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Satanists To Hold Controversial Black Mass by tyson55(m): 9:26pm On Sep 10, 2014
A devil-worshiping group hell-bent on hosting a satanic black mass is planning to go ahead with its controversial ceremony this month, despite fervent protests by residents of Oklahoma City and a lawsuit from the Catholic Church.

The co-founder of Dakhma of Angra Mainyu told ABC News that the religious and educational organization decided to hold the black mass in public but it will be a “tamer” version than some traditional satanic ceremonies by, for example, substituting vinegar for acts involving urine to comply with state health laws.

The upcoming event has generated controversy because black masses mock Christianity and the rituals that make up their services but organizers see it as an integral part of their religion.

"One of the dictates of the church is not only to educate the members but to educate the public,” Dakhma of Angra Mainyu’s Adam Daniels said, “and to debunk the Hollywood-projected image of our beliefs.”

Daniels said all 88 tickets to the Sept. 21 event – held at the theater in the city’s civic center - have been sold. The parks and recreation department, which rented the space to the group for $420, cited First Amendment protections in allowing the group to meet in a public facility.

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"Mr. Daniels must abide by our local ordinances, our fire codes and all of our state laws," Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock told ABC News. "No bloodletting of any kind will be allowed.”

A $17.50 ticket buys participants a front-row seat to the festivities, which include a performance from the band “God in a Machine” and readings that call for the renunciation of God. Male participants and audience members are encouraged to wear black, hooded, full-length robes, but evening wear is also appropriate for spectators.

Anthony Briggman, an assistant professor of theology at Emory University in Atlanta, explained that the general motivating principles behind satanic groups – including Dakhma of Angra Mainyu – is to “parody” Roman Catholic liturgy by “demonstrating their opposition to orthodox Christian beliefs and practices.”

“The line between parody and mockery is a fuzzy one and it is unclear to me on which side of the line they usually fall,” he said of satanic groups in general.

“The goal seems to be to acquire some of the spiritual power [and] magic that they associate with the Roman Catholic ritual of transubstantiation, the transformation of the Eucharistic bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ,” Briggman said.

Co-founder Daniels said the Sept. 21 ceremony will take place before an altar-like table where a woman in lingerie lies (another concession to reflect the state's nudity laws).

The culmination of the event comes when the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu deacons and priest stomp on the, in this case, unconsecrated host and spit on it. Daniels said organizers will wear profane costumes, use explicit language and desecrate the fake host, which Catholics believe is a form of the resurrected Christ.

Professor Briggman said that in other instances, he has “heard the reports of ritualistic practices of sex, bloodletting, and sacrifice ... but it is unclear to me how much these reports are hyperbole designed to capture the attention of the press and public.”

Daniels said the Oklahoma City ceremony will wrap up with a Satanic exorcism intended to draw the Holy Spirit from the follower's body, which contrasts with traditional exorcisms that are designed to expel the devil from the individual.

"Our practices have gotten it to about 22 to 25 minutes," Daniels said of the ritual.

Additional controversy has surrounded this particular event because the Oklahoma City Archdiocese filed a lawsuit against Daniels' group after media reports that he was in possession of a consecrated host, a wafer that some Catholics believe is literally the body of Christ.

The host in question has since been handed over to the archdiocese and the legal action has been stopped, but that has not put all of the Archbishop’s concerns to rest.

"I remain concerned about the dark powers that this satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly," Archbishop Paul Coakley said in a statement.

The group is separate from The Satanic Temple, a national group with similar beliefs that has long fought with Oklahoma City officials about the right to have a statue of the devil placed prominently in the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Lucien Greaves, the leader of The Satanic Temple, told ABC News that Dakhma of Angra Mainyu may be timing its black mass in order to coincide with the publicity drummed up by The Satanic Temple’s legal battle for the devil statue.

“I have a feeling that they're rather inspired by the attention that our activity has gotten,” Greaves told ABC News, “but I don’t think there’s a particularly higher concentration in Oklahoma than anywhere else.”

Re: Satanists To Hold Controversial Black Mass by datguru: 7:13am On Sep 11, 2014
Re: Satanists To Hold Controversial Black Mass by Aringarosa(m): 7:23am On Sep 11, 2014
Ah, that freedom of religion thing cuts both ways. Of course anyone has freedom of religion, but when the STATE sanctions a particular religion they have to open it up to all the myriad belief systems in the world.

Have fun Oklahoma.


Re: Satanists To Hold Controversial Black Mass by Ranchhoddas: 12:14pm On Sep 11, 2014
Aringarosa: Ah, that freedom of religion thing cuts both ways. Of course anyone has freedom of religion, but when the STATE sanctions a particular religion they have to open it up to all the myriad belief systems in the world.

Have fun Oklahoma.
Bishop Manuel Aringarosa!
Re: Satanists To Hold Controversial Black Mass by AlfaSeltzer(m): 12:30pm On Sep 11, 2014
What a happy heart warming news.
Thank you Lord Lucifer.
Re: Satanists To Hold Controversial Black Mass by EvilBrain1(m): 12:31pm On Sep 11, 2014
I can't wait for that statue of Baphomet donated by the Satanic Temple to be erected. The Christians are going to shìt bricks.

We'll see how much they like it when it's someone else's religion being promoted on tax-funded government property.
Re: Satanists To Hold Controversial Black Mass by White007(m): 1:57pm On Sep 11, 2014
Well, the Catholic Church, its doctrines and practices over its history don't hold the high ground over any religious belief or philosophy. I find it utterly fascinating (as well as the height of hypocrisy) that the Catholic Church--the people who brought you the inquisition, the Crusades, aiding and abetting, who were involved in genocide, and the covering-up, condoning, and active participation of centuries of sexual abuse of enumerable children and women have the audacity to "sue" to stop this group from just holding a "mass," a function which is unquestionably guaranteed them in the Constitution. I think the main reason that the Catholic Church is so upset about the holding of this meeting has less to do with the "holding of Satanic Mass," and considerably more to do with the "“parody” Roman Catholic liturgy."

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Re: Satanists To Hold Controversial Black Mass by Nobody: 2:40pm On Sep 11, 2014
Ave Satanas

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