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Atheists' kind offer of help to Christians
It's a question that all animal-loving Christian evangelicals must address: who will look after their pets on Earth when the Rapture comes and they are taken up to heaven?
Now a group of atheists in the US have come up with a tongue-in-cheek solution, offering to take in the cats and dogs of "saved" believers in return for a small fee.
All the atheists signed up by Eternal Earth-Bound Pets are self-confessed sinners and blasphemers, guaranteeing they will be left behind when the chosen are selected
The business idea is an irreverent attempt to cash in on the belief – widespread among US Christians – that the pious will be carried up to heaven by God in a sudden swoop, leaving unbelievers to endure the seven-year reign of the anti-Christ on Earth.
According to some polls, as many as 55 per cent of Americans believe in the notion of the Rapture.
"You've committed your life to Jesus. You know you're saved. But when the Rapture comes what's to become of your loving pets who are left behind?" the group's website asks.
"Eternal Earth-Bound Pets takes that burden off your mind."
For $110, the firm promises lifetime care for almost all domestic pets if their owners are transported to heaven within the next ten years.
There- let there not be said that atheists are unkind or unfriendly to Christians...