Gov. Mary Fallin issued a statement Monday condemning the “black mass” that satanists plan next month in a small basement theater at Civic Center Music Hall.
Fallin said the ritual, intended to mock Catholic beliefs, “should be equally repellent to Catholics and non-Catholics alike.”
The governor said a group of New York City satanists reportedly is organizing the event.
An Oklahoma City man, Adam Daniels, has rented the theater for the evening of Sept. 21. He’s being charged $420 for a five-hour rental.
City Manager Jim Couch has said police will attend the event and stop it if anyone breaks the law.
Coakley has directed Catholic parishes to lead a campaign of prayer in opposition to the “black mass.”
Here’s the text of the governor’s statement:
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today condemned a scheduled performance of a satanic black mass next month in Oklahoma City.
“This ‘Black Mass’ is a disgusting mockery of the Catholic faith, and it should be equally repellent to Catholics and non-Catholics alike,” said Fallin. “It may be protected by the First Amendment, but that doesn’t mean we can’t condemn it in the strongest terms possible for the moral outrage which it is. It is shocking and disgusting that a group of New York City ‘satanists’ would travel all the way to Oklahoma to peddle their filth here. I pray they realize how hurtful their actions are and cancel this event.”
Fallin joins Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley in criticizing the event, scheduled for Sept. 21 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. The archbishop said the black mass “is a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians.”
Oklahoma City officials have said the Civic Center is a public building and the city must abide by the First Amendment and allow it to be leased to any group that agrees to abide by all laws and city ordinances.The black mass in Oklahoma City reportedly is being organized by the Satanic Temple of New York City, which last year submitted plans for a public monument of a seated Satan on the state Capitol grounds to counter a monument of the Ten Commandments.