Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Rapture

Okay, so if you've been paying any attention at all recently, then you know that Harold Camping has predicted that the rapture is going to be this Saturday at 6 pm local time.  That's slightly less than 2 day from now.  The internet and social media are abuzz with it, and I'll admit, off and on all day, I've taken pokes at it.

It began when a friend of mine reposted this: 
Now here's an idea:
Margaret Heather posted:
I am laughing so hard right now: "Rapture prank: On Saturday, take some of your unwanted clothes and shoes and leave sets of them arranged on sidewalks and lawns around town."
Absolutely -brilliant-!! (:
Then a friend of mine made this the theme song for the weekend:
with the idea of making a mixed drink and calling it "Rapture".  It turns out there are already several, and I'm a fan of sharing recipes (;
Raspberry Rapture
2oz Raspberry
2oz Margarita
.75oz Bacardi Limòn
.5oz Grenadine
Martini Rosso Rapture Cocktail
2 parts red (rosso) vermouth
5 parts cranberry juice
Shake together with ice and serve with a slice of orange as a decoration.  
The Rapture
2 oz Bacardi® gold rum
2 oz Absolut® vodka
2 oz Hennessy® cognac
2 oz Jack Daniel's® Tennessee whiskey
2 oz Red Bull® energy drink
...1 oztropical fruit juice
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz orange juice
1 splash grapefruit juice
Place all ingredients n a mixer, stir and serve.
Then another friend shared this video:

The friend who share this one:

also proclaimed this "Rapture Party weekend" this entails the following:  From Friday until Saturday has cleared, shots on the hour, every hour, accompanied with prayers of repentance. (Prayers are optional if you don't mind being left behind).
Then I had two songs of my own to share

before I found a wonderful post on NPR with a wonderful list of 'end of the world' songs in their comments.
Then two friends shared comics that I couldn't resist:

 All of this to say 1.  There have been so many previous 'end of the world' predictions (even from the same man making all the fuss now) that it's hard not to poke fun at them, as we all expect to wake up on Sunday morning.  2. That it seems to me that the people who make the largest fuss about the end of the world and the rapture...are the ones that expect to go.  I have to admit, it reminds me of the parable of Jesus and the Widow's offering (Mark 12:41-44).  Where the rich threw in much for their tithe-- expecting to be praised for it (possibly believe that they were buying their way into heaven), while the widow gave so very much less, but all that she had, expecting nothing.  and 3. It reminds me of a couple of passages by Mark Twain where Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn decide they don't -want- to go to heaven, if it's going to be filled with people like their aunts.
Many a joke has been posted about the freedoms and liberties that will be available once the raptured are gone.  One of the more prominent 'event's' for Saturday is Post Rapture Looting:  When everyone is gone and god's not looking, we need to pick up some sweet stereo equipment and maybe some new furniture for the mansion we're going to squat in. 
But my personal favorite, and the one I'm planning to attend is Non-Judgement Day, hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence:  **This event is not location specific. Participate wherever you are by using the day to build bridges, forgive others, tear down labels, and celebrate our diversity.**

"Some have declared that May 21st is Judgment Day, the destruction of the world as we know it. They say that wrath is upon us and unless we think, believe, and behave exactly as they do that we are under condemnation. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, declare ...
May 21st to be NON-JUDGMENT Day. We say that universal joy and acceptance is upon us. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey you are loved and worth loving just the way you are.

Gay. Straight. Queer. Lesbian. Fag. Dyke. Tranny. Slut. Whore. Fat. Skinny. Christian. Fundie. Atheist. Conservative. Liberal. Black. White. Brown. No matter what your label, no matter if you embrace it or reject it, ALL ARE WELCOME HERE.

On May 21st, do something to celebrate who you are. Reach out to someone who is being labeled and judged. Extend a hand. Build a bridge. Have fun. but most of all, be yourself!

If you’re in Portland, Oregon join the Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for a night of judgment-free fun. The Fat Out Fashion show at Crush will be all about body acceptance, and owning your own beauty. And then follow us to Candy Shop at Red Cap to shake your groove thing. If you are in other cities, look up your local Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and find something to do. Get out there and celebrate yourself!

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.
...Although I have to own up to being every so slightly biased against the rapturists (;

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