In response to the prediction of May 21 as rapture day, atheists have begun cashing in on their guaranteed stay.
A group of atheists in Seattle have begun a funding campaign for people who will be left behind, and a website offers to deliver the mail of Christians after they are taken to heaven to their non-believer friends.
“Rapture Relief Fund” was created just in case Family Radio prognostication is correct, and if not, Seattle Atheists plan on donating its proceeds to Camp Quest West, a camp for children from non-religious families.
John Keiser of Seattle Atheists told seattlepi.com, “When you give to this fund, Seattle Atheists will use the money to help survivors of any Armageddon-sized disaster in the Puget Sound area."
So far the campaign has raised $643.66. The group hopes to reach $5,000 by May 21.
According to the billboards proclaiming Jesus’ return, started by Family Radio, true Christians will be taken up to heaven, leaving the rest of the population to suffer for a period of five months before God destroys the Earth on October 21.
Keiser and many evangelicals alike find the claim false and silly.
“It just dawned on us that this is really dumb stuff and these people are really showing a complete lack of critical thinking," Keiser said. "We wanted to highlight that and highlight the need for critical thinking, which is why we decided to make it a fundraiser for Camp Quest."
Meanwhile, The Post-Rapture Post is also taking advantage of their guaranteed earth-bound residency after May 21 by promoting their postal services for those taken up to heaven for the price of $4.99 to $799.99.
The satire website, begun in 2005, offers to hand deliver greeting cards to people’s non-believing friends.
The website reads, “These glossy cards keep your message simple and to the point. Each has room inside for a personalized message. (Please include recipient's name and address when ordering). Remember that these cards will only be delivered after the Rapture occurs.”
The cards include messages such as “You should have listened to Jesus," "It’s not too late to avoid HELL!,” and "Keep your chin up…it could be worse."
“I need the money to support my sinful lifestyle," explains one of the site's founders.
According to its creator, Joshua Witter, the website has sold cards, mostly the cheaper ones, but hopes someone will buy the $799.99 medieval-style parchment letter.