By Gregory Mertz · Washington DC, United States · 05/08/2014
Harvard’s recent attempt at “political correctness” is terribly offensive to Christians, and additionally offensive to freedom of religion advocates -- mocking Christianity and the principles of freedom of religion -- to say the least.
The Cultural Studies Club at Harvard alongside with the Satanic Temple will be holding a Satanic Ritual to worship the Devil. This ritual is expected to take place on Monday, May 12th at 8:30 pm.
A school spokesman claims that his is “part of a student-led effort to explore other cultures.” They are not claiming to endorse the event but they are claiming that they “support the rights of our students and faculty to speak and assemble freely.” In otherwords, Harvard is giving the students permission.
We agree -- signing this petition will send a direct email to Jeff Neal. We must demand they cancel the event!
Former President of the Harvard Catholic Student Association and Rhodes Scholar Aurora Griffin’s letter to the President of Harvard.
Office of the President, Harvard University
Drew G. Faust, Ph.D.
Dear President Faust,
Nearly 60,000 students, alumni, faculty, affiliates, and friends of Harvard stand against the Harvard Extension School’s Cultural Studies Club’s satanic “Black Mass” re-enactment in the basement of Memorial Hall on this evening. We have signed local, national, and international petitions. Copies of the signatures from the petition are attached.
I appreciate that you have expressed solidarity with us, but I take the time out of this stressful finals period to acknowledge the great number of people who have asked me to serve as their ambassador. As a woman, I am disturbed by their use of the female body as an object: their ritual involves exposing and maltreating a woman’s genitals. As a Catholic, I am deeply distressed that they will be targeting the most important object of my religion, the Eucharist and intentionally desecrating it. And as a board member of the Harvard Alumni Association and a Rhodes Scholar from Harvard, I am ashamed that my University is allowing such a hateful event to happen under the auspices of “education.”
The Harvard Cultural Studies program claims to emphasize the ritual’s history. Historically, the “Black Mass” mocks religious beliefs, defiles sacred items and symbols, and purposely insults the spiritual sensitivities of Harvard's Catholics, Christians, and other people of faith.
This form of satanic worship not only ridicules the central practice of Catholicism, the Mass, but it also offends all who have faith in Christ. Far from promoting an understanding of “cultural practices,” the event does the opposite: it promotes contempt for the Catholic faith and religion generally. Catholics, other Christians, and supporters of genuine tolerance and civility are rightly offended and outraged that Harvard has permitted such an event. This is not a matter of free intellectual enterprise: if this University is truly committed to diversity and tolerance, it must not condone such hateful practices, especially by renting its space to them. Moreover, we who are members of the Harvard community fear for the University’s reputation and for what Harvard’s stamp of approval will do to the University’s relationship with its alumni, students, faculty, and the global community it aims to serve.
I, with the 60,000 people listed, respectfully request that you and the Harvard administration do all in your power to prevent this hateful event and the great hurt it intends to so many. Regardless, I look forward to seeing you at the Holy Hour this evening!
Aurora Griffin ‘14
President of the Harvard Catholic Student Association, 2012-2013
Member of the HAA Board of Directors
Rhodes Scholar, Class of 2014
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