Camping is a nut, but the media is the real culprit here. If this woman was a believer, she 1) would have known that the rapture is not a bad thing and 2) wouldn’t have missed it by committing murder-suicide.
But, the media hype of Camping’s non-event let the whole world know about it and then the crazies got involved, as this woman obviously is. They hyped it for two weeks leading up to last Saturday and reached millions more than Camping’s little radio network.
If Harold Camping is somehow "responsible" for the reprehensible actions of this woman, then Richard Dawkins is equally "responsible" for the suicide of Jesse Kilgore.
Granted, I do not believe that either of these people are personally responsible for the actions of other people, but it is always fun to hold atheists to their own standards.
"Tops is your belief that the Bible is a divinely inspired book that allows you to make predictions about the end of the world. Given all evidence to the contrary, if you allow that meme to stay in your head, youll keep banging your head up against failed prophecies."
I believe the Bible is divinely inspired yet had enough sense to realize that Camping and his followers are false prophets.
"You often label this practice faith and argue that it should be respected. It shouldnt."
Everyone lives by faith whether they realize it or not. Everyone has faith in something. To sneer about it is foolishness.
"This is why it is important to promote an Enlightenment culture that values the virtue of rationality and critical thinking above all else."
Wrong! Rational, critical thinking is not strictly the terrirtory of the atheist/humanist. God gave us a functioning brain to think but also gave us a spirit to commune with Him. It is not one or the other. "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God." 1 Cor 3:19
Try Reason! That is what the Lord said: “Come now let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimsom, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquities of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
“For He (God) hath made Him (Jesus)to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)