The beliefs at the core of most cults are so absurd that it's easy for us nonbelievers to get a good laugh at the expense of the often mentally ill adherents. And in the case of the May 21 cult, even to get drunk at their expense. Like heathens will be doing all over the country.
So if you are still here on Saturday (which you will be, because even if there is a Rapture, you sure as hell won't go anywhere) head for Manitou Springs for what's being called the "1st Annual Rapture Kegger." You are being instructed to bring binoculars, a lawn chair, a foil hat and 3D glasses, "if you really want to be in the mix."
Joe King says the partiers will be meeting up at 3:30 at Black Cat Books, where "everyone will have a helium balloon and aluminum foil hat. Then we are going to stand around waiting for the Rapture."
"If it is the Rapture, supposedly we are going to have five months of tribulation, and what do you do during tribulation? You party. And we are going to start early," he says.
He says that a Christian friend of his said King can have his guitar, and even go to his house and take the rest of his stuff, if he happens to get beamed up.
King says that he'd like to make up some shirts that read: "I showed up for the Rapture and all I got was this lousy T-shirt".
"I'm willing to believe in anything," he says, "if it's amusing enough."