One of the stranger controversies in religion and politics took place last week at Harvard University, and concerned a campus organization’s plan to reenact a medieval ritual known as the Black Mass. While words like “Satanic” and “demonic” were bandied about, most Bostonians quickly rallied to denounce the event. This week, Joseph Laycock, assistant professor of Religious Studies at Texas State University, joins Welton to delve into what the controversy can teach us about religious tolerance, as well as the origins of the mainly mythical “Black Mass.”

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