After the Non-Rapture: Camping's Comment, How Believers Coped

Early yesterday morning, Harold Camping, the radio preacher whose predictions of armaggedon provoked rapture-mania and of course proved false on Saturday, ran into reporters outside his home. He was still alive, and so were they.

Here's how it went down, according to a very clever article in the San Fransisco Chronicle:

But on Sunday, almost 18 hours after he thought he'd be in heaven, there was Camping, "flabbergasted" in Alameda, wearing tan slacks, a tucked-in polo shirt and a light jacket.

Birds chirped. A gentle breeze blew. Across the street, neighbors focused on their yard work and the latest neighborhood gossip.

"I'm looking for answers," Camping said, adding that meant frequent prayer and consultations with friends.

"But now I have nothing else to say," he said, closing the door to his home. 

Read on for reports on how local atheist groups and rival sects dealt with the non-apocalypse.

Meanwhile, Gawker put together a round-up of reporting on "true believers" who had to deal with the failed apocalypse in their own way, from driving cross-country to having their jaws drop in shock when no earthquakes or fiery demons or seraphim showed up. Definitely worth reading.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at May 23, 2011, 4:18am

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