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Do the end-timers seem ignorant? Yes. Are they insane? Possibly. But should our reaction to them be chuckling glee or something more like sadness? … Laughing at religious fanatics is nothing new. And, at some level, there’s nothing wrong with it. But this story didn’t just take off in popularity because people wanted a quick laugh or some insight into a quirky subset of our country. There’s a cruelty underlying our desire to laugh at this story — a desire to see people humiliated and to revel in our own superiority and rationality — even though the people in question are pretty tragic characters, who either have serious problems themselves or perhaps are being taken advantage of, or both.
1 posted on 05/25/2011 11:11:57 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

You may believe that there’s a cruelty underlying our desire to laugh at this story — a desire to see people humiliated and to revel in our own superiority and rationality, but I don’t.


2 posted on 05/25/2011 11:30:17 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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God, what is it about using periods after every word in a sentence? It’s stupid and disrespectful to the language, and I wish they would stop.


3 posted on 05/25/2011 11:33:00 AM PDT by webheart (Just saying.....)
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Ridicule is the proper social response to the ridiculous.

These guys and gals would get more sympathy if they were not so sure of themselves and their holier than thou - I know the Bible and you don’t idiocy.

They wanted to feel special and “in the know”.

Now they should realize that they are SO special that they should ride a “special” bus to school.


4 posted on 05/25/2011 11:34:08 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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Hmmmmm..... I thought the story of the week was the DSK rape.


5 posted on 05/25/2011 11:35:57 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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I think people mock people they want to marginalize. I think non-Christians want to marginalize Christians because they hate what Christians stand for. I think most committed non-believers think life would be a lot better without all those pesky religious nutcases with their rules and such. They always want to spoil all the fun.


6 posted on 05/25/2011 11:38:22 AM PDT by brytlea (If you don't know what APOD is you'd better find out!)
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For perspective, the number of people he fooled is in the dozens.


9 posted on 05/25/2011 12:34:15 PM PDT by DManA
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Until the day came and went there was no way to distinguish Camping’s sola scriptura personal interpretation buffoonery from any other sola scriptura personal interpretation.

It’s all a matter of personal opinion. I’m sure Camping is still convinced of the “Spirit filled” nature of his, just like every other yahoo.


10 posted on 05/25/2011 2:16:28 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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