OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — A small group attended an event held by a satanic church in Oklahoma City Monday night. The ‘black mass’ was met with Christian masses and prayer rallies.
Leaders of Oklahoma City’s Church of Ahriman set the stage for their event at a small theater in the Civic Center Music Hall. The mass and another ritual, the consumption of Mary, were abbreviated versions of what would happen at a Satanist church on Sunday.
A larger prayer rally was held outside by the national group, The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property.
Adam Daniels, who lead the Black Mass, said attendance at this annual black mass is usually low because people may be scared to attend. He said the Christian events held in response to his also keep attendance down.
“When you have the whole Roman legion out there, how likely are they to come and buy tickets?” he said.
A few other local Christians gathered outside the Civic Center.
“I came down here today to not really protest the satanic mass, but to represent my father, Jesus Christ,” Lyndon Price said.
Earlier in the day, the local Catholic Church offered a mass service on the lawn of the Civic Center. Hundreds of people attended.
“What the Satanists are doing is a public offense to God and a public offense requires a public act of reparation and atonement,” Brian McCall said.
He said the black mass is blasphemous, partially obscene and hateful to God. Daniels said it is just a way for people to see what his religion is about.
“One of the means of our church is to educate the public by debunking the Hollywood-projected image.," he said. “And that’s what we’re doing. We’re here to show people what we do so they can see it in the light and then they can walk away and think about it and evaluative it for themselves, instead of watching The Exorcist and thinking ‘oh no, my head is going to turn around 180 degrees and I’m going to vomit pea soup everywhere,’ because it’s not what happens. It’s religion.”
“We’re responsible for us, but we also work with the devil. So, he’s like a friend. He’s like an equal and so whenever we need to do a thing on the spiritual level, we appeal to the devil and when we need to do things in the physical world, we rely on ourselves to do it," Daniels said.
This event has happened for the last few years, and there has always been some controversy with the City of Oklahoma City allowing it to take place in a public building. City officials said it cannot deny rentals of space just because of the content of the message.
Both the black mass and the counter events outside all had permits and are all protected under freedom of speech, the city said.