Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

Announcement: Our End of the World Party

Countdown to Backpedaling: The End is Nah!


The night that we’re all Left Behind, May 21st, 2011 at 8:00 PM, the producers and crew of Ask An Atheist would love to see you at Dorky’s Arcade in Tacoma. We’re throwing an awesome party in Tacoma’s new retro arcade and bringing in our favorite Seattle bands to rock the place as we celebrate the END… of the countdown to backpedaling.

To celebrate the commencement of backpedaling, we’re super pumped to give you:

Three Ninjas, the up-and-coming nerd-core rapper featured on some popular atheist blogs, with Mathias “Tangentbot” Purtlebaugh‘s fit-for-the-arcade electronic beats

Lena Lou rounding out the set with instrumental guitar-driven sonic badassery, more post-rock than metal but delivered without regard for personal safety.

Dorky’s Barcade is located at 754 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 and we think it’s great. There are tons of retro games you can play for a quarter, a big pinball section, and a menu of tasty sandwiches, candy, and drinks. Tickets to the party/show will be available at the door for $10.

To Summarize:

  • WHEN: Saturday, May 21st, 2011 8:00PM until 1:30AM
  • WHAT: Live Music!  Arcade Games! Events! Media!
  • WHO:
  • WHERE:

    Dorky’s Arcade

    754 Pacific Avenue

    Tacoma, WA 98402

  • WHY: To celebrate the end of the waiting, and perhaps hear the first of excuses as to why to world failed to end.
  • AND HOW MUCH: $10 at the door!

We hope to see you there!

About the Author: Sam Mulvey

Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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I am so excited!

fred jones

8:30pm to 1:30pm that’s one hell of a party…

approx 17 hrs

Bill Glaholt

Dang. We’re just having a Milliways-type dinner at our house for a few friends.

Wish I lived in Tacoma now!! 🙂


If somebody doesn’t cover “Party Like it’s 1999” I’m going to be very upset.

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Well, supposing for a second we are all left behind, can we do away with the cover charge? 😛

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Scoff ^ infinity!


Sounds like a good time. For the record, I am a pastor and I would actually love to join you guys for the party. The only problem is that I live in Florida, so even though I am certain I also will be “left behind”, the drive is just a little too long 🙂

Enjoy the party!




Yo big Bertha if you want to go and give all your money and clothes and food to someone as a gift who will be left behind then let me know you can email me at i want some free stuffs. Be sure to send the stuff well in advance. This message goes to anybody who actually wants to believe this is gonna happen. Oh and Bertha your caps lock is on.




you guys are stupid !!
no one knows the end of the world,only god does
it could be today or tomorow .


Are you guys really that stupid. Claiming you know when the rapture is and charging people $10 to party. Your not God or Jesus, Get a freaking life!!!!!


Pamela and Bertha have given me great ponder. From Pamela I have learned that mine not God or Jesus, and from Bertha IF I DON’T NEED GOD IN A FUNERAL HE WON’T BE BUSY.

Mike Gillis

I love when people miss the point so badly. It’s truly an art form.


I don’t know when the world will end… Scripture in the Bible says ‘the time is known only to the Father…’ (so, that includes the 2012 date, which man has perpetuated).
I do know that also in Scripture it is stated: ‘It is only the fool in his heart who says “there is no God”‘
The only way to get to know and love God is to spend time with Him. Prayer (talking to God) can change your life.


Karen – the Bible also says that if a girl is found to not be a virgin while living in her father’s house, she should be stoned to death. The bible is a pretty terrible reference guide for morality and living in general in my opinion. If that same book calls me a fool for not believing in the deity it’s trying to sell, that doesn’t really bother me.

David Young

Wasn’t there a publication once called something along the lines of “Eighty-eight scripture-centred reasons why Christ will return in nineteen eighty-eight”? With that many reasons, and from scripture of all places, it can’t possibly be the end of the world this year as it’s already happened.

I mean, the only alternative is that the Bible is not what a couple of million nutters think it is, and that is almost as far-fetched as suggesting that evidence is better than blind faith.

William D. Brehm

I am a Christian, and believe in the Second Coming of Christ, but Harold Camping is what the Bible calls a false teacher. I am confident that many Christians will be weeping on May 22. I’d join you for your party in Tacoma, but I live in New York City.

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Ubi Dubium

Jesus will come back, but if he sees his shadow he’ll go back in his hole and we’ll have to have 6,000 more years of superstition. You True Believers better be praying really hard for clouds that day.

Mike Festian

Hi Folks,

What I would love to see is the calling up of the Body Of Christ in the next 24 hours. First to show this fanatic wack job he don’t know squat; second because I will get to see your faces!!

P>S tough bein’ a white boy growing up w/initials like that in Detroit

Glenn Peters

It’s no more absurd to believe in a second coming of Jesus on May 21st than anytime at all. It’s a fairytale from our Bronze Age past. Apparently the entire universe comes to an end Oct 21st, which does seem to be overkill from our imaginary friend, given how insignificant our species and planet are. The heat death of the universe, while no less pleasant, is what science tells us will happen, at least to a degree of certainty > the biblical fairytales.

R Rush

The fact that end end of the world can not be known, which is clearly stated in the Bible, does not mean that there is no God. Ask an atheist if this is stupid and they’ll get the same response as this believer. Know the biblical “faerytales” as written to decide empirically yourself, no need to ask an atheist.

Mike Gillis

You silly man, that’s not the reason we don’t believe in your god.

We don’t believe because no one can provide sufficient evidence. That’s it.

If you can provide this evidence, please do call into the show. We’d love to hear it.


“Only a fool says there is no God”.

Mike Gillis

First, Gary, that’s a misquote. The Bible says “The fool says in his heart there is no God.”

And so what? Of course the Bible says that, it’s a book selling Jesus.

If Pepsi wrote a book, what would that book say about Coke?


Gary – misquoting a quote where you’re calling someone else a fool. Hm.


How fun would it be to get a bunch of people together, dress up as Jesus and do a pub crawl on Sat with tee shirts asking “What would Jesus drink?”

Number 2


Who is this God you speak of?


Rapture Party Ideas for THIS Saturday evening (around midnight.) As close to midnight as possible this Saturday May 20th, gather up full sets of your old clothes, including shoes you no longer wear. Lay out full sets of clothing near (but not in) public areas, in Evangelical church parking lots, around Fundamentalist churches and fundi homes, so that they will be discovered on Rapture Day, May 21st. Use clothing that can be clearly identified as Orthodox Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Native American, North African. A few turbans will add a nice effect. Add accessories, such as old eye glasses, old purses,… Read more »

Mike Heath

To: Mike Gillis,

In all sincerity, I don’t think anyone can ever produce enough evidence to convince you that there is a God.

Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.



Mike Gillis

On that point, you’re incorrect. When the new episode is posted this week, please watch it. We all go over this very question in some detail. The amount of evidence I need is comparable to the size of the claim. Give the huge claims people make about your god (omniscience, omnipotence, omni-benevolence…etc), you have your work cut out for you. I’m open to listening, but the first step is proving to me that there’s an “it” to consider in the the first place. And please, do call into the show. Give us your best argument and we’ll look at it.… Read more »

Mike Heath

Mike, It’s not my place to convince you (I couldn’t, anyway). The Lord does the convincing (Romans chapter 1). I cannot bring to you a physical Christ to show to meet your burden of proof. Nor, could I take you back to the moments of creation. All I can do is live what I believe, which is hard enough because I’m just a sinner saved by the grace of God. I’m in church during the time of the show. Regardless, all I would be doing is appealing to a captive audience that believes similar to what I believe. Likewise, you… Read more »

Rob Moitoza

Darn! I can’t go to the party that night. I’m going to miss the whole rapture thing because of a prior musical commitment. Let me know how it all turns out. Have fun y’all!
Ha, ha!

Mike Gillis

Mike, The episodes — including the one I mentioned — are all archived to be listened to in your free time. Just listen to it. It actually addresses a lot of the things you’re doing right now. Like, why quoting the Bible at atheists is a waste of time. I have no idea what getting at with “captive audiences” as we’re on a radio station where people have the option of changing the channel. You COULD change my mind, but it appears you’re not even willing to try. But before you try, please just check out the episode. It’ll save… Read more »


I’m in Bellevue! I want to go so bad! I hope I can convince my S.O. to drive us out there, it sounds fun, we love arcades/games! Is drinking aloud? Pleeeeeease???? We’ll behave, as much as we can!



sorry *^^*

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saw a great idea today

set out a bunch of empty shoes outside a church and fill them with dry-ice 🙂


I don’t know if you all realize this, but this is not being held by the religious. This is mocking how many Christians believe that judgement day begins on the 21st.


so since I am canadian will I need a passport to come across? I know those dicks at the border are still going to be around


Even if your trying to make this into a joke, it could be taken to far. My biological father believes that aliens and God are hooked together in some sort of way. Not to mention what happened during the radio broadcast of war of the worlds. You might want to think before you joke. This joke is one that is not funny.


Pamela – Sometimes making fun of something is an extremely effective way to show just how absurd it is. We talk a lot about our concern for those who may take this too far, but what can you do? Taking these guys seriously may lend a certain amount of legitimacy to the event as well. No matter how we react, people are going to do what they are going to do. We all hope it doesn’t end up on a sorrowful note and this is our way of trying to point out just how crazy this whole rapture business is.


Shouldn’t Christians spread a message of love instead one of destruction and doom? I bet God wouldn’t be too pleased with his followers allowing themselves this much preferential treatment and smugness.


If it does end up being the rapture, I feel sorry for all of you who won’t except Jesus as your lord and Savior. Because you will be spending eternity in hell. I also believe we don’t know the exact time, but I know I am prepared and ready to spend eternity in Heaven, when ever that day comes.

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