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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. evangelical Christian broadcaster predictingthat Judgment Day will come on Saturday says he expects to stay close to a TV or
radio to monitor the unfolding apocalypse.
Harold Camping, 89, previously made a failed prediction that Jesus Christ would
return to Earth in 1994.
The head of the Christian radio network Family Stations Inc says that he is sure
an earthquake will shake the Earth on May 21, sweeping true believers to heaven
and leaving others behind to be engulfed in the world's destruction over a few
months.
"We know without any shadow of a doubt it is going to happen," Camping told
Reuters.
The end of the world!

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His Family Radio has 66 U.S. stations and broadcasts in more than 30 languages
through international affiliates.
His supporters have posted about 2,200 billboards around the United States about
the coming apocalypse, and dozens of followers have driven across the country to
spread the news.
Camping, a civil engineer who once ran his own construction business, plans to
spend May 21 with his wife in Alameda, in northern California, and watch the
doomsday unfold.
"I'll probably try to be very near a TV or a radio or something," he said. "I'll
be interested in what's happening on the other side of the world as this
begins."
Like his last prediction, Camping's doomsday date is based on his reading of the
Bible and a timeline dating back to ancient events including the Biblical flood
survived by Noah.
'IT MAKES US LOOK WORSE'
Camping's pronouncement of a specific date for the apocalypse puts him outside
the Christian mainstream.
Jerry Jenkins, co-author with Tim LaHaye of the "Left Behind" series of
apocalyptic novels that have sold millions of copies worldwide, has a problem
with the prediction.
"As a believer, I'm already a kook compared to most people, so for someone to
choose a date and get everyone excited about a certain time, my problem is it
makes us look worse," said Jenkins, 61.
Stephen O'Leary, an expert in religious communication at the University of
Southern California, said the idea of rapture espoused by Camping and somemore
mainstream Christians first appeared in Christian teaching in the 19th century.
"It is very appealing to people," said Barbara Rossing, professor of the New
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Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago who describes a huge
apocalyptic "prophecy industry" including video games, board games and books.
Atheists are reacting to Camping's pronouncement in their own way.
In Tacoma, Washington, atheists have organized a party for Saturday night at an
arcade, under the banner "countdown to backpedaling," on the assumption that
Camping and Family Radio will change their story if Judgment Day does not come.
At least 100 people are expected at the party, said Sam Mulvey, 33, an organizer
of the event and the producer of a weekly atheist radio show in Tacoma.
"If the world still exists the next day, Family Radio is going to have to say
something and most of the time they backpedal, and that's what we're counting
down to," he said.
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