“For some people [the reenactment] is a real statement of, ‘No, we believe in equality and freedom of religion, and if you want to have Jesus here, these guys get to have Mohammed there, those guys get to have Buddha, and if somebody wants to worship Satan, whatever that means, great.’ It’s a question of people’s rights.”
I can’t help but feel a little bad for the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club. Nobody planning an event they expect to garner national news exposure and a deluge of hate mail books a 100-seat venue. In fact, the student group should be commended for fruitlessly attempting to relocate the faux-ritual to the Middle East before throwing their hands up. As for their co-organizers among The Satanic Temple, they stuck to their guns and performed their rites at the Hong Kong
and caused so little commotion that the owner had no idea the ceremony had taken place at all.
Meanwhile, back at Harvard, a light smattering of disappointed Satanic-sympathizers clashed with what few Christians lingered to bask in triumph and one super-condescending Christian podcaster who kept incorrectly stating that the Satanic Temple had chickened out.
“Where’s your tolerance?” a Jesus-fearing man with no self-awareness shouted at Brendan O’Hare, who fronts a local thrash metal outfit coincidentally called Black Mass
“Fuck you! Have I ever once come to one of your masses and told you couldn’t carry it out?”
“This isn’t even a legitimate Satanic practice,” explained O’Hare, of Medford, who stressed that he does not consider himself a Satanist. “You wanna see true demon worship? You look to very small, very elitist cults. What I’m sure most of these Christians don’t understand is tonight, there was only going to be a practice of the Black Mass as written by Anton LaVey – an atheist. If they planned a legitimate form of demonic ritual worship, we would not know about it.”