Citing “the bullying techniques of dominant powers and how they intimidate to silence voices they do not agree with or understand” as the impetus for their decision, the Harvard’s Cultural Studies Club dropped its sponsorship of the satanic black mass that was scheduled to take place Monday night, and the event was forced to move to a location off campus.
The Cultural Studies Club, hurt and insulted that their intention to host an event designed to mock and denigrate a sacred religious ceremony had led to a giant backlash, wrote in an email quoted in the Crimson, “While it is unfortunate that many people took personal offense at rituals for which they have little or no understanding of their context, what we find most disturbing have been the demands that the rituals and beliefs of marginalized members of society be silenced… It is gravely upsetting to us that some people feel vindicated on the basis that they have disingenuously mischaracterized our invited guests as being part of a hate group.”
The Club went on to say, it hopes the event “draws attention to the bullying techniques of dominant powers and how they intimidate to silence voices they do not agree with or understand.”
The event was initially moved to The Middle East Nightclub for 9:00 pm, according to the Crimson, but those plans fell through Monday night when Clay S. Fernald, the general manager said the nightclub would indeed not hold the event. Fernald gave no reason for the decision, but I’m guessing he had a chance to take a gander at the members of the Satanic Temple decked out in their black robes and horned masks – not to mention the nun in bondage you see in the above photo – and thought better of it.
The Satanic Temple ended up at the Hong Kong restaurant and lounge shortly after 10 p.m. Monday – to the surprise of the restaurant owner, who apparently had no idea a black mass took place on the second floor of his restaurant, Monday night.
About 50 people, mostly dressed in black and some wearing face makeup, were present for the ceremony. A consecrated host, believed by Catholics to be the body of Christ, was not used in the ritual.
Four individuals in hoods and one man in a white suit, a cape, and a horned mask were active in the proceedings, as well as a woman revealed to be wearing only lingerie. The ceremony began with a narration on the history underlying Satanism and the black mass ritual.
The restaurant’s owner, Paul Lee, said in a phone interview around 11 p.m. that he was unaware of the incident. The Hong Kong is located on Massachusetts Avenue, directly across the street from Harvard Yard.
The Satanic Temple is the same group that is trying to put a statue of Satan depicted as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, at the Oklahoma State Capital next to the Ten Commandments.
They are an obnoxious group of atheists who as Breitbart’s Kate O’Hare aptly put it, “appears to exist to mock the notion of faith, if not so much worship Satan himself, at least on purpose.”
They got the reception in Harvard they deserved.