Monday, May 23, 2011

The Rapture. Wait for it....Wait for it....wait for it...

Rapture postponed as world inexplicably fails to end

Judgment Day prophet 'somewhat bewildered'
Judgment Day prophet Harold Camping has some serious explaining to do after his prediction that the world would end on Saturday proved less than accurate.
The 89-year-old founder of Family Radio nailed 6pm EST as the moment at which millions of true believers would be raptured heavenwards, while cataclysmic earthquakes rocked the planet.
New Yorker Robert Fitzpatrick's faith in Camping saw him standing in Times Square at the appointed hour, but he was rewarded for investing his life savings of $140k in a poster campaign proclaiming the apocalypse with nothing more than drizzle and jeering tourists.
He said: "I can't tell you what I feel right now. Obviously, I haven't understood it correctly because we're still here."
Camping, meanwhile, has gone to ground in his California home and has "no intention to speak or issue any statement", according to Family Radio board member Tom Evans.
Evans said Camping's wife described the unraptured preacher as "somewhat bewildered" and "mystified" at the world's abject failure to fall apart.
This is Camping's second shot at pinpointing the Apocalypse. His first effort named 6 September 1994 as the big day, but when nothing happened he blamed a "mathematical error".
When the preacher does resurface, he really should apologise to poor old Fitzpatrick, as well as those who invested hard cash in post-Rapture pet care schemes.

Rapture Forecaster "Flabbergasted," But Mark Your Calendar For October 21st!

Wait for it... (AP)
Debunked doomsday prognosticator Harold Camping finally answered the door of his compound last night to sheepishly acknowledge that the apocalypse was late. Harold Camping, the 89-year-old fundamentalist radio preacher who erroneously predicted that the Rapture would happen Saturday night at 6 p.m., told a reporter forthe San Francisco Chronicle that he was "flabbergasted" the Rapture didn't happen. "It has been a really tough weekend," said Camping. Aw, it seems a Nelson "HA HA, life goes on!" is in order:
And how are Camping's still-earthbound followers coping? Well, anyone easily persuaded the world would end at a specific date and time—instead of the less climactic Apocalypse-In-Process we see unfolding every day—probably doesn't have much trouble coming up with a rationalization for its postponement. "Judgment Day has come and passed, but it was a spiritual judgment on the world," one believer told NPR. "There is no more salvation. Salvation is over with. The fact is we have 153 days, and on the 21st of October, the world will end." Another says we were spared because of the prayers of Camping's flock, and that God "delayed judgment so that more people could be saved, but the end is 'imminent.'" Wait for it... Wait for it...
But a rival Rapture group was less forgiving; gathered outside Camping's compound yesterday, they urged mankind not to give up on eschatology just because of that charlatan Camping. "He's in big trouble with God,"said "Rapture blogger" Jackie Alnor. "It's given people who hate Christianity an excuse to hate it even more." Alnor contends that the world will end, but no one—not even Camping—knows when.

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Rapture Didn't Come May 21, Atheists and Humanists Blamed

Opinion by Jerome McCollom 
(4 Seconds Ago) in Religion / Religion in Society
May 21st, 2011 was supposed to be the supposed Rapture, as predicted by Harold Camping.
Camping is one of many individuals who had stated the time of this supposed event, which didn't come to pass. Some Christian fundamentalist types have said that even though he is wrong, the rapture will come.
No, it won't. It's a fairy tale. The idea that individuals (Christians or Christian fundamentalists in particular) will be teleported (or whatever the means) off the face of the earth is something out of a Stephen King book.
To be fair, part of me was hoping this Rapture event would come about. If we could get rid of people such as Pat Robertson, Camping, Rick Santorum and their still-powerful religious fundamentalist influence on our politics/public policy, that wouldn't be a bad thing. We could have same-sex marriage, a right to die and no more bans on sex toys (they exist in Alabama).
I was listening to conservative talk radio, and who was blamed by one caller for reporting about Camping? Humanists! Yes, humanists like me. See, we supposedly have so much control of America (we have elected a grand total of about 1 out of 535 members of the U.S. Congress) that we humanists planned to have Christian conservatives embarrassed by reporting on this nutjob, Camping, and his supposed Rapture.
See, the same people who want us to be a Christian theocracy get mad when those who don't want that, report on their fellow fundamentalists being wrong. Once again. People spent and gave all their money away because they believed that this Rapture would happen on that day and they wouldn't need it. Is Camping going to compensate them? Of course not. His radio network, called Family Radio, is worth $72 million dollars. Why anyone would give money to this fraud and charlatan I have no idea.
Oh, by the way, a latter caller on the same radio program stated that musical entertainers such as Lady Gaga, Madonna and even Beyonce were trying to turn us into devil worshipers with their music. The first two are somewhat controversial but Beyonce? Really? She went to church and has sang gospel music. Wait, she sang John Lennon's Imagine...

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