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I'm a bit perturbed by the amount of time and resources that Family Radio is spending promoting this campaign. They haven't stopped with advertising in the continental US - they've got paid advertising for their doomsday prediction as far away as Thailand. These people are devoting everything they have to warning the world about an apocalypse they're certain is going to come this year.
I've considered three possible outcomes of their efforts, in increasing order of gravity (though decreasing order of likelihood):
- They all wait around to be raptured on May 21st and nothing happens. Some of them, disillusioned, abandon the cult and try to put their lives back together. Others go on to form their own cults, as happened after the Great Disappointment of October 22, 1844. The rest of the world laughs it off.
- They turn out to be a suicide cult like Jim Jones' "People's Temple" and all end up dead on May 21st, spending their last moments believing they're being raptured and not giving much thought to the odd aftertaste the Kool-Aid seems to have.
- They turn out to be a terroristic cult like Aum Shinrikyo and carry out some sort of horrifying WMD attack loosely based on some verses from the Book of Revelation.
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And now I see that the who's-who of today's atheists are throwing a Rapture Party! If it weren't in California, I'd at least consider going, but I'm going to just stay here in Ohio. Anyone want to join me for a beer on May 21st?