Oakland Radio Evangelist Predicts End of World

The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Justin Berton has a righteously excellent profile of Harold Camping, the engineer-cum-Christian radio broadcaster who has done the math and pegged the date of the Rapture — and the beginning of the End Times — at May 21, 2011. Justin’s a good friend and a former staff writer at the Express; having disclosed that, go read his latest story right now. Camping has gotten the date of the end of the world wrong before, leading his followers to gather inside the Alameda Veterans Memorial Building in 1994, eyes straining upward, waiting for the Lord to show up. (The first place Christ will visit is the Alameda Veterans Memorial Building? Mad props to the architect.) But apparently he forgot to carry the one, an oversight he’s corrected now. Camping says delightful things like, “We are now translated into 48 languages and have been transmitting into China on an AM station without getting jammed once. How can that happen without God’s mercy?” It’s the kind of story that makes us scourge our flesh, for letting this wonderful character operate in the East Bay for years without a decent profile.

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