No Rapture Equaled Bad Weekend for Bay Area Man

Fine weather in the Bay Area this weekend, but no Rapture -- and that meant a "tough weekend" for Harold Camping, who predicted end times for 6 p.m. Saturday.

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, May 23, 2011  |  Updated 5:03 PM PDT
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There wasn't much Rapture this weekend for followers of Family Radio, whose founder and chief demagogue, 89-year old Harold Camping, predicted the beginning of the end of the world for 6 p.m. Saturday. And for Camping, who has had to deal with a pile of ridicule and calls to resign as a "false prophet" since?

"It has been a really tough weekend," the fundamentalist told the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday, shortly before retreating back into his modest Alameda home near the Oakland airport, where he'd been holed up since his prediction failed to bear fruit. "I'm looking for answers... but now I have nothing else to say."

Camping's "Judgment Day" predictions were the cause of much media and pop culture attention since the Family Radio founder rented billboard space in the Bay Area and other metropolitan areas announcing "The Bible Guarantees" the beginning of the end of the world for May 21, 2011.

An earthquake was supposed to mark the "Rapture," when true believers would ascend to Heaven, and the rest of us would suffer mightily until October, when the world would truly end.

This is the second time an End Times prediction has gone awry for Camping. The first was in 1994.

Prior to his predictions, Camping has profited mightily, raking in $100 million in donations since 2004, according to a report.

"He's in big trouble with God," one Camping supporter said.

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