Family Of NYC Woman Angered By Donation To Apocalypse Preacher

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a New York City woman is angry after she left nearly $250,000 in her will to Harold Camping, the preacher who predicted the end of the world on May 21.

Doris Schmitt, 78, died on May 2 in her home in Queens. She left about $250,000 of her $300,000 in savings to the Family Radio ministry.

The organization launched a nationwide campaign of billboards and signs warning that Judgment Day was coming on May 21.

Schmitt’s great-nephew, Paul Heuwetter, said the family went public because it is angry about ads that Camping runs urging people to donate their entire estates to his ministry.

The donation was reported on Saturday by the New York Post. The Post said Camping did not immediately return a request for comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Binky

    Right on my friend..

  • p

    Fragile:,,, &

  • Bob Fowler

    Back in the day, we had Reverend Ike, we had Oral Roberts, we had Jimmy Swaggart, we had Jim Baker, we had Jerry Falwell. There are always going to be those who prey on the downtrodden. So often it happens gradually, from sincere and pure origins. I don’t think many of these charlatans start out with the thought of getting rich on the heels of God, but somewhere along the way, just a little extra here or there…maybe break this or that Commandment just a little…

    God will bless the cheerful giver, so I am pretty sure that Ms. Schmit will be rewarded for her intentions. Likewise, that wrinkled old fool will be rewarded for his intentions, although I doubt the word reward will seem appropriate as it is being measured and served.

    To those who want to mock Christians, think of this…if when I die, I was wrong and there was no God, what will I lose? I’ll be dead, and never know that I was wrong. If I’m right, what will you say when you stand before the Throne? Good luck.

  • Barre Flynn

    How does Camping have anything to do with the Catholic Church. Catholic Charities gives millions of dollars to help poor and needy people. If Camping were a true believer he would give all the money back 7 times fold. He is a crook of magnitude proportion. People are also very stupid. My Catholic Church in Coney Island is a great place and the Priest is the best. People feel welcomed there and they help hold up some values for our community.

  • nyc

    The religious zealots that prey on people to take their money are no better then magazine sales people getting elder people to subscribe to years of publications ( which happened to my own mother ). There should be laws regarding religious donations !

  • SOS

    Anybody who gives money to the Catholic Church or any entity or anyone associated with the Catholic Church deserves what they get. Oldfer people are suppose to have wisdom,not stupidity. But I understand the family going public. I am sure they are thinking the worse case scenerio for going public is that at least it will help to educate others on this type of corrupt an immoral conduct so someone elses family member will not be robbed.

  • EricG

    This old man is a sleezy crook.

  • Danny Haszard

    Harold Camping sounds like he plagiarized Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    Jehovah Witnesses are a spin-off of the second Adventist which all came from the Millerite movement.American war of 1812 army captain William Miller is ground zero for Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    Yes,the “great disappointment” of Oct 22 1844 has never died out… it lives on in the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    The central CORE doctrine of the Watchtower,yes the reason the Watchtower came into existence was to declare Jesus second coming in 1914.When the prophecy (derived from William Miller of 1842) failed they said that he came “invisibly”.
    Watchtower reckless predictions of the (1914) (1975)….. second coming of Christ hardens skeptics in their unbelief and provides new fodder for cynics to mock the Christian faith.

    Danny Haszard been there

    • Bink Thomas

      And I love it…. When are people going to give up on these fairy tails?

  • Dale Auburn

    Her family should have thought about that BEFORE she gave him all her money.

  • Harry

    Hi, this is Harold Camping. The world will end right after I get Ms. Schmitt’s inheritance. Unless I’m wrong again, which isn’t likely – but if I AM wrong, keep sending the money. It’s helping me gain clarity of thought.

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