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Weird Al Ready to Show Harold Camping How It’s Done

The Rapture never came May 21. Nor on Harold Camping‘s revised date of October 21. But switch around those numerals and swap out one weird guy for another, and you’ve got the next best thing for Angelenos–Weird Al Yankovic‘s “Alpocalypse” tour performance at the Pantages Theatre this Saturday, November 12.

One big difference between Harold’s Rapture and Al’s ‘Pocalypse is the fact that in the latter case, children under five will not be admitted. From the show’s promotional blurb:

Weird Al’s first full-length studio album in nearly five years debuted at No. 9 on the U.S. album charts, marking the highest-charting album of his storied career. Alpocalypse features the much-talked-about Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way” as well as parodies of hits by Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, T.I. and B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars. Al and his long-time bandmates were aided and abetted in the recording studio by guest appearances from Taylor Hanson and The Doors’ Ray Manzarek.

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Ho-Hum: Harold Camping Says the World Is Ending… Again

Harold Camping‘s Family Radio is at it again. Doomsday is coming… for the third time in the past few decades. And it’s coming this Friday, five months after Camping’s previous prediction. Here’s what supposedly happened last time.

What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen. That was to warn the whole world that on May 21 God’s salvation program would be finished on that day. For the next five months, except for the elect (the true believers), the whole world is under God’s final judgment. To accomplish this goal God withheld from the true believers the way in which two phrases were to be understood. Had He not done so, the world would never have been shaken in fear as it was.

Riiiiight.

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The Evangelical Take on Harold Camping

Sorry if you’re burned out on the topic, faithful Fishbowl readers, but we can’t get enough Harold Camping. We’re so fascinated by the success of this 19th century snake-oil salesman, that we’ve even taken to reading the evangelical press to get their take on things. There’s been plenty of dull opining going on, but this piece in the Christian Post is the best reported work we’ve seen–trying to reconcile Camping’s false prophecies with Christian ethics.

The Christian Post learned that Harold Camping spent around $100 million to advertise his May 21 end times prediction, according to Matt Tuter, Family Radio’s international projects manager.

Tuter told the Post that most of the money did not come from donations, but from the sale of property – more specifically, KFTL television and an FM station.

“My understanding is that they were soliciting money to help people understand the word of God,” commented Miniutti. “They spent it on what they intended to spend it on.”

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Whoops! Harold Camping Says World Will Actually End October 21

Man, is this guy shameless or what? Three days after he falsely predicted the end of the world for the second time, Harold Camping now says he was off–again–but this time by only five months. October 21st will be the real judgment day.

The AP reports on this hot mess:

Through chatting with a friend over what he acknowledged was a very difficult weekend, it dawned on him that instead of the biblical Rapture in which the faithful would be swept up to the heavens, May 21 had instead been a “spiritual” Judgment Day, which places the entire world under Christ’s judgment, he said.

The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the apocalypse comes. But because God’s judgment and salvation were completed on Saturday, there’s no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network will now just play Christian music and programs until the final end on Oct. 21.

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Harold Camping ‘Flabbergasted’ Rapture Didn’t Come: Still Worth $117 Million

This past Sunday–the day after the rapture was supposed to hit and God would destroy the universe–Family Radio fraudster Harold Camping gave an interview to the San Francisco Chronicle, claiming he was “flabbergasted” by the lack of end times.

“It has been a really tough weekend,” he told the reporter.

Yeah, really tough we’re sure. His Family Radio network was worth $22 million in 2002. It was worth $117 mil in 2008. God knows how much Camping cashed in for in the days leading up to the fake rapture. Camping has been the source of a lot of mockery in the press for his poor apocalyptic prediction skills. Reporters seem to be missing the point. Camping has been laughing all the way to the bank for the better part of two decades, since his first doomsday prediction back in 1994.

We think this rage comic puts it better than most of the writing we’ve seen on the topic.

Doomsday: It’s the Gay’s Fault

Family Radio attention whore Harold Camping must be pretty happy right now. His prediction that the world will end tomorrow is the most trending topic in the universe right now. And he’s using all that attention to…blame gay people for the end of the world. The growing global gay civil rights movement, you see, is actually a sign of the apocalypse.

Naturally then, when Sunday rolls around and God isn’t in the midst of destroying the universe and torturing the sinners, that’s His way of telling us gay people are alright after all. Right, Harold Camping?

Can’t wait to tune in to Family Radio to find out.

Stuff To Do This Weekend: May 21st Post-Rapture Looting

As we’ve told you about before on this site, the end of days is coming. This Saturday to be precise. At least according to Family Radio media media mogul/cult guru Harold Camping. Jesus will come to take the true-believers to heaven, while the rest of us will be left to die a horrible, fiery death on Earth.

So, for all you Jews, Muslims, atheists, Hindus, Buddhists animists, Scientologists…and general sinners out there, how about some post-rapture looting? You won’t be alone. According to the “Post rapture looting” Facebook page that sprang up a couple of days ago, it looks like nearly 400,000 folks plan to hit up their local grocery and high-end stereo stores with their shotguns in tow.

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L.A. Record Holding Family Radio End-of-the-World Mix Tape Contest

As everyone knows, the end of the world is coming in 8 days. At least you’d know that if you’d been listening to Family Radio on KFRN 1280 in Long Beach. Harold Camping, the Oakland-based cult leader who runs Family Radio, says Jesus is coming on May 21st–to kill your ass.

In preparation for their fiery deaths, the good folks at L.A. RECORD are holding a “Judgment Day” mixtape contest.

L.A. RECORD is seeking contributions of original songs written for and inspired by this special occasion, the end of the world, the rapture, jesus, terminator 2, etc. Send your song to fortherecord@larecord.com by May 20! Please put “Judgment Day Mixtape Submission” in the subject of your email.

There are no prizes, but heralding the end times with your amazing musical taste does give you serious indie cred with Jesus.

Make sure to get your submission in by May 20th.

Previously on Fishbowl LA: California Family Radio Doomsday Craziness Spreads Across America

California Family Radio Doomsday Craziness Spreads Across America

Pack your bags everyone. Because in 10 days Jesus is coming to take you on a trip. To hell.

So says Harold Camping, anyway, the 89-year-old leader of the Oakland-based cult/media empire Family Radio, which operates on 66 stations across the country–36 in California alone. Camping says he’s used numbers in the bible to figure out the end of the world will begin on May 21st of this year. And, apparently, according to the above video, people across the country believe him.

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‘Family Radio’ Doomsday Cult Coming To Los Angeles

Has anyone else noticed the billboards all over town that promise the end of the world is coming on May 21st? We’ve seen two already: one in Glendale and the other on Alvarado near Sunset. Well, we just got the scoop on what’s going on. As it turns out, Jesus is coming back to slaughter the disbelievers. And he’s coming soon. How do we know? We heard it on the radio. “Family Radio” to be exact–an Oakland-based doomsday Christian cult run by 89-year-old Harold Camping that somehow has the cash to operate on 36 stations in California alone, including KFRN 1280 in Long Beach.

Aside from their radio enterprise and taking out billboards, a group of 10 Family Radio cultists is currently traveling around the country, spreading the “good news” in person. Their caravan will be coming to Los Angeles this coming Monday to tell us about the giant earthquake that’s going to kill the righteous and send them to heaven, while the rest will be stuck on Earth in the bloody aftermath for 153 days of ‘death and horror.’

Can’t wait!

We’re sure the news of the horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan will only fuel their fire.