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May 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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Atheists keep a light heart in wake of Rapture

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If nothing else, take away this

If it’s not 2012 or Y2K, it’s the Rapture. I’ve heard predictions from the Mayans and computer scientists. Now, Christian extremists have been speaking out about the end of the world happening on May 21. Anyone else feel like they’ve heard this one before? [“Atheists counter prediction with ‘Rapture party,’ ” NWTuesday, May 17.]

While President Obama may be compared to the Antichrist, the likelihood of Christ’s homecoming is just as good as the odds of our former Supersonics winning the playoffs.

However, Seattle atheists have taken an interesting twist on our Father’s return. Atheists have organized a Rapture party that raises funds for “Rapture relief” just in case all that end-of-the-world stuff actually happens.

To see people unite under a better cause other than the guilt of eternal suffering is quite a comforting feeling. The world does have hope! And hey, if the Rapture doesn’t happen, the money from the funds go to Camp Quest, an organization for children that teaches critical thinking and science (irony?).

Whether we’re atheists or Christian, Mayan or Indian, Y2K enthusiasts or homegrown farmers, what we can learn from the premise of the “Rapture party” is to simply be good people. We can make a huge difference and change the world through action, maybe funded through a little ideology, but action nonetheless.

Time will tell if the former Sonics will win the playoffs, or if Obama is really the Antichrist, or if the Rapture will happen on May 21. In the mean time, however, go out and do something good. I mean, the atheists are doing it.

— John Paul Fukumae, Seattle

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