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End is near for false prophet’s radio network

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.
False prophet Harold Camping
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.

The Contra Costa Times enumerates the financial indicators, and says

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.”

Research resources on Harold Camping and Family Radio

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.

North Miami mayoral candidate Anna Pierre claims to be endorsed by Jesus Christ

Anna Pierre claims to be endorsed by Jesus Christ


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.”

The Miami Herald says

Pierre, a registered nurse who sings the Creole language hit Suk Su Bon Bon (“Sugar on my Cookie”), said Jesus reassured her that she can overcome all obstacles placed in her way.2

Do Poor Career Prospects Radicalize Imams?

In his dissertation Clerics of the Jihad, Rich Nielsen, a doctoral student at Harvard University, concludes that Muslim preachers with poor networks are much more likely to preach extremism.

The Chronicle of Higher Education quotes him as saying

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.

TIME magazine says

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

Notes:

  1. Family Stations Inc. — Wikipedia entry
  2. The correct spelling is Suk Sou BonBon
  3. It is the policy of Religion News Blog to publish news article about crimes committed in the name of Islam under the topic (or tag), ‘Hate Groups.’

Doomsday preacher Harold Camping apologizes

Religious broadcaster Harold Camping says he and his Family Radio network are embarrassed that the world didn’t end on Oct. 21 as he predicted, the Associated Press reports:

Camping also apologizes for saying last May that people who didn’t believe his prophecy that Christians would be taken up to heaven in the rapture on May 21 probably were not saved.

CNN says

The Christian radio broadcasting network that touted Harold Camping’s failed doomsday predictions may be getting out of the prophecy business, adopting what appears to be a vaguer vision of the end times.

“We are to live so that we are ready for the return of Christ, and even pray for it,” according to a Family Radio statement obtained by The Christian Post. “But we also rejoice in every new day, that we’ve been given another day to occupy and serve our Lord.”

CNN also says its calls to Harold Camping and Family Radio went unanswered. It then notes

When the world didn’t end last week, Camping followers who gathered for a regular Sunday fellowship meeting questioned if they had been left behind, according to Brandon Tauszik, a documentarian who began attending the meetings this year.

“Numbers were a bit down, for the first time I had ever seen, but people showed up much like they did after May 21,” said Tauszik, who attends the Oakland, California fellowship meetings out of interest and who never believed the world would end. “People were coming together, speaking outside, asking where we went wrong.”

The faith of Camping’s most ardent followers was not swayed by the recent news.

According to Fred Store, a longtime Family Radio listener, the general belief is “Judgment Day did in fact occur on May 21.”

Family Radio’s website no longer carries explanations as to why the rapture did not occur on May 21st.

Our View
The publishers of Apologetics Index, the parent site of Religion News Blog, consider Family Radio to be, theologically, a cult of Christianity.

It will be interesting to watch developments now that Mr. Camping has issued his apology. However, the lack of spiritual discernment on behalf of the station’s owner and staff continues to give cause for concern.