I’m Not Quite Sure What To Call Harold Camping

Dilettante is too kind; huckster, faker, fraud, or nut all seem more to the point. Whatever Harold Camping is, he certainly isn’t a biblical scholar. So why would anyone call him a one?
Camping says that the “end of times” will arrive on May 21, 2011. This is his second effort at predicting the end of times. He was also able to convince a few people that the end would come on September 6, 1994. As best I can tell, that didn’t happen. And apparently, Camping doesn’t think it happened then either. But here he is again, having reworked his numbers, with a new claim and with at least part of the press calling him a biblical scholar. And there is one Rick LaCasse who Camping duped about 1994 but who is more than ready to be duped again.

“Evidently, he was wrong,” LaCasse allowed, “but this time it is going to happen. There was some doubt last time, but we didn’t have any proofs. This time we do.”
Would his opinion of Camping change if May 21, 2011, ended without incident?
“I can’t even think like that,” LaCasse said. “Everything is too positive right now. There’s too little time to think like that.” [San Francisco Chronicle]

It would be easy to laugh at this guy if he didn’t have followers like LaCasse and if he and reporters didn’t give biblical scholarship a bad name.
By the way, I predict that the end of times will not come on May 21 2011. In fact, I predict that the end of times will not come any time in 2010, 2011, or 2012. Beyond that, I’m keeping my options open. Will this prediction get my name and picture in the paper or does a prediction need to be completely crazy to get press?