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Remember radio preacher and doomsday prophet Harold Camping?
His end of the world predictions set for May 21, 2011 and later October 21, 2011 (as well as a series of earlier dates) all fizzled out, but not before countless of his gullible followers sold or gave away everything they owned.
Camping, whose un-biblical theology marks him as a heretic of Christianity, was able to preach his message throughout the world via his non-profit Family Radio Network.1
Two years later public financial documents and current and former high-level Family Radio employees indicate the broadcasting network may soon be out of business.
Former and current insiders allege the situation may be even worse than it appears, claiming donations have dropped almost 70 percent since the Rapture prediction proved incorrect, leading to numerous layoffs of longtime Family Radio staff members.
Those insiders say the nonprofit mishandled the sales of the stations, reaping far less than they were worth, and is on the hook for millions of dollars to devotees who have loaned them money over the years.
Since the failed prediction, at least two letters have been sent to the California Attorney General’s Office requesting an investigation into the station sales and Family Radio’s handling of donations. The office does not confirm or deny investigations.
The paper quotes Matt Tuter — Camping’s longtime right-hand man, who was fired last year — as saying, “You eliminate those three (FM stations) and, ultimately, the rest of it dies. I believe they are killing it off.”
Not everyone believes the network is headed for its demise. The paper quotes a current board member who claims that, like everyone else, the stations are hurting in the slow-to-rebound economy.
Despite its owners’ record of false teachings and false prophecies the network also still has its devoted listeners who, the paper says, “hope Family Radio will return to its pre-Rapture roots as a more mainstream religious radio network.”
Mayoral candidate ‘endorsed by Jesus Christ’
North Miami voters go to the polls today to elect a mayor. And according to one candidate, the outcome should be clear.
Anna Pierre, who previously said someone is using voodoo to keep her out of the mayoral race, has posted a campaign-style flier on her Facebook page in which she claims she is “endorsed by Jesus Christ.”
Do Poor Career Prospects Radicalize Imams?
“Jihadi ideology is often perceived to be the result of immutable, irreconcilable conflicts between fundamentalist Islamism and Western society,” he writes. “But my findings suggest that this interpretation, while rhetorically convenient for actors on both sides, is mostly false.”
Though terrorism experts are said to doubt his conclusions, policy makers and other political scientists are paying attention.
If clerics are indeed swayed by professional incentives, the publication notes, governments might find employment opportunities more effective than prison in their efforts to combat radicalism among Muslim clergy.
Harsh Sentence a Warning to Australia’s Youthful Muslim Zealots
Speaking of ‘radicalism,’ Muslims in Australia will have to take note of the fact that criminal behavior is not tolerated in that country.
Part of the worldwide protests that followed the publishing last September on YouTube of anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims, the Sept. 15 riot turned Sydney’s central business district into a war zone where Muslim protesters attacked police, destroyed public property and carried placards reading “Behead all those who insult the Prophet.”
Freedom of speech is one thing, but this kind of religious insanity should not be tolerated anywhere in the world. Muslims who behave this way have turned their religion into a hate group that makes a joke of the claims that Islam is a religion of peace.3
TIME reports that a 26-year-old Australian man, plumber Mahmoud Eid, became the first of 12 defendants to be jailed over the affray.
On handing Eid the maximum sentence for kicking a police dog and pushing a female police officer, New South Wales deputy chief magistrate Jane Culver said she would have locked him up for longer if the law allowed it.
The hate criminal was sentenced to four years and one month in prison.
RNB’s Links Roundup
- The Sale of Britain’s Churches Should Cause an International Outcry: “In nearly every case the reason for closure is the same: dwindling congregations that cannot afford to look after ancient buildings.”
- Woman accused of sexually stalking pastor confesses to 2004 butcher-knife murder: Clara Rector, whose Christian blog PrayReadLive includes her testimony, is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and aggravated stalking.
- The Perils Of Religious Persecution In Iran: Islam claims to be tolerant, but “Iran is Exhibit #1 for the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalists gaining control of government.” Non-Muslims and even non-traditional Shia Muslims are systematically persecuted by the ‘religious’ devils in Iran’s government.
Also: Once again, the Scientology cult has photoshopped one of its events to make it appear more people were there than bothered to show up.
Plus: declaring saints — Catholic Church vs. the Bible (We’ve got a winner).
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