Catholic organizations call WSOU an ‘abomination,’ promise to continue protests

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Catholic organizations call WSOU an ‘abomination,’ promise to continue protests

The Setonian reports:

Dozens of unmasked protesters gathered outside the main entrance to Seton Hall’s South Orange campus Tuesday to protest music broadcast by the University’s radio station, WSOU.

The protesters from ultra-conservative Catholic groups the Lepanto Institute and Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) have called WSOU’s heavy metal music “satanic,” and have promised to “continue to increase the stakes” until the station is shut down.

The protesters chanted prayers on South Orange Avenue, holding signs with slogans reading “no Seton Hall satanism,” and “honk to protect our children.” 

The protesters declined interviews, with some saying the group prayer could not be interrupted.

Richard Smaglick, an activist who helped organize the protest, said he runs an anti-WSOU website for the “many organizations” involved in the protest.

One organization, the Lepanto Institute, which organized protests against WSOU in the fall, describes itself on its website as an “organization dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Church against assaults from without as well as from within.” The Institute campaigns against abortion, contraception and homosexuality.

TFP describes itself as “counter-revolutionary,” and “an organization of lay Catholic Americans concerned about the moral crisis shaking the remnants of Christian civilization,” with campaigns such as the “traditional marriage crusade” and “in defense of the unborn.”

Smaglick said his study of satanic violence and white nationalism led him to protest WSOU.

“In those investigations it became increasingly apparent that WSOU, the radio station of a Catholic university, was playing one of the largest roles in advancing heavy metal music in America,” Smaglick said. “When a Catholic university is promoting satanism, there’s something profoundly wrong.”



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