A Satanic mass at Harvard university was intended to provide support for Satanism, but the protest of Christian groups resulted in the Satanic black mass being cancelled.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a Satan statue design was built to go alongside Ten Commandments monuments in public areas.
Part of the reason so many people were upset about the planned Satanic mass was because of how the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club represented the event:
"We are hosting a reenactment of a historical event known as a Black Mass. The performance is designed to be educational and is preceded by a lecture that provides the history, context and origin of the black mass. While a piece of bread is used in the reenactment, the performance unequivocally does not include a consecrated host."But Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, claimed the the Harvard statement was a lie even though it denied the Satanic mass would include a desecration of a consecrated host:
"Harvard would never allow an anti-gay event on the campus sponsored by an independent student organization and then have Harvard conclude, 'Well, that's the way the student's feel about the issue and we believe in academic freedom.' Leaving aside the in-your-face assault to the Catholic Church that is being made here, I don't like it when people lie. Harvard put out a statement initially that made it sound like the controversy related to a controversy over a Buddhist presentation or a Shinto presentation, without mentioning in their statement that it was the Satanic Temple of New York sponsoring a Black Mass on the campus. [They] got so much flack they revised their statement, but they lied again saying the ceremony was meant to be educational. There's nothing educational about allowing Satanists to celebrate a Black Mass any more than it would be to allow the enemies of Muslims or the enemies of Jews to conduct an anti-Muslim or an anti-Semitic ceremony on campus," he said. "How about Holocaust deniers? Is Harvard going to give them a forum on campus, too?"Harvard President Drew Faust agreed with this assessment, claiming in a message on the college website that the purpose of the Satanic black mass was to denigrate a sacred event in the Christian religion. While calling the plans for a Satanic mass "flagrantly disrespectful and inflammatory," she also defended the organization's right to free expression.
In response, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club tried to find a new location for the Satanic mass, but no one would allow them to hold it at a public location. Instead, the group plans on holding the Satanic mass at a private location:
"The Satanic Temple has informed us that they will stage their own Black Mass ceremony at an undisclosed private location to "reaffirm their respect for the Satanic faith and to demonstrate that the most powerful response to offensive speech is to shame those who marginalize others by letting their own words and actions speak for themselves."Do you think Harvard University should have allowed the Satanic mass to be held?