Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Stupidest Species?

Posters on La Plaza del Chorro
 announce Christ's return.
Sell your home, quit taking your medicine, pull the kid out of school and ask a godless neighbor to care for the pets!

Jesus Christ will return Oct. 16 and rapture the chosen few. Believe it! After all, posters appearing all over central Bogotá say so.

The failure of California preacher Harold Camping's forecast of the end of the world May 21 hasn't made others, who believe they can interpret God's supposed word, from predicting different versions of judgement day.

Innumerable judgement day predictions have failed, and the Christian Bible itself says that Jesus will return "like a thief in the night." But some preachers persist. After the sun rose on May 22, Camping shifted his end of the world date a few months to Oct. 21, and apparently some people actually believe him.

Earthworms, beetles, dogs and anteaters don't fall for end-of-the-world lies, which usually involve believers handing their money over to a religious leader. But humans keep believing, suggesting where they fall on the animal IQ scale.

Hmm. Maybe I can make some money on it.

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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