We atheist bloggers had a lot of fun last spring with the publicity surrounding Harold Camping's prediction that May 21, 2011 would be Judgment Day. As I wrote in several posts on my blog, I personally witnessed a number of people in New York City handing out pamphlets or holding up signs proclaiming the imminent doom of those of us who refused to repent.
Of course, Camping's dire prognostications did not come true that day. Mostly forgotten is that Camping also warned us that the actual end of the world would not occur until October 21, 2011, which is this Friday. The God of the Bible, cruel bastard that he is, couldn't hold out until Monday the 24th so that we could all have one last weekend of fun and decadence. I still have the pamphlet I found many months ago, which confidently declares that:
"On October 21, 2011, God will completely destroy this creation and all of the people who never experienced the salvation of Jesus Christ along with it. The awful payment for their sinful rebellion against God will be completed by the loss of everlasting life. On October 21, 2011, all of these poor people will cease to exist from that point forward."
Tellingly, I don't see any of the street corner doomsters in New York City warning us about the approaching end of the world. I wonder how many of them still hold out hope that the world will indeed end this Friday, even if they dare not express it because they have retained a small sliver of awareness that tells them "I don't want to look like a fool in public."
As for Camping's Family Radio website, all references to Judgment Day and the End of the World appear to have been scrubbed. On this page, there's even mention of a Special Promotion from October 17 through October 24.
That being said, Camping himself is apparently still sticking to his guns. According to this article,
"Camping recently said in a statement, 'We can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011.'"
Yeah, whatever. See you all on the 22nd.