“Last Night 3 Cargoes of Bohea Tea were emptied into the Sea. This Morning a Man of War sails. This is the most magnificent Movement of all. There is a Dignity, a Majesty, a Sublimity, in this last Effort of the Patriots, that I greatly admire. The People should never rise, without doing something to be remembered—something notable and striking. This Destruction of the Tea is so bold, so daring, so firm, intrepid and inflexible, and it must have so important Consequences, and so lasting, that I can’t but consider it as an Epocha in History.” -From the diary of John Adams, December 17, 1773
Today, December 16th, 2016, marks the 243rd Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Arguably, this is one of the most pivotal and integral protests in American history, and it marked the end of an age, and as John Adams so eloquently noted, the beginning of a new epoch in history.
We, as human beings, are incredibly lucky to have been granted the opportunities that we have all been allowed by our own self-governance in this United States. Had it not been for the untold century or more of men and presumably women who took a bold and formidable stand against the British Empire 243 years ago today, we most certainly would not be sitting on the gilded throne atop the mountain of the world that we are so fortunate to affect today.
It would become us as members of The Satanic Temple to reflect on this act of dissidence and the heterodoxic nature of those involved in the Boston Tea Party as we spiral deeper into this brave new world we regard as the 21st Century. Though we haven’t any tea to bequeath unto Boston Harbor to express our disdain for the imminent rise of tyranny, intolerance, and injustice, we would do well to remember that of dissent comes hardship but without hardship there can be no triumph.
We stand as the apartheid in the realm of religions, without any theistic or ethereal shackles binding us to lives devoted to defending and supporting our fellow man. We stand with all the disenfranchised, and for the disenfranchised while others withdraw to the safety and security of their congregations.
Be a Mohawk at the Tea Party.
-A. Morgan Stern