Saturday, 4 July 2009

Getting your mail after the Rapture?

Today we have some 'real' apocalypse post, delivered by an atheist in Florida.
As with the previous, this has to do with the rapture. Now some guy is delivering messages after the rapture. Read more here: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/04/hes-post-rapture-message-service/


ORLANDO, Fla. – There are those who believe in the Rapture prophesied in the Bible. And there is Joshua Witter, avowed atheist.

They need each other.

At least some people think so – those willing to pay Witter to be their post-apocalyptic postman, delivering cards and letters to their nonbelieving friends, relatives and neighbors who will be left behind on the Day of Reckoning.

About 70 people have paid the Orlando, Fla., man about $5 apiece to get their messages to those doomed to face the plagues, pestilence and darkness of Armageddon.

As sure as the true believers are they will escape this Earth when the Rapture arrives, Witter is just as certain he will be left behind to deliver their mail. He has committed blasphemy to make sure.

“Anyway you look at it, I’m screwed. It’s too late for me,” said Witter, a 24-year-old computer software engineer who wears long sideburns and hip, black-framed glasses.

Witter started his Web site (postrapturepost.com) as a joke, a satiric jab at those who see things such as the swine flu, economic collapse and the election of a liberal president as sure signs the end is near.

But then he started receiving orders for his merchandise. Since 2005, Witter said, he has sold more than 200 items, most of them T-shirts and coffee mugs. Many of those (he admits) were to friends and fellow atheists.

Among the best-sellers are the line of Told You So cards, which go for $8 each. Some of those who ordered the cards – Witter suspects they are not true Christians – are willing to pay extra to have them sent early as Christmas cards.

Witter doesn’t have a stack of cards or letters with post-Rapture messages in a dresser drawer or safety deposit box. All the messages are stored in his computers, encrypted to protect their privacy and backed up by a fail-safe system.

His Web site might be all in jest, but when it comes to his paying customers, Witter is a responsible entrepreneur. He doesn’t share the contents of the messages with his friends over beers or mock those who take this whole end-of-the-world business more seriously than he does.

He concedes that delivering on his promise to hand-deliver the cards and letters entrusted to him may be difficult.

Witter has read all the books of the popular “Left Behind” series from Tyndale House Publishers, so he knows what to expect. Covered with boils, he will have to fight his way through perpetual darkness, clouds of insects and meteors falling from the sky to deliver the mail.

“Your hope lies with me. I am your mailman,” he vows. “I’ll do my best come hell or high water to deliver those letters.”

On the other hand, should the Rapture not arrive in his lifetime, he gets to keep the money, which he promises to use to subsidize his sinful lifestyle.

And don’t even think about asking him to forward a message from the future for free.

“I turn people away who ask for free letters,” he said. “I’m not a charity.”

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