May 24, 2011

Rundle: in the face of blinding hypocrisy, the apocalypse goes on

The Right refuses to acknowledge the overwhelming probability of man-made global warming -- while relying in their everyday lives on a world made by the science that predicts it. The Rapture that wasn't exposes the hypocrisy.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Pastor Harold Camping — the strangely-named 89-year-old retired engineer preaching the apocalypse — has broken his silence over the failure of the rapture to materialise on the weekend, expressing his fundamental bewilderment by the failure of the world to end:

“I can tell you when May 21 came and went it was a very difficult time for me — a very difficult time. I was truly wondering what is going on. In my mind I went back through all of the promises God had made. What in the world was happening?”

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15 thoughts on “Rundle: in the face of blinding hypocrisy, the apocalypse goes on

  1. klewso

    Easy to do, maybe he just misread the year? I do it all the time? “2010”? “2012”?

  2. klewso

    “The immaculate mis-conception”?

  3. stephen martin

    “Yet the most amazing thing about the “Family Radio” apocalypse was not the fervent activity of its relatively small number of followers, but the fervent attention it gained from the world’s media,” – Indeed, and also from Crickey !

  4. Tim nash

    The thing about the human race is that it periodically looses sight of reason.
    The Roman Empire and it’s collapse saw the world decay from a sustained period of high civilisation to total anarchy in a very short time period.
    The examples cited here, with the global warming doubters included are show us that you could probably more accurately call ‘the going against all reason mob’.
    We should be grateful that this mob currently is relatively non-violent at present and have not turned to burning people or libraries.

  5. Down and Out of Sài Gòn

    Well, the rapture was east to visualise: a huge Mexican wave crossing the planet, with lift-off precisely at 6pm in your own time zone.

  6. Sense Seeker

    If it weren’t for Crikey I don’t think I’d have known about the impending apocalypse.

    Typical Crikey, perhaps? Blame politicians for living by the polls, but publishing a poll almost daily. Resent inequalities in wealth but time and again highlighting how much so-and-so now owns.

    Fortunately it’s also got good critical reporting and analysis.

  7. Meski

    Ah no, Rand’s government (in Atlas Shrugged) was a parasite, but not all governments are of this form. Look at it as a cautionary tale, not what is desired to happen by the author. Nor was its aim to destroy government, that was a side effect of destroying an idea.

  8. mikeb

    “a huge Mexican wave crossing the planet” Exactly!

    Amazing also that God was able to include the vagarities of global time zones in the planned apocolypse…….unless maybe he realised at the last moment that Queensland is still in the 50s so “he’d” have to quarantine that spot for another 50 years or so.

  9. Mort

    Well i was pissed off i didn’t get to see any sky zooming fundies.
    That Camping dude must be a false prophet.

  10. Tom

    @ Tim Nash (and seemingly half the population)

    One ‘O’ please, you’re making me crazy!

    lose   /luz/ Show Spelled
    [looz] Show IPA
    verb, lost, los·ing.
    –verb (used with object)
    1. to come to be without (something in one’s possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery: I’m sure I’ve merely misplaced my hat, not lost it.
    2. to fail inadvertently to retain (something) in such a way that it cannot be immediately recovered: I just lost a dime under this sofa.
    3. to suffer the deprivation of: to lose one’s job; to lose one’s life.

    I know it’s pedantic, petty and silly but for some reason I’m obsessed.

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