Today was not the predicted End of the World for most people, but it was for some, including those who lost their faith, lost their world savings, and lost face. Where is Harold Camping, the doomsayer, in all of this, and should he be held accountable?
Today it didn’t happen as predicted — and so far my predication that the doomsayers would hunker in their bunker has been more prescient than Mr. Camping’s prediction.
Harold Camping and his business associates and/or followers should be deeply shamed by this inane religious fervour which has once again proven that fundamentalism is a disease we need to treat. So the world did not end today as Mr. Camping had so promoted? His God yet again deserted him and his ilk.
While this fiasco can certainly be looked upon as a sad farce, it is more than that. What Mr. Camping has done was wrong. In his religious fervour, he’s destroyed the lives of many people who believed him (obviously weak minds, but still human beings after all). Over the last few weeks we’ve all seen the stories of those people who have sold their houses and spent their life savings paying on billboards and posters to promote Mr. Camping’s stupidity. We can, of course, consider these people intellectually challenged, but like many people who don’t think for themselves they’ve fallen victim to fundamentalism and today their worlds truly have been destroyed.
So I think, given that Mr. Camping is a multi-millionaire, that he should be held financially responsible for the disaster he’s perpetuated on these people.
What do you think?
Should he pay recompense to the people who spent their all believing in him?
This should be a lesson to us all about the sickness of unbridled belief.
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