Judgment day


My friend called and said a doomsday prediction has taken media by storm and has likely caused most people to become mildly panicked. Community and state established clergy members have begun preaching, “judgment day May 21st 2011 6 p.m., which has sweep up America. A relative MSNBC article originally seen on yahoo!  mentions non-believers” planning rapture parties to celebrate [i] our worlds impending demise. Last week I was on my way to the library and saw a doomsday van, CNN reports it is a Xian caravan traveling across the country warning people. Further research lead me to the center of the news, Harold Camping, owner of a California based Christian broadcasting network (established 1921), but known to the public vaguely as the Christian caravan. CNN reports, caravan devouts strongly belief Harold Campings and have walked away from their livelihoods (homes, jobs and even children in some cases, Jessica Ravitz writer/producer). In response to these recent developements, users on Youtube have posted videos about the subject while others have uploaded CNN’s May 21st Doomsday? originally aired online May 18th. Though a large portion of others are completely unconvinced and critical of Camping. According to online resources, he has mathematically calculated dates and times, read specific passages of the bible and feels certain in his convictions as do his caravan. Over the last ten years a series of catastrophic natural disasters have occurred across the globe, from massive earthquakes, Tsunami’s, fires in the dry season in California, hurricanes and flooding in the mid-west. Including the eerie new years incident where some 5,000 black birds [ii] fell from the sky at midnight exactly on January 1st 2011. Later on that day 100,000 drum fish [iii] washed up on the shore of Arkansas river, both phenomenon’s happened in Beebe and Azark Arkansas. All fueling evidence and signs considered we must recall several doomsday predictions claimed in the past, most relevant to specific dates, was Y2k. Throughout history individuals have proclaimed their knowledge of the end days, but have gone unfulfilled. Skeptics have tried to debunk such phenomenon as the new years black birds, suggesting they may have died from shock, which was concluded after samples from the birds were extracted. The UK telegraph reported Arkansas’ story [iv], but attributed the birds deaths’ to fireworks. For a small animal like a bird, the chemicals and intense luminosity very well may have caused temporary blindness or immediate detrimental effects, but plausibly only accounts for small isolated groups Agelaius phoeniceus, not 3,000 and certainly not 5,000.

 [Update]: As of 6:00 p.m. Central time in Minnesota, Harold Camping’s prediction has not come true. As history has shown, doomsday prophets do not bare much credibility. Camping’s doomsday caravan members are likely to be most disappointed of all, CNN reported most walked away from their livelihoods whole-heartedly believing their radio preacher. But the essential question, what will these people adapt to a life without homes, jobs and important aspects of what they held dear? Media headlines cordially stated “It’s after 6:01 P.M., now what? -Christian post. The Christian community appears angered more than others, while in recent news a teenager caught in the hysteria committed suicide, likely to avoid “apocalyptic demise.” In part I blame news syndicates for hyping the story, well aware of how a fearful public will react, similar to the media circus following the swine flu epidemic.

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