OKC Civic Center hosting a Satanic Black Mass led by sex offender

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A group called Dakhma of Angra Mainyu is holding a Black Mass at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21. The permittee (see the permit at the bottom of this post) for the event is Adam Daniels, a registered sex offender. The Civic Center is owned by the city and funded by a foundation that includes a city government official and the head of a Catholic hospital on its board. The event has been condemned by the Archbishop of Oklahoma City. (I first read about this on Fr. Z’s Blog.)

From the Civic Center’s website:

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Adam Daniels has connections to Lucien Greaves (a.k.a. Doug Mesner, a.k.a. Adam Misicko), the organizer of the planned Black Mass at Harvard University (which didn’t take place.)

Dawn Eden had more on that at the time:

Moreover, I am not encouraged by the fact that Greaves is close with registered sex offender Adam B. Daniels, who, along with his wife, run a Satanic worship center in Oklahoma. Here is a video interview in which they talk about why they personally submitted the application for Greaves’ Satanic Temple to build a monument to Satan at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Just this week, Daniels told an Oklahoma news stations of his “conversations” with Greaves.

Look up “Adam B. Daniels” in the national sex offender registry and you will see that he was convicted of sexual battery in 2009. The rap sheet notes that he has satanic tattoos all over his body. The court ruled that he had to remain on the registry for life.

In what appears to be some sort of sick joke, the website of Daniels’ Satanic “church” features a “rape awareness” page decorated with images of flowers.

Greaves too has committed criminal sexual activity. He was photographed last year exposing himself upon the grave site of the mother of the Westboro Baptist Church founder as part of what he called a “satanic ritual,” which you can read about here.

Daniels was previously “Dark Overlord” of the Church of the IV Majesties. That group had planned on holding a fake exorcism at the Civic Center in 2010, which Daniels tried to cancel after he was kicked out of that group. It’s not clear if that event ever took place. Here’s what James Hale, a co-founder of that group, said at the time: “We Satanists don’t deal with sex offenders.”

Earlier this year, The Catholic League was critical of the Civic Center for hosting a performance of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” last December.

The League noted:

When it opened in the East Village in New York in 1998, [William] Donohue said, “it sounds like a routine homosexual play: full-frontal male nudity, filthy language, discussions of body parts, butch lesbians, effeminate gay men, ranting about nature, damning God for AIDS, etc.” The play was a flop, never making it to Broadway. In December, the taxpayers, both nationally and in Oklahoma, paid for it.

If you live in Oklahoma City and you’re offended by this, you should contact the Civic Center and other officials and politely let them know about it. Also, if you’re a Catholic elsewhere who is offended you should make sure your opinion is heard.

The Public Information Officer for the Civic Center is Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock. You can email her here or call (405) 297-3882 to let her know your opinion on the matter. The main business office number for the Civic Center is (405) 297-2584. The Civic Center is also on Twitter – @okcciviccenter.

The Board of Directors includes City Councilwoman Meg Salyer of Ward 6. You can call her at (405) 297-2402. Her email address is ward6@okc.gov. She is on Twitter and her handle is @MegForWard6.

Another board member is Joe Hodges of St. Anthony Hospital. The hospital’s mission statement is: “Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.” St. Anthony Hospital is part of SSM Healthcare, a Catholic organization which was founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. Hodges is regional vice president for SSM.  You can contact SSM about Mr. Hodges role on the board of the Civic Center by calling (314) 994-7800 or emailing them here. You can also possibly contact Mr. Hodges directly at the hospital by calling (800) 227‑6964 or the main number at (405) 272‑7000.

The Mayor of Oklahoma City, Mick Cornett, might be another good person to contact to express your displeasure. You can reach the Mayor at (405) 297-2424 or email him at mayor@okc.gov. He is on Twitter at @mickcornett.

I agree with what Fr. Z said on his site about this matter:

Today, on this Feast of the Precious Blood, dear readers, please consider what acts of reparation you might engage in for even the consideration of such an event.

Here’s what Archbishop Paul Coakley had to say:

“For more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide and more than 200,000 Catholics in Oklahoma, the Mass is the most sacred of religious rituals,” the archbishop said. “It is the center of Catholic worship and celebrates Jesus Christ’s redemption of the world by his death and resurrection. In particular, the Eucharist – which we believe to be the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ – is the source and summit of our faith.

“That’s why we’re astonished and grieved that the Civic Center would promote as entertainment and sell tickets for an event that is very transparently a blasphemous mockery of the Mass,” he continued. “The ‘Black Mass’ that is scheduled for the Civic Center in September is a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians.

“In a spirit of hope, I ask those who are allowing this event to reconsider whether this is an appropriate use of public space. We trust that community leaders – and, in particular, the board members of the Oklahoma City Civic Center – do not actually wish to enable or encourage such a flagrantly inflammatory event and can surely remedy this situation.

“If the event does move forward, we will have to consider other peaceful, prayerful and respectful options to demonstrate our opposition to this publicly supported sacrilegious act.

“In the meantime, I call on all Catholics in central and western Oklahoma – as well as all men and women of good will – to pray for a renewed sense of the sacred and, in particular, to pray that the Lord might change the hearts and minds of the organizers of this event.”

Here’s the text from the Civic Center website on the event itself:

September 21
The Black Mass of Oklahoma
 (on sale July 2nd) 

OKC Civic Center Music Hall 
Presented by Dakhma of Angra Mainyu
Musical Guest: Kali-Ra 
City Space Theatre
Sunday, September 21st, 2014 7:00pm

The Black Mass has been a feared ritual, and now its being brought into the light! This will be not only enlightening but educational as well. This Black Mass will conducted for the public to attend with certain adaptations to allow for a legal celebration. 

Here’s the permit:

Oklahoma City Satanic Black Mass Permit

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Comments

  1. Although I’m not a Satanist, I’m not seeing how this event is illegal or harmful to you. Your pose of righting a great moral and social injustice comes off more as an attempt to validate the strength of your faith to others by dumpster-diving for every salicious morsel. Surely Catholicism is not so shaky and un-sound as to be threatened by this singular event. Do you feel your personal faith is enriched by attempting to suppress this event for others?

    • You’ve got to be kidding, right? Can you imagine the outcry if this were an event desecrating something held sacred to Jews, Muslims, or any other religious or cultural group?

      It would not be tolerated!

      You are not a Satanist, but you are also obviously not a Catholic either as you have no idea how offensive this is.

      No, Catholicism ISN’T “so shaky and un-sound as to be threatened by this singular event”, but we’re also not going to just stand by and let someone do something so vile and offensive towards Catholics and not say anything about it!

      How ignorant of you.

  2. Lisa Graas’s comment sounds like something Hitler might say. (See how that works, Lisa?)

    Like Mr. Hilbert, I am not a Satanist, but I, too, wonder exactly how this is hurting anyone, and why so many Christians find it acceptable – even admirable – to silence viewpoints they don’t like. According to the OKC Civic Center, this is a private event, subject to all local laws and ordinances, just like the three previous events held by the same group. Is your faith so weak and irrelevant that you can’t be happy with the right to openly practice your own beliefs, but must also resort to interfering with the (legal, private) activities of others?

    • Also like Mr. Hilbert, you are equally as ignorant.

      This has nothing to do with “silencing viewpoints”, it has to do with defending something that is sacred to our beliefs as it is being publically & openly mocked and desecrated!

      You are not Catholic, so you do not understand. Where were you a few years ago when Muslims were offended that some stupid TV cartoon was going to show an image of Muhammad? They were offended, and voiced their objections – why should Christians do anything less if we are offended?

      You could say that about any group – not necessarily religious. What if a Russian group were to come and do some presentation about desecrating the American flag? Do you think that Americans should just “be okay” with that and let them do it, even though it would be highly offensive to so many? Do you think they should just sit by silently and let it happen?

      What if some group were to put on a public display which desecrated pictures of your Grandmother and also said awful terrible things about her? Would you and your family just sit silently by and allow it to happen, or would you voice your displeasure about it?

      So, Catholics aren’t “silencing viewpoints”, were DEFENDING what we believe because arrogant ignorant people are attacking something very sacred to us. We are just reacting the way any normal human would when something so near and dear to us is being attacked and desecrated in a very vile and deliberate way!

      • “What if a Russian group were to come and do some presentation about desecrating the American flag?”

        Well, Bob, if their presentation was being held in a private venue and if they aren’t breaking any laws, then they’d have every right to hold their presentation, no matter how distasteful it may seem to you and me.

        The group that did the “Pink Mass” is not the same group hosting the event in the OKC Civic Center. Yes, I see that bloggers are apoplectic about the “connection”, but the only “connection” is that Adam D. happened to join the Satanic Temple. Anyone can join. Even you could join, Bob, and then all these bloggers could go on about *your* “connection” to Lucien Greaves.

        And yes, these Christians ARE in fact attempting to silence other views. When you try to force the Civic Center to discriminate against a minority group holding a private event which complies with local laws and ordinances, you’ve lost the moral high ground.

        • Mr. Hilbert,
          In your original post, you said that you did not see how this was “harmful” to Catholics. I am simply explaining WHY it is. I am NOT talking about anyone’s “right” to do whatever, but Catholics certainly have a right to defend themselves when their beliefs are being attacked and desecrated.
          I’m not trying to silence anybody you’re the one trying to silence Catholics who are trying to defend something that is being attacked that we hold sacred.

          • Bob,

            You’ve failed to show how this event *harms* Catholics. Making you angry or offended is not *harming* you. And of course this is in stark contrast to, for instance, the very REAL harm perpetrated by Catholic priests against children. Where are the public protests, where is the Catholic outrage about that?

            You say you’re “defending” yourself, Bob, but from what? How does another group’s PRIVATE event – which you aren’t being forced to attend or watch – *harm* you?

  3. Quite the contrary Mrs. Graas. Satan would offer up a gracious “Thank-you” for this folly of righteous indignation while enjoying the crafty play of misdirection. No doubt enjoying your heightened focus on the triviality of the Black Mass’s lights and parlor tricks while fostering the TRUE cancerous threats to the sanctity of the church by way of corruption, priestly sexual improprieties and an antiquated/misogynistic world view. Maybe a kiss-tinged personal whisper to you as well for skimping on the collection offering.

    • “Corruption, priestly sexual improprieties and a antiquete/misogynistic world view”!!!….Pathetic….

      “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

      Martin Luther King.

  4. boycott OKC Civic Center who Would want to take their kids or family there now.
    There is no comparison between events and this dArk belief.
    Stupid for allowing this and categorizing it as any other ‘event’…it’s not and your foolish.

  5. To “Christians stop bullying”,
    It it harming Catholics by mocking our beliefs and what we hold sacred. I agree with you that anyone who has ever harmed a child in ANY WAY should be made to pay for their crimes! I will be the first in line to make sure those responsible be punished!
    BUT, just because some Catholic clergy have done horrible things does not mean that all Catholics should put up with people mocking what we believe. You are not Catholic, so you cannot understand, I can only use the American analogy again: there are many in the world that hate ALL Americans because of what a few have done and would like to see ALL Americans hurt – which seems to be what you are imposing on Catholics. A few Catholics have done horrible things, and you would like to hurt ALL Catholics because of it. Again, you are not Catholic, so you have no idea how offensive a black mass is nor how harmful it is to Catholics. It is BEYOND just “upsetting” us. You are not Catholic, so do not PRESUME to know what is harmful to us! What is really disturbing is you seem to delight in the fact that it is harmful to millions of people who have neither done anything to you or anyone else.

    • And I just want to be very clear and say that I in NO WAY think that this is in any way comparable to the harm inflicted on children by those sick perverted vile nasty evil priests. You were the one to make the comparison; and the two situations just do not compare. However, it doesn’t change the fact that a black mass is offensive and harmful to millions of Catholics, in ways that you cannot understand. Nor do you seem to want to understand.

      • And since WHEN, by the way, do I have to *prove* to anyone that this is harmful in order to protest it? This is still the USA and people can protest whatever they want for whatever reason! It is harmful because I am a Catholic and I am TELLING you that it is harmful, and that’s all you need to know. End of story. So I suggest that instead of trying to silence me and all Catholics and trying to take away our right to protest, that you go and educate yourself about compassion and try to eliminate events that foster hate towards groups of people instead of rallying behind and promoting events that are harmful to groups of people and promote hate.

  6. To the OKC Civic Center,
    We just learned of your Black Mass event in September and may we ask you to reconsider? Anyone who has been subjected against their own will to the abject horrors of the satanic religion would be devastated to hear that you accept money in exchange for looking the other way as evil is celebrated. The organizers openly admit their act has to be “cleaned up” for public consumption. As long as it fit your template (whatever that may be) would you allow someone like Warren Jeffs to conduct a mass wedding of child brides or the Westboro Baptists to hold a rally against gays there in your building? Please, have the courage and humility to admit there are things you will not and cannot allow. Everyone has a line they will not cross. Where is yours? “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”