Tomorrow seems to be International Facepalm Day.  Lunatics around the world are looking forward to a holy smiting for most of us at 6pm sharp (local time!) as the Rapture rolls around the globe.

The 89-year-old doomsday prophet [Harold Camping], a former engineer who perhaps inevitably comes from California, has prompted a tide of expectation, elation and derision after persuading listeners to his Family Radio Worldwide across the US and as far away as the Philippines to sell up everything and prepare for the beginning of the end of the world with the second coming of Jesus.

If all goes according to plan, those who have been “saved” by Jesus will rise into the air in the Rapture and look down as God smites billions of nonbelievers with a great earthquake rolling from city to city across the planet, and a bit of fire to boot.

“Everyone will be weeping and wailing because they’ll know in a few hours it’ll come to their city,” Camping told the TYT Now online news show. “It’s going to be a horror story of tremendous proportion.”

Judgment day will begin at 6pm wherever you are. The mayhem will move west over the planet, wiping out cities, towns and villages.

Apparently a sound reading of the Bible and some math are enough to figure out the date.

Talk radio has been home to some of the more ridiculous proclamations:

Callers to Christian radio stations have debated what to do about nonbelieving friends and neighbours who will be left behind to endure the wrath of God.

One caller in Oregon wanted to know if he should arm himself to protect his family from the doomed in his street who might be jealous that those who have “found Jesus” were about to go to heaven.

The show’s host assured him that nonbelievers would be too busy being tortured by fire to worry about seeking vengeance on him.

As much as I try to be understanding and accepting regarding the religion of others, it’s nonsense like this that fuels the derision of the more outspoken atheists out there, and harms the moderate (and sane) believers.

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7 Responses to “International Facepalm Day”

  1. Derrick says:

    Yeaaaahhhhhh…. Sometimes, I’m embarrassed to be human.

    Best part? This “prophet” fellow? He’s already predicted this (at least) once before, in the mid nineties. Obviously, it didn’t happen then either. But The Lord was just testing their faith!

    Good grief.

    • Andrew says:

      Well – he was kind of correct….. the Bible did predict that volcanic eruption in Iceland, didn’t it? :P

  2. Pete says:

    Well we survived that one! Only 1.5 year until the next…

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  4. Tesh says:

    Speaking as a sane (I think) Christian, I never took this guy seriously. He can’t even get basic scriptural literacy right. Sure, some will look at him and choose to believe that he’s a prototype for all religious folk, but honestly… I don’t take them seriously either, as they don’t understand basic logic. *shrug*

    • Andrew says:

      This quote is my favorite:


      Saturday was “an invisible judgment day” in which a spiritual judgment took place, he said. But the timing and the structure is the same as it has always been, he said.

      “We’ve always said May 21 was the day, but we didn’t understand altogether the spiritual meaning,” he said. “May 21 is the day that Christ came and put the world under judgment.”

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