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For atheists, this a front-row seat at a comedy show

 Hundreds marched from the chapel at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to St. Paul Church in Harvard Square last week in response to a planned black mass.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Hundreds marched from the chapel at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to St. Paul Church in Harvard Square last week in response to a planned black mass.

I wonder if there are any other atheists like me who howled with laughter, from the sidelines, at the massive protest against Satanists’ attempt to hold a black mass at Harvard. Don’t the participants on both sides realize that the thing they have in common is the belief in the existence of all the deities involved here?

Satan is a looming figure throughout the Bible, and you can’t really have Satan without a basic belief in God. The many Catholic protesters were threatened by something that, I suspect, had a certain element of tongue-in-cheek irony.

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To me, the whole thing is funny as hell.

Scott Getchell

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