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Message 6 of 229 (615973)
05-18-2011 4:30 PM
Reply to: Message 5 by fearandloathing
05-18-2011 4:23 PM

These idiots are all over the place. I've seen them several times around the city I live in, with signs saying the world will end on 5/21/11 and that "the Bible guarantees it!" Apparently there's some local "family radio" station that's been pushing it. I don't think I've ever seen so many end-of-the-world nutballs with signs before.

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Message 30 of 229 (616096)
05-19-2011 1:12 PM
Reply to: Message 29 by New Cat's Eye
05-19-2011 12:52 PM

Catholic Scientist writes:
I saw their billboars while I was in Charlotte... lol @ "the Bible guarantees it"
  • what are they gonna do on May 22nd?
  • How will they save face?
  • Are they giving away all their worldly possessions beforehand?

On another aspect, in Message 123, Buzsaw writes:
Wake up, sheeple, before it's too late. According to the prophecies, the longer and sounder intelligent mainstream folks like you sleep the sooner it will happen.
What I don't get here is that if it really is a true prophesy, then its going to happen and there's nothing we can do about, so in that sense the warning shouldn't help at all.
On the other hand, since the end times is supposedly gonna be just great for a true christian like Buz, then why aren't they welcoming it and not warning us about it and/or not trying to make changes to prevent it?
That don't make no sense!
The Bible specifically instructs them to warn everyone, on top of the general call to evangelize the entire world. Or so they believe.

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Message 163 of 229 (616607)
05-23-2011 2:31 PM
Reply to: Message 159 by Dr Adequate
05-23-2011 2:24 PM

Re: Camping Speaks
Dr Adequate writes:
At least one already tried; she cut the throats of her two little girls and then tried to do the same to herself. Luckily, she failed in all attempts; they all lived.
I think this is exactly the kind of inciting speech that should be prosecuted.
But Camping told people how to avoid the apocalypse: they should have faith (which apparently she did), turn to Jesus, and get raptured. In his theology, if she'd enquired, that despair and suicide would get one straight to hell, which is even nastier than Armageddon.
If a doctor tells me that smoking has a high chance of giving me lung cancer, so I should quit, it's not his fault if I think that a better way to avoid this would be to cut out my lungs with a rusty knife. Again, if I'd bothered to find out about his belief system, I'd have found out why that was a bad idea.
Of course Camping was wrong and the doctor is right, but I think the two cases are of a kind: you can't be blamed for the actions of someone who ignores your advice.
I agree that Camping is certainly not guilty of actually inciting people to commit murder or suicide.
On the other hand, I would say that he's guilty of inciting panic. He didn't tell that woman to slit anyone's throat - he did, however, convince her of a scenario so frightening and stressful that one could reasonably expect a large number of people to behave irrationally out of sheer panic. A person who's already emotionally less than stable or who has invested too much of their self-identity into this doomsday cult could be expected to do something like this - we've seen it before, after all.
I don't know that that's an actual crime. It's definitely not saying "okay everybody, take up your glasses and lets drink the phenobarbital-laced Kool-Aid, don't forget to help the kids first." It's not quite screaming "fire!" in a crowded theater either, but it's not too far off.

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