The group, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, says its reenactment of the so-called black mass Monday is intended as an educational activity to provide history, context, and the origin of the ritual as part of a student-led series that explores different cultures. The group said the event is not designed to insult religious traditions.
Who among us cannot admire these heroes of free speech and deed? In fact, this is sort of like the admiration we all felt when Yale University Press boldly decided to print a book about the controversial Mohammed cartoons but, well, omitted the cartoons themselves. To avoid offending offense-takers, you see.
It goes without saying that if a Harvard campus group wanted to host an event mocking Muslims, women, gays, or most ethnic groups, well, heaven would have to help them because no one in the campus administration would.