Back in 2011, Harold Camping of American Family Radio made one of the few mistakes a religious nut can make that will scuttle his business and ruin his career: he predicted the end of the world not once, but twice. First was in May of that year, and then again in October because he realized he didn’t carry the two. When both dates came and went with no volcanoes, meteors, earthquakes, or whores of Babylon, his followers began to get a little suspicious.
Funny thing is, it wasn’t the first time he made a prediction of the end of the world. Back in 1992 he predicted that the end would be on September 6, 1994. When the big day came and went, he admitted he made a mistake but enough people still gave him money to keep his business afloat.
The Contra Costa Times reported that the ministry has sold its prominent stations and laid off veteran staffers, with net assets dropping from $135 million in 2007 to $29.2 million in 2011, according to tax records.
The newspaper said Family Radio has sold its three largest radio stations, and saw its cash on hand drop from $1.5 million to $282,880 in 2011. Since the incorrect prediction, donations have dropped 70 percent, ministry insiders told the newspaper. Records indicate the network took out a loan to keep going.
My guess is that this guy has made enough of a fool of himself that people have finally written him off as the crackpot he is. With the loss of his donations and the sale of his major stations, this spells the end of American Family Radio, and the career of someone who made it his life’s work telling people that God decided whether they were saved or condemned before time began.
That’s a damned shame. I’m going to miss him so much.