Sorry if you’re burned out on the topic, faithful Fishbowl readers, but we can’t get enough Harold Camping. We’re so fascinated by the success of this 19th century snake-oil salesman, that we’ve even taken to reading the evangelical press to get their take on things. There’s been plenty of dull opining going on, but this piece in the Christian Post is the best reported work we’ve seen–trying to reconcile Camping’s false prophecies with Christian ethics.
The Christian Post learned that Harold Camping spent around $100 million to advertise his May 21 end times prediction, according to Matt Tuter, Family Radio’s international projects manager.
Tuter told the Post that most of the money did not come from donations, but from the sale of property – more specifically, KFTL television and an FM station.
“My understanding is that they were soliciting money to help people understand the word of God,” commented Miniutti. “They spent it on what they intended to spend it on.”
But there’s a twist!
Tuter also told CP that most of the staff at Family Radio, including himself, are not followers of Camping and do not believe in his Judgment Day predictions.
Miniutti acknowledged, “It’s unethical if people doing soliciting didn’t believe that the rapture wasn’t going to happen in the first place.”
Incidentally, the comments on the story are fantastic. In discussing whether Christians should sue Camping for giving them a bad name, one woman quite earnestly says she doesn’t think Camping should be sued, but suggests “stoning” him instead for being a false profit…er prophet. She appears to be quite serious.
Previously on Fishbowl LA: Whoops! Harold Camping Says World Will Actually End October 21