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I Apologize to the Noble Turtle…

…But this had to happen.


If you think Camping is at all sorry for the harm he’s caused his followers, you’re mistaken.  In fact, his response sounds more like a bitter parental figure trying to turn this situation into some trite lesson on hard times and learning to cope.

“If the public wants me to apologize, then I will,” said Camping.

In addition, Camping avoided his responsibility of his false predictions. He also said that he is not a genius nor infallible and that the people should have “relied on God and not me”. He has no intention of returning people’s money or compensate for quitting their jobs.

“[Family Radio] is not in a business of giving financial advice,” Camping said.

What. A. Dick.


I keep finding more quotes from this guy and it’s leeching me dry of all empathy I may have felt for him once the inevitable happened and May 21st passed without anyone being sucked into the sky.  I’m absolutely certain at this point that any compassion I felt for this man was utterly wasted.  He is terrible.

“Of course, this last weekend was a very interesting weekend,” Camping said in a radio address, before taking questions from a roomful of reporters. Camping conceded that the “dire predictions” he’d made, drawing attention from media and churchgoers across the world, did not come to pass, and as a result the weekend “was a very difficult time for me.”

Awww, was it a difficult time for you?  Did you have a rough day?  Well, guess what – someone people had a rough day AND they have nothing to go back to.  Yes, they should be responsible for their own actions, but you were more than happy to take the helm and be their fearless Shepard before all of this nonsense was predictably shown to be false.  Yet now, when you’re exposed to be the pathetic, fame-seeking chin wagger you are, they’re on their own?  What a coward.  What a horrible human being.

I’m sure it was a super lame day for you, buddy.

Camping’s comfort for the followers is quite simple. You need to cope with it because you are not the worst. Bringing out America’s experience of the recession, Camping said that though “lots of people lost their homes and jobs, they survived.” He added, “People cope, people cope,” while declining to offer them help.

Yeah.  He sucks.

I may keep updating this post with quotes as I find them, or I may go punch-dance out my rage in a wooded glen.  Probably both.


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Did the quotation omit the part where he added “Suckers!” at the end?


When I heard Camping’s backpedaling yesterday and his claim that really the end is October 21, my first thought was “Ask an Atheist, you need to restart your clock!” And yes, his concern (or lack thereof) for those who squandered their life savings is quite disgusting. What he says about returning money to people seems totally contradictory. I didn’t hear the whole thing yesterday, but I did hear him say “We still have to go another five months… It was given to get the Gospel out and we are spending it as wisely as possible.” But then I’m reading in… Read more »


Wow. Sorry for not adding much here, but…wow.


that’s the yahoo story on Camping’s latest round of bs.

This part just peeves me right off though. what a man of God he truly is:

“But he also said that he wouldn’t give away all his possessions ahead of Oct 21.

“I still have to live in a house, I still have to drive a car,” he said. “What would be the value of that? If it is Judgment Day why would I give it away?”


i’m no bible expert- I totally flunked being Catholic- but doesn’t it say somewhere in the bible to beware of false prophets? it should probably read “profits”. the guy is an ass. Think about all the good that could of come out of the money his followers spent on him. i mean seriously. the total worth of his little empire lies somewhere in the millions. (i’ve seen many different numbers) think of all the hungry people who could have been fed, the homeless shelters that could stay open, children’s services, women’s shelters, animal shelters, etc etc.. the money went to… Read more »


Fuck this guy. Quote me on that.

And also, I look forward to the lawsuits that his victims will bring against him.


While it’s probably going to be hard to do, it would be worthwhile if occasional ongoing coverage of the backpedaling continued. If atheists and others everywhere continued to force this egotistical piece of human garbage to continue his backpedaling on his irresponsibility for leading others astray. Did he not imply a guarantee to those who quit jobs, spent up to live’s savings trying to promote HIS message? HIS claims? It would be nice if there was a clearinghouse where these people might be encouraged to demand that he help rebuild lives that he has shattered. After all, he is man… Read more »


You have the wrong picture in the post (as you obviously realize, because you apologized to the turtle). You needed this one:

Dr Phlebas

Zechariah 13:3 (King James Version)

“And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.”

Sounds fair to me. Ya get it wrong,ya die. Harold, it’s your book, not mine buddy.

Dr Phlebas

Oh and Beth, I think punch dancing in wooded areas is where it all started for Joseph Smith.

Please be careful, and NO SHROOMS!!!

Mike Bethany

Here’s the missing caption for that photo:
“At first I was like… then I was like…”

Joe D

Actually, I’d like to second the idea of restarting the countdown clock. My guess here is that Camping is hoping people will forget him after the completely expected embarrassment. Not completely – he still wants the contributions – but not so much that the rest of the world notices. I’m making another guess, but I’ll bet a goodly portion of the folks taken in are more angry over being seen to have been taken then actually taken. I would not be surprised to find – although how you’d do it, I don’t know – that enough of us poking fun… Read more »

Brenda James

What? I am pretty sure the rapture really did happen. Look around, missing anyone? Well, not this guy, of course.
Let’s give this fella the facts straight up…it happened, you didn’t go. Worry on that one, why don’tcha?


I haven’t read all the comments for this post so please forgive me if this has been addressed previously….someone should draft a legal document that states Harold Camping will repay, in full, all costs incurred by his followers for advertising, lost jobs, mortgage payments, etc. Also he must return all “gifts” his “ministry” took in from his gullible followers. Present this document to him on October 20th during his pre-departure press conference, If he actually believes he will depart the Earth on October 21st he should have no trouble signing the document. If he refuses to sign (as everyone fully… Read more »

Interesting that he doesn’t appear even remotely remorseful. The the value of his radio network increased from 22 million to 117 million. That takes care of a lot of remorse, doesn’t it?

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