And while it's true that there were people out there who gave away their life savings or quit their jobs to spread Camping's prediction, there is no need to feel sympathy for them. They freely chose to believe the asinine teachings of a wack job. Unlike the case of, say, Bernie Madhoff, Camping in no way deceived anyone. He wasn't running a ponzi scheme or an identity theft scam that lured victims in under false pretenses.
While his prophecy may have been wrong and crazy, at least he was honest and up front about it. And if people chose to upend their lives to support him, well, they did so with their eyes open with no false pretenses involved. It is, however, unfortunate that they have some sort of psychological void in their lives that they choose to fill with a ridiculous belief system.
This whole affair only further proves what many rational thinking people have said before: Organized religion is a scam.