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The Real, Dark, Doomsday Which Happens With Every Apocalypse…

The Real, Dark, Doomsday Which Happens With Every Apocalypse…

By Hannah Spadafora…..
Saturday, May 21st was set to be judgment day, the beginning of the end of the world. Harold Camping said so, and many people, upon hearing his prophecy through his unique Christian program on FamilyRadio.com, felt it deeply rang of truth. This left believers with many decisions to make on how to prepare for the end—or, more precisely, how to stop preparing for a future in a world which was nearly finished. It was posted on billboards, bellowing from bullhorns of trailer preachers, and eventually covered extensively, as a strange thing, on the news. And, according to followers, to have kept on living as if the world wasn’t about to be cast into judgment or rocked to its end would have been to show distrust in God’s plan. So, as the question of what one would do before they die merged with the question of what one would do to avoid hellish torture, some believers just stopped.

Reggae, Rasta and Homophobia

Reggae, Rasta and Homophobia

By Hannah Spadafora….
On November 27th, 2010, protesters in Sacramento, CA gathered outside musical artist Capleton’s reggae-dancehall concert to oppose the violent gay-bashing ideas his lyrics promote. This isn’t the first protest against reggae artists calling for violent homophobic acts in their music. Other reggae artists criticized and boycotted over the last decade for anti-homosexual lyrics include Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Elephant Man, T.O.K., Bounty Killa and Vybz Kartel. A major leader in the campaign against the homophobia found in dancehall music (the reggae spinoff popular in United States and western Europe) is Stop Murder Music, who eventually initiated the “Reggae Compassionate Act”.

Lost: A Reflection

Lost: A Reflection

Unlike the average sitcom, the events of ‘Lost’ challenge the viewers and engage their minds on multiple levels. Although the audience encounters what may at first appear fantastical, these fantastical confrontations are readily converted to relatable human issues. Natures’ transience, humanity’s interconnectedness, possibilities of truth behind myth/magic still existing in the world, and the many forms faith presents itself in the world are old issues, all too familiar—if not in the surface of most people’s minds then in the recesses of one’s consciousness, as it attempts to locate itself and make sense of the world.

Year of Living Biblically: A Book Review

Year of Living Biblically: A Book Review

Throughout the year long transformation documented in his book, Jacobs’ life goes from being a secular endeavor to a routine suitable for living a biblical existence. He undergoes such feats as: blowing a rams horn or shofar to signal the start of every month, avoids making any graven images, opting instead for two-dimensional shapes even when he’s playing with his son, refrains from touching all women for fear of their being ‘unclean’ that week, even carries around a chair to ensure he never sits somewhere an ‘unclean’ woman may have, the consulting of a shatnez (mixed fiber) tester to make sure the cloth of what he wears is only made of one kind of fiber, and the adherence to biblical laws about eating which besides providing forbiddance against cheeseburgers, also lead to the tasting of a cricket.