Oklahoma City once again finds itself in a swirl of controversy, following the announcement that the Satanic Group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu (paging Zarathustra) is preparing to hold a black mass in a city-owned downtown theater. And Oklahomans are not happy about it: Mayor Mick Cornett’s office has received more than 450 emails and phone calls in opposition to it.
Not that Oklahoma City is a stranger to satanic activity.
The September 21 event, which is scheduled to take place in a theater at the city’s Civic Center, is hosted by the group’s high priest, 35-year-old Adam Daniels. According to the group’s website, they worship Angra Mainyu (better known as Ahriman), who they believe will cleanse the world in destruction.
In addition to being a high satanic priest, Daniels is a convicted sex offender, because he had a sexual relationship with a female prisoner while he was a guard at an Oklahoma prison.
According to NewsOK, Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley condemned the event as a “distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians.”
A Christian website, aleteia.org, reports that the typical black mass involves a “usually obscene burlesque of the true mass” and features at least one naked woman. Gasp. The horror.
The website also interviewed an unnamed exorcist, who added:
“You cannot attend such an event—even if one does so merely out of curiosity, and not with any firm desire to worship Satan—without being adversely affected,” the exorcist cautioned, in an exclusive interview with Aleteia. “The mere fact that this black mass in Oklahoma City will be public lends it a certain legitimacy, and I suspect that some people will go simply to be entertained. What they may not realize immediately is that simply by going, they will open themselves to the power of the demonic.”
The satanic group is paying $420 to rent the theater for five hours, according to city officials, and the same group has leased the space three times since 2010, albeit under a different name.
You can purchase the tickets here.