WTF Headline Of The Day: Harvard Group Cancels "Satanic Black Mass"

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What is this country coming to? (when your standard every day Satan worshipper is repressed from his (or her) 'black mass' by protesting students)...

 

 

As Bloomberg reports,

Harvard University extension school students planning a “satanic black mass” canceled the event after an outcry by administration, students, faculty and religious leaders.

 

The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club had decided to move the event off campus last night after widespread objections, and no other location was willing to host it, according to an e-mailed statement from the group.

 

“Given that no other location has been willing to intercede, we will no longer be sponsoring this black mass,” the group said.

 

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The university had decided not to block the event, even though President Drew Faust said she opposed it.

 

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About 60,000 people, many of them Harvard students, faculty and alumni, signed online petitions protesting the black mass and urging Harvard to stop it, said Aurora Griffin, a senior at the college.

 

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“Vigorous and open discussion and debate are essential to the pursuit of knowledge, and we must uphold these values even in the face of controversy,” Faust said yesterday in a statement. “Freedom of expression, as Justice Holmes famously said long ago, protects not only free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.”

 

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“What do we really think that religious freedom and free speech demands of us?” Robichaud said. “Does religious tolerance demand only tolerance of rituals that aren’t offensive?”

 

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If this had been a re-enactment of a Nazi rally or a lynching, the university would have stepped in quickly and stopped it,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’d be concerned that the university is saying, we just allow student groups to do what they want.”

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