published Monday, June 13th, 2011

Rapture preacher suffers stroke at California home

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    In this May 23, 2011 photo, Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show Open Forum in Oakland, Calif. Camping, the California radio preacher who predicted that the end of the world would take place last month, has suffered a stroke. The Oakland Tribune reports that 89-year-old Camping was hospitalized after suffering the stroke Thursday, June 9, 2011, at his Alameda home. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The California radio preacher who predicted that the end of the world would take place last month has suffered a stroke.

The Oakland Tribune reports that 89-year-old Harold Camping was hospitalized after suffering the stroke Thursday night at his Alameda home.

Charles Menut, a regional manager for Harold Camping's radio company, Family Stations Inc., told supporters about Camping's stroke in an online message posted Saturday. Menut gave no other details.

Camping's radio company spent more than $100 million publicizing the evangelist's Rapture prediction over the past seven years. When it didn't happen on May 21, Camping was widely mocked and he called it "a very difficult time."

He has insisted that his prediction was correct and said the end would become apparent on October 21 instead.

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This White Devil will burn in Hell upon his forthcoming demise...

June 13, 2011 at 12:18 p.m.
joeguy said...

They spent 100 million on that garbage?!?!?!?.... Think about all the good things that they could have done with that money to help people. It is sad that they used such bad judgement to spread fear with money instead of love. It is a prime example another misguided "Christian" who feels the swell of their ego by reading the bible and not the joyful spirit of the word to compel good actions.

June 13, 2011 at 12:32 p.m.
rolando said...

If he burns, it will be right alongside Bin Laden, muhammad.

What makes you think the money was wasted, joeguy? Because it didn't help those you feel deserve it? So start your own radio station and you help them.

Shame has nothing to do with it, wildman. Besides, unlike paying taxes to support the drunks out there, going to church is voluntary. But you are right; our schools are "educating" [more like indoctrinating] our youth into something their parents aren't...this has been going on for a couple decades now and their success is showing. As Lenin said, "Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world."

June 13, 2011 at 1:12 p.m.
dude_abides said...

rolando, did you really just try to blame this right wing wacko's lunatic binge on the educational system? You allied this idiot with the schools, and then threw the communist Lenin in to boot! Or maybe you were defending the right wing wacko, and saying we need more of these guys to hold off the communist schools? Phew!

joeguy said that broadcasting $100 million worth of end-of-the-world-crap was wasteful, and you disagree? The only way it was not wasted is if the world has ended. Please tell us why that money wasn't wasted. Do you believe...aw forget it. lol

June 13, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.

Obama spent $100 million to fool the gullible, as well. So pick your religions wisely, eh?

June 13, 2011 at 4:11 p.m.
rolando said...

No, you did, wildman. Remember "...as our population gets more educated, churches are losing members." That's right up there at 12:46 PM, unless you have deleted it.

You evidently missed the point...kinda subtle, I guess. Here it is again:

People become more educated and leave church. Who educates them? Those who want churches emptied...among other things. Our schools -- particularly the higher ed ones -- are notoriously, perhaps infamously, known for their Progressive professors who never hesitate to expound about all the bad things in America, religion included.

Finally, what Lenin said has come true -- which is why I made my comment about you being right on the issue -- it took a few more generations to get there than he claimed, but here we are just the same. If memory serves, Khrushchev said something similar...but having to do with kids and their education. He was right, too.

By the way, I wasn't defending the kook, I was merely giving another side of the story. He may be having his own Rapture soon...

June 13, 2011 at 8:22 p.m.
rolando said...

It was their money, to be spent in any way they saw fit, wildman.

Perhaps, in their minds it wasn't wasted at all...they did nothing more than what our schools do today...proselytize.

Maybe some introspection in overdue into your idea that the money people worked for is something to be taken away and used for something you want to spend it on. That's pretty holier-than-thou, isn't it? ...Thinking your opinions are more valuable than someone else insofar as their money is concerned?

June 13, 2011 at 8:31 p.m.
rolando said...

Rhetorical question, cbtole:

You said, "The Bible says NO MAN shall know the day or the hour of his return." but then said, "However, it won't be on October 21, 2011."

So if the first is true -- and since it is Scripture it must be -- how come you said the second? Assuming you are human. No answer is necessary...

June 13, 2011 at 8:37 p.m.
rolando said...

Sorry, wildman. My posts were directed to you in error; they should have gone to dude-abides [of course].

My apologies.


Dude -- Read those last posts to wildman as belonging to you.

June 14, 2011 at 6:13 a.m.
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