another after another.

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    Carly

    I share Alan’s viewpoint on this. What Camping did was pure lunacy but did he steal $140,000 from Robert Fitzpatrick, for example? Fitzpatrick CHOSE to waste $140,000 on advertising. I hope this doesn’t turn into a media pity party where these people whine about all the money they lost.

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    Alan

    The only thing that could make this group of people more pathetic and disgusted would be if any of them tried to drag this into court and file lawsuits against Poor Harold.

  • avatar

    haroldclown

    Poor Harold?

    That’s the last thing he is after fleecing all that money from the moron crowd.

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