May 18 - Christian group leader Howard Camping claims that judgement day will be May 21, 2011. Gemma Haines reports.
It's the end of the world as we know it.. and it's supposed to take place on May 21st. A conservative Christian group led by radio personality Harold Camping, claims that Judgement Day is just around the corner. The president of Family Radio - a religious broadcasting network - says come May 21, believers will automatically go to heaven, while non-believers will face five months of misery on Earth, culminating in the end of the world in October. SOUNDBITE: Howard Camping, Family Radio president, saying (English) "On May 21, there's going to be a terrific earthquake, way, way, greater than anything else the earth has ever experienced and that will be the beginning of judgement day." So why May 21st? Camping says he drew his information from the bible. In the past week, his supporters have hit the streets, to warn people of the impending doom. SOUNDBITE: Howard Camping, Family Radio president, saying (English) "It is going to happen. You know the bible is a very factual book. It has given us example after example of when God has predicted something, prophesised something, however impossible it might look, it has always happened." It's not the first time Camping has made an apocalyptic prediction, he said the same thing would happen in 1994, something he now blames on a miscalculation. SOUNDBITE: Howard Camping, Family Radio president, saying (English) "I've been called every name in the book. I've been called Satan, the man of sin, I've been called a false prophet by experts and it doesn't bother me in the slightest because they just don't understand it all." So what will Camping be doing on his, potentially, last day on Earth? He says he'll be watching the destruction unfold on TV, and praying for all those non-believers. Gemma Haines, Reuters.