Atheist Bart Centre began a business called Eternal Earth-Bound Pets USA some time ago. It’s a website that matches “responsible atheists with Christians concerned about the pets they will be leaving behind during the Rapture.” For $110, the atheists promise to take care of your pets after you are taken away by Jesus.
I know Christians are gullible, but surely no one would pay for this service… they know they’re never actually getting raptured, right? They know their contracts are never going to be needed… right?!
To date, they have collected 200 contracts…
*Hemant does mental math*
You know, I’m in a bit of a dilemma here. Maybe because I like Bart. The last time I posted about his site, it was soaking in publicity but not much cash (as far as I knew). That’s changed now.One reason I loathe people like John Edward is because they knowingly dupe people into giving them money for a fake “service.”
Is this any different? Centre would honor the contracts, no doubt, but he really doesn’t have to because the Rapture will never happen. He knew that when he created the website. He knew (or hoped) that Christians who were emotionally attached to their pets could potentially give him money for the service.
So is this ethical?
Is it different from psychics or tarot card readers who know they have no real power but have no problem taking money from people who think they do?