I’m a Christian. I do believe that at some point, this world will come to an end. (And if you think I’m going to get into the millennial debate, you are sadly mistaken.) And I also believe, because the Bible says so, that not even Jesus knows the hour He will return. (Matt. 24:36.) So when Harold Camping made his doomsday prediction, I cared about it as much as I care about National Hockey League scores, or the latest episode of “Jersey Shore.” (And the man is 89. Maybe he’s not really all there, mentally, and deserves a little break from the press and public?)
But how come one misguided man gets nation-wide ridicule for his blatherings, but learned scientists who’ve been sounding the klaxons about the global warming devastation that is just around the corner don’t get called on the carpet for their completely erroneous predictions?
Why does anybody care what Harold Camping says? Why does anybody even know who he is? “Doomsday Cult Leader Predicts End of World” is the biggest “Dog Bites Man” headline since the dog bit the man. And yet the news has gone nuts over this guy. I couldn’t really put my finger on why I do not care about this story, until I read something James Taranto wrote yesterday:
Why are only religious doomsday cultists subjected to such ridicule? Reuters notes that “Camping previously made a failed prediction Jesus Christ would return to Earth in 1994.” Ha ha, you can’t believe anything this guy says! But who jeered at the U.N.’s false prediction that there would be 50 million “climate refugees” by 2010? We did, but not Reuters.
That’s it right there: The end of the world only counts when they predict it. Taranto calls Camping “the Christian Al Gore,” and he’s exactly right. Well, Camping obviously has better control over his between-meal snacking, but other than that.