SEB PSA: You have 12 days till the End of the World.

Pic of Family Radio Fools.

We're going to be very upset come May 22nd!

If you’ve been an SEB regular for awhile then you may recall back in January of last year when I wrote about Christian nutcase Harold Camping and his prediction that the rapture would occur on May 21st, 2011. For those of you without calendars, that’s a mere 12 days away. Still plenty of time to run up those credit card bills and tell off those family members who think you’re crazy for listening to a man who has already been wrong in predicting the end of the world once already. Your natural inclination is to think no one would take this nutter seriously, but plenty do making a point of listening to his sermons on and handing out tracts to anyone who will accept them.

While it’s always fun to ridicule folks like Camping, it becomes a little less so when you realize just how much some folks have invested, sometimes literally, in his bullshit:

Haubert says the Bible contains coded “proofs” that reveal the timing. For example, he says, from the time of Noah’s flood to May 21, 2011, is exactly 7,000 years. Revelations like this have changed his life.

“I no longer think about 401(k)s and retirement,” he says. “I’m not stressed about losing my job, which a lot of other people are in this economy. I’m just a lot less stressed, and in a way I’m more carefree.”

He’s tried to warn his friends and family. They think he’s crazy. And that saddens him.

“Oh, it’s very hard,” he says. “I worry about friends and family and loved ones. But I guess more recently, I’m just really looking forward to it.”

via Is The End Nigh? We’ll Know Soon Enough : NPR.

My friends and family will be suffering eternal torment and I couldn’t be more stoked!

Yeah, that’s a bit twisted, but this is just sad:

“Knowing the date of the end of the world changes all your future plans,” says 27-year-old Adrienne Martinez.

She thought she’d go to medical school, until she began tuning in to Family Radio. She and her husband, Joel, lived and worked in New York City. But a year ago, they decided they wanted to spend their remaining time on Earth with their infant daughter.

“My mentality was, why are we going to work for more money? It just seemed kind of greedy to me. And unnecessary,” she says.

And so, her husband adds, “God just made it possible — he opened doors. He allowed us to quit our jobs, and we just moved, and here we are.”

Now they are in Orlando, in a rented house, passing out tracts and reading the Bible. Their daughter is 2 years old, and their second child is due in June. Joel says they’re spending the last of their savings. They don’t see a need for one more dollar.

“You know, you think about retirement and stuff like that,” he says. “What’s the point of having some money just sitting there?”

“We budgeted everything so that, on May 21, we won’t have anything left,” Adrienne adds.

Nothing, except for the fervent hope that all of them will be raptured.

Oh, but there will be some major disappointment come May 22nd. These people have thrown away their livelihoods and any aspirations for the future on a fantasy that isn’t going to happen. Harold Camping is 89-years-old so it doesn’t really matter to him if he’s wrong because he’s already lived his life. His legacy will be the hundreds, if not thousands, of people he managed to delude into believing his nonsense whose lives he will have severely damaged, if not outright ruined. He’s convinced them all to take the ultimate sucker’s bet and he’s gonna have some serious ‘splanin’ to do in less than a fortnight.

I often say that too much faith will make you crazy and it’s hard to find a better example of that than Camping and his fools. Still, they have every right to believe whatever stupid-ass thing they want to. Just feel bad they don’t have a Plan B just in case, and I know the chances are ridiculously slim, that Camping might be wrong a second time.

21 thoughts on “SEB PSA: You have 12 days till the End of the World.

  1. Even sadder is that these people will still believe the same crap and just move the date forward a bit.
    No, wait, the saddest part is these idiots are breeding. They lost all their money, so they’re probably going on some sort of welfare.

  2. There’s at least one Camping billboard way up here in Saskatoon at the moment. Someone is going to be wishing they didn’t pay for that billboard in a few days.

  3. So why are they breeding if the world is ending?? How utterly unfair that is to those kids. That just makes me so mad. I always hate it when people who are all about the world is ending and the end is near continue to have kids. Why if you are so damn sure the world is ending are you bring kids into only to have their lives cut short if it did?? Selfish dumbass people.

  4. If they’re into Camping they probably think birth control and/or abortion are evil, and apparently weren’t able to be celebate.

  5. Maybe this guy has a great idea!

    Copied in case it disappears…

    Christians facing the rapture – Will take your stuff – $1 (Anywhere)

    If you’re planning on leaving earth in the near future, contact me and I’ll take those pesky possessions off your hands.

    I’ll take computers, TV’s, boats, RV’s, cars, 4-wheelers or any other thing of value that you obviously won’t be needing. I’m guaranteed to stick around for a bit longer since atheists (presumably) don’t go to heaven.

    Send me a picture of what you got and if you just want to get rid of it or how much to take it off your hands. If you want to sign over your vehicle we’ll just work out a deal where you can continue to drive it until the 22nd. I’ll just have your address and stop by on the 22nd and pick it up.

    Hurry, the end is nigh! …spend the last couple of weeks not with possessions, but with your loved ones and in church.

    If you have pets for an upfront fee I’ll take care of them after you leave. I love animals and since they can’t accept Jesus Christ as their lord and savior they’re gonna stay here with the non-believers.

    “For those who do not have faith when the time comes, I will doubt you before my father, thou God!” – Judah 11:29

  6. The rapture coming up is scary. Not because God got bored and decided to off his followers, but because someone might use his “Last day” to play a real life FPS.
    Although, I do want to see how they cover this shit up. “Oops, sorry, we meant Two thousand THIRTEEN. Forgot to carry the 1.”

  7. I think I might see if this guy needs any more help.

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    We are a group of dedicated animal lovers, and atheists. Each
    Eternal Earth-Bound Pet representative is a confirmed atheist, and as such will still be here on Earth after you’ve received your reward. Our network of animal activists are committed to step in when you step up to Jesus.

    We are currently active in 26 states, employing 40 pet rescuers. Our representatives have been screened to ensure that they are atheists, animal lovers, are moral / ethical with no criminal background, have the ability and desire to rescue your pet and the means to retrieve them and ensure their care for your pet’s natural life.

    We currently cover the following states:
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    Our service is plain and simple; our fee structure is reasonable.
    For $135.00 we will guarantee that should the Rapture occur within ten (10) years of receipt of payment, one pet per residence will be saved. Each additional pet at your residence will be saved for an additional $20.00 fee. A small price to pay for your peace of mind and the health and safety of your four legged and feathered friends.

    Unfortunately at this time we are not equipped to accommodate all species and must limit our services to dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and small caged mammals. [Please note: we can now offer rescue services for horses, camels, llamas and donkeys in NH,VT, ID and MT ]

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    {Note: A portion of income generated from advertising on this site is contributed to community food shelves / food banks in Minnesota and New Hampshire}

  8. Up side to the Rupture, er…Rapture: Lots of free stuff lying around. 🙂
    Down side: Lots of puppies and kitties homeless. 🙁

  9. This game is not exactly new either. Wikipedia recounts many examples of such destructive nonsense.

    I think my old church history professor had a hobby of collecting such stories. You could get him going on idiots who thought they had the end times figured out.

  10. On his website (which is very gaudy and poorly formatted) he has a few PDF files. His apparent kicker for the argument that the ‘end is nigh’ is the gay rights movement.

    What a fucker.

    Christians radicals arbitrarily claim to be the ultimate force of good in the universe. How can they be so good and all that shit when they bully their own gay children into either jumping off a bridge (this really does seem to happen a lot) or turning them into a Ted Haggard. They feel accomplished by doing this, as if they “saved their souls” rather than feeling any remorse.

    Sick extremist bastards.

  11. What a fucker.

    I’m guessing, not recently. Depending on how wide his stance is.

  12. OMG! Down to 3 days and I haven’t got rid of everything I own. What’s a hapless multi-millionaire have to do to get rid of his houses, cars, boats, women, OK, houses, cars, boats. . .



  13. For those of you who’ve been paying attention, today is May 21st and what do you know….the world didnt end. Hello? *tap* *tap* *tap* Is this thing on? Hello? Will the real Harold Camping please stand up?

  14. Not sure what time zone you’re in Robert, but it’s only May 20th here in Michigan. Still got a little over 17 hours here.

  15. @ Moloch:
    Lol yeah I’m here in Brooklyn, NY and we’ve got a former transit worker that really believes in this crap. His name is Robert Fitzgerald and he’s putting up pictures with fires in the background that say Judgement Day:May 21st. The stupid eyesores are all over the bus stops, buses, and subway stations. Oops-it’s May 21st and nothing has happened-funny that Camping cant be reached for comment.

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