A day like every other

It’s 10:37pm on May 21, 2011. Rapture? What rapture?

I can’t believe what we’ve all witnessed over the last days and weeks. World media – respectable world media – giving attention to a religious whackjob’s ranting about the end of days. Oh wait, this wasn’t Christian evangelist Harold Camping’s first doomsday projection. Originally, he predicted that the world would come to an end on September 6, 1994. When that didn’t materialize, Mr. Camping, hoping to maintain the illusion of relevancy among his followers, modified his prediction of the armageddon to today’s date. Well, we’re still here.

Mr. Camping predicted that earthquakes would strike every region of the world at 6:00pm and that “true believers” would be swept up to heaven and that everyone else would suffer terribly as the world ended.

Let no one try to convince themselves that I am a religious believer, let alone a believer in Christianity. I’m still here. Clearly.

What will it take for people to see that regular human beings are making extraordinary divine claims in the name of their religions – all religions. When will religious people start considering that the people they are looking up to are likely the biggest frauds out there. When will religious people question their religions? When will they consider that perhaps, just maybe, religion is bullshit.

Maybe tomorrow. When they wake up alive. Then again, maybe not.

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