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'Black mass' stirs anger

by William Crum Modified: July 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm •  Published: July 7, 2014
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Oklahoma City is getting hundreds of complaints about the “black mass” being staged by satanists Sept. 21 at Civic Center Music Hall.

Mayor Mick Cornett’s office received more than 450 e-mails and calls between Wednesday and Sunday opposing the event, and the Civic Center fielded about 200 complaints, said Kristy Yager, the city’s spokeswoman.

Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley criticized the event last week, calling it “a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians.”

Coakley said city leaders should reconsider allowing the presentation in a public building.

A satanic group is renting the 95-seat City Space Theatre in the Civic Center basement for the performance, said Adam Daniels, a 35-year-old Oklahoma City man who describes himself as the satanists’ high priest.

The group is paying $420 for the five-hour rental, on a Sunday evening.

The Civic Center’s general manager, Jim Brown, said last week that the same basic group, under different names, has leased space for similar events three times since 2010. Nobody attended the group’s the most recent “mass,” Brown said.

by William Crum
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OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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