Uproar Over Harvard Group's Satanic 'Black Mass'
University president issues statement, attends Catholic holy hour
By Derek Andersen, Newser User
Posted May 13, 2014 7:02 AM CDT
Controversy got in the way of a black mass scheduled to be held in Harvard's Memorial Hall yesterday.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – A student group at Harvard had a devil of a time holding a planned Satanic "black mass" yesterday. The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, in tandem with the NY-based Satanic Temple, had originally scheduled the event—a parody of the Catholic Mass—to take place at 8pm on campus. (The Harvard Crimson noted they were going to omit the use of a consecrated host.) But uproar ensued, and while the group made clear that Harvard didn't give it the boot, it noted that "misinterpretations about the nature of the event" led it to shift the event off-campus, the Crimson later reported. Except the group then withdrew its sponsorship after it failed to secure an agreement with a Harvard Square bar to host the event.

But about 50 would-be celebrants, including what the Crimson describes as “four individuals in hoods and one man in a white suit, a cape, and a horned mask" assembled at nearby Chinese restaurant the Hong Kong around 10pm for what seemed to be a black mass. Harvard President Drew Faust earlier issued a statement saying that the university would not prohibit the black mass but "will vigorously protect the right of others to ... address offensive expression with expression of their own." She wrote that she would attend a holy hour at St. Paul's Church to reaffirm her "respect for the Catholic faith," and was joined there by 1,500 others, who marched to the church in a Eucharistic procession that began at MIT, the Boston Globe reports. Almost 60,000 students, faculty, and alumni signed a petition opposing the black mass.

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May 13, 2014 1:12 PM CDT
What a bunch of pretentious, money wasting little brats. I'm agnostic, and if I found out that this is how my child was spending their free time, they would get a hard lesson about finance. The kind the university doesn't teach. The kind where they have to pay their own car insurance, registration, phone bill, health insurance, food bill, books, etc. I can't believe the parents of some of these kids, and what they put up with, and the bullshit they buy into. They'd learn more by getting their hands dirty with their free time. Maybe cleaning up a playground or volunteering to coach little league for disadvantaged kids.
May 13, 2014 10:19 AM CDT
Respect for religious beliefs in this country is only extended for those of the various Christian sects. They scream bloody murder and object to perceived slights, while at the same time will actively seek to dismantle other religion's practices. So basically, freedom of religion, only if your on the approved VIP list.
May 13, 2014 10:05 AM CDT
"She (Harvard President Drew Faust) wrote that she would attend a holy hour at St. Paul's Church to reaffirm her "respect for the Catholic faith," and was joined there by 1,500 others..." So she shows respect for a religion that glorifies ritual cannibalism and nobody objects? Goes to show you what 2000 years of PR can do for your own peculiar religious fantasy.