Tonight We’re Gonna Party Like It’s May 21, 2011

Tonight We’re Gonna Party Like It’s May 21, 2011 October 19, 2011

Hey, remember Harold Camping, the dottering old fool who claimed that the rapture would take place on May 21? Well he postponed it by six months after it failed to happen, which means this Friday is, once again, the end of the world.

“Thus we can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011, on the last day of the present five months period,” Camping said on his Web site, Family Radio. “On that day the true believers (the elect) will be raptured. We must remember that only God knows who His elect are that He saved prior to May 21.”

Camping said he was “flabbergasted” that his predicted Judgment Day on May 21, which followed two failed doomsday predictions, had been false and without multiple days of fires, earthquakes and plagues. He said that Oct. 21 would mark the official end of the world on Earth and this time around, the Rapture would be quick with “no pain” for those who do not believe.

See, this time it’s “official.” Last time it wasn’t. It all makes perfect sense, right? I can’t wait until Saturday, when this one turns out to be false too. And just like before, his followers will be confused — as if they aren’t already — but they will continue to find ways to rationalize that failure just as they have his failures in the past. Now if they actually believed in the Bible, of course, they would stone him to death. That’s what the Bible commands for false prophets. But I bet they’ll just keep sending him money.

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  • Rapture Party: Part Deux

    Dancing to the last gasps of Harold Camping’s relevance.

    Funny, I haven’t seen any billboards this time….

  • ftfkdad

    after listening to an article on this topic yesterday morning it appears actually that his followers are NOT just “sending him money” any more. Family Radio is now really struggling for cash. Perhaps after Friday the only apocalypse will be the one that affects FR.

  • Dancing to the last gasps of Harold Camping’s relevance.

    You wish. But that should have been true on 1 October, 1994 — yet here he is again. Also note that Peter Popoff is back in business, reportedly doing very well, even after Randi exposed him on national TV. P.T.Barnum was right.

    However, if the mean-time-to-forget-prophecy-fuckups is on the order of 15 years, we can take comfort in the fact that Hilarious Harrie won’t live long enough to try this stunt again.

  • d cwilson

    Well, at least he said that it will be painless for the rest of us once all the fundies are gone. I would have said peaceful or wonderful or just have declared how much the collective IQ of the world will go up.

  • pacal

    Once again Fundamentalists ignore that stuff that Jesus’ says about no man knowing.

  • anandine

    A few months ago I heard that some of his followers were suing Camping for fraud,because he didn’t act as though he believed his predictions were true. For example, he didn’t sell his operation to finance billboards warning the faithful.

  • raven

    Harold Camping raised millions of dollars for his failed prophecies.

    Oh well. If the fundies want to waste their money on false prophets and vaguely humanoid toads, no big deal.

  • Aquaria

    So who’s having the party? I’ll bring the Jell-o shots and the Funyuns.

    I think that’s what trailer trash is supposed to like. Is it?

  • carolw

    I have it pencilled in on my calendar, “Rapture,” with a question mark. Old Camping better not flabber his gast too hard when this one doesn’t take either. He might not survive it.

  • The Lorax

    I had a party last time, I’m going to have a party this time. Come December 2012, I’ll have another party.

    That’s my new tradition for the upcoming apocalypses: party hard.

  • You know, it’s funny to think about all the fundies who have made false prophecies about the end of the world. Doesn’t the Bible say something about stoning false prophets to death?

  • bryanelliott

    I hate to be pedantic, and I recognize that it’s all bullshit, but Camping did not “postpone” the event. He had made a double prediction: that the faithful will be raptured on May 21, that there would be six months of tribulation, and that the world would end October 21. The first prediction failed, so he claimed there to have been a “spiritual rapture”, whatever that means.

    Its important to be accurate, even when discussing the absurd.

  • Its important to be accurate, even when discussing the absurd.

    In that case, let’s all note that the two dates are five months apart rather than six. And while he didn’t exactly “postpone” the event, he was expecting the fires & earthquakes in May, and now sees them coming on Friday.

    I have wondered about his money situation, what with not having billboards this time around.

    Maybe he gave it all away in May (snark).

  • LightningRose

    Well that six months of tribulation thing could explain the Repuglican presidential debates.

  • sinned34

    So who’s having the party? I’ll bring the Jell-o shots and the Funyuns.

    I think that’s what trailer trash is supposed to like. Is it?

    I can’t speak for the rest of the white trash, but I prefer homebrewed pale ales and stouts, with a bag of Cheezies (the Hawkins brand, none of that no-name or Cheetos crap). Is that trailer trashy enough for you?

    Also, what the hell is a “Funyun”?

  • it’s a long-term plan. If you keep predicting the end of the world eventually you’ll be right.

    Then, sometime in the next billion years or so, what will the skeptics say?

  • The Christian Cynic

    Now if they actually believed in the Bible, of course, they would stone him to death. That’s what the Bible commands for false prophets.

    To be fair, I think it’s not true that people who don’t think false prophets should be stoned don’t “believe in the Bible.” You certainly can think that stoning isn’t the right response to a false prophet (just as it isn’t the right response for a rebellious or disrespectful child, etc.) as a Christian; in fact, I think the NT indicates that stoning would not be the right reaction.

    On the other hand, ignoring demonstrably false prophets would be a nice start.

  • Aliasalpha

    Anyone else get the impression that old harry is building a doomsday device and his predictions are just veiled threats?

    Given his level of competence so far, I imagine the “doomsday device” to take the form of a dozen frying pans, string, 20 marbles, a mouse and a big shiny button cobbled together into a kind of rube goldberg machine that will take 20 minutes to go ‘ping!’

  • Trebuchet

    Hey, remember Harold Camping, the dottering old fool who claimed that the rapture would take place on May 21?

    I think the word is “doddering”. And the older I get, the less I appreciate making fun of old people. Just sayin’.

    You can make an exception in Camping’s case, of course, because he’s been making these predictions since he was young enough to know better. But why mention his age at all? Is it relevant? If it is, if you think he’s senile, or has Alzheimer’s, is that something to mock? Why not just call him a fundie wingnut, which has been true forever?

  • shay

    You know, I put off doing the ironing the last time he announced the rapture. Hmmm.

  • dingojack

    Aquaria – major reading fail on my part. It took two read throughs to get you weren’t going to wear Jello shorts (now that would be trailer-trash!) 😀

    Dingo

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    Harold – Shay’s suffered 5 months of wrinkly shirts, isn’t that tribulation enough 🙂

  • wilsim

    Alright!

    Friday is going to be the best birthday I’ve ever had! Woot!

  • Let all the fundies get whooshed into heaven on the sleeve of Jesus’ robe and I will party like it’s … um, the best day ever?

  • sunsangnim

    There will be fire and earthquakes? I’m sure on any given day, you can find fire and earthquakes somewhere on the globe, just like the earthquake that coincided with the “boobquake.”

  • dingojack

    Just looked out my window – no sign of volcanic activity, earthquakes, rains of fire or anything! How dissapointing!

    12:45am (local) Friday 21st October, 2011.

    Dingo

  • joethemayor

    I’m celebrating the end of the world by getting married on October 22. Nothing like a blowout celebration to ring in eternal damnation!

  • dingojack

    Now, at 12:10am (local) 22 Oct 2011, and still no rapture.

    Could it be that Harold’s a fraud? Colour me suprised.

    Anyone got Hilarious Harry’s web addy, I feel a massive teasing is due.

    🙂 Dingo

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    Joe – congrats and welcome to ‘Hell’. 😉