|Harold Camping - courtesy Wikipedia|
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Most states require a licensing process for a host of service providers ranging from hair stylists to mechanics. Those are important services if you’re in the market to touch up your roots or replace your brake pads – but those services don’t come close to predicting the end of the world.
Apparently anyone can predict Armageddon without so much as a plastic prophet ring from a box of Lucky Charms®.
Case in point, an 89-year old Internet pastor-turned-prognosticator believed the end of the world would occur on Saturday May 21, 2011. When that didn't happen, he re-predicted that it would end on this past Friday October 21, 2011.
Ironically, he made the revised prediction before he suffered a stroke on June 13th of this year (makes you wonder if he knew what was going to happen on THAT particular day.)
While I’m sure he's a kind and well intentioned gentleman, he was wrong, and his credibility (as well as the people who followed him) is worth as much as those “5/21/11″ or "10/21/11" bumper stickers.
To avoid this happening in the future, I believe we need to hand out licenses to would-be prophets.
That’s why I’m proposing a 5-Step Licensing Process that looks like this:
Question: What's the greatest prediction you've ever made?