As those Christians who believe in the Rapture get taken up into eternity, the pet-lovers among them will have one less thing to worry about if a Langdon, New Hampshire atheist has anything to say about it.
Bart Centre, 61, a retired vice president of an international retail firm and current co-owner of Eternal Earthbound Pets, is offering a $110 post-Rapture pet care service. The way Centre sees it, he makes a little money in his retirement, and should Jesus Christ return and the Rapture occur, those snatched up into heaven will have their pets cared for, he said.
Coverage is good for 10 years, he says. If there is no Rapture by then, he keeps the cash.
"There are no refunds," he said. "If I thought the Rapture was really going to happen, I wouldn't have the business."
He says he's gotten 4,000 emails, mostly from fellow atheists. About 10%, he says, are Christians who think it's a fun idea and wish him luck, and an undisclosed handful who have even signed up for the service.
The paper quotes Terry James, editor of a popular, Arkansas-based Christian website called Rapture Ready, as finding the project amusing.
"It's a scam," he tells the paper, " . . . Anyone who would take that offer seriously, well, how would you even follow up?"
But James concedes that the pet issue is real. He says he has written a pamphlet to worried Christians counseling that if people in Heaven find they miss their pets, they can decide to have them brought up later.
On the web: Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA
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