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May 23rd, 2011
03:11 AM ET

Doomsday Predictions: Harold Camping's fringe teachings

Followers of a fringe Christian group led by the preacher Harold Camping believed the world was going to end on May 21st.  CNN rode along with a group of "doomsdayers" as they toured the U.S. spreading their message. To read more about this story from Jessica Ravitz, check out the Belief Blog at CNN.com/Belief .


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  1. xavier garcia

    Camping you are THE ULTIMATE TERRORIST ! comom people don't you look at those poor islamic countrys don't you blame them for terror acts we have the finest terrorist on planet earth right here in our own home land completelly legal and completelly institutionalized what else we can ask for !

    May 23, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Gaunt

    So now that he was wrong, what are the chances that Camping and his collection of con artists will return the millions of dollars in onations they have recieved? According to the IRS Family Radio is worth over 72$ dollars now, based almost entirely upon donations, and they have a portfolio of over $30 million dollars in LONG TERM bonds and stocks. Think about that for a second.

    They knew the world would never end, they used it as an excuse to rake in tens of millions of dollars in donations. This man and his entire organisation should be in jail for massive fraud.

    May 23, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Prima

      Holy cow! I can't beielve that's legal. I'm going have to talk my daughter tomorrow to see what happends to bad kids at school.

      February 26, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. bob

    It's time to start pressing charges for fraud against failed doomsday sayers.

    May 23, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Seb

      Being wrong(and stupid) is not the same as fraudulent

      May 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. trevor

    Harold camping needs to be held accountable for this disgusting abuse of power. This is not the first time he has done this end of the world BS (i remember billboards in 1995 – he pulled the same exact scam... how is it possible that no one reports this????!!!!) and it makes me sick to see people ruin their families lives because they got fooled by this insane corrupt preacher. He has several million dollars so he can afford to be wrong, but the people who follow his crackpot teachings ar left hanging when they find out its all a scam. I hope and pray that someone starts a class action suit against camping and ruins him financially so he cannot perpetrate this nonsense again.

    May 23, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Putri

      where can I find info on bcmoeing a social worker, I live in Co Durham, England, Where could I train? Please help me

      February 26, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Shirish

        Actually the thing that scares me most is that the State of Nevada tnhiks it's just fine for me to drive without my glasses! I only took them off before the vision test on a lark.

        May 12, 2012 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ed

    What I find interesting is that the day after the May 21 failure, Family Radio had a new web site design up.. Web site designs usually take longer than a day, and this was on a Sunday, which is even more rare. Given that Harold said there was no use talking about what might they would do after May 21 (since the events that were to occur), it seems odd how someone got the direction for new work after a time, based on his own comments of zero planning for any future. What seems more likely was that the effort had started some time before May 21 and Harold’s comments are just one more untruth.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
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    You know, this doesn't spisrrue me. If I had to take care of either one of my elderly parents well, there's a lot of baggage there, even now. You hit your kids when they're weaker than you are, you run the risk of being hit when you're the weaker one. It's what you've taught them, you see. I've worked a lifetime to overcome the urge to lash out; having to take care of either of them now would undo all of that. I feel deep sympathy for anyone who is stuck in that position.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
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