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God the serial killer

For us agnostics and atheists, the Bible has a lot-and I mean a lot- of fallacies that make us shake our heads. I used to be a Christian — so yes, I’ve read the Bible. I never had the desire to read it cover-to-cover, but I’ve read a majority of it. Since I left the church, I often find myself reflecting back on those readings and thinking, “Wow, God’s a psychopath.”

Before you assume I’m a God-hater, remember that atheists don’t hate God; we simply don’t think he exists. However, assuming the God described in the Bible were real, by today’s standards, he’d be a complete psychopath. Think about it. How many times in the Bible does it mention that people were made in “His image?” Often one of the biggest confidence-boosters for Christians suffering from self-esteem issues is to be reminded that they were made in God’s image, and to accept their flaws and imperfections.

Are people just dummies to a great ventriloquist? Graphic by Danika Padin
Are people just dummies to a great ventriloquist? Graphic by Danika Padin

This is where the Bible begins to contradict itself. Of all the evil-doers and wicked human beings in the Bible, God personally executes way more people than any mortal. God repeatedly commits mass genocide for crimes such as disobeying Him, worshiping other deities, and doing things that are considered evil in His sight. According to the Bible, God also killed innocent children as a way of punishing their parents for not obeying him. Remember the Holocaust, when Nazis killed children in front of their parents to  punish them for being Jewish? That sounds strangely similar to what God does in the Bible- killing innocent babies because their parents weren’t followers of the Lord, or even for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Lord also sicced two bears on 42 children simply for mocking an old man’s bald head (2 Kings 2:24)

So if God created man in his image, why does he create them to be bad enough that he feels the need to kill them? Many argue that God gave man free will, but those are usually the same people that accept horrible diseases killing innocent children as”God’s will.” I can’t help but think of the episode of “Criminal Minds” where a serial killer captured, tortured, then released his victims–only to hunt them down. I feel that God and this guy would get along really well. God creates these people “in his image” just to put them on Earth and smite them if they do anything he deems punishable.

As a woman, it’s hard for me to understand how so many women can be so devoted to a deity that created them imperfectly, then punishes them for being imperfect. Many times women are regarded as property in the Bible. Women are considered property of their fathers until they get married.Once they’re married, they’re the property of their husband. If a woman is raped before marriage, the rapist, whom I’m assuming God created, is supposed to be stoned to death. Although this may seem fair, the logic behind it is a little strange. The rapist isn’t stoned to death for violence against a woman. Instead, he’s punished for “stealing” the father’s property. If a woman is raped when she’s married, the rapist is put to death for stealing the husband’s property. Not only is the rapist punished, but the woman is also punished for adultery against her husband.

I find it amusing when any religion argues that their deity is a loving, peaceful god. If those deities really did exist, I would have a lot of questions and would likely not worship them anyways. I see no logical reason to worship a god that punishes his people for being who he created them to be. When people do good, they praise God or Allah for helping them . They may even be revered by their friends and family as good men or women of God. In the eyes of the religious, doing good means you’ve been blessed by God. However, when they do bad, friends and family blame the person. How is that if God is this good, all-knowing, all powerful deity that he still couldn’t override the bad thoughts and feelings people have? Why didn’t he just make that person good? Or does God actually create bad people?

Even for those rooted tightly in their faith, these are important questions to consider. It’s important that we question our beliefs and the way we think. Even as agnostic, I find myself thinking, “maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there could be a God, but I need solid evidence.”

 

Taylor Office and Art Supply: A cheaper place to buy school supplies

Taylor Office and Art Supply is one of the more inexpensive places where you can get office and art supplies in Radford. Taylor Office and Art Supply is located just off Main Street, right across from New River Grill – conveniently located near campus. It’s a bit of a walk, but driving isn’t necessary, and the amount of money you save is definitely well worth it.

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“Spring Breakers”: The greatest bad film ever

Let me start off with this: “Spring Breakers” has done something that no film has done before.

This is the first film I’ve ever seen where I can’t tell if it was horrible or strangely genius. It’s a film that is absurd moment after moment and then follows it up with beautiful shots and amazing cinematography.

“Spring Breakers” is the story of four college girls who are so bored and tired at the sight of their school that they rob a restaurant in order to pay for their spring break trip.

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I wish my spring break was like this. Photo from Gizmorati.com.

Where the film struggles is the fact that it may have one of the worst screenplays ever written. Every solid piece of dialogue is followed up with multiple examples of why the movie came out as bad as it did.

The script is full of pointless monologues and way too many weird moments that just don’t seem to work. However, this film is saved about 35 minutes in when James Franco finally shows up. Continue reading “Spring Breakers”: The greatest bad film ever

3OH!3 concert

Sean Foreman of 3OH!3. Photo by Jenny Krashin.

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, R-SPaCE hosted possibly the biggest event of the semester–3OH!3 in concert with guests Hellogoodbye, Down With Webster and The Secret Handshake. Before the doors even opened at 7 p.m., people were lining up around the Dedmon Center where the gig was held. Listening to the conversations before the show, you could easily tell that many people had come from other universities as well as the area high schools to have the opportunity to see these bands play live.

The night began with The Secret Handshake, which was probably the least known band on the bill, but the audience was very welcoming nonetheless. They were probably the most chill performers of the night as well as the most in sync (they were really into swaying along with their music). The next band was Down With Webster and the response they received from the crowd was only rivaled by the love showed for 3OH!3 further into the night. They really got the crowd pumped and showered them with red cups emblazoned with the DWW logo their fan base has grown to recognize.

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

Hellogoodbye performed a lot of songs from their new album Would It Kill You?, which drops Nov. 9. The crowd really seemed to enjoy the new tunes, but I also think they would’ve enjoyed hearing some more old favorites. And who could forget Forest’s claims that they were actually 3OH!3 and that they started a clothing line called Hellogoodbye that was selling at a merchandise table in the back. Good times. Then, after waiting with anticipation for what felt like forever, 3OH!3 took the stage. They played songs from all three of their albums and one of my favorites of the night was Sean’s rap about the wolves with laser beam eyes. If you didn’t go to the show, don’t have your vision checked because you definitely read that correctly–WOLVES WITH LASER BEAM EYES. Honestly, they were probably the coolest thing to be seen the whole night, not to mention the little Carlton-esque jig that Sean and Nat did during “Starstruckk.”

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

Having been to a concert at Virginia Tech the week before, I’ve got to say that I was really impressed with the RU crowd and how they treated the opening acts. At Tech, the first two bands didn’t really get much response from the audience. On the other hand, some people should probably brush up on their concert etiquette before attending a show because I know a lot of people who went home miserable because of the people around them.

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

Overall, the bands were great and each performance had really memorable moments. Be sure to thank R-SPaCE for putting together an amazing show and the various fraternities that helped out with the heavy lifting.

Interview with 3OH!3:

Dimensional disruption

Graphic by: Marie Stovall

Do you remember the first time you saw a 3-D movie? Junior James Eagle does.

“My first 3-D experience was something at Disney with the old school red and blue glasses. I think it was ‘Honey I Shrunk the Audience,'” Eagle said.

Disney World has 3-D attractions such as It’s Tough to be a Bug, Muppet*Vision 3-D and Mickey’s PhilharMagic. “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” was in Disney World’s Epcot theme park, but it closed May 9 of this year. These attractions were the first experiences many people had with 3-D. Today the movie industry has decided 3-D is the way to go when making movies. Recently, movies have come out in 2-D with a 3-D counterpart.

3-D refers to the enhanced illusion of depth perception. It is derived from stereoscopic photography which uses a special movie camera system to record the images from two perspectives. It’s blurry without a special form of eyewear because the two perspectives are forced together. With the eyewear, the screen becomes clear and the image then has the illusion of depth. There are many types of 3-D processing systems, but the two most notable are anaglyph and polarized systems.

Anaglyph images were the earliest form of 3-D and are superimposed through two filters in additive light. The two filters are red and cyan. The glasses used for this have one red lens and one blue lens that filters out the appropriate image and gives it a 3-D quality. The polarized system uses two images projected superimposed onto the same screen, using different polarizing filters. This also uses a type of eyewear, but instead of colored lenses these lenses are polarized differently than the image on the screen, either horizontal and vertical or clockwise and counterclockwise. These are not the only two forms of 3-D; they are just the most common and widely used forms.

3-D movies are not a new sensation. They have been around since the late 1890s and went through a popular period during the 1950s. Today they have made a resurgence with 3-D movies such as “Avatar” and “Toy Story 3.” Movie theaters today typically have 3-D movies in their 3-D and 2-D forms so that customers can choose. The 3-D movies are more expensive due to the glasses and different equipment used to produce them. Some theaters charge up to 26 percent more for a 3-D ticket than its 2-D counterpart. IMAX played a huge role in the resurgence of 3-D movies. They began making 3-D non-fiction films then branched out into fiction films played by theaters everywhere with a different IMAX experience and by being in 3-D.

Not everyone is so crazy about 3-D movies, though. They have been known to give people headaches, nausea and eye problems. If people have bad eyesight or only one good eye to see out of, a 3-D movie is lost on them and the movie can actually be painful.

“I hate 3-D movies. They give me a headache after a while, and it hurts my eyes. I just don’t find it enjoyable. I’d rather watch a 2-D movie; my life is 3-D. I don’t need my movies to be,” junior Emily Snow said.

Freshman Bobby Adams feels that 3-D movies are unrealistic. He first experienced 3-D movies at a King’s Dominion attraction as a child. He says today he would rather see a 2-D movie.

Famed film critic Roger Ebert criticized 3-D movies in a May 2010 issue of Newsweek.

“3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood

Does it make sense to be good?

Graphic by: Marie Stovall

Every day that I wake up, I am the same. There is no personality change; my conscious ceases to morph in any way. Fact is, I care about people. I want all to be safe and happy. I am the kind of guy who helps an old lady cross the road. The type of person who cares for the poor and the hungry, and the kind of guy who would do anything to make a woman he cares for happy. So you see, I have a terminal condition called being good, and it is untreatable.

As kids we are told that being good is the ideal, that the one who saves the day is the one who will be most happy. That couldn