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Another Boring End of the World. Yawn... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

The End Is Nigh cartoonFor a man who’s almost 90 years old, a man in Oakland, California, Harold Camping, isn’t very mature. He’s been bleating and screeching on the Family Radio Network, a religious broadcasting organization funded entirely by donations from listeners. Mr. Camping owns 66 radio stations in the USA alone, with assets of $120 million. For a former civil engineer, this is quite an improvement in his financial situation, though he doesn’t expect to enjoy it for very long…

You see, the Day of Judgment, the Second Coming of the Lord, is coming up on May 21 at about 6 p.m., time zone not yet determined, Harold tells us. At that time, two per cent of the world's population will be immediately “raptured" to Heaven. I want to be outdoors to see this, of course.

As I’m sure you guessed, the rest of us will get sent straight to the Other Place. See you there!

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written by William, April 06, 2011
2%? It is supposed to be 1/3!
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written by Felicity, April 06, 2011
I thought April 15th was the day of judgement. ; )
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Three Extra Tax Days
written by Jim Shaver, April 06, 2011
Relax, Felicity, this year you have until April 18 to get those taxes done. But honestly, why bother, what with all that hell and damnation and so forth fast approaching? Anyway, it's going to be one hell of a big party!
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written by Phildonnia, April 06, 2011
Not quite "the other place"; Camping has embraced annihilationism in recent years. Those not raptured will endure a mere five months of torment on Earth, and then be utterly destroyed sometime in October.
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IRS excuse?
written by jimgerrish, April 06, 2011
Does the IRS accept the "I was out waiting for the end of the world when it didn't happen and that's why my tax return is late this year; expect the same excuse next year" excuse?
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written by Vic333, April 06, 2011
I think we're supposed to be eaten by locusts, ala Revelation 9:3-4! It'll be quite a sight, that's for sure.
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written by razmatazspaz, April 06, 2011
More on this from CNN - http://articles.cnn.com/2011-03-06/living/judgment.day.caravan_1_rvs-dish-world-ends?_s=PM:LIVING

I plan on having an end of the world party on the 21st of May. At midnight on the 22nd it will turn into a "Left Behind" party. We will then divide up the goods that have been left by those who have been raptured. Just think of all those polyester suits that will be available! And Cadillacs! And Bibles!
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Mayans
written by Wave, April 06, 2011
Wait a minute. Are you saying that the Mayan Calendar is wrong?
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written by Dainn, April 06, 2011
Safety note: if you plan on flying on May 21, 2011, make sure your pilot is going to Hell.
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The Challenge
written by DKrap, April 06, 2011
In one of my less better moments, I sent an email to one of the websites that proclaims May 21, 2011 as the judgement day. I asked two questions:

Will you sell me all of your property for 1 cent on the dollar with an effective date of May 22, 2011?

If you find yourself alive and the world unchanged on May 22, 2011 will you totally renounce your belief in any deity, as well as the bible?

The response I recieved was neither "christian" or civil. Apparently I am already in hell.
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written by Phildonnia, April 06, 2011
Wrong too about "time zone not determined":
http://tinyurl.com/3ruodan
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written by imageten, April 06, 2011
Yea, the rapture better not happen then...it should at least wait until after TAM...
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written by FledgelingSkeptic, April 06, 2011
What I want to know is if these people are SO convinced they're going to Heaven on May 21, why won't they give me their stuff?
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written by Xiphos, April 06, 2011
at 1801hrs on 21 May I am going to heartily laugh at the door knobs who were snookered by this grift. I am positive somebody is making money of the foolish true believers over this nonsense.
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written by lytrigian, April 06, 2011
Safety note: if you plan on flying on May 21, 2011, make sure your pilot is going to Hell.

You only think you're joking. In the first book of the Left Behind series, one of the main characters is a pilot. He's not raptured, but many other pilots are, and planes crash land all over the place.

If you're the "right kind of Christian", you take these novels very seriously.
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written by popsaw, April 07, 2011
Evidently, Harold Camping should have stuck with civil engineering as he clearly does not know his bible. Mark 13:32 reads (KJV)..."But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father."
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written by TDjazz, April 07, 2011
Isn't also true that all people taken up to heaven in the rapture will have candles in their ears?
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written by Ron Obvious, April 07, 2011
Is this Rapture thing a purely American interpretation of the book of revelation? I've never heard of it anywhere else. Also, can I still go to heaven if my 3 names have 6 letters each, like Ronald Wilson Reagan, or should I just sin as much as I can since it's hopeless anyway?
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@Ron Obvious
written by lytrigian, April 07, 2011
It's not American per se, based as it is on 1 Thess 4. However, it's not traditionally seen as a discrete event from the Second Coming. Having it occur before the Second Coming, to be followed by a period of "tribulation", does seem to be an almost purely American invention.
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Top 10 advantages to NOT being "raptured"
written by charlieocean, April 08, 2011
10. Restaurants less crowded
9. Annoying fundamental Christians suddenly gone.
8. Bodies coming up from the grave and flying to heaven help turn the soil for spring planting.
7. Nobody knocking on my door from Jehovas Witnesses...oh wait, they're going to hell, too.
6. PLENTY of great Jewish food and plenty of Jews to serve it.
5. Pearly gates and trumpets deafen Britney Spears ending her recording career (as she will be staying here).
4. Real estate easier to purchase...lots of empty apartments left by lonely Christian gals.
3. Suddenly, no opposition to gambling or casinos.
2. Rock band Black Sabbath and Ozzie reunite for great tour without protests.
1. AND the #1 reason to not be raptured...Oh wait, this all BS to start with, so why are we even talking about it? There are REAL problems in this world that need to be addressed by real humans with a F**** brain. Get to it.

Also, no need to leave cookies for Santa anymore and ALL beaches are suddenly "clothing optional."

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written by JarlNjord, April 08, 2011
It should be said the rapture ideology is a purely American invention of fundamentalist American Christian churches. You won't hear it even mentioned, except perhaps in jest, in the majority of large "main-line" denomination churches.
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written by The_Fire, April 08, 2011
Off cause this have to happen while I'm at the Hub 6 (Torchwood convention).Terrible inconvenient.....On the other hand, it makes one heck of an excuse to grope James Masters: "Sorry, but the world is ending tomorrow and you don't want to denie me one last grope of a gorgeous a...tush, would you?"
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written by William, April 11, 2011
Annoying fundamental Christians suddenly gone.


Sorry, but the annoying ones are not likely to be raptured.
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Billboards announcing this "fact"
written by Magic, April 11, 2011
I was out Friday night and we saw a billboard not far from my house with this "information". But what it actually said was "the end of the world" is May 21. My comment was I think I will keep an eye out for an increase of trumpet sales the weeks before.

I just hope I hope I don't spend my last day with my inlaws.
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The Rapture Lowdown
written by Warrior1461, April 16, 2011
The rapture is a 19th Century invention that began in 1835 by a Scottish Pastor named John Nelson Darby after hearing about it from a 15 year old girl named Margret MacDonald after she claimed to have a "vision" of one.

Also the entire 6000 year old Young Earth Creationist Flood Geology got a restart in the 1840's when the founder of the Seventh day Adventists had a "vision" of one.

In other words they DREAMT IT UP. Like all of Fundamentalist Religion, one persons dream that gives us all nightmares.
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