Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Judgment Day Sale

These billboards announcing Judgment Day have been popping up all over the country, and now they’re here in South Florida:

Who put them up? Family Radio, a network of Christian radio stations co-founded by Californian radio host Harold Camping, has placed them nationwide. Those who believe May 21 is Judgment Day are circling the globe, warning people to repent before the world ends — despite arguments from many Christians, including theologically conservative ones, who say there’s no way to know the “end date.”

“We’re living at a time when God is opening up the scriptures and we have a responsibility to tell people,” Family Radio listener Lincoln Ropp said last week, before leaving to spread the message in Bulgaria. The Nova Southeastern University medical student and his wife, Elizabeth, relinquished internships in Orlando hospitals this spring.

Family Radio has sponsored five caravans — groups of three or four vans full of followers who have been traveling the United States passing out fliers since October. Their stops included Miami, Orlando and other Florida cities in January and February.

There were nine billboards in South Florida, but the contract has expired on seven, said Family Radio’s Michael Garcia. The network bought 1,200 nationwide and 2,000 overseas. He declined to disclose the cost.

So how will the world end? Great earthquakes will shake the Earth at 6 p.m. local time (and continue through Oct. 21), and believers will be called to the heavens, Camping has been saying on his radio program, and the unrepentant will be thrown to the ground and shamed.

This is a win-win for everybody. If it happens, all those annoying holy rollers will be gone, and then we can sell all their stuff on E-bay.