This is the twelfth time I've used the label for failed prophecy since the beginning of 2010, but this is only the first time it's actually been a national news story. Dr. Harold Camping fleeced enough of his followers to put billboards up all around the country proclaiming May 21, 2011 as the End of Days and the return of Jesus. Now the day has come and gone and once again Camping has been proven incorrect as he was twice back in the 1990s, back before the Internet was what it is today and his believers were almost entirely confined to the San Francisco Bay Area.
So here's Daddy Warbucks and Little Orphan Annie singing a song and being all positive. As my pal Padre Mickey points out, the people who were caught up in this deserve our sympathy. Some of their lives have been ruined because they believed in a charlatan. The good padre says Christians are also bound to find forgiveness for Dr. Camping, though he admits that is harder.
I'm not a Christian anymore. I agree the followers are in for a hard time and deserve compassion, though I'm not impressed that they were convinced God was going to destroy the earth due to gay rights. On the other hand, the hand that was taking their money, Camping is a scumbag on the level of Donald Trump, and anything bad that happens to him is richly deserved. I do not know his motives other than vanity, but if he can feel shame, let him wallow in it for a while.