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June 04, 2008

Company Will Send Out Emails to Your Left-Behind Friends After the Rapture, for Just $40 Per Year

Hey, how you doing? I'm in Heaven. It's pretty cool I guess. Believe it or not, you can actually get the NFL Sunday Ticket here without the freakin' Dish Network. Say hi to Beast of the Apocalypse for me, LOL.

Is this for real? The owners of the site maintain it's real, but then, they would say that, wouldn't they? Seems more likely to be a prank against Christians.

If millions of Christians suddenly disappear from the face of the Earth as the opening act for Armageddon, Threat Level thinks most nonbelievers will be too busy freaking the hell out to check their e-mail. But if they do log in, now they can be treated to some post-Rapture needling from their missing friends and loved ones, courtesy of web startup YouveBeenLeftBehind.com.

For just $40 a year, believers can arrange for up to 62 people to get a final message exactly six days after the Rapture, that day when -- according to Christian end times dogma -- Christians will be swept up to heaven, while doubters are left behind to suffer seven years of Tribulation under a global government headed by the Antichrist.

"You've Been Left Behind gives you one last opportunity to reach your lost family and friends for Christ," reads the website, which is purportedly run "by Christians, for Christians." The domain name is registered through an anonymous proxy service, presumably to protect the proprietors from the Forces of Darkness, and not because they're up to anything shady.

The e-mails will be triggered when three of the site's five Christian staffers "scattered around the U.S." fail to log in for six days in a row -- a system that incorporates a nice margin of safety, should two of the proprietors turn out to be unrepentant sinners or atheists.

Seriously, that website name? "You've Been Left Behind dot com?" Could it be any more baiting? It plays directly to the Church Lady lampoon of Christians as being primarily interested in Hell as part of a metaphysical revenge fantasy. Seems more likely it's an anti-Christian company spoofing their idea of Christians.

A response from the site's proprietor insists it's all on-the-level, but, again, a prank doesn't work if you tell people it's a prank. He doesn't offer up his religious/spiritual bona fides.


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