At the last minute, and in a crushing blow to efforts at campus diversity, the Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club relocated a Satanic “black mass” ritual originally scheduled for Monday night on campus at Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub in the basement of Memorial Hall (a building honoring the sacrifices made by Harvard men during the Civil War).
Members of The Satanic Temple nevertheless gathered just off campus shortly after 10 p.m. on the second floor of the Hong Kong Restaurant to stage what was apparently a black mass, reports The Harvard Crimson.
The Hong Kong Restaurant (and lounge, and nightclub) bills itself as “Harvard Square’s premium choice” for “authentic Chinese food” that boasts a “signature scorpion bowl.”
It’s not clear whether any Harvard students were present for the ritual.
The Cultural Studies Club had been heartily endorsing the on-campus demonic re-enactment despite an outcry from concerned students and the public. (RELATED: Harvard Students Petition Against Satanic Mass On Campus)
In moving the highly-publicized event, the club said “misinterpretations about the nature of the event were harming perceptions about Harvard and adversely impacting the student community,” according to the Ivy League school’s student rag.
The plan had initially been to move the black mass to The Middle East nightclub – home to three live-music performance rooms and two family-style restaurants with full-service bars – but its proprietors got the heebie-jeebies, and negotiations fell through.
Club members said they were frustrated at the overwhelming public outcry against the travesty of a Roman Catholic Mass designed to worship the supernatural personification of evil and temptation.
“It is gravely upsetting to us that some people feel vindicated on the basis that they have disingenuously mischaracterized our invited guests as being part of a hate group,” an unidentified club member wrote in a statement obtained by the Crimson.
The club described the criticism of the black mass as the “bullying techniques of dominant powers.”
A spokesman for The Satanic Temple, Lucien Greaves, indicated that the New York City-based group of epicurean lovers of the Prince of Darkness still hopes to hold a black mass on the campus of the oldest and most fabled university in the United States at some future time.