What, no Rapture again? Maybe the Apocalypse is taking place on Wall Street

Harold Camping, who was roundly ridiculed for predicting that the world would begin to end on May 21, 2011, is avoiding the public once again as his amended date for the Rapture, October 21, 2011, has arrived-and those who were sure that they'd be taken up are still here, waiting.

According to the 90-year-old Biblical scholar and leader of the Family Radio empire, May 21 was the day of God's "spiritual judgement," and those who were found lacking would face Armageddon five months later. The self-proclaimed prophet did give himself a loophole, according to The Christian Post: He told followers that the October 21 rapture would be "quiet."

"There will be no pain suffered by anyone because of their rebellion against God," he said. "Unbelievers might just fall asleep and never wake up."

The date for the Rapture has been set at least 67 other times before; Camping himself previously predicted that it would take place on September 6, 1994. It didn't-he says he may have made a mathematical error, that time-but his followers didn't seem to mind. Many of them quit their jobs in anticipation of being taken up to heaven, spent their life savings and their kids' college funds to buy billboards advertising the May 21 Rapture date, and readied themselves to fend of hoards of marauding zombies.

Interestingly enough, Camping's own employees at Family Radio were not given the day off on Friday, even though their boss was certain that the world was going to end.

Maybe the religious experts like Camping are looking at the wrong signs. When all of the Republican senators (plus two Democrats and Independent Joe Lieberman) can watch the still-growing Occupy Wall Street movement and still decide to protect millionaires from a 0.5 percent tax increase by voting down a bill that would have created jobs for teachers and emergency responders, it certainly seems like the end of something, if not the physical world.

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