While Harold Camping and his followers were claiming that May 21st was going to be the time of the “rapture,” various Christian apologists were busy warning what they say are “would-be-victims of doomsday hoaxes.”
On their web site, one group said, “Groups like this make Christianity a target for ridicule as in the atheists. It is people like Camping, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other modern-day religious groups which give liberals and atheists ammunition in which to use against Christians. These people do not represent the Christian church in any form or fashion.”
A company known as Eternal Earth-Bound Pets was formed two years ago to “look after your dog or cat or hamster or even llama once you are spirited away to heaven”, says a recent report by NPR. The report says the company’s owner has already contracted with nearly 260 clients and that there is a no money-back policy should the rapture fail to become a reality. Continue reading →
Among thousands of Harold Camping’s critics, Father James Dinwoody, a Christian priest, said that “end of the world prophets are nothing new. There are various sects and cults throughout the western world that prey on the different situations of individuals and their emotions.”
Fr. Dinwoody said “the Church has witnessed this phenomenon for centuries. Some do it for money while others may appear to be sincere, but nonetheless, when their predicted dates pass by, it’s apparent to everyone that they are nothing more than false prophets.”
Harold Camping and his group have been proclaiming that May 21st would be the date for the end of the world, and more specifically, around 6:00 p.m. that day. There is now a group taking bets on what Camping’s excuse will be. Continue reading →
Followers of Harold Camping, an 89-year-old prophet and founder of Family Radio Worldwide, says their prophet is predicting that the end of the world is today. Jerold Hargrove, one of Camping’s followers in Pennsylvania, told Westmoreland Times that “he might have been wrong before, but this time it’s for sure. We have no doubt about it at all.”
Camping has been making headlines with his spectacular claims that the world will end May 21st around 6:00 p.m. but skeptics and cult watch groups that keep an eye of various religious groups such as Camping’s and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, have said Camping has made false predictions in the past. Continue reading →
Monday, attorneys filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia accusing the Archdiocese of attempting to cover up various sex crimes by a particular priest. The lawsuit goes on to say that the victim was lead to attempt suicide as a result of the sexual abuse.
Attorney Jeff Anderson said the priest accused in the case is Reverend Robert Brennan and that at least 20 children may have been abused by the same priest. According to to the lawsuit, the victim was only 15 years old when the crime was committed. The man is now 32 years old.
A court in the town of Gorno-Altaisk is continuing hearings in a trial against Alexander Kalistratov, local leader of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Kalistratov is charged with disseminating banned literature which the Supreme Court of the Altay Republic (Russia) says incited religious enmity and hatred between the latter part of 2008 and 2009.
Jehovah’s Witnesses headed by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, with headquarters in New York, has a little more than 200,000 members of the religious sect throughout Russia. Much of their literature has been banned because the government considers it to be extremist. Continue reading →