I have been wrong before, okay Company? And I will be wrong again many, many times. But I have always prided myself on being the kind of media mogul who was always willing to take a second look at a person, and who was always willing to reconsider their opinion of someone as new facts emerge.
I have been coming down pretty hard on Harold Camping the last few days, in light of his stunning and I thought foolhardy prediction that the Rapture was going to happen this past Saturday. I repeatedly said that he was a quack of some type, and I even went to lengths to imply that he was doing all this for the money and the fame. And maybe he was. Maybe he is just an incredible actor. But I don't think so. His reaction to not being in Heaven yesterday was pretty genuine, and I am ready to waffle on my opinion of the 89-year-old uncertified fundamentalist minister.
Camping's camp was supposedly going to issue a statement today or tomorrow, but he did take just a minute to speak to a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday. the word he used was "flabbergasted" and noted that it had been a really tough weekend. And I bet it had. This was the reaction of a man who really, truly believed in what he was telling people. Going so far as posting a doomsday clock on his website and 2000 billboards across the United States. So much so that he and a supposed 200 million true believers were ready to cross into the Great Beyond.
I have come to believe that he really, truly believed in what he was saying. If he had pawned this off on a calculation error or something similar like he did back in 1994, then I would be the first one calling for the lynch mob because he was just in it for the money and the fame. But he seemed as stunned as the rest of his "true believers" probably were that he was standing in Alameda on a sunny Sunday morning. So I am flipping. I am becoming a true believer in Harold Camping, even thought I don't believe in what he preaches. I feel that I can believe in the honesty and sincerity of a person even though I don't believe in his message. So more power to you Mr. Camping, I hope you get your own personal Rapture, and I hope that you never lose your faith in your message. All that being said, I sure am glad that you were wrong.