Sponsored Content
« Wreck of Columbus' Flagship, the Santa Maria, Found? | Main | Russia Embargoes Sale of Rocket Engines Used to Boost American Military Satellites Into Orbit »
May 13, 2014

Under Pressure, Harvard Satanists Move "Black Mass" Off-Campus

Attention-Getting Status: Attention Gotten.

They rolled a Critical Hit on publicity.

It was held at a place called the Hong Kong lounge in Harvard Square.

A reenactment of satanic rituals known as a “black mass” that had been scheduled for Monday evening on the Harvard campus was abruptly canceled amid a chorus of condemnation from Catholic groups and university officials and students.

However, a scaled-down version of the event, without the original sponsorship of the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, was apparently held late Monday by members of the New York-based Satanic Temple off campus, at the Hong Kong lounge in Harvard Square.

Everyone must pause to take note that the Satanic Temple spokesman is named, in his own mind, "Lucien Greaves."

Lucien Greaves, a temple spokesman, said in an e-mail at 10:35 p.m. that the mass was “happening now” at the Hong Kong. He did not say how many people were participating or provide specifics on what was happening.

A lounge employee, who would only identify himself as Fred, said in a phone interview that temple members were drinking at the bar, but he did not believe they were performing any rituals.


“Everyone involved, outside of the Satanic Temple, got really scared,” [Lucien] Greaves said. “And I don’t necessarily blame them, because I understand that they were getting a lot of vitriolic hate mail, and I don’t think they expected it.”

This just in: Satan Worshippers were surprised their proposed staging of a Black Mass was controversial.

I guess Satan isn't exactly recruiting the Best and the Brightest these days.

Meanwhile, via Twitchy:

I don't think that Outrage is the best response to this. They're going to keep on trying at a big splashy well-publicized event, of course. People don't become Satanists because they want to live quiet lives like regular people. They want attention, and they'll keep attempting these stunts until (for example) a court compels a university venue to host them.

I don't think shutting them down and shutting them up is either workable or productive. It tends to give them more attention than a person who calls himself "Lucien Greaves" really deserves.

They're silly, marginal people, and silly, marginal pose little threat to the world. To some extent silly, marginal people have to be indulged, if only because they are silly and marginal, and therefore weak, and strong people should abide a little acting-up by the weak.

The standing-room-only attendance at a church is much more of an effective answer, I think.

Some people may object that this "ceremony" actually has real-world consequences, to wit, actually conjuring or at least feeding Satan.

But I would counter-object:

First, what the Satanists are doing actually is not illegal, and no bearable law would make it illegal. They're conducting these alleged "black masses" anyway. The only thing that they were doing in this case was staging the "black mass" in a public venue, rather than in their mom's basement.

Second, if you've ever paged through any alleged book of "real magic," you will know that this stuff tends to be... ridiculous. I mean, eye-rollingly chuckle-worthy.

To some extent, I think, it would tend to remove whatever mystique the "Satanic Black Mass" has by letting people see exactly what time-wasting, attention-seeking, deeper-psychological-issue nonsense shenanigans these guys are routinely up to.

digg this
posted by Ace at 03:38 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
San Franpsycho: "Good evening morons and thanks wd for all the meme ..."

Dr. T: "This post seems contemptuous toward the brave men ..."

BignJames: "Might I suggest that, one night the ONT should fea ..."

Archimedes: "Not only was the Titanic a dinghy compared to the ..."

zombie Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger: "My, such fat, juicy targets! ..."

Walter Freeman: "[I]@12: "... only comment section more Maoist than ..."

jewells45 fuck cancer: "Hi nurse! Hanging in there! ..."

nurse ratched : "Jewells! Hi there sweetheart! How are you? ..."

Tonypete: "Might I suggest that, one night the ONT should fea ..."

Taq, Rickrolled by Jesus: "Thanks WD. Imma read the content but first... ..."

mindful webworker - reading between the lines: "… Was trying to come up with a greeting, ..."

jewells45 fuck cancer: "Good evening! ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64