RALEIGH, N.C. -- A prediction that the world as we know it will end on Saturday has naysayers getting ready to party and most Christians rolling their eyes.
Atheists are sponsoring "Rapture parties" to mock the prediction by religious broadcaster Harold Camping, who picked the May 21 date based on calculations from his reading of Scripture.
Most Christians also dismiss Camping's forecast that Christians will vanish from the Earth that day.
The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the best-selling "Left Behind" novels, notes that Jesus said no one knows when he'll gather Christians to be with him. He says Camping trivializes an important doctrine.
Online, a Facebook group sarcastically promoting post-Rapture looting has more than 170,000 people signed up, and some atheists have said they can be hired to care for believers' pets who get left behind.