I know you all need to be on top of the whole Rapture event coming up on May 21. The latest chunk of prep comes from Lauri Lebo at Religion Dispatches.

I’ve been fielding a lot of questions from friends about the upcoming Rapture, which Christian doomsday prognosticator Harold Camping and his sad motley group of followers say will take place May 21. This is the day that true believers will be taken up to heaven, while everybody else — Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics and anyone who supports gay marriage or accepts evolution — will be stuck here on Earth for another six months while war and pestilence rains down on us. Then, on Oct. 21, the world will end.

…Well, because God created time zones — just as he apparently created US international borders — the Rapture will begin at 6 p.m. in each time zone. Also, you’ll know when the Rapture will begin because it will be preceded by an earthquake.

…”starting in the Pacific Rim at around the 6 p.m. local time hour, in each time zone, there will be a great earthquake, such as has never been in the history of the Earth,” he says. The true Christian believers — he hopes he’s one of them — will be “raptured”: They’ll fly upward to heaven. And for the rest?

“It’s just the horror of horror stories,” he says, “and on top of all that, there’s no more salvation at that point. And then the Bible says it will be 153 days later that the entire universe and planet Earth will be destroyed forever.”

Facebook pages such as Post rapture looting have popped up (and need to correct the time). Laurie also called for drink suggestions for the day as well as music selections.

Also see:

* Are you rapture ready – fundie billboards say the end is near: May 21, 2011

* More Rapture-readiness: MN jeweler launches 50% off Second Coming Sale

* $140K flushed away: retired subway worker invests life savings in 5/21/2011 Rapture ads