New Yorkers who believed that the Rapture was to have started this past weekend took the nonevent in stride, demanding answers yet holding on to their faith.
“Our faith is not wavered by this,” said Tim Askew, 60, of Harlem.
Harold Camping, the head of the California-based Family Radio ministry that calculated the May 21 doomsday date, came out of seclusion to say that he would talk about his failed prediction during his radio message slated to be given Monday night. Camping, 89, had said that he was “flabbergasted” the apocalypse didn’t start.
“I’m going to be OK,” Robert Fitzpatrick, 60, of Staten Island, told the New York Post.
Fitzpatrick poured $140,000 of his savings into transit ads proclaiming Judgment Day.
“I did what I had to do,” said the retired MTA engineer. “I still have a pension.”
However, at least one New Yorker said he will think twice before putting his faith in another predicted date.
“I’ll sit that one out,” said Bronx native Bobby Brown, 55.