In the age old battle between God and Satan, God appears to have won the latest round in Boston. A reenactment of a “black mass” was scheduled to take place the evening of May 12th on Harvard’s campus. The event was sponsored by the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club in association with the Satanic Temple. The school came under intense fire from students and religious groups for their involvement. Nearly 60,000 signatures were collected from undergrads, alumni, and faculty. A Eucharistic procession also took place, starting at MIT’s chapel and ending at St. Paul Church in Harvard Square.
Presumably it was this outpouring of concern within the community that lead the club to move the mass from a campus run building to a local nightclub, The Middle East. In the hours leading up to the planned event, negotiations with The Middle East broke off and the cultural studies club pulled their sponsorship.
The loss of venue and sponsorship did not deter the Satanic Temple. They reportedly moved the ceremony to the second floor of the nearby Hong Kong Restaurant & Lounge. The purpose of the re-located mass was to “reaffirm their respect for the Satanic faith and to demonstrate that the most powerful response to offensive speech is to shame those who marginalize others by letting their own words and actions speak for themselves.”
If the name 'Satanic Temple' sounds familiar, they are also the group behind the Oklahoma satanic monument controversy.