Become a charlatan.
First, pick a date in the future. Any date, just be sure to allow time for publishing a book and publicizing it.
Second, write a book promoting that date as the end of the world, or Armageddon, or the rapture. Come up with a convoluted formula to support your prediction. Using references of unicorns and aliens is allowed, but not mandatory.
"Virgin and Unicorn" by Domenichino, 1605. Fresco, Farnese palace, Rome.
Third, begin a radio talk show. Until recently, AM radio was best. Now, more people can be reached by FM, thus more money can be taken in.
Fourth, blame the end of the world on the gays. People love to blame the problems of the world on the gays. Just listen to Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Oh yeah, Falwell's dead.
This is Harold Camping. This is his second big fund raising event based on the end of the world. He published a book, 1994?, in which he suggested the end would begin with Jesus' return on September 6 of that year. He was wrong. People with out a lot of sense continue to believe him, even though he has been wrong before.
In that video he says the gays, especially the ones in the "cesspool" called San Francisco, are responsible for the rapture which he is predicting to occur Saturday at 6:00. He says that "God says that there will come a time when he will give up the world to homosexuality and lesbianism." He says this is in Romans 1. I have read Romans 1 and I don't find the word "lesbianism" in the text, but of course I don't find the term homosexuality as it is understood today in the text either.
What this is, is a man creating anxiety among the uninformed and easily swayed, and profiting off of their fear. He is no better than the scum that are looting or profiting off of the tornado victims in Alabama. And he is bastardizing the Bible to benefit himself.
To Mr. Camping, I say, "Mark 13:32. But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
In the meantime, Equality Alabama is composing a list of places of worship (of any denomination or religion) in Alabama that is welcoming to all, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. If you know of such a place of worship, especially in the smaller towns and in south Alabama, please let me know. Email me or post a comment. (You can find an email link over to the left.)
"At Least It's Not The End Of The World" by Larassa Kabel, (Oil on canvas).