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Countdown to Backpedaling – Home Edition!

Good news, everyone! We’re all going to die!

Wait, that isn’t good news.

If you’ve been following our Countdown to Backpedaling, you know that we’ve been watching the clock on the latest end of the world prediction. Family Radio, a fundamentalist Christian group based in California, has announced that Jesus will return to Earth — presumably to Hulk Hogan’s old entrance music — and bring about the sort of stuff we’ve read about in the book of Revelation on May 21st of this year.

To that end, Family Radio has been putting up bus ads and billboards and newspaper and radio advertisements with the message that the end is nigh.  And the truly frightening thing is the sheer scale of this effort. These ads are all over the world.

While I would love to believe this sort of insanity is a small gang of kooks and assorted crazies like Fred Phelps and the zoo crew, these guys have the money and organization to build a multinational push to proclaim that not only is the end coming, it’s a super thing.

A gander at the trailer art above illustrates the chasm between their thought process and ours. Maybe I’ve seen too many movies, but isn’t the end of the world…a bad thing? How the hell is that awesome news?

One would imagine that the death of all of the children, puppies and flowers on the planet would be a bad thing.  Let alone the destruction of everything the human race has ever built and accomplished. Wouldn’t that be kinda sucky? You’d think. Even the guarantee of no more Uwe Boll movies is no consolation for that sort of loss.

This is why adventure fiction is full of people like Superman, James Bond and Captain Kirk. Because destroying the planet and killing everything and everyone on it isn’t exactly something most sane people get up and cheer about.  The people who try to stop this from happening are traditionally the heroes. Characters like Galactus, the Independence Day aliens and the Cylons are typically the villains. Thankfully, most of us aren’t like Slim Pickens, riding the atomic bomb into the ground and hooting for joy in Dr. Strangelove.

Most people like being alive and would like their friends and loved ones to stay alive as well. So seeing so many people drunk on the thrill of universal destruction is more than a little jarring to me.  How can people actually be rooting for the end of the world?

I’ve never before been so frightened and relieved at the same time before. Frightened that these people reproduce and vote, and relieved that there isn’t a lick of evidence to back up their apocalyptic delusions.

This is where you come in!

With these hideous things spreading like a bad case of herpes and more and more of our listeners spotting them, we want your help! If you find one of these eye sores, let us know! Click the big red button the top of the page with a description of where and when you saw the bad news, along with a url link to an image of the sign, if possible. If the response is big enough, we may even start mapping the lunacy!

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author: Mike Gillis

Mike Gillis is co-creator, and co-host of Ask an Atheist. He hosts the Radio vs. the Martians! and
Mike and Pól Save the Universe!
podcasts.

He also enjoys comic books, the Planet of the Apes, and the band Queen.

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23 Comments on "Countdown to Backpedaling – Home Edition!"

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Luke Jackson
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Lol, I can’t wait for may 22nd, and this isn’t helping. =P

Tyson
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Well it does come with a Bible guarantee. What a tacky car wrap. The campaign looks cheap like the kind of advertising you see littered around a ghetto strip mall.

I would have at least put Jesus coming back on a sweet fiery chariot mad as hell and ready to melt some sinners.

beth
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It looks like a mobile geocities website from 1992.

Rerational Being
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I see one on my daily drive. I’ll stop at the Oasis outside of O’Hare airport and take a nice picture of one on Monday.

Garry Burgin
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Like i said b4.Theists think death is better than life.I think it was Osama Bin Laden who said”You love life.We love death”….So be it.Destroy all religions and us atheists will live.Everyone will be happy.

Garry Burgin
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Apparently American Christians are only pretending to like Jews.Something to do with the bible saying”the Jews will return to the promised land and this will cause the oppocolipse which in turn will bring about the return of Jesus who will take all Christians(NOT JEWS,Muslims,Hindu,s or Atheists)to heaven.If any A.A.A. guys are reading this can you tell me if this statement is wrong.

Garry Burgin
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When will the rational people of the world realise what religion is.It is PREYING UPON AND MAKING MONEY FROM GULLABLE PEOPLES FEAR OF DEATH.EVEN STUPID PEOPLE LOVE THEIR FAMILIES AND DO NOT WANT THEM TO COME TO HARM.BUT WHAT YOU,VE GOT TO REMEMBER IT IS NOT THE PEOPLE MAKING MONEY FROM THIS SCAM YOU HAVE TO FEAR.IT IS THE FOLLOWERS WHO TAKE THIS INDOCTERINATION LITERALLY.IT WILL BE ONE OF THEM.ONE WHO HAS NO REGARD FOR MATERIAL THINGS WHO WILL GET HIS HANDS ON A DAVEY CROCKETT DEVICE OR SUPER PATHOGEN AND BRING ABOUT THE APPOCOLIPSE HIM OR HERSELF THINKING HE/SHE… Read more »
Kilgore Troute
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Someone who owns a lot of billboards is being made very happy right now.

fred johnson
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More proof the Christian religion is basically a Death Cult…..

Counting down to a furious backpedaling……….

Kaiti
Guest

I would just like to point out that the word “awesome” literally means awe-inspiring, not necessarily that it’s a good thing.

Libbie
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I’m saving up my money so I can buy lots of pitchers of beer on May 22nd. We’re going to party like it’s 1999, as the kids say.

Ron
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Every year in Fruita, Colorado there is a festival celebrating “Mike, the Headless Chicken.” This year the festival ends on May 21. Coincidence? I think not!

miketheheadlesschicken.org

Mike, by the way, was a chicken that lived for a year after getting his head cut off.

Ron
Guest

His owner dropped water into his throat with an eyedropper and used tweezers to feed him one grain of wheat at a time. It might be the most horrifying thing I ever heard, but apparently it is all true.

Can’t think of a better metaphor for the ideal religious devotee though…

beth
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@ Ron – that sounds horribly cruel!

Ron
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Cruel? I am confused… is it cruel to the religiously devout to compare them to a headless chicken? Or cruel to the headless chicken to compare them to the religiously devout? You’ve got to understand that in 1946 entertainment options were limited. You either had to listen to “Amos n Andy” on the radio, or head down to the county fair and watch some dude feed a headless chicken with an eyedropper. All kidding aside, the farmer did not purposefully create this situation. He chopped a little high, leaving the brainstem intact, and failed to fully sever the jugular of… Read more »
beth
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Cruel as in – I think it’s cruel to keep something alive like that.

Ron
Guest

I agree. Religious leaders should just kill their adherents outright rather than live as parasites off of them for the rest of their lives.

Carnage2K4
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As a rather logical Atheist… I feel like a toasted sandwich.

Melanie
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The people in our area that follow this cult (I know that is a mean word, but they give their fortunes and minds over to the group completely) are starting to concern me. They have quit their jobs, they are selling their houses, and are consuming more and more of their time to this movement. Is anyone else concerned they will follow in the ways of the Hale Bop comet group and take matters into their own hands? And many of them have children. Should we not be monitoring them and stepping in to protect their children. I used to… Read more »
James Smith João Pessoa, Brazil
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I have been searching for anyone that believes this enough to make a bet with me or to pay me for taking care of their pets, livestock, or anything where they must put their money where their mouth is. So far, zip, zero, nada.

Apparently their belief isn’t as strong as they would like us to think it is. Maybe they are closet atheists?

Lunar
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Maybe there just closet Gnostics James Smith João Pessoa from Brazil. 🙂

Jello Biafra
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Revelation makes perfect sense once you realise John is talking about Nero and his war against Christianity. For example the number of the beast is gematria code for Nero, the dragon with seven heads represent the seven hills of Rome and “nobody can buy or sell without the mark” an easy one – Nero’s head on the coins. The tuth is allot more boring.

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