Are your pets Rapture-ready?

A new business promises to care for the pets of people who are transported suddenly to heaven in the Rapture, an event that some evangelical Christians believe will precede the Apocalypse as described in the Book of Revelation. Most Rapture experts say that when the faithful go to Jesus, their pets will stay on Earth with the non-believers.

That's where Bart Centre - pet lover and atheist - comes in. For $110 (U.S.), he and his network of pet rescuers, confirmed atheists all, will go to your house in the event of the Rapture, rescue your dog, cat or other pet, and care for it for the rest of its life or until the end of the world, whichever comes first.

The idea for his business, Eternal Earthbound Pets, began as a joke between friends, but Mr. Centre says he recognized a business opportunity and is now dead serious.

----- Here comes the tricky part, I hope this posts correctly because I think it's very amusing news!:


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I know!!
While I do think this is hilarious, he could get in some serious trouble.

For example: some Christians are now saying that the Rapture will be on May 21, 2011. So let's assume each of those Christians has a pet, and they pay Bart to get their pets. WHEN the Rapture doesn't come (because, let's be honest... it's not going to), it's feasible at least one of them could sue him.

It's a bit deceptive, yes?

Or perhaps the law will look the other way, but it does seem like it could be construed into one of those illegal money-making schemes, praying on the gullibility of the radically Christian (which, in theory, is a great idea, but in practice could lead to some serious issues).
You've definitely got a point, Nathan, but I think Xians who have signed up with Bart have probably set themselves up with this one.

For example, when the Rapture doesn't come on 21/05/11 that doesn't mean they'll just discard the whole idea and will probably just interpret that as their big day being postponed. (I wonder if they'll get a memo from above...) If they were to file a lawsuit against him, that would be like admitting that the Rapture will never happen.

In any case, my hat's off to Bart for his boldness, and I hope he doesn't get into trouble.

Sadly enough, a close and very dear relative of mine believes in the Rapture and one time, he was telling someone he was trying to convert all about how Jesus will come back to earth triumphant and riding a mighty steed. I was in the next room, sort of eavesdropping on the conversation, and I had to repress a loud laugh when his candid interlocutor stopped him short and said: "Wait, but if animals are not allowed in heaven, where will Jesus get a horse from?" I think he's still looking for the answer to this day.
Yeah, you're probably right. I am following it with amused interest. The amount of people who believe this just astounds me.

As far as what this "candid interlocutor" said... that is awesome. It's great when people point out the flaws in a radical Christian's "logic".
He isn't being deceptive at all. He wasn't the one throwing out dates of the supposed Rapture.
No, but there is a business law about preying on the gullible, which is what Centre's doing.

Don't get me wrong. I think it's frickin' hilarious. It's a damn good idea and when I first heard about it my first thought was "why didn't I think of that?!?". That's why I'm hoping he doesn't get in trouble. Because it really is brilliant.

But I'm worried about him. I took some business courses, and there are laws protecting "gullible people". Although it would ultimately be an insult to those who actually believe in a coming Rapture, he could legitimately be sued for preying on the gullible.

I hope not. I really hope not. Because it's frickin' brilliant. I think he should win awards for this. I'm surprised Stephen Colbert hasn't awarded him Brass Balls or made him the "Alpha Dog of the Week", yet (and I'm an avid Colbert fan; he has given ADotW to people who did something he agreed with or thought was funny in a good way... it's not reserved just for idiots, although they get the bulk of 'em).

Perhaps he should include a refund policy:
"If the Rapture doesn't come, we'll refund you [25%, 50%, 75%, 100%?] of what you paid us."

Just thinking...
It'd be interesting to read the fine print of that contract!
I would be concerned for what ever court got this case. Because, in order to show that he is praying on the gullible it would be proved that the Rapture is nonsense.
Well... in that case... maybe it'd be worth-it... :D
Well, it looks like Mr. Bart has thought this through. Check out his website at: Eternal Earthbound Pets

I've just read the whole thing and it's a blast! I can only imagine how much fun he had writing it, especially the Q&A section.

I think the catch is the 10-year expiration period. All I can say is, more power to him!
This doesn't prey on the gullible any more than selling witchcraft tools, or new age beverages that people chanted around (there is such a beverage). Although it's a little more expensive, and you get absolutely nothing.
Excellent point, Prog Rock Girl! When you think about it, to some extent, Bart isn't doing anything different from what Churches do when they take money from their members, and he makes it very clear that he doesn't believe in it.

If fact-finders in a lawsuit against him were to rule in the sense that he preyed on the gullible, then who would come next? Evangelical pastors for talking their followers into believing something that didn't happen after all?

It's not like he's selling mangosteen juice to cure cancer, and even those who do get away with it.



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