The event, organized by the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club and the New York-based Satanic Temple, is to take place at an on-campus bar and is being billed as part of a "larger effort to explore the religious facets" that influence contemporary culture, organizers from the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club say. The ceremony has traditionally been performed by satanic cults to parody the Catholic church, and officials at the Archdiocese of Boston are furious that such an event could be held on the Ivy League school's 'hallowed grounds'.
Robert Neugeboren, dean of students and alumni affairs at Harvard Extension School, said the “deeply disturbing” event is offensive to many at Harvard and should be canceled.
The student club, meanwhile, said in a statement that the performance’s purpose is not to denigrate any religion or faith, but instead to “learn and experience” the history of different cultural practices.
In a statement to the Harvard Crimson, the university’s student newspaper, the cultural club said the event does not silence anyone.
“The complaints are founded metaphysical concerns, and there is simply a disagreement with regards to how this faith is practiced,” club organizers wrote The Harvard Crimson. “The flawed assumption seems to be that because Satan is the representation of evil incarnate for some faiths, that Satanist[s] are part of a hate group and their practice devoted toward denigrating Catholicism … The point of this event is to challenge the stigmatization of marginalized groups.”
Nearly 400 Harvard students and 100 alumni have reportedly signed a petition opposing the event.
["NEARLY"??? Wow, how UN-awesome is that?]
Public policy professor Christopher Robichaud, who teaches at the Kennedy School of Government, is expected to speak at the satanic “black mass” and discuss the event “in terms of religious liberty and tolerance,” The Crimson added.
School officials said they do not agree with the ceremony but support the students’ rights to “speak and assemble freely.”Harvard President Drew Faust, in a statement released Monday, said it’s “deeply regrettable” that the event’s organizer will proceed despite the fervent opposition by some local residents and students.
“Nevertheless, consistent with the university’s commitment to free expression, including expression that may deeply offend us, the decision to proceed is and will remain theirs,” Faust said. “At the same time, we will vigorously protect the right of others to respond — and to address offensive expression with expression of their own.”
WHAT'S NEXT FOR HARVARD?
A STATUE OF BAPHOMET, THE GOAT-HEADED god, SUCH AS THE OKLAHOMA CAPITOL BUILDING GROUNDS WILL SOON HAVE?
WHY NOT ALSO ANUBIS, EGYPTIAN god OF DEATH SUCH AS AT THE DENVER AIRPORT?
LET'S DRESS THAT HARVARD CAMPUS UP!
ART! GOD-ART, YES?
MAYBE SOME PRACTICING CANNIBALS COULD GIVE A DEMONSTRATION?
MAYBE ONE OF THESE LISTED BELOW COULD HAVE AN ON-CAMPUS GATHERING:
~ The Church of Euthanasia, whose slogan is "SAVE THE PLANET, KILL YOURSELF!" and (SO HELP ME, THIS IS TRUE!!!) “Eat a Queer Fetus for Jesus”.
Suicide, abortion, cannibalism, and sodomy are its four principle pillars of "faith".
~ The Creativity Movement (formerly known as World Church Of The Creator), is a white separatist organization that advocates the whites-only religion, Creativity.
~ The Nation of Yahweh group which believed blacks are “the true Jews” and that whites were “white devils.” They also claim their founder, Yahweh ben Yahweh, had a Messianic mission to vanquish whites .
~ Muslims and Hindus from the Indian state of Maharashtra could come to Harvard and DEMONSTRATE HOW THEY THROW BABIES OFF A 50-FOOT TOWER FOR "GOOD LUCK". (Google it, it's FOR REAL, they DO that there! Here's a video of it!)
~ Babies are also used in this odd ritual, but Harvard shouldn't mind that!
"Garudan Thookkam" is a ritual art form performed in Kali temples in southern India. The people who dress up as Garuda (a Hindu divinity) perform a dance, and after the performance the backs of devoted Hindus are pierced by sharp hooks. The men are then lifted off the ground onto a scaffold using ropes, sometimes with babies in their hands, and taken around the temple as a mark of offering to the Goddess.
~ TIBETAN SKY BURIAL! Maybe Harvard could allow this atop its highest building?
Ornithology students could get some great close-ups of vultures this way, all in the name of SCIENCE.
Sky burial is a funerary practice in Tibet wherein a human corpse is incised in certain locations and placed on a mountaintop, exposing it to the elements and animals, especially predatory birds.
~ Voodoo rituals to gratify the gods, called "Loa."
An animal, such as a 'sanctified chicken', is sacrificed in order to satisfy Loa, which are sustained by the life energy that is released during the sacrifice.
During the ceremony, worshippers can be “mounted,” or possessed, by a Loa. The Loa will take complete control of the individual and will offer advice, give cures, and deliver prophesies to the assembly. This can be quite a violent occurrence, since the participant can flail about or convulse before falling to the ground.
~ The naked Digambaras ("'a "true" monk must be completely naked'") who use a peacock feather duster to clear their path of insects to avoid trampling them.
They could teach Harvard women a thing or 3 because, you see, women are not allowed to be naked ascetics, and Digambaras believe that WOMEN cannot reach the level of detachment needed to become liberated. Therefore, a woman must be REBORN in a male body to reach liberation.
~ A Seattle area group which practices Pagan rituals to appease the spirits of fertility and fruitfulness through sex rites that were practiced in the ancient Middle East over 1,500 years ago.
They believe that spirits cannot enjoy orgasmic sensation within their own non-corporeal bodies, but they can feel the ecstasy of human pleasure through these rites of group sex, SOOOO their "religious beliefs" dictate that THEY have heterosexual and homosexual sex at the same time and in the same room, as well as masturbation, with the goal of achieving climax all together so that society retains the spirit relationship and is blessed.
Now, "byallthegods", if Harvard is going to allow Satanic ritual, it MUST allow all the above & then some!
Pastafarians - The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Aum Shinrikyo (Aleph) - A Terrorist Cult whose "rituals" include explosives, biological weapons, ricin, and other chemicals and taking people hostage for ransom.
ANY OF YOU WHO HAVE SOME "ALTERNATIVE BELIEF SYSTEM" THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH THOSE ON THE HARVARD CAMPUS, PURELY FOR EDUCATIONAL/CULTURAL PURPOSES, HERE IS THE NUMBER TO THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE:
AND HERE IS THE LINK TO THE PRESIDENT'S WEBSITE:
ALSO, HARVARD'S PUBLIC AFFAIRS MAY BE WHERE YOU WANT TO START.
Harvard Public Affairs & Communications (HPAC)
GIVE THEM A CALL AT THIS NUMBER:
I AM CONSIDERING APPROACHING HARVARD TO SEE IF I CAN BRING A VOLUNTEER TO DEMONSTRATE THE FINE ART OF DRINKING HEMLOCK TEA, A LA SOCRATES...
I'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY...
IF THEY TURN ME DOWN, I MAY SUE! (heh heh heh)