23 May 2011

Rapture round-up

Observations, comment, and snark from around the blogosphere:

Camping disappears, and some of his followers turn violent.

Lady Atheist largely shares my sentiments toward the deluded.

Camping, like so many of his ilk, is a gay-hater.

News Radio has a report from the big day.

The dud doomsday holds a valuable lesson.

For some believers, disappointment fails to quench loyalty.

The atheist-bashing crap never stops.

The end was averted by our new savior.

Finally, Rapture can be fun! (Thanks to Dead Logic for reminder.)


Blogger Rain said...

They probably won't, but I wish the media would turn this into a teaching time about these kind of beliefs. It does not matter one whit that these people stood on a mountain to wait for the Rapture but it matters a LOT that they vote! That is why this should be a teaching moment but it likely won't be.

23 May, 2011 08:46  
Blogger godlizard (aka dotlizard) said...

While i feel that the deluded followers bear some responsibility for their poor decisions, I still want to see Harold Camping and his corporation shoulder some of the financial burden of getting these people back on their feet. I will guarantee you that Camping didn't drain his bank account or sell his home, that he is still living a life of comfort with all his financial needs met.

If he was a decent person, he would arrange for a grant program, where his devastated followers could apply for reimbursement of their losses. *If* -- but I seriously doubt that will happen.

And yes, I realize that people stupid enough to believe Camping in spite of his previous failed predictions do deserve at least some of the hardship they brought upon themselves. But I don't blame them anymore than I blame the victims of con artists who fall for transparent schemes that appeal to the mark's greed -- the perpetrator of the con is still held legally responsible no matter how willing the victim.

23 May, 2011 12:03  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Rain: Unfortunately the media tend to go with the flow. What I'm seeing now in the MSM is a Sargasso of cookie-cutter articles saying "it's time for sympathy, not derision" -- the default herd position is to criticize anyone who's mean to the poor idiots, not that I've found any examples of that on the MSM.

GL: It's hard to see what the legal case against Camping would be. He didn't do anything fraudulent, except in claiming absolute certainty about something no human could possibly know -- just as all religions do. Where Camping differed from most religious leaders was that he made a falsifiable prediction. Most of them avoid that.

I suppose he might try to help people out voluntarily. We'll see. I tend to doubt it.

23 May, 2011 16:57  

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