Do Public Protests Work?

Do Public Protests Work?

When the Satanic Temple in the US announced it would hold “history’s largest conference of satanists” in Boston, US, on April 28-30, 2023, many thought it useless to protest. The high-profile event that attracted 800 participants enjoyed the support of the major media and the liberal establishment.

Many Catholics disagreed with the call for inaction. They felt the need to protest and manifest their disgust and rejection of this satanic festival billed as “a weekend of blasphemy”. They disagreed with the agreement that protests only call attention to these highly publicised events. Indeed, the lack of protest only calls attention to the absence of fervent souls.

Fortunately, Catholics showed up in force to protest the 2023 conference. The massive protest had its effect. The Satanic Temple announced on its Instagram page (Dec. 31, 2023) that the group would not be holding a Satancon in 2024.

The Efficacy of Protest

The macabre group claimed “the ongoing battle against theocracy” has absorbed its energy and resources. Thus, its organizing committee reported that “after thoughtful deliberation, we’ve made the decision to postpone our next SatanCon event to 2025.”

Massive protests have complicated the holding of these Satanic gatherings. Organisers face not only protesting Catholics and increased security obligations but reluctant hotels that fear the negative publicity.

While the announcement highlights the cancellation of Satancon 2024, it also admits facing opposition elsewhere. Implicit in the confession is that Satancon cannot be held because there is so much opposition in the “ongoing battle fight against theocracy” nationwide.

Wherever TST initiatives like After-School Satan Clubs have surfaced, protests meet them that take time and resources to combat.

Thus, both the local protests against TST programs and the national effort have proved to be extremely effective. Protests, big and small, work. Let no one say the contrary. The canceled Satancon 2024 is proof.

Reasons to Protest

There are many reasons why Satancon events need to be protested. They have included atrocities such as a workshop on teaching people how to turn abortion into a satanic ritual, a satanic “marketplace,” “unbaptism ceremonies,” and a satanic “wedding chapel.”

Their open mockery of the Church and Her sacraments is part of the satanist effort to mainstream their agenda into society and the public square.

The Massive 2023 Protest and the Need for Vigilance

Opposing this blasphemous program last April was a multitude of faithful Catholics from all over the country. They converged upon Boston to hold peaceful, powerful and prayerful Rosary rallies of reparation daily. The protests were a way to put into practice baptismal vows to reject Satan and all his works.

The rallies were organised by the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) and its America Needs Fatima campaign. TFP Student Action (US) live-streamed the rallies over its powerful channel. In addition, the TFP band with drums, brass, fifes, and bagpipes would play Marian and patriotic hymns, with the prayer warriors singing along.

Local Catholics have held a monthly rally at the hotel site to continue the protests throughout the year.

While Satancon 2024 has been canceled, the group affirmed it does plan to hold an event in 2025. At the same time, those monitoring the situation need to be on guard since its members since the Instagram post might not be accurate. Satan is known as the father of lies (John 8:44).

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