A new student group at the University of Minnesota-Morris, “Queer Devil Worshippers for a Better Future,” intends “to address the budding conservatism” on campus. In fact, they published a newsletter to do just that.
The newsletter, which asks if readers have “heard the bad news,” even includes a six-point list as to why “necromancy is better than bigotry” (it’s better for the environment, “it’s the mature thing to do,” and “doesn’t kill people.”
The group, which appears on the school’s clubs and organizations page, requires all members to “recite the Infernal Oath,” which includes a condemnation of capitalism as a form of oppression.
The University of Minnesota-Morris (UMM) “gay devil worshippers” are coming out of the woodwork to combat an alleged uprising of conservative voices on campus, the group announced in a campus-wide email earlier this year.
The group of Satanists affirmed its mission is “to address the budding conservatism” on UMM’s campus, according to a screenshot of the email obtained by Campus Reform.
“I’m looking to start a Satanist group at Morris to address the budding conservatism on this campus—which I find abhorrent,” student Reed Larsen wrote to his fellow classmates. “I’m thinking of calling the group either Gay Devil Worshippers for a Better Future OR Queer Satanists for Change.” The group has since elected to go by the moniker “Gay Devil Worshippers for a Better Future.”
Rather than merely performing its standard Satanic rituals, the group hopes to make social activism its primary purpose.
“I’m hoping the group will have a social justice platform and further such a platform through good ol’ devilish revelry,” Larsen wrote.
According to a student at UMM who wished to remain anonymous, the “budding” conservative groups on campus are not actually budding at all. The few conservative groups on campus, including the school’s gun club, pro-life club, and College Republicans, have around 20 combined members, according to the source.
Larsen promoted the cause by distributing copies of the group’s monthly newsletter on campus last month, a copy of which was obtained by Campus Reform.
The newsletter mocks conservatives as bigots and groups them among necromancers in an article titled, “6 Reasons why Necromancy is Better than Bigotry.”
One reason for why the art of communicating with the dead is better than conservatism is because doing so “Does less environmental damage,” the newsletter states. “I think we can agree that Flint’s water crisis was caused by rich white government officials throwing poor black folks under the bus, and that the area will quite simply never be the same.”
The article also denounced conservative policies, blaming the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for many of today’s problems.
“You cannot push your pain onto other people, blaming immigrants for economic trends that were started by NAFTA,” the author writes.
Whether or not the group receives funds from UMM for its publication remains unclear, but it was distributed on campus with no apparent backlash.
The “Queer Devil Worshippers for a Better Future” is formally recognized by UMM as an official student group and its constitution was “submitted to the University of Minnesota, Morris Student Affairs Committee for approval.” It appears the group’s pending application was approved by the university since the group is now listed on the school’s clubs and organizations page.
According to a copy of the group’s constitution, all members must “recite the Infernal Oath.” As part of the oath, members must oppose capitalism as a form of oppression.
All members “must actively oppose all forms of oppression, including but not limited to, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, ableism, capitalism and all that spawns from such treacherous lechery.”
According to the group’s publication, it meets weekly on campus in a space provided by the university.
Campus Reform reached out to the group but did not receive a response in time for publication.