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Harold Camping, 89, president of California-based religious broadcaster Family Radio, says the world will end on May 21, and has been buying billboards to spread the word. Robert Fitzpatrick, 60, believes him: the Staten Island, N.Y., man has spent $140,000 — his entire retirement savings after working 26 years at a desk job — to buy bus and subway ad placards to alert people to the impending doom. “Global Earthquake: The Greatest Ever!” the ads scream. “Judgment Day May 21, 2011.” The Bible, Fitzpatrick says, provides “proof that cannot be dismissed,” and God will only save True Believers from the apocalypse. “Most churches teach that if you just believe, you will be saved,” he says, but admits to “just a little doubt” that he’ll be one of them, since “it is God’s choice.” Of course, Camping also predicted the world would end in September 1994 — just one of hundreds of wrong end-of-the-world predictions made by religious groups over the years. What if the latest prediction is wrong too? “Everybody asks me that,” Fitzpatrick says. “I don’t want to talk about it.” (RC/New York Post) ...“I personally guarantee the world won’t end on May 21, and Camping’s followers are fools to believe him.” —Every rational person on Earth
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Original Publication Date: 15 May 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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