The state of Oklahoma has lately become a haven for satanism and the dastardly, sinister ways of satanists for some reason.
In the latest example of this trend, a satanic group has announced plans to hold a satanic “black mass” at a city-owned theater in downtown Oklahoma City.
The event, called simply “Black Mass of Oklahoma,” is scheduled to take place at Civic Center Music Hall’s 95-seat City Space on Sunday, Sept. 21 (at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $15. (The rental cost was $420 and, incidentally, the Lysander Piano Trio, which will appear at the Music Hall four hours before, may not be too happy.)
The man behind the black mass is Adam Daniels, 35, who calls himself a high priest of Dakhma of Angra Mainyu. Daniels and the group’s other clergy members “are charged with helping those to break the chains of enslavement through” logic and various kinds of magic so they can understand “the true nature of” hell.
“We’re trying to bring about tolerance for our religious freedom for the satanic religion,” Daniels said, according to Aleteia, a Christian website. “We have a legally-filed church…and bringing out the black mass as one of the rituals of satanism to educate the public.”
Daniels is also a registered sex offender, according to local CBS affiliate KWTV.
Local Christians aren’t happy about the impending ritual.
The office of Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has received a flood of over 450 angry calls and emails from bitter citizens.
Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley has condemned the upcoming event. He described it as “a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians,” according to The Oklahoman.
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, a national anti-defamation group, was also critical.
“Oklahoma City had better think twice about this,” Donohue said in a press release obtained by The Daily Caller. “The Civic Center is funded by the taxpayers, many of whom are Catholic, and they are not obliged to pay for attacks on their religion.”
In January, the Satanic Temple – a New York City-based group of epicurean lovers of the Prince of Darkness – announced plans to erect a 7-foot goat-headed Baphomet statue at the Oklahoma state Capitol. (RELATED: Satanic Temple plans monument at Oklahoma state Capitol)
The Satanic Temple’s would-be monument is a protest against a Ten Commandments monument erected in 2012 on Capitol grounds. The Ten Commandments monument is currently the subject of an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit.
By May, a crowdfunding campaign had raised $30,000 for the statue, notes VICE. A New York artist who specializes in classical sculpture has since crafted a clay monument of a scary Baphomet figure and a couple kids looking up at his hideous face in devotion. There’s also a big inverted pentagram involved.
“The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation,” Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves told CBS News.
The proposed monument looks something like this:
(CREDIT FOR IMAGE ABOVE: YouTube screenshot Seek His Faceintheclouds)