Est. May 2008

12 May, 2014

It’s All Just A Misunderstanding


Or, at least, that’s what I’m getting from this Harvard Crimson article on the cancellation of the Black Mass scheduled for last night:
The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club originally said that it planned to relocate its reenactment of a Satanic black mass ritual, scheduled for Monday night, to an off-campus site, citing in an email that “misinterpretations about the nature of the event were harming perceptions about Harvard and adversely impacting the student community.”

“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,” the Club wrote in the emailed statement. (emphases mine)
Amazing, isn’t it, that the Archdiocese of Boston, ‘the Harvard Chaplains, a group of religious and spiritual leaders on campus’ completely misinterpreted ‘a blasphemous ceremony mocking the Christian Mass, especially one by an alleged worshiper of Satan’.   

And just so we’re clear on what ‘blasphemy’ is, here’s the  definition.

For college students, they seem woefully ignorant of such things.
So the club admits they were going to partake of a ‘ritual’ based on their ‘beliefs’.  Sounds like a religious ceremony to me.  Haven’t these students heard of the ‘separation of church and state’? 

Yeah; I didn’t see anybody beating them over the head with that one.

And, of course, we have the obligatory cries of ‘bullying’:
The Extension School club wrote in the first email that 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.”
My heart bleeds for you, kids.  It really does.

Now why don’t you go protest a monument of the Ten Commandments on some college campus.

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