A petition against a Satanic Black Mass reenactment slated to take place at Harvard University tonight has gained 20,000 signatures in just a short amount of time.
“We cannot remain silent!” declares TFP Student Action, the conservative student Catholic advocacy group that launched the effort. “This is a most grave sin. And a direct insult and act of defiance against God. Every Catholic — really, every man of good will — must SPEAK OUT before it happens!”
As of early Monday morning, 20,962 people had signed the online petition, surpassing the group’s goal of 20,000. That total continues to inch upward as well.
Addressed to Drew Faust, president of Harvard University, the petition states: “With my whole being, heart and soul, I express full, complete and vehement rejection of the Satanic Black Mass to be performed by The Satanic Temple on Monday May 12 at Harvard University. I urge you to cancel this event, which is so offensive to Catholics and to all God-loving Americans.”
But Harvard officials have defended it, brushing off the outrage and concern over the event as if it were an overreaction. A spokesman said the Black Mass reenactment is just educational, and part of a broader series of reenactments and hands-on projects to explore different religions and cultures.