And nearby seems to be the end of the world?‘Tis the season … for billboards, apparently. I’ve blogged already about the putative “Bible scholar” Harold Camping and his declaration that the Rapture will come on May 21, 2011, and the end of the world will come exactly 6 months later, on October 21, 2011. Apparently, in spite of his previous — failed! — prediction that “the End” would occur in 1994, his crew remains convinced of this lunatic scenario; The Tennessean reports on their advertising campaign (WebCite cached article):

There are 24 shopping days left till Christmas.

And 171 days left until Jesus’ second coming.

That’s the message on 40 billboards around Nashville, proclaiming May 21, 2011, as the date of the Rapture. Billboards are up in eight other U.S. cities, too.

Fans of Family Radio Inc., a nationwide Christian network, paid for the billboards. Family Radio’s founder, Harold Camping, predicted the May date for the Rapture.

The Tennessean doesn’t offer any pictures of the signs in question, but the Friendly Atheist does, and here’s one:

Picture of one of Camping's billboards, courtesy of the Friendly Atheist

Picture of one of Camping's billboards, courtesy of the Friendly Atheist

If you need to know why I’m sure Camping is wrong and has no idea what he’s talking about, I covered all that in my previous post on the matter, and honestly, he’s not worth my having to repeat myself, so I’m not going to duplicate that effort here.

Just a little food for thought: I wonder how many atheists are screeching and railing over these signs, and demanding that they be taken down, because they’re too “in your face.” Offhand, my guess is that none are.

Update: I’ve set up a special page on my blog, counting down to Camping’s predicted Rapture and Armageddon. Just so everyone is prepared … to laugh at Camping’s idiocy, when they fail to come to pass as he predicts.

Hat tip: The Friendly Atheist blog.

Top photo credit: Vlado Stajic.

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  • It's sad. I find myself at times feeling sorry for all these misguided fools who waste their entire lives preparing for their rewards in "Heaven" after this life. Once this life is over, they'll never even realize that they didn't get any reward once their hearts stopped that last time. LIVE NOW, people. There ain't no second chance at this.

  • PsiCop

    Eric, I'm not entirely sure that the desire here is for anything in "the next world." Obsessions with prophecy and "end times" aren't always limited to Christians. There are, for example, any number of "New Agers" who believe all sorts of apocalyptic scenarios, ranging from things supposedly foretold by Nostradamus, to "E.T. cults" and — well! — you name it.

    I think their motivation is similar to, if not the same as, those of paranoid conspiracy freaks like Alex Jones, Art Bell, etc. And that is the conviction that they are right, and privy to knowledge that not everyone else has. The old "We know something that you don't!" thing is compelling. And it has been, for thousands of years. It was, for example, at the hearts of the ancient "mystery cults" and the Gnostic form of Christianity which developed from them.

    Ironically it was "literalist" Christianity of classical times which became incensed with Gnosticism's elitism and insularity, and destroyed it. Today, their centuries-distant just-as-literal descendants have accepted and embraced this very same notion. In other words, these people have met their own ecclesiastical enemies, and have become them.

  • Good points, Psi. However, they're all still pathetic nut cases. 🙁

    Oh, and Art Bell is no conspiracy freak. He's just a very skillful modern day snake oil salesman. He's all about the almighty BUCK! He is the whack jobs' Rush Limbaugh. Come to think of it, they probably have a large chunk of their audiences in common; tea baggers and X-files freaks. HAHA! What a combo!

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