ISU Atheist and Agnostic Society hosts end of the world party


Emily Blobaum/Iowa State Daily

The super blood moon rises and eclipses over Central Campus. Until Sunday night, these events hadn’t occured together for 33 years, and won’t happen again until 2033. 

Alex Cory

Students who always wanted to party like there’s no tomorrow had the opportunity to do so with the ISU Atheist and Agnostic Society on Sunday night.

The club hosted an end-of-the-world party in response to an apocalyptic prediction made by several Christian ministers. The Blood Moon Prophecy theorizes that the world will end Monday after a lunar eclipse, based on an interpretation of the Book of Revelations in the Bible.

The party, which took place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the underground of the Memorial Union, was also a canned food drive which received an estimated 250 canned goods.

“Based on the tongue and cheek notion of ‘OK, we’re stockpiling food for the end of the world,’ we’re going to have a canned food drive at the party, so people can either pay $10 to come to the party or $5 and bring some canned goods and just have a good time with us,” said Christjahn Beck, ISU Atheist and Agnostic Society president emeritus and senior in political science.

The party had an estimated headcount of 40 people, and featured activities like glow-in-the-dark bowling and pool, along with pizza and other refreshments.

“This was an awesome way to celebrate another ‘ooh, the world is going to end’ thing,” said Software Engineering Junior Kyrie Howard-Nusbaum,

Beck is certainly not afraid of the Blood Moon Prophecy.

“There have been a lot of apocalypse predictions over the years,” Beck said. “Thus far, none of them seem to have been true.”

The party is also an example of the clubs’s community outreach. President Nicholas Davis said the club has two main goals: to provide a community for atheists and agnostics and to promote a positive image.

“It’s just going to be fun,” Davis said before the event. “We’re just going to be ourselves.”

Davis said he believes there is a false stigma about atheists being less moral than religious people.

“We are moral individuals … it’s not to make ourselves look better,” Davis said.

He added that the idea for the canned food drive came from the group’s sense of morals.

Davis also said the club is open to members of any religion who have questions that may be frowned upon in their religious community.  

“It’s a good place to see ideas and bounce things off people. It’s great to have a community and such,” Said Mechanical Engineering Junior Hunter Oberbroeckling, who was enjoying a game of pool at the event.

“In the unprecedented event the apocalypse occurs, we’ll have lots of canned goods,” Davis said jokingly.