Doug Mesner/Lucien Greaves: the huckster behind the Harvard Black Mass and similar shams

Atheist activist Doug Mesner seems to have begun calling himself Lucien Greaves after deciding that Satanism was a better vehicle with which to ruin organized religion. Mesner/Greaves is leader of The Satanic Temple, a group that other satanists don’t particularly care for. If you continue reading, you’ll understand why.

The Satanic Temple organizes silly events such as the satanic gathering in support of Florida’s Governor Rick Scott, the Harvard Black Mass debacle, and the plans to erect a Baphomet statue outside the state capitol in Oklahoma City. And also the “pink mass” performed by Mesner/Greaves to turn the deceased mother of Westboro Baptist Church’s founder into a lesbian in the afterlife.

According to his former associate and friend, Shane Bugbee, The Satanic Temple began as a “filmmaker’s parody to lampoon outdated politics and to produce a future documentary.” Kinda like Joaquin Phoenix’s “crazy” rap years. According to Mesner/Greaves:

When the Satanic Temple was conceived, the idea was that a documentary would be assembled from the various actions we would perform to put a new spin on the entire Church/State debate.

The first act to be filmed was the Florida gathering:

Actor at Florida rally

You can see how that might embarrass a real Satanist.

Anyway, sometime after its inception, the pretense converted into a religion, like Joaquin Phoenix really becoming a rap artist. According to Bugbee:

Spectacle Films, the production company behind The Satanic Temple paid me as a consultant. I am the person who laid the marketing groundwork for much of what you see and read in the news today regarding Lucien Greaves and his newfound religion, The Satanic Temple. Yes, I took their money, but that was to promote what was presented to me as a practical joke, a Satanic “Yes Men” style group making a mockery of the constant push to intertwine Church and State by Christian fanatics and kooks…

Initially, I was asked to take the role of Lucien Greaves, which I flatly refused. The group then hired an actor to portray “Lucien Greaves”, but when he did not work out, Doug stepped into the role, and suddenly the practical joke turned serious.

This is Bugbee on the left and Mesner/Greaves on the right:

Bugbee and Greaves

According to Bugbee:

Doug was accepted to Harvard University. He used to call me, shocked that his professors were taking him to lunch and inviting him to meet with luminaries like Richard Dawkins. Doug’s studies at Harvard focused on neuroscience, and he began delving deeply—and sometimes dangerously, I felt—into the world of false memory related to ritual abuse and alien abduction, even exposing professional psychologists as culprits and forcing them to recant, retire, and even run.

Those who believe ritual abuse and repressed memories are real claim that no one’s run from Mesner/Greaves’ allegations and that Mesner/Greaves is actually working to protect pedophiles. According to groups like S.M.A.R.T. (Stop Mind control And Ritual abuse Today), ritual sexual child abuse creates repressed memories and other psychological problems. S.M.A.R.T. states:

Douglas Mesner has continued using insults and attacks against survivors of ritual abuse and the professionals that work with them. He has harassed and followed survivors and survivor advocates around the Internet for the last several years. Aliases have been used adding additional insults and name calling against survivors.

In order to combat a perceived epidemic of false memories, Mesner/Greaves founded an organization:

Mesner, [is] a co-administrator of the nascent False Memory Syndrome Action Network (currently an online-only resource for those negatively effected by Recovered Memory Therapies).

It seems he uses this organization for rabble rousing, same as his use of The Satanic Temple. Here is a screen shot from his “online resource”:

Greaves_Mesner false memory syndrome action network

It doesn’t get much (any) use.

David Shurter, a man claiming to have been a victim of ritual child abuse, calls the Mesner/Greaves organization “False Memory Pedophile Protector Squad”. He states:

I was always taught if you control the perception of a thing, you control the thing itself- and this is exactly what this group of pedophile protectors has been doing- controlling the perception of child abuse and child trafficking. Doug Mesner, as Lucien Greaves, has been lying about his identity for years and it is just now that he has become public, getting himself arrested for indecent exposure in the process. This whole situation was designed to discredit satanism, child abuse, and religion as a whole- but all I have kept thinking about is where are the children in all this mess?

Back to Mesner/Greaves’ friend, Bugbee. He stated:

Doug Mesner became an active participant in the Satanic Temple to further his work and philosophy.

And, when they were no longer friends:

Doug told me his main motivation for The Satanic Temple was profit, to create a “substantial income”.

Here are a few excerpts from Mesner/Greaves in an interview conducted by Bugbee:

I was brought in originally as a consultant due to my expertise in the history of witch hunts and my understanding regarding conceptions of Satanism. While the original thinking was that the Satanic Temple needed to hold to some belief in a supernatural entity known as “Satan,” none of us truly believed that. I helped develop us into something we all do truly believe in and wholeheartedly embrace: an atheistic philosophical framework that views “Satan” as a metaphorical construct by which we contextualize our works.

…one of my own goals is to destroy this harmful pseudoscientific practice [of repressed memories], and dispel the myth of an international Satanic conspiracy. The broader goal of the Satanic Temple in general is to advocate for all of those who are unjustly maligned, demonized, or marginalized—victimized by conspiracy theorists and dogmatic supernaturalists.

Mesner/Greaves pooh poohs supernaturalism and, therefore, theistic Satanism, which believes Satan is a deity worthy of worship. Mesner/Greaves states, “The Church of Satan has never fully renounced supernaturalism, as we have.”

The following is from a post written by Bugbee. Take it as you will, from a former friend of Mesner/Greaves and The Satanic Temple:

I’ve become very skeptical of The Satanic Temple, its motives, and its owners. Two of the three behind The Satanic Temple have never been associated with Satanism or any occult group, nor do they appear to have any substantial achievements that can be credited with anything but buying their way in with their family’s money. Spectacle Films is rich kid Cevin Soling, Harvard graduate, director, producer, and the person pulling and paying for the strings of The Satanic Temple. Rich kid #2 is David Guinan, producer, director and creative director at Arise Media. My old pal Doug Mesner is a Harvard graduate who studied cognitive science…

Doug has unfortunately taken his cognitive science degree and started a collegiate debate he feels satisfied he could win time and time again, a debate that regards religion as needed by the human animal and claims Satanists “are doing good” – perhaps the goal all along was to form a cult, a cult that is positioned as an anti-cult cult…

Is starting a religion and/or becoming a filmmaker even a respectable use of that Harvard degree in cognitive science? Why would someone study the mind to then go and make films if their intent wasn’t a want of manipulation?

…I for one like my Satan with teeth, very sharp teeth, so, it’s embarrassing to read in the press, from Lucian Greaves aka Doug Mesner comments such as “as long as you are doing good” and even the use of words like “compassion” or “benevolence and empathy” when it comes to satan and Satanism…Who the f*** wants a kinder gentler satan? Sounds like double talk from a politician to me.

This part is interesting and includes Bugbee’s summation:

I recall Doug Mesner telling me the C.I.A. had asked him to write some private reports for them, maybe in my most paranoid state I could run with and ramble about the possibilities there… More likely, The Satanic Temple is just the act of a group of social and career climbers using slick psychological marketing tricks in the tradition of Edward Bernays to meet their ends. But at the least, I think anyone could question and everyone should question the intent of a guy from wealth and without ties to the occult as to why he has decided to fund a Satanic religion while pulling the strings of a guy who has such a brilliant mind, who has studied the science of the mind at one of the top learning facilities in the world, and maybe, just maybe you could come up with the same conclusion I have, that The Satanic Temple has ulterior motives above and beyond helping mankind or making a movie.

The Satanic Temple’s most recent act was the Harvard Black Mass. Catholics were outraged when Mesner/Lucien told concerned Catholics that he’d be using a consecrated Host, a statement he later denied. Catholics believe that once the Host (the bread or wafer) is consecrated (blessed by a priest), it ceases to be bread and becomes the real body of Christ. Thus, their understandable outrage. Wikipedia defines the Black Mass as a “Satanic ritual which mocks the Roman Catholic Church’s Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” Again, not only insulting to Catholics, but, I suppose, to Satanists who perform real Black Masses.

Anyway, the event was hardly successful. Under pressure, Mesner/Greaves attempted to move the Black Mass to a nightclub called the Middle East and that also fell through. Plan C was the Hong Kong restaurant and lounge where:

About 50 people, mostly dressed in black and some wearing face makeup, were present for the ceremony.

Hong Kong restaurant and lounge

Sort of anti-climactic, isn’t it? Actually, I find it fitting. The enemies of God can huff and puff and do all the manipulating and conjuring they’d like, but in the end there’s God and He’s in a class by Himself. Everything and everyone else is merely a creation. That’s not to say that their conjuring shouldn’t be taken seriously. Christians need to learn about spiritual warfare, as the Scriptures say, we wrestle with the rulers of the darkness of this world. Nevertheless:

He who is enthroned in the heavens laughs,

The Lord scoffs at them (Psalm 2:4).

Jesus laughing


Works Cited:

By David Shurter, the man who claims to have been ritually abused: Why The False Memory Pedophile Protection Squad Matters and from S.M.A.R.T. (Stop Mind control And Ritual abuse Today): Douglas Mesner and the Lucien Greaves Satanic Temple Connection See, also: Harvard can do better than give a platform to a “Black Mass” promoter who ridicules sex abuse victims and The False Memory Syndrome Action Network, decries Dr. Phil’s episode of January 11th, 2013 as “a potential mental health menace”

Bugbee’s articles: Unmasking Lucien Greaves, Leader of the Satanic Temple and religion: a master and slave relationship

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