He was wrong, but that was what he believed. I don't agree with what lots of various denominations teach about scripture, but freedom of religion and speech allows them to teach what they want, as long as they don't try to enslave dhimmis or impose sharia law like the muslims.
The article talks about atheists demanding congressional investigations and taking Camping to court. These atheists have no understanding of freedom and should be sent to live in North Korea or Saudi Arabia.
You cut this Camping jerk way too much slack. Yes, he has a right to say stupid things, mislead people into pointlessly making life altering decisions only to find out later they'd been lied to, make a mockery of Christianity and to generally be a complete fraud. The rest of us, particularly Christians, have a duty to call out the kind of crap Camping spews for what it is - absolutely nonsense.
While I certainly hope Camping recovers, this is not someone I'm going to waste a whole lot of sympathy on. He's done a lot of harm to a lot of people and gave atheists and others who hate Christianity an excuse to mock fun at us.