I posted this on Reddit and it’s getting decent discussion there, so I’ll post it here as well.
Joshua Witter is an atheist in Orlando who is offering to deliver messages for Christians who believe they will soon be Raptured. For about $5 a pop, Josh promises to pass along the Christians’ letters to relatives and friends.
Witter started his website — postrapturepost.com — as a joke, a satiric jab at those who see things like the swine flu, economic collapse and the election of a liberal president as sure signs the end is near.
But then he started receiving orders for his merchandise. Since 2005, Witter said he has sold more than 200 items, most of them T-shirts and coffee mugs, and many of those (he admits) to friends and fellow atheists.
Among the best sellers are the line of I-Told-You-So cards, which sell for $8. Some of those who ordered the cards — Witter suspects they are not true Christians — are willing to pay extra to have them sent early as Christmas cards.
So for most of us, it’s a joke. But for a handful of Christians, it’s serious business.
Is Witter being unethical by taking advantage of the delusional (and gullible)?
Is he being opportunistic and making some money via the Left Behind crowd?
Is he just having harmless fun? The cards are under $10, after all. It’s not like he’s getting rich off of this, and it’s not like anybody is losing their life savings.