I ran across Eternal Earth Bound Pets and my first reaction was to laugh inappropriately, thinking the site to be a spoof or an anti-religion statement, but I have to admit, the site seems so darned earnest and their offer sincere, it’s impossible to wrap my head around their motives.
They’re basically offering “Rapture Insurance” for your pets. A group of atheists have banded together to say that if you get raptured within the next ten years, they will look after your pets for you (for $110 for the first pet and $15 per additional critter). “We are currently active in 22 states. Our representatives have been screened to ensure that they are atheists, animal lovers, are moral / ethical with no criminal background, have the ability and desire to rescue your pet and the means to retrieve them and ensure their care for your pet’s natural life.”
One friend told me he believes it’s a scam through and through… that these atheists are laughing all the way to the bank, insuring Christians against something that’s never going to happen, effectively paying a “gullible tax” (in the mind of the operators of the site.) But my thought is that if their clients really believe they might get yanked up to heaven at any moment, leaving behind unbelieving neighbours and loved ones, and also beloved pets, then if the offer is sincere, wouldn’t it give them peace of mind?
That being said, I figure most people’s pets will die within the next ten years. (The period from payment that the EEBP will cover.) So that also makes me lean a bit toward the scam/joke end of things.
And yet… I know a few people who do literally believe that the rapture could happen at any moment. I wonder if these are the same people that responded to a poll saying they were certain that Obama is the anti-Christ. So doesn’t that make this more of a bet than insurance? (Well, I suppose insurance is gambling from a certain perspective.) These atheists obviously do believe that they won’t have to actually do anything for your $110. If they did believe it, they wouldn’t be aetheists. On the other hand, they’re offering peace of mind to people who worry about such things.
I still can’t quite process what I think about it. I suppose it is a scam after all, because if they don’t fulfil their promise, the victims of their deception won’t be around to sue. But if these atheists do lose their bets, they’ll have bigger worries on their hands than what to do with a missing stranger’s cat.