Harold Camping has retired as head of FamilyRadio.com, and the radio website has pulled all mention of the failed apocalyptic predictions, according to the Christian Post.
The move comes soon after Brandon Tauszik, a documentarian who has been attending Camping’s Oakland, Calif., church for eight months, confirmed with The Christian Post in an exclusive interview that the Bible preacher has informed those close to him that he will effectively retire.
Additionally, Tauszik told CP that Camping has changed his views about the possibility that one can know the exact date of the end of the world, a notion that Camping has maintained for at least 20 years; the doomsday prophet made his first public end of the world prediction in 1992, claiming the world would end in 1994.
The man’s net worth, after having bilked a number of people out of their life savings with his apocalyptic predictions and requests for donations, is $75 million USD. So, he’s definitely quitting while he’s ahead — WAY ahead.
Since he’s failed in his predictions of the apocalypse so often, and since the Bible explicitly says that one cannot know in advance when Judgment Day is coming, one could be inclined to suggest that Camping does not know the Bible very well. The fact that he’s failed in his predictions a dozen or so times since he started making them, and it’s taken this many to change his mind about the possibility that the Rapture could be predicted, is quite telling as to his own biblical knowledge. Otherwise, he might know that unless he gives up his worldly possessions (and gets a sword), he’s going to hell. In fact, he must give up ALL his possessions to the poor. Everything. Every last cent. And given that he’s about 90 years old now, and he had a stroke shortly after his failed prediction in May, this dog’s not going to be in the hunt for much longer.
But you know what? I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in the Bible, and I don’t believe in God, and I don’t believe in the Rapture. I suspect none of these things are true, absent any corroborating evidence (and in almost two thousand years, none is forthcoming). And since no evidence has been presented that any of these things are true, there’s no reason, in my mind, why he should give up his hard-“earned” cash.
Excepting, of course, the fact that taking people’s money under false pretenses is fraud, and illegal. And since there’s probably no afterlife, this man is very close to escaping this mortal coil having perpetrated an obscene series of frauds without ever being brought to justice. I move that Harold Camping give every last cent of his net worth back to Family Radio, then Family Radio, worth $122 million itself, give every last cent back to every donor that has contributed funds. Then, when everyone’s donations are covered and people are able to resume living their lives as they had before Camping came along, Family Radio should be shuttered, liquidated, and every cent of the liquidation be given to any number of charities. They can even be religious charities for all I care. Remember, if this doesn’t happen, Camping is going to hell according to the very book he used to win all that money from all those duped religious folk.
And to make our secular wrath complete, charge Camping with reckless endangerment. A very sick woman almost killed her daughters and herself because Camping put the idea in her head that they’d suffer the tribulation. That blood is on Camping’s hands, as far as I’m concerned.