End of the world RV. Image taken from CNN.com.
I regularly read CNN.com for news. I recognize that CNN is not the best source of news and has been declining in recent years. A few years back, I almost stopped reading CNN when they removed their science news section. Yet, I still check CNN.com once or twice a day in addition to other news sources such as The New York Times and- of course- the Skepchick quickies. I mostly visit CNN.com because of years of habit. And, you know, so I can read the entertainment section and follow all the news about my favorite celebs such as Brangelina and their adorable children.
Sitting down to eat my lunch today during a break from labwork, I was dismayed to find that this new story about a crazy religious
group cult that believes the end of the world is coming on May 21st, 2011 is the featured news story. The cult members are driving around in RVs warning people about the judgement day. Is this because they want to save people? Nope, not really. They believe that God has already chosen the 2-3% of people who will be saved when judgment comes. They just want to drive around in RVs and inform people that the end of the world is coming. You know, so you can do fun things with your last few days like drink margaritas on the beach drive around in RVs.
As for the cult, I see no need to attack their beliefs further here. May 21st is just around the corner, and when the world doesn’t end in a firestorm of judgment the cult’s beliefs will be discredited. Until, of course, the cult leader re-interprets his Bible and comes up with a new and improved end-of-the-world day.
CNN, is this seriously the best news you have to offer? Is this really worth displaying as a feature on your front page? I mean, revolution and chaos in the Middle East, Wisconsin politics, and even the royal wedding dress mystery and this is what you choose to highlight on your front page CNN? Shame on you. And your article isn’t even skeptical at all.