THE WHEELS OF DEMOCRACY GRIND
SLOWLY: When the lay radio preacher Harold Camping decreed that the world would end on May 21, 2011, Bart Centre
sensed an opportunity. An atheist, Centre announced his company, Eternal Earthbound Pets, would, for $135, provide "certified
atheists" to take care of the left-behind pets of the faithful who were raptured. The retired New Hampshire man's wacky
response to Camping's wacky Bible interpretation caught worldwide attention, with news coverage as far away as New Zealand.
A joke? Well obviously, but Centre is getting the word out to the media it was a joke -- really, really, really. Why? Because
Centre has now been subpoenaed by his state's Insurance Department, which demands copies of any applications he received for
the service so they can see "whether he is engaged in the unlicensed business of [selling] insurance in New Hampshire."
(RC/Washington Post) ...I just got a great idea for a new product: satire insurance.