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Post by rob_of_the_robots on Sat May 21, 2011 2:13 pm

One of the funniest stories I've read on the BBC. Bless those religionists.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13468131

US atheists are to hold parties in response to an evangelical broadcaster's prediction that Saturday will be "judgement day".

The Rapture After Party in North Carolina - "the best damned party in NC" - is among the planned events.

Harold Camping, 89, predicts that Jesus Christ will return to earth on Saturday and true believers will be swept up, or "raptured", to heaven.

He has used broadcasts and billboards to publicise his ideas.

He says biblical texts indicate that a giant earthquake on Saturday will mark the start of the world's destruction, and that by 21 October all non-believers will be dead.

Mr Camping has predicted an apocalypse once before, in 1994, though followers now say that only referred to an intermediary stage.

"We learn from the Bible that Holy God plans to rescue about 200 million people," says a text on the website of Mr Camping's network, Family Radio Worldwide.

"On the first day of the Day of Judgment (May 21, 2011) they will be caught up (raptured) into Heaven because God had great mercy for them."

'Countdown to back-pedalling'
The Rapture After Party in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is a two-day event organised by the Central North Carolina Atheists and Humanists.

"Though the absurdity of this claim is obvious to the majority of the world, it's a great opportunity to highlight some of the most bizarre beliefs often put forth by religious fundamentalists and raise awareness of the need for reason," said a posting about the party on the group's website.

Atheists in Tacoma, Washington, have headed their celebration "countdown to back-pedalling".

Events are also planned in Houston, Florida and California.

An atheist and entrepreneur from New Hampshire, Bart Centre, is enjoying a boost in business for Eternal Earth-bound Pets, which he set up to look after the pets of those who believe they will be raptured.

He has more than 250 clients who are paying up to $135 (£83) to have their pets picked up and cared for after the rapture.

They would be disappointed twice, he told the Wall Street Journal. "Once because they weren't raptured and again because I don't do refunds."

'No Plan B'

Meanwhile Mr Camping, who has been criticised by more mainstream Christians, says he knows "without any shadow of a doubt" that "judgement day" is arriving.

He says he will spend Saturday with his wife, close to a TV or radio.

"I'll be interested in what's happening on the other side of the world as this begins," he told Reuters.

There is no "Plan B", he says.

His campaign has been unusually widely promoted - both in the US, and overseas, including in the Middle East.

In Vietnam, thousands of members of the Hmong ethnic minority gathered near the border with Laos earlier this month to await the 21 May event, the Associated Press reported.

Chris McCann of eBible Fellowship, one of the groups helping to spread the message, said it had been publicised in almost every country.

"The only countries I don't feel too good about are the "stans" - you know, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, those countries in Central Asia," he said.

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Post by Rover the Sea on Sat May 21, 2011 2:28 pm

COCK!

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Post by StLedge on Sat May 21, 2011 3:55 pm

Still here.
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Re: Let's party like it's the end of the world!

Post by DodgyGambit on Sat May 21, 2011 4:03 pm

the day isnt over yet

and rovers would be safe from relegation if the world ended today cheers

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Re: Let's party like it's the end of the world!

Post by OldhamRover on Sat May 21, 2011 4:51 pm

The Rapture is supposed to start at 6pm, apparently. I'm glad I didn't sleep through it.

The actual end of the world, and supposedly the universe, isn't until October.

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Re: Let's party like it's the end of the world!

Post by super_keith_andrews on Sat May 21, 2011 5:08 pm

It was supposed to begin at 6pm in each time zone, but with some parts of the world already in Sunday, I guess it's a lie.
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Post by Roverdamus on Sat May 21, 2011 5:40 pm

People are worrying about the rapture like there's no tomorrow.



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Re: Let's party like it's the end of the world!

Post by RTM08 on Sun May 22, 2011 11:37 am

Laughing
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Followers of an evangelical broadcaster who declared that Saturday would be Judgement Day are trying to make sense of the failed prediction.

Some believers expressed bewilderment or said it was a test from God of their faith, after the day passed without event.

Meanwhile, the evangelist at the centre of the claim, Harold Camping, has not been seen since before the deadline.

He had predicted that Jesus Christ would return to earth on Saturday.

True believers would then be swept up, or "raptured", to heaven, he had pronounced.

The 89-year-old has used broadcasts on a Christian network and billboards to publicise his ideas as part of a campaign that went global.

He said biblical texts indicated that a giant earthquake on Saturday - which he said would begin at 1800 at various time zones around the world - would mark the start of the world's destruction, and that by 21 October all non-believers will be dead.
'Some scepticism'

Robert Fitzpatrick, a retired transportation agency worker in New York, said he had spent more than $140,000 (£86,000) of his savings on advertisements in the run-up to 21 May to publicise the prediction.

After 1800 passed and nothing had happened, he said: "I do not understand why... I do not understand why nothing has happened."

"I can't tell you what I feel right now. Obviously, I haven't understood it correctly because we're still here."

Other followers said they had had their doubts about the prediction.

"I had some scepticism but I was trying to push the scepticism away because I believe in God," said Keith Bauer, who travelled 4,830km (3,000 miles), from Maryland to California, where Mr Camping's Family Radio is based, for the Rapture.

"I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this Earth," said Mr Bauer, a tractor-trailer driver, who took the week off work for the voyage.

Other followers said the delay was a further test from God to persevere in their faith.
'No Plan B'

US media reported that there has been no sign of Mr Camping since the prediction turned out to be false, while calls and e-mails to Mr Camping's Family Radio went unanswered on Saturday.

The Washington Post reported that suicide prevention hotlines were set up in case believers fell into depression after the apocalypse failed to happen.

A group from the Calvary Bible Church in Milpitas, California, organised a Sunday morning service to comfort believers in Mr Camping's preaching, the New York Times reported.

"We are here because we care about these people," the newspaper quoted James Bynum, a church deacon, as saying. "It's easy to mock them. But you can go kick puppies, too. But why?"

Many Christian groups however dismissed Mr Camping's ideas, with some describing him as a "false prophet".

US atheists held parties to celebrate the failed prediction, while a group of non-believers gathered outside Mr Camping's Family Radio International headquarters in Oakland, California, as the deadline passed.

"It was probably one of the saddest things that I'd ever read, the idea that there's kids out there whose parents spent their college savings funds, who sold their homes," one woman told the BBC.

Earlier, Mr Camping has said he knew "without any shadow of a doubt" that "judgement day" was arriving, and said there was no "Plan B".

He has predicted an apocalypse once before, in 1994, though followers now say that only referred to an intermediary stage.
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Post by super_keith_andrews on Sun May 22, 2011 11:43 am

The Washington Post reported that suicide prevention hotlines were set up in case believers fell into depression after the apocalypse failed to happen.


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Re: Let's party like it's the end of the world!

Post by rob_of_the_robots on Sun May 22, 2011 3:31 pm

RTM08 wrote:"We are here because we care about these people," the newspaper quoted James Bynum, a church deacon, as saying. "It's easy to mock them. But you can go kick puppies, too. But why?"

I do feel kind of sorry for them, but it's still funny.

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Re: Let's party like it's the end of the world!

Post by glosterrover on Sun May 22, 2011 7:49 pm

Not really Rolling Eyes
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Re: Let's party like it's the end of the world!

Post by arover on Mon May 23, 2011 10:38 pm

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Post by StLedge on Tue May 24, 2011 8:29 am

He has clearly fucked off with all their savings, no mystery there!
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Post by rob_of_the_robots on Tue May 24, 2011 12:10 pm

Ah, he miscalculated. I knew there'd be a simple explanation for all this.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13516796

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Post by StLedge on Tue May 24, 2011 12:14 pm

Fucking Lune
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Post by super_keith_andrews on Tue May 24, 2011 2:12 pm

I wish I knew some of the people who believed in the apocalypse so I could have taken the stuff they were giving away.
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Post by glosterrover on Tue May 24, 2011 6:30 pm

Just like Celebrity culture,Religion can also go and fuck itself Mad
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Post by Rover the Sea on Tue May 24, 2011 6:33 pm

glosterrover wrote:Just like Celebrity culture,Religion can also go and fuck itself Mad

Unless, of course, one wants to "use" it to renew one's vows?

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Post by glosterrover on Tue May 24, 2011 6:36 pm

I believe in the sanctity of marriage not a bunch of transvestite paedophiles who worship Captain fucking Birds Eye.....you sarcy Get!!!!! Rolling Eyes
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Post by Rover the Sea on Tue May 24, 2011 6:37 pm

I have no problem with marriage, Grover, I even tried it once but I don't see the need for some supernatural intervention!

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Post by glosterrover on Tue May 24, 2011 6:40 pm

Fair enough Rts,i just wanted to show the woman i love that she means the world to me that's all Lub ,nowt to do with religion me old fruit
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Post by Rover the Sea on Tue May 24, 2011 6:42 pm

What a soppy git you are, in the nicest way, of course

how did the weekend go? Did you get a roide?

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Post by glosterrover on Tue May 24, 2011 6:47 pm

Great weekend ta m8,good food,Great digs,bit of "hide the sausage" so yeah on the whole top quality.....the mrs looked proper gorgeous on friday,i even did a little bottom jaw drop when i saw her Wink
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Post by Roverdamus on Tue May 24, 2011 7:59 pm

Rover the Sea wrote:
glosterrover wrote:Just like Celebrity culture,Religion can also go and fuck itself Mad

Unless, of course, one wants to "use" it to renew one's vows?

lol!
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Post by glosterrover on Tue May 24, 2011 9:30 pm

How is that funny 'Damus??? as you can plainly see i have explained that i whored myself to get what i wanted and never once used Religion you foolish boy Wink
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