Carry on Camping

Carry on Camping May 24, 2011

THE end of the world was originally to be a two-part affair: the “rapture” was scheduled for May 21, 2011, and the total annihilation of the world was slated in God’s busy schedule for October 21, after months of “tribulation”.
But profit prophet-of-doom Harold Egbert Camping, who came out of seclusion last night to explain what went wrong with the first phase of the plan, claimed that the Almighty had a last-minute change of mind. God decided that, instead of physically whisking True Believers skywards on Saturday, then polish the planet off later this year, he would deliver a double whammy on October when a earthquake AND the apocalypse will occur simultaneously.

Camping pictured last night on Family Radio
He speculated here that God, in his infinite mercy, had decided to spare humankind “five months of hell on earth”.
The rapture, according to the crazy old quack, did in fact take place on May 21 – but in a spiritual way.

On May 21, this last weekend, this is where the spiritual aspect of it really comes through. God again brought judgment on the world. We didn’t see any difference but God brought Judgment Day to bear upon the whole world.

In this report, Camping asserted:

It won’t be spiritual on October 21st. The world is going to be destroyed all together, but it will be very quick.

If Family Radio listeners were expecting a grovelling apology from the shameless old charlatan, they were doomed to disappointment. He abdicated all responsibility for ruining the lives of many hundreds of his followers who disposed of their properties and their savings, thinking that Judgment Day would happen at the weekend.
There were people who sold properties blew their entire savings in the expectation of being kidnapped by Jesus.
Said International Business Times:

Now, they will have to take care of rather more mundane realities – like finding a house to stay and paying bills.

The paper added:

The much-publicized case of Robert Fitzpatrick best explained the human tragedy of a whimsical prediction. Fitzpatrick, a retired transport worker, had spent as much as $140,000 to advertise the doom. And there are many like him.

Far from apologising, Camping insisted that he was not responsible for the bad judgment his followers made about the Judgment Day.

They should have relied on God and not me … Family Radio is not in the business of financial advice.

But there’s good news for those dreading five more months of talk about Armageddon. Family Radio will be taking down its billboards, ceasing distribution of Bible tracts and literature about Judgment Day and focusing its programming on religious music and God’s word, not on a countdown to the new end.
Camping said:

We don’t need to talk about it anymore. The world has been warned – my it has been warned. We have done our share and the media picked it up. The world has been warned that it is under judgment.

Hat Tip: Dave Gilbert, for suggesting our headline in a comment on the previous post.

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  • mikespeir

    You sure that’s Camping in the picture or God? I get them mixed up.

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  • barriejohn

    I told you that he would claim that the judgment had been postponed due to God’s “infinite mercy”; I could see it coming. His argument that the Rapture has actually happened, but in a “secret” way, mirrors that of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, (Russellites), who got it wrong so many times that they eventually had to stop making more predictions!

  • AgentCormac

    Is it just me, or might one expect god’s judgement on the world to amount to something a little more than a slight hangover on Sunday morning?

  • Daz

    He speculated here that God, in his infinite mercy, had decided to spare humankind “five months of hell on earth”.

    Should’ve taken all the bloody Christians then.

  • remigius

    I knew there would be a perfectly reasonable explanation.
    Thanks for clearing that up Harold.

  • Petursey

    What a F*cking lying, perfidious, dishonest, cheating, scummy old git this bloke is….whoops..forgot I could have just said typical christian and saved typing.
    I hope he gets sued by the saps who believed his bullshit.

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  • barriejohn

    I have little sympathy for those who fell for this nonsense. In my view they were willing dupes, just begging for someone like Camping to come along. Fitzpatrick even claimed to have checked Camping’s calculations – calculations that were based on the date when “The Great Flood” of Genesis took place. You couldn’t make it up!

  • Harry

    Hold on
    The bible states that the date of the Rapture cannot be predicted correctly?
    Solution: Predict every day. It will never happen.

  • J

    From the smirk on Camping’s face from yesterday’s interview it appears he’s revelling in all the media attention generated. We might think Camping is a silly fool but certain celebrities/politicians/institutions seem equally able, in this country, to abuse and manipulate people for their own ends. If there was justice, Camping should be prosecuted and monies given to effective charitable causes.

  • I’ll bet Christians around the world are praying for Camping to just shut the fuck up and stop making them a global joke. Note how image-conscious Christian fringe groups in the UK have ignored all this.

  • The Woggler

    My prediction is that between now and 21 October, Camping will find that he gets even more people buying into his nuttiness.

  • As a great philosopher once said:

    Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.

    How much more of this shite do we have to endure?

  • Angela_K

    I’m surprised Camping and his wacko chums haven’t yet blamed us atheists and gays for the non-raputure!
    What irks about Camping is that he will carry on, business as usual fleecing the gullible, firm in the knowledge that he will escape prosecution for fraud.

  • tony e

    Whilst it’s bad that his gullible followers have lost so much due to his, blatant, lies, it will be interesting to see how many turn out for the next rapture.

  • Ex Patriot

    Oct 21 will come and go just as May 21 did. The old fool will then make up another excuse and the brain dead idiots will buy into that also and keep giving the old con more money.The ones that belive in him are not able to form a rational thought or to think for themselves.

  • barriejohn

    The “Rapture” came in a “spiritual way”, did it? This is what was predicted by “Paul”:
    The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air… (I Thess. 4:16/17)
    His followers must, indeed, be devoid of all reason.

  • Ed P

    Some guy in New York made lots of money by offering to take care of the pets left behind. He cleverly stipulated “no refunds”. Ha ha ha

  • Dave gilbert

    Hey Baz thanks for the mentch. I thought it went over all but Tony E’s head.

  • God is so flexible he can be infallible and imperfect at the same time. Either he knows, as so many Christians claim, exactly what’s going to happen, according to his Plan, or he doesn’t. But God can be both. That’s like p and not-p existing at the same time. Logical impossibility.

  • Sharad

    What a bastard.

  • James B

    Atheism 31,174 Christianity 0

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    God, in his infinite mercy, has postponed the rapture so that those of us destined for hell do not have to go through 5 months of pain here on earth. How fucking wonderful is that? It decides not to put us through 5 months of pain but is still quite happy with the idea of an eternity of pain! That’s mercy? Shit, I’d hate to get on the wrong side of this god!

  • J

    I was walking my two jack russells today and noticed an advertisement, for the local gospel church, celebrating 70 years of its existence with a magic show. How appropriate, I thought, now a chance to see the illusion of the burning bush, talking donkey and if very lucky the physical resurrection of dead people. I hope they don’t disappoint and may even reveal how jesus turned water into wine. (Did he have a vessel with two compartments?) I better tweet Penn and Teller.

  • James B

    Having missed the end of the world on Saturday, I’ll be sure to catch the repeat

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  • AgentCormac

    Does rather beggar belief, doesn’t it. But then, so does everything these morons say and do.
    As we’ve said on many occasions before, religion rots the brain. And here’s the proof.

  • Stonyground

    Camping is the gift that keeps on giving, we will all have another laugh at his expense in October. By naming May and October to start with, he has left himself some wiggle room, come October he will have none. It will be fascinating to see what his excuse will be, if he lives that long.

  • Broga

    The crass spouting of Camping is beyond belief – or it would be if he didn’t do it. He said, “God changed his mind.” What! An omniscient being changes its mind?


    I’m thinking the rapture was more of a rupture.

  • MrGronk

    Broga, every time you pray, you’re asking an omniscient being to change its mind. Not that YOU pray, of course, but this little contradiction seems lost on those who do.

  • “The bible guarantees it”. Ha

  • Once upon a time individuals like Harold Camping would have been tarred and feathered like the charlatans they are.
    What we call “Revelations” is only a fantasy delusion of a diseased mind. There shall be no Apocalypse, no Second coming, no raapture, ever. The whole End of the World charade is only a glorified myth, like Ragnarok. It isn’t true. The whole bible is glorified collections of sayings, homilies and myths. Far from being “Inerrant” is full of errors,horrors and lies. We should denounce this idiotic bibiolathry!

  • Stonyground

    As this story has unfolded, I have had some difficulty in comprehending the actual level of ignorance and stupidity needed to have been taken in by this guy. I can believe that it happened to the Millerites in the eighteenth century, because education was patchy and there were people around who were illiterate and totally dependant on supposedly better informed people to tell them what to think. Surely, in the twenty-first century where everyone in the west is entitled to have an education provided by the state, these people are without excuse. The comprehensive education that I received in the seventies was pretty poor but they taught me to read. Being able to read means that you can augment your basic education for the rest of your life, the only limit being the capacity of your brain to absorb information.

  • What’s sad is there are actually people who will fall for this bullshit excuse. When you’ve been raised to be credulous and to believe anything put forth by someone who claims to speak for god, you’ll fall for anything.

  • Normand

    Sorry, but I can’t feel any sympathy for these Bible thumpers for the reason that they are the first ones to use their magic book to justify condemning and crucifying and oppressing anyone they don’t agree with as if they and they only have a monopoly on truth and if they are stupid enough to believe all the crap and venom that spews from the mouths of idiots like Camping then so be it. Maybe after being fooled times and times again they will see that religious racket for what it really is and it will be their turn to see the light.

  • Normand

    By the way, The Rapture is nothing new in our house because after my partner takes a shower I find clothes on the floor all over the house. Have a great day one and all.

  • There is no god

    Only people who have a childish mind, can believe in the fiction of God, can believe in heaven and hell, can pray to the empty sky.
    The ordinary masses whose average intelligence quotient is not more than seven years. (their bodies go on growing to seventy, eighty, but the mind stays somewhere between seven and fourteen; very rarely a man passes beyond fourteen)
    God is an insult to existence, to intelligence, to man, to consciousness, to everything!
    God-oriented religions are a disease of the soul, a sickness of the mind, because God is only your fear, your dread, your anxiety, your insecurity.
    All that is needed is to drop all sick fantasies.
    Nothing has been contributed by monotheist religions to the world except war.
    But believers don’t understand logic, don’t understand argument.
    A believer will not see the truth; he will try to continue his belief in a lie, he will make all kinds of excuses.
    It is all psychological sickness.
    What is faith? It is always blind.
    A man who knows does not need faith.
    Faith is always in the other – in Jesus, in God, in heaven, in hell.
    It is always outside you, and truth is within you.
    Faith is needed for exploitation.
    It is faith which has kept humanity ignorant.
    Religions teach faith because they cannot help you to find the truth.
    They themselves don’t know where truth is.
    To think of God as a person is just imagination.
    There is no person as God; all personality is human projection.
    And God being a fiction, your prayer is false, and your religiousness is imposed.
    Anything imposed from outside destroys you, your freedom, your individuality.
    Your inner space is completely closed.
    Belief in God is keeping billions of people locked outside their own consciousness.
    True religiousness is your own interiority, your own inner space.
    It is your innermost core.
    It is an inward journey. It opens up only in deep meditation.
    It is Intuitive (No Mind)
    Intuition will give you a tremendous clarity, understanding, a new kind of intelligence of which you are absolutely unaware.
    Intuition cannot be translated into intellect.
    Intuition is given by your own nature, from inside.
    You have your guide within you.
    Does the Christian church know the truth?
    It has, in fact, no way to reach to the truth. Prayer is not the way, because prayer is based on belief in a God.
    So it is not a question of faith or belief, it is a question of deepest inquiry into your own being, into your own consciousness.
    The reality is that the truth should be revealed, that the people should come to understand what is false and what is not false.
    The only true religion there is, is the art of changing the unconscious mind into consciousness.
    Osho – The God Conspiracy

  • Rozi

    The local gospel church was doing a lot of (dis-jointed) loud, plugged in singing on the Saturday. It didn’t occur to me it might have something to do with the rapture. I would have been glad for them to get sucked up to heaven and left the rest of the street in peace.