Just about a year ago, in one my favorite titles of 2010 (“I Like My Crazy With Extra Nuts”) I wrote about the doomsday cult of Harold Camping.
Camping, a self styled “Bible scholar”, purports to have calculated, through means of a Rube Goldbergesque algorithm, the date of our doom. May 21, 2011 (and not Sept. 6, 1994 as he originally predicted) in case you are interested.
Camping and his followers are back in the news as the prophesied date approaches. Here is an example of the thinking…
In August, Exley left her home in Colorado Springs, Colo., to work with Oakland, Calif.-based Family Radio Worldwide, the independent Christian ministry whose leader, Harold Camping, has calculated the May 21 date based on his reading of the Bible.
She is organizing traveling columns of RVs carrying the message from city to city, a logistics challenge that her military experience has helped solve. The vehicles are scheduled to be in five North Carolina cities between now and the second week of January, but Exley will shortly be gone: overseas, where she hopes to eventually make it back to Iraq.
“I don’t really have plans to come back,” she said. “Time is short.”
Before you run up your credit cards in an end of the world frenzy, know this. Camping is wrong.
How can I know this?…