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The End of the World is Almost Here

Over the weekend, I went to the geek convention known as Wizard World. When we were leaving the convention there were a lot of people handing out fliers for their comics, art, bands, websites, etc. There was also a woman handing out religious pamphlets. I of course took one, but didn’t have the time to converse with her about it. The pamphlet is all about May 21st, 2011… the End of the World!

The flier is being distributed by Family Radio, a Christian ministry not affiliated with any church. I am actually pretty familiar with Family Radio. When I was in college, I used to sit in my friend Greg’s dorm room and listen to the group’s leader Harold Camping tell his followers that the End of the World is coming on September 23rd, 1994.

My friend Greg was a devout follower of Camping back then. He is still a pretty crazy Christian but at least can admit that Camping was wrong. But Camping knows how to milk a profitable enterprise when he sees one. So when the world didn’t end in 1994, he just switched the date. I don’t know how many dates he predicted the end of the world for, but his current one is May 21st 2011.

First the pamphlet assures the reader that the Bible is the inerrant word of God and that it is unchanged and that each and every word is original. This is of course not true. Even most fundamentalist Christians acknowledge that some insignificant words have changed. For the record, quite a lot of the Bible has changed, but that is beside the point. The pamphlet then goes on to state that “by careful study of the Bible we learn that in the year 4990 BC God brought a flood.” God told Noah that he would have seven days to escape the flood. Since a day to God is a thousand years to us, that means 7000 years. Then the calendar was off by a year so that means 7000 years after the flood would be 2011 AD. Camping does other bullshit calculations for the day and the month, but suffice to say that it really is fascinating bullshit.

It really does amaze me that even with Camping horrible track record that people still believe him. Camping makes millions with this stuff and has a small army of loyal believers in cities across the nation handing out these pamphlets. This shows the real power of religion and why I can say pretty definitively that all religions are false.

The mere fact that Harold Camping has been able to dupe so many people with such obvious bullshit time and time again shows just how easy it is to fool people. I bet this woman is not stupid either. She is probably a pretty smart lady. Yet she has been fooled so completely by such obvious bullshit. This is a microcosm of all religion; smart people being duped to believe some super retarded stuff.

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  • jed groettum

    i love this….fantastic commentary and explanation. i had a run in with this vehicle again and again in my town, covered with these messages, and took pics to put up on facebook. my friend gave me this link to your page. i very much enjoyed reading. thanks. that’s all.

  • http://ENDOFWORLD MARK

    ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE 2 THESS. CHAPTER 2 IT CLEARLY STATES THE DAY OF THE LORD WILL NOT COME UNTIL THE GREAT APOSTASY COMES AND THE SON OF PERDITION SITS IN THE TEMPLE. SO MR. CAMPING AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE ALL WRONG AND WILL BE EMBARRASED ON MAY 22 WHEN THEY ARE STILL HERE ON PLANET EARTH. GUARENTEED .

  • Beth Purkhiser

    He has been meeting with the right experts and I have confidence he will be very well prepared. And I agree – unfortunately we *do* need to go where some of these kids will have a chance to hear about reality. It may not be a “debate,” but we can’t pretend the high numbers of people who believe this nonsense isn’t a problem for the rest of us. The adults are beyond all help, but some of their kids may benefit hugely from this. Just wish there had been more of a chance to get tickets! I haven’t heard of a single atheist or even theistic evolutionist who was able to get a ticket to this. Sold out in 2 minutes?!? Any chance Ham reserved the vast majority of tickets to provide a handpicked audience for himself?

  • http://www.skepticink.com/incredulous Edward Clint

    I wonder what makes you think this is an education problem. Throughout most of the 20th century, evolution has been standard in biology classes. I was exposed to evolution at least twice before graduating public high school, and again as a gen ed in college.

    Moreover, evolution is a simple idea. It’s not quantum mechanics or macroeconomics.

  • alsarg72

    An intelligent science believing Christian would be a better choice. Cracking the nut of incredibly retarded creationist belief is enough of a challenge without trying to go all the way in one step.

  • Doro

    I think Bil Nye is a great choice, and not just because I teach 5th grade science. :) Dawkins is brilliant but has a tendency to be rather boorish when making his points — an excuse for the theists to insist that all atheists are bullies while ignoring that he makes complete sense.