Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | January 2, 2010

Don’t mark your calendar

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bay Area biblical “scholar” Harold Camping predicts that the rapture will occur on May 21, 2011. People believe him, which is laughable with just that sentence as context; that becomes absolutely absurd when you consider these facts:

  • Camping previously predicted that the rapture would occur on Sept. 6, 1994.
  • People who swallowed Camping’s prediction then are still following him today; one even said his faith in Camping has been strengthened.
  • Camping has the chutzpah and complete lack of introspection and self-awareness to mock people who believe the Mayan-fueled prophecy that world will end in 2012.

One of Camping’s followers demonstrates the complete suspension of critical thinking that’s required to believe silly supernatural fairy tales like this: When asked what he would do if [editorial comment: when] Camping is wrong again, Rick LaCasse, who witnessed Camping’s 1994 failure, said: “I can’t even think like that. Everything is too positive right now. There’s too little time to think like that.”

And, once again, this story provides us with more evidence for why religion must not be exempt from rational criticism.



  1. […] I don’t know who Lisa Pampuch is. There are dozens of her on the Net. I couldn’t find the original source of the quote either, but it’s everywhere. I’m thinking it has something to do with how eminently reasonable it is. Of course, as this Lisa Pampuch points out, rational has little to do with the religious experience. […]

  2. For the record, the original quote is mine, and it’s from my Gilroy Dispatch and Morgan Hill Times newspaper column, archived on my blog here:

    Here’s a link to that particular column on the web site of one of the newspapers that carries my column:

    I’m not aware of “dozens” of Lisa Pampuches on the web — it’s a pretty unusual name, and I’m aware of only one other person with it.

    -Lisa Pampuch

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