Post-Apocalypse After-Rapture Wrap-up

We awoke trembling with uncertainty over whether we had been raptured while we slept. Cautiously we took inventory:

Head? Check!
Torso? Check!
Limbs? All here!

It’s over and it appears that your Curmudgeon wasn’t among the elect. After the most terrifying and exhilarating day of our lives, we now face the post-Apocalypse world. And we have questions. What happened yesterday? How many of our readers did we lose? Some, probably. We won’t know who’s left until we hear from you.

When you comment, let us know about the earthquake situation where you live. Any graves opening up? See any raptures happen? In our open thread for yesterday we didn’t hear of anything.

The internet is still functioning, so let’s look around the world to see what the newspapers are reporting. In all the excepts that follow, the bold font was added by us. At the New Zealand website Stuff they report 6.1 quake in South Pacific. They say:

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck near a group of South Pacific islands, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says. … A statement by the USGS says the quake struck Sunday 19km under the Kermadec Islands, a New Zealand group with no permanent population that lies 1000km east of the city of Auckland.

Well, that’s a start. In the Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia we find this article: New volcano eruption begins in Iceland. It says:

Iceland’s Meteorological Office confirmed that an eruption had begun on Saturday at the Grimsvotn volcano, accompanied by a series of small earthquakes.

There was definitely something going on yesterday. But what of California evangelist and Armageddon promoter Harold Camping? It was he who predicted that May 21 was the End of Days, when 200 million people would be raptured. For those who were left behind, Camping said the end of the world will occur five months later — on October 21, 2011. What news can we find about him?

The BBC reports ‘Rapture’: Believers perplexed after prediction fails. It says:

Some believers expressed bewilderment or said it was a test from God of their faith, after the day passed without event.

Meanwhile, the evangelist at the centre of the claim, Harold Camping, has not been seen since before the deadline.

Maybe Camping has gone to his reward. We don’t know — but we do know one thing: This will probably our last Rapture thread for a while.

If only we could get the creationists to make some kind of spectacular, easily verifiable, utterly goofball predictions like the end-of-the-world folks do. But it wouldn’t matter; they’ll continue to be creationists. If 21 May has taught us anything, it’s that true believers never stop believing.

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17 responses to “Post-Apocalypse After-Rapture Wrap-up

  1. The rapture of 2011 has indeed occurred. Unfortunately, the evidence will be maddeningly difficult to ascertain, as only hermits were raptured.

  2. comradebillyboy

    The rapture happened, but Revelations specifies that the elect number only 144,000. The problem is all those phony christians didn’t make the cut. I however, was raptured but decided to return because being a retiree in Albuquerque beats the boredom and aimlessness of paradise.

  3. Crumudgeon: “If only we could get the creationists to make some kind of spectacular, easily verifiable, utterly goofball predictions like the end-of-the-world folks do.”

    At least one creationist already did; the probability that Camping accepts evolution and rejects god-of-the-gaps pseudoscience is essentially zero. But I guess you mean the more typical anti-evolution activists. The ones I have heard from all disagreed that the Rapture would occur on 5/21, but they all threw tantrums at “Darwinists” who suggested that they believed it, while merely “distancing themselves” from those who did. Such people have learned to avoid making any positive claim (e.g. “what happened when and how, instead of evolution”) that can be easily verified or falsified. Which is why they devote 99+% of their arguments on what they find “weak” or “evil” about evolution. And I’m noticing a trend in recent years with less about “weak” and more (cough, Klinghoffer) about “evil.”

  4. Your loyal commenters are all still here, but you’d expect that, rapture or no.

  5. Well, I was already pretty sure I wouldn’t get raptured. How can those of us “left behind” know for sure that Judgement day didn’t occur yesterday? There’s still the prediction “that God will destroy this world on October 21, 2011.” If I was going to worry, I’d be more worried about that 😉

  6. I heard that along the Mississippi River they were putting sandbags on top of graves to keep the dead from rising!! Talk about your blasphemy!!1! Working directly in opposition to the will of Dog!

  7. RogerE: “If I was going to worry, I’d be more worried about that ;)”

    I’m still most worried about March 16, 1965. What if the kids in my 5th grade class were right? What if the last 46 years have all been a dream, and I’ll never wake up because the world ended? I did have trouble falling asleep “last night.” 😉

  8. Let the backpedaling begin!

    Two thoughts. First, I was profoundly sorry to read the BBC article, confirming my fear that this shamefully stupid story would reach the ears of our neighbors and allies. (There’s ample evidence that Europeans view Americans as a bunch of provincial, bible-thumping hayseeds. For instance, the condescending French reaction to the DSK fiasco, as reported by Christopher Hitchens, among others.

    Secondly: Does this mean Mr Camping has to give the money back? His Family Radio station is said to be worth $100 million dollars, most of which came from the hard-earned cash of suckers. (No wonder these charlatans invariably refer to their congregations as their “flocks”, ready and willing to be fleeced.) Sure he spent some of it on billboards, but where will the rest go – back to the donors? Not likely: Not bloody Likely. And where IS Mr Camping, or Gantry, or whatever the hell he calls himself, anyway?

  9. Take a look at this special message from the one known as the Comforter in The End Times (John 14:16 and 14:26) to Harold Camping of Family Radio posted at

  10. I’m still here, but I still haven’t checked to see if my sister is. I don’t think she believed the rapture was imminent (her pastor is in the “no one can know camp”) but if anyone was raptured, she should have been. I better call her tomorrow.

    How can anyone who had the balls to declare a date for the rapture and convince others be seen anywhere after that prediction proved false? Of course, Camping has done this before, it’s becoming old hat for him.

  11. Lynn Wilhelm says: “… if anyone was raptured, she should have been.”

    I just heard from someone I know who works for Pat Robertson. She says they didn’t believe Camping.

  12. Still here, everybody? Me, too. 🙂

  13. @magpie61: L’affaire DSK has nothing to do with religion or being hayseeds. The man is the product of a system that permits — and even enables — a hypocritical attitude towards women. There’s an excellent article about this in the (UK) Telegraph — — by a journalist I’d hazard a guess is neither American nor a bumpkin. There are things that Europeans “get” better than Americans do, and vice-versa, but that smooth veneer of continental affectation can hide considerable unseemliness, too…

  14. Gabriel Hanna

    Not to hijack or anything, but “unseemly” and “fiasco” are not words I would use to decribe a sexual assault by one of the world’s most powerful men against an African immigrant chambermaid.

    This isn’t a case of Americans, who are supposedly sexual Puritans (we market thongs to preteen girls, after all), hyperventilating over a discreet Gallic affair. This is a case of a powerful man committing a criminal act.

    What has supercilious French commentators like Bernard Henri-Levi upset is not that DSK may have sexually assaulted an African immigrant chambermaid, but that the chambermaid can accuse him, and that law enforcement will take it seriously enough that DSK had to take a perpwalk because of it.

    What I do know is that nothing in the world can justify a man being thus thrown to the dogs.

    What I know is that nothing, no suspicion whatever (for let’s remind ourselves that, as I write these lines, we are dealing only with suspicions!), permits the entire world to revel in the spectacle, this morning, of this handcuffed figure, his features blurred by 30 hours of detention and questioning, but still proud….

    This morning, I hold it against the American judge who, by delivering him to the crowd of photo hounds, pretended to take him for a subject of justice like any other…

    I am troubled by a system of justice modestly termed “accusatory,” meaning that anyone can come along and accuse another fellow of any crime—and it will be up to the accused to prove that the accusation is false and without basis in fact….

    I hold it against all those who complacently accept the account of this other young woman, this one French, who pretends to have been the victim of the same kind of attempted rape, who has shut up for eight years but, sensing the golden opportunity, whips out her old dossier and comes to flog it on television….

    France, that has counted him among her most devoted and competent servants for so many years.

    And Europe, not to say the world, that is indebted to him for contributing, for the past four years at the head of the IMF, to avoiding the worst.

    On one side, there were the hardline ultraliberals, partisans of rigorous plans, without modulation or nuance, and on the other, those who, Dominique Strauss-Kahn at their head, had begun to implement rules of the game that were less lenient toward the powerful, more favorable to proletarian nations and, among the latter, to the most fragile and vulnerable.

    Apparently, because he acts on behalf of “proletarians” (who didn’t ask him to) in the ABSTRACT, he should not be held responsible for how he treats them as individuals.

  15. @Gabriel Hanna, SJR
    …“unseemly” and “fiasco” are not words I would use to decribe a sexual assault by one of the world’s most powerful men against an African immigrant chambermaid… This is a case of a powerful man committing a criminal act.

    Agree completely. Nothing in my post was intended to suggest otherwise.

  16. Gabriel Hanna says:

    a sexual assault by one of the world’s most powerful men against an African immigrant chambermaid.

    Don’t forget DSK’s theme song: Dominique.

  17. I’m picturing Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown to kick:

    Here we go again…