Many of you probably know that the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall has allowed the scheduling of a satanic black mass on September 21. Archbishop Paul Coakley protested and sued to stop the event, which planned on using consecrated hosts to degrade during the ritual. The satanist group agreed to return the hosts in exchange for the dropping of the lawsuit, and I believe that this was done.
But still, I think protests are called for. The event is on for September 21. Archbishop Coakley has organized an hour of prayer during the time of the event for all people of good will. Feel free to express your outrage, and here are some addresses if you decide to write:
Mayor Mick Cornett, 200 No. Walker, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Stephen Sharp, Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall/City Space Theatre, 201 No.Walker, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, 2300 No. Lincoln Blvd Room 212, Oklahoma City OK 73105
There are online petitions to sign, too. I wrote the following letter, sending a version of it to each of the individuals named above.
St. Michael, pray for us.
September 7, 2014
Mayor Mick Cornett
200 North Walker
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Dear Mayor Cornett:
I have heard that your city is allowing a satanist black mass to be celebrated in a public building. I am disgusted. Although I do not live in Oklahoma City, I speak as a citizen of this country. As an elected government official in this country, your decisions affect me, and all Americans.
I heard Jennifer McClintock say that as long as state law is not broken, that the city cannot judge content. One such law is prohibiting lewd acts—would not the manner of desecration of a host/wafer—something that is symbolically precious to the 247 million Christians in this nation, and specifically holy and precious to the 66 million of those Christians that are Catholic—as described on the satanists’ own website: “the consecrated host is then corrupted by sexual fluids”, be considered lewd? Whether the host is actually consecrated, or symbolic, what difference does that make in intent? What about having a satanist woman urinate in a cup on the “altar” in front of the participants? Don’t you have laws about public urination? How many homeless people have had problems with that restriction?
And as for “not judging content”– please. Would you allow a group to rent a public building to stage a parody of a gay marriage ceremony, just to mock, outrage, insult and humiliate homosexual couples with all that they hold dear? I doubt it. Would you allow a group to mimic a Baptist gospel choir in blackface to make fun of the culture and history from which it comes? I suspect you would consider the offensive content of such an event. Would you allow hate-filled nonbelievers to dress up as phony imams and ridicule prayer to Allah? Burn a Koran in the Civic Center? Hardly. I am sure you would consider the content, and the offensiveness. So why allow this—an event which is designed to mock, denigrate and insult a religious group. Why pretend that this is different?
The claim of freedom for satanists to “practice their religion” is also questionable. What legitimate religion has as its sole central practice the insult, denigration, ridicule and disrespect of another?
Have the courage to stand up and forbid this outrageous event. It is totally offensive.