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The Most Bizarre Thing About The $72 Million Organization Promoting The End Of The World
Business Insider ^ | 05/20/2011 | Gus Lubin

Posted on 05/20/2011 6:43:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

All of the talk about the world ending on May 21 comes from one organization run by one man: Harold Camping's Family Radio.

At first glance it would seem that 89-year-old Camping is running the biggest scam the world has ever seen -- racking up donations from terrified believers around the world right up until 6 PM on May 21 when... the world doesn't end... and Camping and all of those donations vanish into thin air.

But here's the surprising thing.

Most of Family Radio's revenue -- generated almost entirely by donations -- is put back into advertising and broadcasting costs.

Although Family Radio is valued at $72 million in its latest financial statements the company claims to have around $1.5 million in cash, according to an profile by CNN. It pays $56 million just in FCC broadcasting licenses.

If this is a scam, then it's far more clever than your average fire-and-brimstone hotline. Or maybe it isn't a scam at all.

There's nothing scammy about the website.

Except for a small "Donate Online" button in the corner of the screen, the site is focused entirely on educating you about the coming apocalypse. There's even a FAQ on the site where Camping responds to lots of big questions, like "Doesn't the Bible say no man will know the end of times"? and "Didn't you predict the end of the world in 1994?"

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: eotw; familyradio; haroldcamping; rapture

What happens if May 21 ends and nothing occurs? Camping doesn't acknowledge this possibility:

The Biblical evidence is too overwhelming and specific to be wrong. Christ's people can look with great confidence to this date because God promises His "beloved" He will not come upon them as a thief in the night. God in His mercy has revealed the vital information needed to know the day. Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 will occur because the bible declares it. Anyone whom God has not saved will arrive at that day with no hope for salvation. God warns simply the "door will be shut."

1 posted on 05/20/2011 6:43:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If he was a huge leftist he’d be treated as a hero.

Paul Ehrlich, Al Gore et al have been promoting Doomsday Cultism forever


2 posted on 05/20/2011 6:45:41 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sadly, people like Camping give Christians a bad name. NO one knows when Jesus will return except the Father! It is silly & foolish to make predictions like this which will not come true. It is not a good thing.


3 posted on 05/20/2011 6:48:11 AM PDT by Bulgaricus1
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To: Bulgaricus1

I will post my real response on Sunday. If you don’t hear from me....well, there ya have it.


4 posted on 05/20/2011 6:49:34 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Is there anyone that Obama won't toss under the bus?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think Camping did all this before in the 1990s, if I recall correctly.

Just did a big “Never mind” afterwards.


5 posted on 05/20/2011 6:50:38 AM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!

I suppose if people keep guessing they will be right one of these days!

Mel


6 posted on 05/20/2011 6:50:55 AM PDT by melsec
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m just tuning in to this....so guess I don’t have long to wait. Isn’t tomorrow May 21?


7 posted on 05/20/2011 6:50:59 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: SeekAndFind

My wife was traveling on business this week and received a copy of USA Today at the hotel (trash, we read the WSJ). On Wednesday FamilyRadio had a full page ad all about “Judgement Day”. I just can’t fathom how many get suckered into such idiocy.


8 posted on 05/20/2011 6:52:59 AM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: Vermont Lt

Harold Camping wrote a farewell letter to his staff and followers. You can read it here:

http://money.cnn.com/news/economy/storysupplement/harold_camping/?iid=EL


9 posted on 05/20/2011 6:54:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’ll be pretty funny if the world ended today instead.


10 posted on 05/20/2011 6:54:41 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: basil

RE: Isn’t tomorrow May 21?

Yes, and it will already be tomorrow in some parts of the world in a few hours after this post.


11 posted on 05/20/2011 6:55:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think Camping is 100% wrong. Jesus did say he would come as a thief in the night, and did not promise his “Beloved” no such exemption.

That being said, the tone of the article is one of the big problems that the Western world faces. They don’t believe anyone “really” believes. They think everyone is running a scam. They think is anyone can make a dime off of religion... well, isn’t that what religion and belief has always been about?


12 posted on 05/20/2011 6:59:14 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s just hope “Campy” doesn’t a gun or some pills to ensure that tomorrow is for sure his his last day.


13 posted on 05/20/2011 6:59:51 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Those who endured Valley Forge didn't make their sacrifice to give us free health care)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Take a look at Family Radio’s IRS filings here :

http://money.cnn.com/news/economy/storysupplement/family_radio/?iid=EL


14 posted on 05/20/2011 7:01:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

There IS one good thing about this whole thing: After May 21, FamilyRadio (not to be confused with American Family Radio, which is a solid, fundamentalist Christian organization)) should cease to exist - their leader and all of their supporters will either be gone or too embarrassed to come into the daylight (although they should have ceased to exist in 1994 when his first prophecy proved to be false).


15 posted on 05/20/2011 7:03:05 AM PDT by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m wearing running shoes, blue jeans, a comfy Hawaiian shirt, and taking cigars with me... just in case.


16 posted on 05/20/2011 7:05:55 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yep, amassing money when you think the world will end soon is a sure sign of something being amiss.


17 posted on 05/20/2011 7:05:55 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Their website goes into great detail about why the “as a thief in the night” verses don’t apply. ...just as every such end-of-the-world prediction does, and is wrong about.


18 posted on 05/20/2011 7:08:31 AM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: SeekAndFind
from terrified believers

How can a guy wrote a story about them and have so little insight into what they believe?

19 posted on 05/20/2011 7:08:39 AM PDT by DManA
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To: basil
I hope the World doesn't end tomorrow. I have tickets for the Ballgame with my oldest son and his preschool class. I would hate to miss it.
20 posted on 05/20/2011 7:11:27 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: theDentist

IF tomorrow IS the end of the world, the guys on board the ISS might get a pretty good view of how things go FUBAR down here.


21 posted on 05/20/2011 7:11:49 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: agere_contra
It’ll be pretty funny if the world ended today instead.

The Great Day of the Lord will not be funny... it will be a time of crying and remorse for those who chose not to believe in Jesus.

However, those who believe will be glad to see their Savior.

22 posted on 05/20/2011 7:17:52 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ( Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So I’d be OK if I don’t bother to mow the grass for one more day?


23 posted on 05/20/2011 7:21:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: SeekAndFind

“Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 will occur because the bible declares it”

Hmmm. Does he cite a book, chapter and verse?


24 posted on 05/20/2011 7:21:37 AM PDT by ScottfromNJ
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To: GeronL

bttt


25 posted on 05/20/2011 7:32:11 AM PDT by Matchett-PI ("Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Tax " ~ Gagdad Bob)
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To: ScottfromNJ

RE: Hmmm. Does he cite a book, chapter and verse?

Nope, he makes his conclusion based on the arcane art of Biblical Numerology.


26 posted on 05/20/2011 7:34:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: stars & stripes forever

But the fact that it ended today rather than tomorrow - as predicted - would be funny.


27 posted on 05/20/2011 7:38:33 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Bulgaricus1
"Sadly, people like Camping give Christians a bad name. NO one knows when Jesus will return except the Father! It is silly & foolish to make predictions like this which will not come true. It is not a good thing."

Camping is just the tip of the iceberg

28 posted on 05/20/2011 7:38:59 AM PDT by Matchett-PI ("Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Tax " ~ Gagdad Bob)
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To: PaleoBob

I just looked at the time in Sydney, Australia, it is already TOMORROW (May 21, 2011) in the Land Down Under as I write this. Has anything happened there yet?

SEE HERE :

http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/world.time.tzc


29 posted on 05/20/2011 7:39:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

“Let’s just hope “Campy” doesn’t (use) a gun or some pills to ensure that tomorrow is for sure his his last day.”

I’m ashamed to say that I won’t mind if he does.


30 posted on 05/20/2011 7:40:45 AM PDT by flowerplough (Cuttlefish with asparagus.... or the vanilla paste?)
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To: agere_contra
It’ll be pretty funny if the world ended today instead.

Lock the thread! That comment WILL NOT me topped!

31 posted on 05/20/2011 7:44:10 AM PDT by Mr.Unique (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am very concerned for Mr. Camping and his followers. His Bible understanding is flawed and he is preaching a flawed message. He and his believers are in danger of suffering a grave spiritual crisis.

“A wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgement” Ecc. 8:5 is the basis for his entire doctrine, and yet this passage is found in the context of how a God-fearing man ought to respond to a worldly king. Romans 13 is very similar to this passage in ideas.

When a person begins a preaching stance on scripture that has been taken out of context, he/she always runs the risk of becoming out of sink with the whole of the teachings of the inspired Word.

Those who have more rightly divided the Word of Truth need to be prepared to help the many who will suffer spiritual disillusion because of Mr. Camping’s false teaching.


32 posted on 05/20/2011 8:45:36 AM PDT by daisy mae for the usa
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To: daisy mae for the usa

I don’t think this is going to happ ...... (static)


33 posted on 05/20/2011 8:49:19 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: daisy mae for the usa

sink=sync Oops!!! LOL! :)


34 posted on 05/20/2011 8:51:51 AM PDT by daisy mae for the usa
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To: Scythian

Cute! ;)


35 posted on 05/20/2011 8:53:26 AM PDT by daisy mae for the usa
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To: SeekAndFind

Hope Camping doesn’t kill himself in embarrassment on May 22.

I’d like to see him stick around for the crow dinner.


36 posted on 05/20/2011 9:10:40 AM PDT by Zman516 (muslims, marxists, communists ---> satan's useful idiot corps)
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To: GeronL

I prefer to mock all 3 as morons.


37 posted on 05/20/2011 9:49:04 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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