On Sunday, Father Jonathan Morris urged Oklahoma City officials to shut down a planned Satanic Black Mass because worshipers were, according to the FOX News priest, “inciting violence” by mocking Christians — because, apparently, practicing a faith besides Christianity is equivalent to making a “mockery” of it.
Oklahoma city has received hundreds of complaints about the planned religious event, and has even begged the entirely wrong group of Satanists to cancel.
Governor Mary Fallin begged the New York-based group of Satanists that donated a statue of Baphomet last year not to perform the mass–However, they are not the least bit involved in the event. The group performing the mass is local.
“This ‘Black Mass’ is a disgusting mockery of the Catholic faith, and it should be equally repellent to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. It may be protected by the First Amendment, but that doesn’t mean we can’t condemn it in the strongest terms possible for the moral outrage which it is. It is shocking and disgusting that a group of New York City ‘satanists’ would travel all the way to Oklahoma to peddle their filth here. I pray they realize how hurtful their actions are and cancel this event.”
“This is not a game. It’s very serious to us,” Black Mass organizer Adam Daniels told Tulsa World earlier this week. “This will be held as a real black mass, altered to follow state laws,” he said. In other words, they are already omitting the nudity, sex, and urination from an event that represents their own deeply-held religious beliefs.
Father Morris says that he feels “bad” for anyone who has the audacity to participate in a non-Christian ritual like this.
“You get yourself into something that is, first of all, satanic, that is supernatural,” he said. “They believe that as soon as you connect yourself with evil, evil stuff happens. I feel very bad for them.”
Morris acknowledged the Satanists’ “political right” to worship.. but claimed that Oklahoma City has a “responsibility to defend the good governance of its people.”
“Anybody who walks into a crowded theater and yells ‘Fire!’” he argued. “Do they have a right to do it? Yes. Free speech? No! Why? Because you’re inciting violence.”
“When you have a group that does this, not just because they want to do their own little worship, but they are provoking anger and hatred among the community, the city can step in and say, ‘That’s not worship, that’s not free speech, that’s mockery, and you’re inciting violence!’”
When the host pointed out that the city had already determined the Satanists’ Constitutional right to freely worship, and use the Civic Center as their venue, Father Morris responded, “But what if I want to go and desecrate a Quran out in front of my church? What if I want to speak pro-Nazi stuff right in front of my church and get people all fired up on a public sidewalk? I think at some point government has to step in the name of free speech.”
Watch for yourself, below: