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Faerie (May 17, 2011, 07:34:02 AM):
Gods, now they're debunking religious mumbo-jumbo with astrology...

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Camping has been preaching his message of doom on radio stations across the US about the beginning of Judgement Day (he says on May 21) and the rapture, in which Christians will be “taken up into the air to meet Christ” (he says on October 21) after five months of terror on Earth.

However, local astrologer Dion van Zyl says there is nothing to fear.

“I have been following global events from 2007 very closely and the world is not ending on May 21.

“We have horrible days once a month – and this coming weekend falls into that pattern. The economic recession and disaster in Japan occurred during this horrible-day period which happens (monthly).”

Van Zyl said this was happening because Uranus was in opposition to Saturn and the box-shaped alignment of these and two other planets.

“People should be prepared for things to go wrong, especially on Friday, May 20.”



*facedesk*
http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/world-ends-on-saturday-1.1068998

Its all Uranus' fault....
st0nes (May 17, 2011, 07:39:59 AM):
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“We have horrible days once a month – and this coming weekend falls into that pattern. The economic recession and disaster in Japan occurred during this horrible-day period which happens (monthly).”
Mummy, mummy why does my nose bleed every month?
Shut up, poesface!
BoogieMonster (May 17, 2011, 09:31:48 AM):
*facedesk*

I call this the "Zeitgeist tactic", it goes like this:

"Everything you know is wrong, but here's a new set of bullshit you can believe instead"
bluegray (May 17, 2011, 12:41:09 PM):
The raptured people are the chosen ones right? So when nothing happens on the 21st, does that mean nobody got the green light to go to heaven? Or will it be because someone saved mankind from disaster :/
BoogieMonster (May 17, 2011, 12:55:55 PM):
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So when nothing happens on the 21st, does that mean nobody got the green light to go to heaven? Or will it be because someone saved mankind from disaster


A likely answer comes from that Science Denial piece I posted a while back...

the Seekers, a small Chicago-area cult whose members thought they were communicating with aliens—including one, "Sananda," who they believed was the astral incarnation of Jesus Christ. The group was led by Dorothy Martin, a Dianetics devotee who transcribed the interstellar messages through automatic writing.

Through her, the aliens had given the precise date of an Earth-rending cataclysm: December 21, 1954. Some of Martin's followers quit their jobs and sold their property, expecting to be rescued by a flying saucer when the continent split asunder and a new sea swallowed much of the United States. The disciples even went so far as to remove brassieres and rip zippers out of their trousers—the metal, they believed, would pose a danger on the spacecraft.

Festinger and his team were with the cult when the prophecy failed. First, the "boys upstairs" (as the aliens were sometimes called) did not show up and rescue the Seekers. Then December 21 arrived without incident. It was the moment Festinger had been waiting for: How would people so emotionally invested in a belief system react, now that it had been soundly refuted?

At first, the group struggled for an explanation. But then rationalization set in. A new message arrived, announcing that they'd all been spared at the last minute. Festinger summarized the extraterrestrials' new pronouncement: "The little group, sitting all night long, had spread so much light that God had saved the world from destruction." Their willingness to believe in the prophecy had saved Earth from the prophecy!

From that day forward, the Seekers, previously shy of the press and indifferent toward evangelizing, began to proselytize. "Their sense of urgency was enormous," wrote Festinger. The devastation of all they had believed had made them even more certain of their beliefs.

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