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Weekend Ruminations #3: Prepare ye, O my people, for disappointment!

In about an hour, it’ll be May 21, 2011 (locally), and yet another doomsayer prophet will have failed to make good.

Some Facebook groups about the rapture are surprisingly still alive, though the owners are studiously deleting many comments made by detractors.

But take heart, believers: it’s supposedly going to happen at 6PM local time! Jesus still has 19 hours to get around to this time zone. And just in case he does come back, I’m prepared for the post-apocalyptic hellscape that the world is sure to become…

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Golf club: nice reach; good for zombies. I think there will be zombies…

It’s already 6PM in some parts of the world, but there’s nothing on the news yet about the promised “great earthquake unlike any the world has ever seen before.” Typical liberal media.

EDIT: http://www.familyradio.com/ is down. SURPRIIIIIISE.

EDIT 2: Apparently it’s being DDoS’d. Guess that makes sense.

EDIT 3: That Facebook group is now completely gone. No surprise there – can’t leave any pesky evidence of the false prophecy laying around!

Weekend Ruminations #2

Continuing the weekly tradition of random tidbits of atheist/skeptical thinking…

ITEM THE FIRST:

Pope John Paul II has been beatified and is on the way to sainthood. Sex abuse scandals be damned; the guy supposedly healed a nun of Parkinson’s disease (even though she was never officially diagnosed with anything)! Sounds to me like the sainthood standards are pretty low…

ITEM THE SECOND:

Despite popular misconceptions, atheists really aren’t all that bad. Says the atheist: duh. Says the evangelical Christian: it doesn’t matter how good they are – they’re still not saved, so to hell with them (literally). It’s a great article, but I don’t expect it to change any minds.

ITEM THE THIRD:

When I told one of my Catholic coworkers that I’d had my Easter dinner at a Chinese buffet, she (jokingly) said it sounded like I was basically Jewish. (She knows I’m an atheist.) I wondered for a while if this would actually bother someone who is Jewish; among the Jewish people I do know, it’s a pretty common tradition to spend Christian holidays when everything is shut down at Chinese restaurants (which tend not to close).

Weekend Ruminations #1

I have a bat habit of thinking of random things to blog about, but never actually blogging about them. In the interest of getting those thoughts out to the world, I’m beginning a series I’ll call “Weekend Ruminations,” where I’ll blog about random things that popped into my head throughout the week that I wanted to briefly talk about.

ITEM THE FIRST:

While I was at Target yesterday, I noticed a couple with a pre-teen son in the checkout line with a board game-size box labeled “Creationary.” Instantly, I began wondering whether it was related to creationism, and why Target would be selling something like that. As it turns out, it’s really a sort of Lego Pictionary, where the player picks a category, builds something in that category, and challenges others to guess what it is.

Nevertheless, this got me thinking: there has to be a whole industry out there full of companies that do nothing but make toys for the children of fundamentalist Christians. Back when I was a hardcore believer, I played a collectible card game called Redemption – sort of a Magic: The Gathering for bible-thumpers. It’s made by a company that also makes Bible Taboo, Apples to Apples: Bible Edition, and dozens of other Christianized versions of of otherwise secular games. This leads me to wonder: which companies that I frequently buy from are spending some of that money to promote nonsense like this? I know all about companies like Chic-Fil-A, but who else is getting rich off of lying to children?

ITEM THE SECOND:

I’m originally from a smallish town in Michigan. Lately, some pretty scary stuff has been going down in Michigan; i.e., the Republican-led state government has instituted a policy which allows an “emergency” financial manager to fire elected officials and abolish the charter of a town as is deemed necessary. This policy has existed in a much more limited form for a long time; essentially, the financial manager could step in to solve a city’s budget crisis and would then leave. Now, the party of small, decentralized government is doing its best to promote taxation without representation and use the power of a centralized government to strong-arm city governments to its will.

First target: Benton Harbor, a poor, majority African American city. This city is being targeted by a land developer who wants to take over the public beach and turn it into part of a country club where the annual membership fee is about half of the average annual income of $10,000. The law which expanded the powers of the financial planner was sponsored in the Michigan House of Representatives by the Representative for Benton Harbor.

(Well… sort of. It may be the case that Rachel Maddow, as seen in the clip above, is excluding a few key facts about the story. But even with the corrections I just linked to, the real story is still crazy.)

ITEM THE THIRD:

It’s Easter, a holiday you may know as Ostara, or the Festival of the Goddess Ēostre, or any of a number of other Pagan or Egyptian festivals noting the return of spring and the associated celebration of fertility. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, an event which… well, to put it bluntly, isn’t supported by any contemporary accounts from outside of the Bible, and which was apparently accompanied by events which damn well should have been noticed by some historian or another. Funny that the Jerusalem Zombie Invasion somehow evaded notice.