However, the glee in the media seems a bit over the top to me. As noted by Ann Althouse:
The big news is that big news covered the nonnews. We were supposed to find it amusing. Amusing to snicker at marginal people who believe religious things. They're so dumb. We're so smart. No, you're not. You are part of the system of dumbness you purport to report.While I'm not religious, the whole thing has seemed to be swung as a club against the religious Christians in the country (and by extension, the Christian Right), the vast majority of whom had absolutely no part in the 2011 rapture frenzy. Do I agree with the their religious beliefs? No. Do I need to carp at them about? Nope
Now why don't they discuss the failure of Keynesian economics to fix the economy, instead? Far more people have faith in that than had faith in the 2011 Rapture.