OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Civic Center is known as a place to watch musical productions or a ballet.
However, there is controversy surrounding a satanic organization planning to hold a much different event…a ritual mocking Christianity.
The satanic group plans to deconsecrate the body of Christ on stage.
The Catholic Church is disappointed and pleading with the city to put a stop to this.
The Catholic Church describes the ‘Black Mass’ as offensive and vile and says the mass mocks Christianity during rituals with urination, nudity, and other unspeakable acts.
Archbishop Paul Coakley says the Civic Center is a venue where the community can experience a positive form of entertainment. He says this satanic organization has an agenda, that has no place in our society.
“The Satanic ritual that is scheduled to be performed at our Civic Center is to invoke those dark powers, which I believe are very real and call them into our city, into our community.” said Archbishop Coakley.
The satanic group is defending their production.
“The whole basis of the mass is that we take the consecrated host and give it a blessing or offering to Satan were censoring it, doing all things that`s normally done to bless a sacrifice which is obviously the host body of Christ. Then we’re taking that and were deconsecrating it, or the devil does, ” said satanist Adam Daniels.
Civic Center reps say they can’t deny rental to any group based on their content, even if the message is offensive to others.
Governor Mary Fallin released a statement saying:
“This ‘Black Mass’ is a disgusting mockery of the Catholic faith. I pray they realize how hurtful their actions are and cancel this event.”
The city says it can’t stop the ritual because freedom of speech falls under the first amendment and is a right granted to all citizens.
It is slated to take place September 21.