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Is Harvard hosting a Black Mass?—UPDATED
The Deacon's Bench ^ | May 7, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kendra

Posted on 05/07/2014 2:17:22 PM PDT by NYer

This has popped up on Facebook in several places, so it seems worth noting.

Several bloggers have gotten emails announcing this event for next week, and Women of Grace has details:

The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is hosting a black mass on May 12 to be staged by The Satanic Temple and which will include a consecrated host.

According to a press release from The Satanic Temple, they plan on presenting the black mass at the Queens Head Pub in Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA along with “an academic narration that explores the ritual’s unique history and practice.”

Priya Dua, of The Satanic Temple’s Public Relations office confirmed to us in an e-mail that “Yes, there will be a consecrated host at the black mass.”

This sounds, frankly, incredible. If it’s true, this is horrifying.

If it’s true.

The only source for this, right now, is The Satanic Temple, through its emails and flyers that have been posted around Harvard.

I could find no listing online for the “Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club” — and the website for the Harvard Extension School lists nothing about this event or the “Cultural Studies Club.”

The website for the Queens Head Pub, likewise, lists nothing about this event. The pub, in fact, says it’s closed for the summer.

According to the report at Women of Grace, no one at Harvard has responded to requests for an interview about this, let alone confirmed it.

Again, the only confirmation comes from one source: the “Public Relations Office” of The Satanic Temple.

FWIW, The Satanic Temple is reportedly the same operation involved in erecting that statue of Satan in Oklahoma.

Add it all up, and I’d take all this with a grain of salt until Harvard or a second source can confirm that this event is real.

Meantime: I see my pal Elizabeth Scalia is having similar thoughts.

Stay tuned.

9: 45 am UPDATE: The Harvard Extension School says on its Facebook page, “We are looking into this and will share more information as we have it.”

11:15 am UPDATE: The Harvard Extension School has issued a statement. Tellingly, the school does not mention that the “controversial student event” includes a Satanic ritual that mimics and mocks a sacred liturgy, the Catholic Mass. How brave of them.

The statement:

An independent student organization, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, plans to host a controversial student event.

Students at Harvard Extension School, like students at colleges across the nation, organize and operate a number of independent student organizations, representing a wide range of student interests.

Harvard Extension School does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization. But we do support the rights of our students and faculty to speak and assemble freely.

In this case, we understand that this independent student organization, the Cultural Studies Club, is hosting a series of events—including a Shinto tea ceremony, a Shaker exhibition, and a Buddhist presentation on meditation—as part of a student-led effort to explore different cultures.

Media inquiries should be directed to Jeff Neal, jeff_neal@harvard.edu, in the Harvard University Public Affairs and Communications Office.



TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Worship
KEYWORDS: harvard; harvardblackmass; satanictemple; satanstatue
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1 posted on 05/07/2014 2:17:22 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

This is where communion in the hand leads, ping!


2 posted on 05/07/2014 2:17:53 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: onedoug

I wonder if there’s free food and beer.


3 posted on 05/07/2014 2:21:08 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

Probably so. Extreme debauchery done in public groups has often been choreographed as part of their ‘worship’.
I do hope they get out of this, presuming of course, that the majority of Harvard students would object. Could be I presume too much. I know nothing at all about the Harvard culture of today. I do know that the Alumini includes a few American Presidents.


4 posted on 05/07/2014 2:42:25 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: NYer

Read where the “extension school” is affiliated somehow with Harvard, but that these attendees are not to be confused with Harvard students, because anyone can attend classes in this off campus location. May have been seen on New Advent website, where something was reported— I can’t remember.

Word is they will not be using a consecrated host, after all.


5 posted on 05/07/2014 2:46:08 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: NYer

Hey I’m calling the Freedom From Religion Foundation!!! They’ll get right on it I’m sure.../s


6 posted on 05/07/2014 2:56:11 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: NYer

A consecrated host is required for a Black Mass. Interesting that Satanists require a consecrated host. a plain, unconsecrated host is not sufficient. Now, if these Satanists do not believe in God or in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, why would they require a consecrated host for their desecration? By my calculation, they are indirectly acknowledging the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the host.


7 posted on 05/07/2014 2:56:41 PM PDT by Gumdrop (~)
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To: RitaOK

Well, when one considers that in a true/genuine/actual black mass, the ‘consecrated host’ is a human being (often a child/baby but any human will do in a pinch) that is sacrificed (read ‘killed’), I’m not sure what kind of PR stunt they were doing. But an actual black mass wasn’t it.

I would however bet that you could find a number of practicing (actual believing) Satanists working in Abortion clinics for that very reason.

And yes, I’m serious.


8 posted on 05/07/2014 3:02:27 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Gumdrop

Excellent point.


9 posted on 05/07/2014 3:14:09 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: Gumdrop

“What have we to do with Thee, Son of the most high God?”

Of course they recognize Christ; they’re satanists, not atheists. Which is what makes them evil.


10 posted on 05/07/2014 3:16:49 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: Gumdrop
"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."

- James 2:19

11 posted on 05/07/2014 3:22:15 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia! OF the B)
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To: windcliff

“I have respect for beer!” —”A Beautiful Mind”

Either naively or by crazed forethought any lunatic involved in this crackpot legerdemain knows the final answer is God. So, what’s the point?


12 posted on 05/07/2014 3:29:49 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: NYer

Would they be so tolerant of a catholic church mass ?


13 posted on 05/07/2014 3:51:25 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Mr. K

An excellent question. I wonder what would happen if another “controversial” group offered to hold a religious ceremony parodying Muslim practice and desecrating a Koran? Well, I don’t really wonder...


14 posted on 05/07/2014 3:57:34 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: NYer

Obama worship in the Ivy League has now officially gotten completely out of hand.


15 posted on 05/07/2014 4:09:21 PM PDT by RichInOC (...your newest purveyor of wit, laughter and the Popish creed.)
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To: NYer

In before the Cardinal declares, “BRAVO!”


16 posted on 05/07/2014 4:31:13 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Gumdrop
Now, if these Satanists do not believe in God

Who says they don't believe in God? They aren't atheists. They believe in and hate God.

17 posted on 05/07/2014 4:46:14 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: NYer
Those people who go in for "luciferian" conspiracies and the alleged wickedness of the old Hamiltonian political tradition (as opposed to the "truly American" Jeffersonian one) are going to eat this stuff up. After all, you can't get any more Hamiltonian than Harvard, where Thurston Howell III meets Che Guevara.

This proves that Communism truly is secretly run by old Boston Brahmins!

18 posted on 05/07/2014 4:48:59 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: Gumdrop
A consecrated host is required for a Black Mass. Interesting that Satanists require a consecrated host. a plain, unconsecrated host is not sufficient. Now, if these Satanists do not believe in God or in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, why would they require a consecrated host for their desecration? By my calculation, they are indirectly acknowledging the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the host.

No "indirectly" about it; this is precisely what "satanists" believe. Satanism is in fact merely Catholicism inverted in that it shares all the beliefs of Catholicism but then roots for the other side.

Where satanism and chrstianity are both wrong is in their belief in some sort of "fallen angel adversary" of G-d who runs an "independent" kingdom of evil. While Satan as understood by Judaism most certainly exists, the "satan" of chrstianity (and of satanism) does not.

And yes, I am aware that this teaching is explicitly taught in the "new testament." However, it is not in the Hebrew Bible.

19 posted on 05/07/2014 4:53:29 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: RitaOK

I’m not Catholic, but I do sometimes watch “Women of Grace.” Good program.

Even if they are not using a consecrated host, they are committing a grave sin here. Jesus, please come soon.


20 posted on 05/07/2014 4:58:38 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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21 posted on 05/07/2014 5:26:50 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

they’re “asking for it” and at the rate theyre progressing they will indeed “get it” ...perhaps the hall will “spontaneously combust during their lil exercise...


22 posted on 05/07/2014 5:33:28 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: NYer
Black mass?

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23 posted on 05/07/2014 5:35:46 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: lee martell
They could help...
24 posted on 05/07/2014 5:40:19 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: RitaOK; narses

This event is not being hosted by Harvard University nor by any official constituent part of the university.

This is being hosted by a student organization at the Harvard Extension School. Here is some background information on the Harvard Extension School

The Harvard Extension School is sort of Harvard’s “night school,” its school for non-traditional (read: older, working) students.

The Extension School, although a part of Harvard University, is not part of Harvard College, which is the primary undergraduate institution of Harvard University. Harvard College is the one to which high school seniors apply and are rejected at a rate of a bit over 94%. Classes at the Extension School are, conversely, open enrollment.

The Harvard Extension School’s status is similar to the University of Maryland University College, and its relation to Harvard College is similar to the relationship between the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP). Both are part of the University of Maryland System, but they are clearly separate institutions. For those familiar with Thom Tillis, it was the confusion between UMUC and UMCP that caused a bit of a kerfuffle. Here in Maryland, its a bit of a mortal sin to claim UMCP when one’s diploma reads UMUC. So it is with the Extension School. No one at Harvard confuses the Extension School with the College.

The Extension School offers a wide variety of courses, and most who attend are going to pick up a course or two of interest to them. Anyone may pay their fees and tuition and take classes. It offers many of its courses on-line.

The school also offers its own degrees, but admissions to the degree programs are not open enrollment. The Extension School does not grant Harvard College undergraduate degrees (generally SB and AB degrees - the equivalent of BS and BA degrees), but rather its own ALB degree (a bachelor of liberal arts degree). Extension School students don’t generally attend day school classes, but rather classes that are run by the Extension School. Some of these classes are taught by actual, tenured Harvard faculty, others are not. Extension School students are permitted to petition to take Harvard College classes, but require the permission of the faculty member teaching the desired classes, and cannot displace College students desiring to take the same courses at the College.

Extension School students do not live on campus with College undergraduates, do not have access to College housing or dining halls, and do not generally participate in the activities of College student organizations.


25 posted on 05/07/2014 5:43:05 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Although, per Christian theology, Satan certainly runs a kingdom of evil, populated by fallen angels, it is not independent. Satan needs permission from God to do anything. The idea of an independent kingdom of evil is a Manichean concept that was condemned as heresy by the Church long ago.


26 posted on 05/07/2014 5:45:56 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Is Isaiah not part of the Hebrew Bible?

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."

27 posted on 05/07/2014 5:46:26 PM PDT by abishai (Hello Jane!!! I miss you.)
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To: NYer

ask the Bush family, they are in Skull and Bones from Yale, maybe they participated in the same ritual.


28 posted on 05/07/2014 5:49:07 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Axenolith

The sword of Elendi is nigh.


29 posted on 05/07/2014 6:04:31 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: sitetest

Were I a Harvard Alumnus I would be an unhappy Catholic. Maybe enough to slow down my annual gifts. Just my thoughts.


30 posted on 05/07/2014 6:06:11 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: NYer

Update directly from the Harvard U Website

http://www.extension.harvard.edu/hub/news/official-response-cultural-studies-event


31 posted on 05/07/2014 6:18:21 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: narses
Dear narses,

For what reason?


sitetest

32 posted on 05/07/2014 6:39:49 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: NYer
Satanists understand what the Catholic Mass is all about, even if Protestants don't. Their rituals are aimed at achieving the highest form of blasphemy and sacrilege and to do that, they understand that it is necessary to profane the most sacred and powerful form of Christian worship; the Mass.

If the Mass were an empty, repetitive ritual of no use to man nor God, as some Protestants claim, it would be of no use to those who wish to spit in the face of God. Doing this requires the corrupting of something which is most precious to the Almighty.

Look and learn, folks.

33 posted on 05/07/2014 6:50:23 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: sitetest

Branding matters. These stunts harm the brand. If Harvard College wants to mitigate that harm, they need to do as you did and make clear the distinction.


34 posted on 05/07/2014 6:57:04 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: narses
Dear narses,

The university has done just that. Did you not notice the link cited in post 31 by MeshugeMikey?

Was it insufficiently clear to you?


sitetest

35 posted on 05/07/2014 7:06:50 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Oh, yes, on all counts. A period of blackness in our country, like this, is not entirely by chance. It is simply too pervasive and sadly we have brought it on ourselves, either by neglect and self adsorption or by direct subversion.

Repair is decades away, if ever. God have Mercy.


36 posted on 05/07/2014 7:24:20 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Amen, Catherine.

God have Mercy on our souls. Rita


37 posted on 05/07/2014 7:26:32 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: marshmallow; Gamecock
If the Mass were an empty, repetitive ritual of no use to man nor God, as some Protestants claim, it would be of no use to those who wish to spit in the face of God.

It would be of no use, except as a form of "false flag" psychological warfare. It may simply serve to antagonize Catholic beliefs, and possibly to set up/reinforce false ideas about transubstantiation / the sufficiency and efficacy of Christ's once-for-all sacrifice on the cross.

"Catholicism must be true, if the Satanists think so!"

38 posted on 05/07/2014 7:27:35 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: sitetest

Thank you, very much! Nice work.
Rita


39 posted on 05/07/2014 7:28:15 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: marshmallow; NYer
Satanists understand what the Catholic Mass is all about, even if Protestants don't. Their rituals are aimed at achieving the highest form of blasphemy and sacrilege and to do that, they understand that it is necessary to profane the most sacred and powerful form of Christian worship; the Mass.

Why the need to mention "Protestants" negatively in your comment? This is about SATANISTS and their mockery of Roman Catholicism and all those who identify with it. Plenty of non-Catholic Christians understand what the Catholic Mass is all about - some just happen to disagree with what it has come to mean over the centuries as well as the elitism and superiority it presumes over all other Christians - but that shouldn't open the door to dump on FR's Protestants. I don't doubt that a large percentage of practicing Satanists were at one time Catholics, hence the intentional blasphemy and sacrilege in which they relish. I disagree that your Mass is the "most sacred and powerful form of Christian worship", but you probably already know that and we non-FRoman Catholic Christians have not shied away from saying why.

If the Mass were an empty, repetitive ritual of no use to man nor God, as some Protestants claim, it would be of no use to those who wish to spit in the face of God. Doing this requires the corrupting of something which is most precious to the Almighty. Look and learn, folks.

Yes, look and learn that Catholics would WANT everyone to believe wholeheartedly that ONLY the Roman Catholic Church can offer what is "most precious to the Almighty" and we should all run as fast as we can to sign up, but, that doesn't necessarily make them right. Imagining the Mass to BE the sacrifice of Christ upon the cross every time it is performed and the partaking of the consecrated "host" the actual eating and drinking of Jesus' body, blood, soul and divinity every time one does so in order to be sanctified by its grace, doesn't make it so, either. We are sanctified by the offering of Christ ONCE FOR ALL and are made righteous THROUGH faith by the grace of God.

These misguided Satanists - ever looking for more outrageous and blasphemous things to shove into Christians' faces - should be laughed at and pitied rather than allowing them to shock or outrage. I would hope Catholics in hysterics over the possibility of one of them actually having a "consecrated host" (as if Jesus is held captive and forced to undergo whatever nefarious intentions they have for him) would take a breath and rest assured that, had Jesus really been in it at all, He would be long gone before He allowed Himself to be profaned. Yes, look and learn.

40 posted on 05/07/2014 7:33:31 PM PDT by boatbums (quod semper, quod ubique, quod ab omnibus)
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To: Alex Murphy

Ditto!


41 posted on 05/07/2014 7:34:53 PM PDT by boatbums (quod semper, quod ubique, quod ab omnibus)
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To: sitetest

I missed that.


42 posted on 05/07/2014 7:40:58 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: Alex Murphy; marshmallow

Looking to Satanists for validation that their particular faith group is true?


43 posted on 05/07/2014 7:49:38 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Alex Murphy
A tortured analysis, Alex.

Satanic rituals require consecrated hosts. Only they suffice. If the psychological aim which you suggest held water, it could be achieved just as easily with an unconsecrated host, or something approximating the appearance thereof, since who could tell the difference? There would be no need to go to the trouble of breaking into Churches or sneaking them out at Communion time.

This is more than just play-acting. There is a significant amount of anecdotal evidence that those deeply immersed in Satanism can actually pick out a consecrated host amidst unconsecrated duplicates. Which should come as no surprise to anyone who believes that (i) Satanists are serious (ii) some are endowed with supernatural powers and (iii) the consecrated host is actually what the Church has always claimed it to be.

They're worshiping Satan. Period. Asking for his Satanic benediction. For that, they require consecrated hosts. It's that simple.

44 posted on 05/07/2014 7:54:47 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: Gamecock
Looking to Satanists for validation that their particular faith group is true

Nobody is "looking" to Satanists. They're sending a message to which some are tone deaf.

Their worship requires the inversion of the sacred.

It's not hard.

45 posted on 05/07/2014 7:59:13 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: narses

Perhaps you may wish to ping your list to the link provided in post 31, or even reproduce Harvard’s official statement in a post thus pinged.


46 posted on 05/07/2014 7:59:20 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: boatbums
Don't feel left out. Satanists have their own Bible, too. It's called the Satanic Bible. They invert everything sacred. This includes the Bible, the cross and anything else which takes their fancy.

However, the absolute apex of Satanic profanity is the Black Mass. That should tell you something.

47 posted on 05/07/2014 8:07:08 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: MeshugeMikey; dcwusmc; Jed Eckert; Recovering Ex-hippie; KingOfVagabonds; Berlin_Freeper; ...

Update directly from the Harvard U Website

http://www.extension.harvard.edu/hub/news/official-response-cultural-studies-event


48 posted on 05/07/2014 8:08:27 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: narses

And, from that web site link ...

“Students at Harvard Extension School, like students at colleges across the nation, organize and operate a number of independent student organizations, representing a wide range of student interests.

Harvard Extension School does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization. But we do support the rights of our students and faculty to speak and assemble freely.

In this case, we understand that this independent student organization, the Cultural Studies Club, is hosting a series of events—including a Shinto tea ceremony, a Shaker exhibition, and a Buddhist presentation on meditation—as part of a student-led effort to explore different cultures.”

OK.

Now, can we see if the Shinto “re-enactment” condemns the Japanese culture by white face and makeup, ridicules their ceremony, flushes the rice paper or burns their scroll and pisses in the teapot?

Does Harvard approve flushing the Koran or spitting on the meteorite stuck in a white column in Mecca; does it approve of piling camel dung on the cartoon image of Mohamed?


49 posted on 05/07/2014 8:25:10 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: marshmallow; Alex Murphy; boatbums
I would think that if the elements are truly the blood and body of Jesus Satanists couldn't get anywhere near it!


50 posted on 05/07/2014 8:33:55 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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