Harold Camping, the Preacher Who Wrongly Predicted ‘Judgment Day,’ Is Dead

Radio evangelist Harold Camping was so certain that the Rapture would occur on May 21, 2011 that he staked his entire reputation on it. His company, Family Radio, spent more than $5,000,000 on 5,000 billboards announcing the date and a media frenzy followed.

Late tonight, his family announced that Camping died on Sunday:

Yesterday, Sunday, December 15th, at around 5:30 p.m., Harold Camping passed on to glory and is now rejoicing with his beloved Savior!

On Saturday, November 30th, Mr. Camping sustained a fall in his home, and he was not able to recover from his injuries. He passed away peacefully in his home, with his family at his side. We know that each of us remain in God’s hand, and God is the One who knows our appointed time to leave our earthly body behind.

A Kansas news station was a little more honest about the legacy he left behind:

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College Student (Seriously) Argues It’s Tough Being a White Christian in Kansas

It doesn’t take a lot to convince me it’s hard to be gay or lesbian at Liberty University.

for that matter, it’s probably very hard to be a conservative Christian at, say, a progressive liberal arts school like Reed College.

But being an evangelical Christian at a school in Kansas? Not hard. Seriously. Not even close.

So let’s watch Kansas State University freshman Laura Meyers attempt to make that case, anyway:

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Selling Alcohol in London’s Brick Lane? According to Local Fundies, That’s a Flogging, and a Flogging Is Just the Start

“We cannot live among the non-Muslims and see this evil take place,” intoned hardline wannabe cleric Anjem Choudary.

Choudary, a London-based advocate of strict Islamism, was referring to the consumption of alcohol, and issued a warning to shopkeepers and restaurant staff in London’s Brick Lane area where the preacher and his following marched last Friday:

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In Pakistan, Muslims Habitually Prosecute and Kill Ahmadi Members For Reading or Quoting the Qur’an

Ever thought you could get arrested in an Islamic country for reading the Qur’an?

It recently happened to Massood Ahmad.

Masood Ahmad was arrested in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore last month when two men posing as patients questioned him about his faith and used mobile phones to secretly record him reading a verse from the Koran.

Why is it a crime for Mr. Ahmad to read Islam’s holy book? Simple: He’s not the right kind of Muslim.

He is … an Ahmadi, a sect that consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims, and Ahmadis can be jailed for three years for posing as a Muslim or outraging Muslims’ feelings.

Outraging Muslims’ feelings, as we’ve seen time and again, is as easy as breathing.

Some Ahmadis get off lightly with a prison sentence: if what passes for a justice system in Pakistan doesn’t get them, “true” Muslims might.

Some mullahs promise that killing Ahmadis earns a place in heaven. Leaflets list their home addresses.

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Christians Mess with ‘Keep Saturn in Saturnalia’ Banner… and It’s Caught on Tape!

On Thursday, a lovely billboard went up in Pitman, New Jersey, courtesy of the Freedom From Religion Foundation:

It’s obviously a response to those “Keep Christ in Christmas” banners and you can read more about this billboard’s history here.

Over the weekend a family attempted to put their own banner — what seems to be a picture of Christ — over (or possibly under) the Saturnalia billboard… and it was caught on tape! I can’t embed it because it’s on Facebook, but you can view it here… at least for the time being. (The commentary makes it all the more entertaining: “Well, someone paid for that billboard. It’s not like you can just cover it up for free!”)

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