Harold Camping silent after Doomsday dud

  on May 22 2011 1:31 PM

With no sign of Judgment Day arriving as he had forecast, the 89-year-old California evangelical broadcaster seemed to have gone silent on the weekend.

Camping, the head of the Family Radio, predicted that the selected number of people on earth, approximately 200 million, would Rapture to heaven on May 21, 2011 while those left behind would witness the destruction of the earth which would come about on October 21, 2011.

But that was far from what actually happened. Saturday rolled around the world without incident, and as to date, there has been no response from Camping.

Family Radio, the Christian stations network which had spread his message of an approaching doomsday, was playing recorded church music, devotionals and life advice unrelated to the apocalypse.

The Oakland, California, headquarters of the network of 66 U.S. stations was shuttered with a sign in the door that read This Office is Closed. Sorry we missed you!

Calls to the office and to the Camping residence on Sunday were not answered.

While the false prophet said that doomsday would come without a shadow of a doubt, public opinion was against him from the beginning.

The International Business Times conducted a survey of 17,000 readers on Friday to gauge sentiment towards what could be the biggest story in the history of the universe. But despite the hype, respondents overwhelmingly expressed disbelief in Camping's prediction.

Slightly over 3 percent of respondents stood by Camping's prediction that the world would end at 6pm on Saturday. But a resounding 79 percent of 17,000 people polled by IBTimes said that they do not believe the world would end ever.

What of him now?

While IBTimes could not make contact with Camping or his associates, IBT conducted another survey, this time of 20,000 people asking what would be Camping's most likely response now that the earth is still here.

The majority, 54 percent, believe that Camping will unrepentantly claim a calculation error and form a new Doomsday date. As outrageous as they may sound, this wouldn't be unprecedented. Camping famously claimed that the world was going to en in 1994, but, being here 17y later, cited calculation mistakes.

Readers more generally felt that Camping would backtrack on his words and make excuses.

Roughly 19 percent of respondents said that Camping would claim God had mercy on mankind and spared the earth, while almost 16 percent believe he will claim that the rapture did happen, but just in an invisible way.

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