Headline of the Day

May 23rd, 2011 at 9:03 am by David Farrar

Headline at Stuff:

followers shocked as nothing happens

Says it all really.

Robert Fitzpatrick spent more than $140,000 of his savings on posters and advertisements warning of the May 21 Judgement Day.

As he stood in Times Square in New York, surrounded by onlookers, Fitzpatrick, 60, carried a bible and handed out leaflets as he waited for Judgement Day to begin.

When the hour, 6pm New Zealand time, came and went, he said: “I do not understand why …,” as his speech broke off and he looked at his watch.

I wonder if he is smart enough to even feel stupid?

Camping previously made a failed prediction Jesus Christ would return to Earth in 1994.

So why give him the time of day again?

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45 Responses to “Headline of the Day”

  1. ciaron (1,434 comments) says:

    MATT 24:36.

    ’nuff said.

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  2. berend (1,709 comments) says:

    Maybe we should focus on the prophets in NZ: one of them, a certain John Key, also made a prediction about the state of affairs in NZ in three years time.

    He made one back three years ago too. That was a miserable failure, as he is borrowing $380 million a week now.

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  3. Rick Rowling (813 comments) says:

    The rapture as told by NMA (the Taiwanese CGI news service).

    “As for the Left Behind, sucks to be you!”

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  4. George Patton (349 comments) says:

    Berend, Don Brash has said he wants Act to poll 10-15%. John Ansell says Don Brash will become PM. If you are going to throw crackpot theory accusations around, maybe check that your small cult of angry old white men hasn’t said anything outlandish.

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  5. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    The only thing that will save this country well be the rapture, the fools in Wellington have lost the plot.

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  6. chris (647 comments) says:

    Reminds me of a quote from Star Wars: “Who’s the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?”

    So why give him the time of day again?

    Because he made such a big deal about it. 2000 billboards across the country. RVs driving around covered with advertising warning of the impending end of the world. People handing out flyers in Times Square. Some have estimated he spent $100m on advertising. That’s always going to get a lot of attention.

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  7. Bobbie black (507 comments) says:

    Later God was heard to comment, “Jesus really wanted to make it this time, but unfortunately he was still nailed. I hope not too many people are cross with him.”

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  8. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    As Hitchens wrote: “Religion poisons everything”.
    The poor gullible Mr Fitzpatrick deserves all the ridicule than can he heaped on him.

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  9. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    Fools! The rapture happened exactly as scheduled, but the Government hushed it up.

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  10. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Hitchens should see what happens when socialists get their way.

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  11. SouthernRight (53 comments) says:

    As the infamous Racheal Hunter said, “it wont happen over night, but it will happen…….”

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  12. Bobbie black (507 comments) says:

    The rapture was…the birth of Wellywood.

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  13. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    Don’t worry. We’ve got Tapu Misa who is totally enraptured with herself.

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  14. hubbers (139 comments) says:

    A fool and his money are easily parted. Look out for this guy on the Labour front bench some time soon.

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  15. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    HMM, will NZer’s be like this after we elct the next Nat. Govt?

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  16. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    >So why give him the time of day again?

    I wonder the same thing about the other apocalyptic cult that we see all the time in the media. The cult that predicts that all these things http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm will happen if there is a small increase of a trace gas in the atmosphere.

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  17. Chthoniid (2,047 comments) says:

    …there was also reports of some followers euthanising their pets ahead of time. It’s a sad outcome of accepting claims on the basis of authority rather than reason and evidence.

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  18. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Rather like the faithful followers of Al Gore Chthoniid.

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  19. sallydeb (13 comments) says:

    How much does our National socialist government waste on untrue propaganda?

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  20. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    It’s a sad outcome of accepting claims on the basis of authority rather than reason and evidence.

    Remind me again: why are we paying the ETS tax?

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  21. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Camping has a backup date of 21 October.

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  22. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Less than our socialist solciast government did sally. Although we are still paying for their shit like sign written bus tours on our dime.

    Because Hulen Clak got an award for making the right noises Manolo.

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  23. chris (647 comments) says:

    Camping has a backup date of 21 October.

    Close, but not quite correct. According to Camping, rapture was supposed to happen on May 21st, in which 200 million people would be lifted up to heaven and the rest of us would suffer a whole load of bad stuff, starting with worldwide rolling earthquakes starting in New Zealand at 6pm on May 21st, and moving around the world as it spins. Then we suffer for 5 more months until God supposedly destroys the world completely on October 21st.

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  24. graham (2,335 comments) says:

    It is sad that people blindly follow what one person says, rather than thinking for themselves,or wondering why if this guy is so certain more mainstream churches weren’t supporting him.

    Unfortunately for Camping, the Bible does say that nobody knows the date when this will happen – not even Jesus. It would be good if people remembered that the next time a prediction like this is made.

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  25. Chthoniid (2,047 comments) says:

    Murray, this isn’t about Gore. It’s about an odious man using archaic superstitions to screw people’s lives up, badly. There’s nothing wrong in acknowledging what a vile piece of shit Camping is.

    Nobody who thinks Gore has a point is in the habit of cutting their daughters’ & own throat ->
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vj8-_jhFAA&feature=player_embedded

    & another family screwed over by Camping ->
    http://articles.boston.com/2011-05-20/news/29565433_1_prophecy-judgment-day-nonbelievers

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  26. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    Who says we havent experienced earthquakes?

    We all know that many things in the bible are not meant to be taken literally (especially those things that used to be taken literally and have since been proven to be wrong).

    Earthquakes in this case could just mean things that ‘shake’ the world. And you have to admit that there are a lot of people all around the world who have had theirs beliefs shaken to the core. And what has a core? The earth, thats what.

    Just watch, over the next few months we are going to see things that will shake the beliefs of people. Such as:

    1. science will make a discovery that changes what we thought we knew about the world.
    2. an otherwise upstanding public servant will be revealed to be duplicitous and guilty of commiting a crime.
    3. a celebrity will die.
    4. there will be a war, or an armed conflict somewhere.
    5. despite the fervent beliefs of a number of lefties, a socialist leader will do something that reduces the freedom of his people.
    6. someone will have thought Wednesday was Thursday. Like, seriously, they were rushing to work because they thought they were late for a meeting.

    End of days people! Repent!

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  27. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    It is sad that people blindly follow what one person says, rather than thinking for themselves,or wondering why if this guy is so certain more mainstream churches weren’t supporting him.

    One of the first things a church (mainstream or otherwise) tends to do, is enforce the belief in magic. We all have magical thinking – it’s because our brain has evolved to find relations between things, even if it’s a coincidence. So churches tell us that even if something can’t be explained scientifically that there is a completely reasonable explanation: it’s spiritual.

    How is this belief of apocalypse dates any more silly than Jesus rising to heaven on the third day? The only difference is we can prove that the world hasn’t ended – so that guy looks like an idiot. The large churches don’t take such risks, and only argue for the silly ideas that are difficult to disprove beyond doubt.

    Unfortunately for Camping, the Bible does say that nobody knows the date when this will happen – not even Jesus.

    So the Bible was right!

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  28. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    You seem Angry Murray.

    Disappointed you’re still here perhaps? I know I am.
    (Disappointed that you’re still here.)

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  29. ciaron (1,434 comments) says:

    tristanb (376) Says:

    May 23rd, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    It is sad that people blindly follow what one person says, rather than thinking for themselves,or wondering why if this guy is so certain more mainstream churches weren’t supporting him….

    ….How is this belief of apocalypse dates any more silly than Jesus rising to heaven on the third day?…

    Yes, you would be silly to believe that Jesus ascended into heaven on the third day.

    Jesus rose from the grave on the third day.

    Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after the resurrection (Acts, 1:3)

    Read it and think for yourself.

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  30. Rick Rowling (813 comments) says:

    Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after the resurrection (Acts, 1:3)

    Read it and think for yourself.

    Yet another reason why we should reject the theory of gravity. It’s only a theory, like evolution, and so probably wrong. It can’t explain Jesus’ bodily ascension.

    The theory of gravity is also unable to account for angels’ flight.

    The equally plausible theory of Intelligent Falling, however, explains both why things fall to the ground, and the inherent truth in the Bible.

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  31. ciaron (1,434 comments) says:

    The theory of gravity is also unable to account for angels’ flight.

    I imagine the concept would be simmilar to this.

    Gravity is real & measurable, but that doesn’t stop strange stuff happening that appears to contradict it.

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  32. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    Intelligent Falling! Nice.

    And ciaron, if you believe that video then you are beyond help.

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  33. ciaron (1,434 comments) says:

    Thats the point, there’s something else going on, something you can’t see and don’t know, but is obviously at work.

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  34. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    And that thing going on is that gravity is acting strangely?

    Do you realise that the mass of the object being drawn to the centre of the planet (the centre of gravity) is irrelevant?

    What you saw in the video is an illusion. It is a trick. It is something only a very gullible person would believe. Hang on, you believe in god, dont you? Never mind then.

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  35. DJP6-25 (1,387 comments) says:

    Some of the guys in church a couple of weeks ago were joking about this fool. Nobody beleived it. The consensus was thus: If God hasn’t told Jesus when it will be, what chance is there he’d tell a bunch of kooks in California? It just makes all Christians look like fools.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  36. Alan Wilkinson (1,878 comments) says:

    The Herald is running another idiotic religiosity post by Tapu Misa today following one by Garth George last week – both of which they then blocked comments on.

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  37. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    Repost, Alan, then we can comment here.

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  38. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    The latest theory on why gravity is so weak compared to the other basic forces is that it exists (is shared) across multiple dimensions whereas the other forces are at full strength within each dimension it exists in.

    There are so many way too cool things yet to discover.

    But alas cheap conjuring tricks or con-men pushing anti-gravity devices aint the answer.

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  39. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    Gravity is real & measurable, but that doesn’t stop strange stuff happening that appears to contradict it.

    The key word here is “appears“.
    You don’t believe the magician David Copperfield levitates, do you?

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  40. Alan Wilkinson (1,878 comments) says:

    Kimble:

    Tapu Misa – “Some Christians losing love for John Key”: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10727378

    Garth George – “Abortion Law heartbreaking for parents”: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10726486 – in which he promotes a misleading and refuted piece of research by Priscilla Coleman (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priscilla_K._Coleman)

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  41. chiz (1,144 comments) says:

    chris:According to Camping, rapture was supposed to happen on May 21st

    Julian or Gregorian calender?

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  42. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    Read it and think for yourself.

    I’ll pass. The Bibles’s still a load of crap, and a false idol.

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  43. ciaron (1,434 comments) says:

    Why do you say that tristanb? what proof have you got that it isn’t reliable?

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  44. ciaron (1,434 comments) says:

    Manolo, no I don’t believe he can levitate but; he is using a mechanism which the audience doesn’t see or understand the workings of. From my point of view there God who resides over and above the natural laws, and is free to use mechanisms beyond our understanding (specifically that of the witnesses).

    I don’t know about you, but I find it a lot easier to accept intelligent design than the theory that some otherwise inert goop got together back in the day, had a new chemical reaction and spawned every immensely complex organism that ever existed. And just like some of you can’t get past the ascention, I can’t get past Irreducible complexity to beleive in evolution. Granted, there is plenty of de-bunking material out there, and I intend to read as much of it as I can.

    But for me personally, these are not deal breakers. After his resurection, Jesus spent 40 days meeting, teaching & eating with his desciples and others (in one instance over 500 people saw him) if this was a lie, why did his desciples die for it,what did they gain? Why did the greatest persecutor of Christ’s disciples become arguably the greatest proponent of his teachings?

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  45. chiz (1,144 comments) says:

    I have no difficulty believing that active goop got together and spawned complex organisms. On the other hand irreducible complexity and intelligent design are both fairly obvious bunkum. The resurection story was made up by later writers.

    what proof have you got that it isn’t reliable?

    What proof do you have that is realiable. Do you know what the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy is?

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