Harold Camping, the preacher who predicted last Saturday would bring about the end of the world was mostly met with disbelief and eye-rolling. But some people actually bought into his reckless prophesizing and 20% of the members of his own church reportedly spent their life savings on lavish vacations and luxury automobiles in the weeks leading up to the big event.
Those foolish enough to believe Camping are now left to deal with the financial mess they have made for themselves under their shepherd’s order. Tragically, they aren’t the biggest victims in all of this.
A California woman named Lyn Benedetto was one of millions who heard Camping’s message, and became concerned that her daughters would suffer terribly in the coming apocalypse. She allegedly forced her daughters, 11 and 14, to lie on a bed and then cut their throats with a box cutter. She then tried to kill herself, though police arrested Benedetto and all three survived.
Others were not so lucky. An elderly man in Taiwan reportedly killed himself on May 5 ahead of the Rapture by jumping out of a building. He had heard that doomsday was imminent, and had taken recent earthquakes and tsunamis as early warning signs.
There were other unconfirmed reports of doomsday-related suicides around the world as well.
While these victims were mentally unhinged, Harold Camping’s threats of doomsday absolutely had a hand in pushing these poor people over the edge. Absolutely shameful.
Do you think Camping should be held responsible for those who committed suicide in his name?
(via Yahoo News)