Post-Rapture Pet Care: Atheists to the Rescue
Thanks, Atheists, for Promising to Look After Post-Rapture Pets
Some believers are convinced that The Rapture is coming on May 21, 2011, and that they will make the cut. If you are raptured, what happens to your pet? Bad news: pets are not invited upstairs, and will remain on Earth to face Armageddon. And your cat thought the vacuum cleaner was scary.
Atheists have your back, though: several websites have been popping up during the past few years that offer atheist-provided post-rapture pet care. Basically, for a one-off fee, you get ten years of "Rapture insurance", so that, should you get spirited up to Heaven, your pet will be taken care of by those whom you believe will be left behind. Eternal Earthbound Pets has taken advantage of the sudden attention to Harold Camping's predictions, and raised their rates: $135 for the first pet, $20 for each additional pet.
There's also After the Rapture Pet Care, which operates on a one-time signup fee of ten bucks. We aren't affiliated with either service, nor suggesting that anyone use them, but are including After the Rapture Pet Care's YouTube ad for illustration purposes.
Rapture Relief Fund
Seattle-area atheists set up the Rapture Relief Fund, which, in essence, makes a bet with Rapture believers. If indeed May 21 heralds the beginning of Armageddon, then subscribers can have letters sent out to their unsaved friends and family members ("Repent now"? "I told you so"?). If May 22 dawns like any other day, the fee is donated to a summer camp for nonreligious families. Feeling (un)lucky?
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