Thursday, January 06, 2011

The Judgment Day Virus

I swear, this crap is really starting to annoy me.

As I was about to head into Penn Station this evening to catch my train home, I pass by this lady, an African-American woman in her late forties or early fifties, handing out pamphlets. Out of curiosity, I stopped, took one, and glanced at it briefly to confirm my suspicions.

Yes, it was one of those pamphlets proclaiming that Judgment Day will take place on May 21, 2011, barely more than four months from now.

I thrust it back towards her and as she took it back from me, she asked me, "What's the matter?"

"That's not true!" I shot back, pointing at the pamphlet.

She insists that it is and declares "It says so in the Bible!"

"Yeah, so?" I reply.

"Because the Bible is the word of God," she says.

"How do you know?" I ask.

I don't recall her exact words, but it was along the lines of "Because the Bible says so."

I respond that it's just circular reasoning. Then she drops the bomb on me.

"Who made you?"

"Uh, my parents."

"Who made your parents?"

"My grandparents."

"Well, who made them?"

"I don't see what that has to do with your pamphlet."

And so it went like that for a few more seconds, but I had to go because I had a train to catch. In retrospect, I should have asked her "If Judgment Day doesn't happen on May 21, do you promise to come back here holding a big sign that reads 'I was wrong!'"

9 comments:

Spanish Inquisitor said...

I'm glad I live where I live. I get my share of nuts, but never in the quantity and quality you seem to see in NYC. My condolences.

And Happy New Year!

Tommykey said...

Same to you SI!

Phil said...

Any chance of getting a postdated check off these people?

Lvka said...

May 21 is the Feast of Saints Constantine and Helen.

Tommykey said...

I'll drink to that.

William said...

Unfortunately (IMO) I come from an area with limited insanity, not that interesting.

the chaplain said...

I guess if I rode the DC Metro to work, I'd see people like these. Is that some sort of argument against mass transportation?

MKL said...

Nice blog you have here. I'm an atheist, too (all my life). I just don't get upset about these things anymore, probably because my country has a very low percentage of very religious people. You would not find these types of people near our stations.

Tommykey said...

Thanks for stopping by MKL. If you type Hong Kong in the search field you can see my posts from our last trip there and some really good photos I took.