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Groups petition to stop Oklahoma black mass, organizer says it won’t change anything

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In less than one week, more than 14,500 people signed a petition hosted on opposing a satanic black mass in Oklahoma, but the black mass organizer says the petition doesn’t mean a thing.

The black mass, a controversial ceremony held annually by the satanic group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu’s Church of Ahriman and its leader Adam Daniels, is set to take place on Aug. 15 at the city-owned Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.

The petition from CitizenGO implores the Oklahoma City Civic Center to “take a stand in favor of public decency by canceling the black mass.” It argues, “A black mass is intended as an act of aggression and an attack on another religious group, namely Catholics. The ceremony revolves around the desecration of the Eucharist, which requires that a Host be stolen from a Catholic church.”

“It’s definitely not going to make a difference,” Daniels said Monday. “It’s actually pretty weak compared to the petitions put out before. I don’t care.”

Daniels said his Church of Ahriman is a federally-recognized religious organization, and is protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees the right to freedom of religion. He added that while many believe the black mass is attacking the Catholic Church, it instead “attacks their objects of worship, which do not have any rights.”

“I think it’s their way of blowing off steam,” Daniels said. “We are an actual religion and we have gone through the proper process, so they can’t stop it.”

Daniels said the Church of Ahriman is a mix of Zoroastrianism and other theologies like Hinduism instead of straight Satanism. In instances where animal sacrifice or blood is required for rituals, the church finds alternatives to use, like the menstrual blood from its members.

According to the group's event description: "The consumption of the Mary by Jai Kali Maa, is an event that will have two separate [sic] rituals that will show the evolution from Satanism to Ahrimanism. The first ritual will [be] the black mass as done in 2014, and the second ritual will be the consumption of Mary by Jai Kali Maa. The second ritual will educate the public on the practice of Ahrimanism.”

The event on Aug. 15 will include “The Consumption of Mary,” Daniels said, which entails putting a “corrupted” Mary statue into a Solomonic triangle to trap her. A pig’s heart is placed inside the statue, and those in attendance dance in hopes that a spirit will cut off the statue’s head and open a “hellmouth.” At the end, a priestess then eats the heart from the destroyed statue in a ritual to “consume” the Virgin Mary.

Still fighting

Despite the legality of the event, CitizenGO and other organizations still plan to fight and to protest, calling the black mass a “perverted, offensive, and blasphemous event.”

“The immense interest in this petition shows that concerned citizens are disgusted by Oklahoma City’s decision to sanction this event,” said Caroline Craddock, CitizenGO’s English Language Campaigns director.

“Freedom of expression is guaranteed in the United States, but this situation goes far beyond what is required in the Constitution. This event requires the theft and desecration of private property. The City of Oklahoma is not required to sanction and profit from an event of this nature.”

America Needs Fatima, a Pennsylvania-based organization that “distributes millions of rosaries, devotional items and calendars” and “protests against blasphemies,” will host a protest 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 before the scheduled black mass.

The Conservative Roman Catholic group Tradition Family Property (TFP) is heading up the petition to cancel the event, which worked in 2014 when Satanists attempted to hold a black mass at Harvard Square.

The petition reads: "I regret to inform you that Satanists are planning a Black Mass on city property at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City on August 15, 2016. Please spread the word to all your friends so we can stop this sacrilege. Your voice and prayers were decisive at Harvard University ­– the satanic Black Mass there was stopped. Canceled. Saint Michael won a great victory that day. And God can win again.”
The petition’s goal is to collect 20,000 signatures to present, with other petitions, to the mayor of Oklahoma City and the governor.

“Registered sex offender Adam Daniels will be leading the anti-Catholic satanic ritual on public property,” the petition claims. "Every Black Mass is a direct, deliberate and sinful act of hatred against God. Often, a Consecrated Host is stolen from a Catholic Church and then used to desecrate, mock and insult the Catholic Mass. The Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ is attacked in a most vile and unspeakable manner. These insults against God are not only offensive to Christians, but also repulsive to everyone of good will.”

“You know, if the Catholics leave us alone, we would leave them alone,” Daniels said.

Gregory Mertz, the U.S. campaigns director for CitizenGO, CitizenGO’s efforts against this event will continue.

“We will do everything in our power to ensure that this event is cancelled, and we will continue to spread awareness about Oklahoma City’s support of this event,” he said.

The black mass event at the Oklahoma City Civic Center has had its annual share of controversy. In 2014, Oklahoma’s Catholic Archbishop filed a lawsuit to halt the use of what he said were stolen communion wafers during the Oklahoma City black mass.

The lawsuit claimed the black mass was a deliberate attack on the Catholic Mass as well as the foundational beliefs of all Christians and that the Holy Eucharist can only be distributed by an ordained minister of the Catholic Church and must be consumed immediately and never taken outside of the church.

The lawsuit was dropped after Daniels turned over to a Catholic priest the consecrated host, or communion wafer, Satanists planned to use in a "black mass." 

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