Protesters are out in drive on Copley Square, the place the group largely made up of Christians have unfurled flags like “Satan has NO rights!” in opposition to the continuing SatanCon 2023.
The sold-out occasion, placed on by the Salem-based The Satanic Temple, has run since Friday and is scheduled to proceed by Sunday.
The Herald estimates 100 to 200 protesters exterior the Marriott Copley Place lodge the place the occasion is held.
“This event is dedicated to Boston mayor Michelle Wu for her unconstitutional efforts to keep TST out of Boston’s public spaces,” The Satanic Temple’s data web page on the occasion states, including the theme this yr is “Hexennacht in Boston.” “Attendees will enjoy lectures and panels presented by our campaigns and congregations as well as evening entertainment and a Satanic Marketplace.”
The occasion’s Saturday schedule kicked off with the group’s founders, who go underneath the pseudonyms Lucien Greaves and Malcolm Jarry, going over a retrospective of the group’s final decade, adopted by a progam known as “Deconstructing your religious upbringing.”
At the time of this 11:50 a.m. bulletin, the present scheduled program is “Reclaiming the Tans Body: A/theistic Strategies for Self-Determination and Empowerment.”
One protester carrying a “Jesus said you must be born again, John 3:7” hooded sweatshirt held a prolonged protest banner that said “Don’t be deceived! Homosexuals, baby killers, idolaters, unbelieving, liars, drunkards, gossips, cowards, thieves, mockers, fornicators: Hellfire awaits. Turn to Jesus! 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Revelation 21:8” in an indication with out a lot of the punctuation on this quote.
In a “Prayer to Combat Satanic Presence in Boston,” the Boston Archdiocese famous that in the present day is the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, “Who through her strong faith and commitment to enable good to overcome evil, we call upon he to protect us and drive out the evils of our day as did she in her lifetime.”
“Through the intercession of Mary, St. Michael the Archangel and all the Powers and Hosts of Heaven we implore you O Lord to strengthen our resistance to the evil and demonic assaults coming upon us from the Satanic spirit which will be unleashed in our city this coming weekend,” the prayer continued.
The Satanic Temple sees itself as a non secular liberty group and states its mission as encouraging “benevolence and empathy” and to “reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense, oppose injustice, and undertake noble pursuits.”
The group has said that it doesn’t “subscribe to supernaturalism, so in that way we do not believe that Satan is a deity, being, or person. As an organized religion we actively provide outreach and participate in public affairs where the issues might benefit from rational, Satanic insights.”
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