State of California Called to Investigate Harold Camping for Fraud & Deceit

How much damage did Harold Camping’s “Rapture” fraud cause?¬†The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has asked¬†California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate Family Stations Inc. for fraud and deceit.

This is a notable stance from the FFRF, and one that I support completely. During my blogging career, I’ve often wondered if there’s really anything that can be done to stop cults. Sometimes it feels like there’s very little that we can do to affect change in this particular area. Many cults and fundamentalist groups stay under the radar because of their size and because most victims stay silenced.

One way to stop cults and end destructive teachings and behaviors is to hold the leaders accountable in a tangible way, which is exactly what the letter from FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker are asking the State of California to do.

If states recognized the need for investigations into religious groups like this, our country would be a more pleasant place to live in and our youth would be safer from the predatory cult leaders of today.

4 thoughts on “State of California Called to Investigate Harold Camping for Fraud & Deceit”

  1. Doubtlessly many followers will be snookered into not liking this for religious and even well intentioned reasons. But many of their leaders won’t like this because they do not wish to be held liable for fraud, when the general sentiment of religious freedom at present allows the frauds much leeway.

  2. AFAIK, Camping spent any money related to this Rapture talk on billboards and other advertising for May 21, 2011. I.e., he didn’t personally gain anything. Nor did he commit intentional fraud or deceit, since he honestly believed the Rapture would occur May 21, 2011.

    Also, before they go after Camping for fraud and deceit, they’d have to round up the President and most every politician for knowingly and deliberately telling falsehoods in order to get elected. Political fraud beats religious fraud hands down in terms of money spent, stolen or snookered from people.

  3. This is why “investigation” doesn’t frighten me even though it’s common sense to look for political motives in an official group even.

    I’ve seen kids college funds be given to frauds, I’ve seen people totally commit their lives to a ministry thinking the time would be short, I’ve seen people who held to a false promise fall into depression and do terrible things to them self as a result, I’ve seen fraudulent sons of bitches cherry pick a church group and head for the hills.

    These types of things are I won’t be so foolish as to assume good intentions with Camping or his followers because of a little bit of p.r. and also why I feel free to wish that district attorneys could investigate the hell out of each and every instance like this.

  4. I’m an ex-Pentecostal, so I was following that story. One of Camping’s followers seemed like a sweet, naive man who gave his entire life savings to buy billboards for The End.
    I’ve been reading cult memoirs, and noting how many of those who were pulled in had vulnerabilities like Autism or undiagnosed depression. It’s more predation than persuasion. I’d like to see laws passed that would give exploited people more power to sue, and that would make ‘evangelism’ less profitable. This wouldn’t do anything to harm the legitimate religious organizations that make up the majority.

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