Complaints Against Family Radio Released, But No FCC Action
July 1, 2011 at 4:55 AM (PT)
The FCC has received seven complaints from the public about fundamentalist evangelist HAROLD CAMPING's predictions of Rapture and Armageddon on his FAMILY RADIO stations, and the BAY CITIZEN, the news organization covering the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA for the NEW YORK TIMES, obtained the complaints using a Freedom of Information Act request.
The complaints, which have not resulted in FCC action to date, allege that CAMPING's failed MAY 21st prediction caused or could have caused tragedies (one death and one attempted, and failed, murder-suicide have been attributed to reactions to the prediction). One complainant said that CAMPING "has created untold financial catastrophe and abrogated his responsibility as a broadcaster of public airwaves. His licenses should be revoked."
FAMILY RADIO spokesman TOM EVANS told the BAY CITIZEN in an email, "The F.C.C. has not contacted us, so I have no interest in commenting." The Commission did not comment on the record but employees and "industry experts" told the news organization that the FCC does not intervene in matters of religious beliefs.