OKLAHOMA CITY – In less than one week, more than 14,500 people signed a petition hosted on CitizenGO.org opposing a satanic black mass in Oklahoma, but the black mass organizer says the petition doesn’t mean a thing.
The black mass, a controversial ceremony held annually by the satanic group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu’s Church of Ahriman and its leader Adam Daniels, is set to take place on Aug. 15 at the city-owned Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.
The petition from CitizenGO implores the Oklahoma City Civic Center to “take a stand in favor of public decency by canceling the black mass.” It argues, “A black mass is intended as an act of aggression and an attack on another religious group, namely Catholics. The ceremony revolves around the desecration of the Eucharist, which requires that a Host be stolen from a Catholic church.”
“It’s definitely not going to make a difference,” Daniels said Monday. “It’s actually pretty weak compared to the petitions put out before. I don’t care.”
Daniels said his Church of Ahriman is a federally-recognized religious organization, and is protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees the right to freedom of religion. He added that while many believe the black mass is attacking the Catholic Church, it instead “attacks their objects of worship, which do not have any rights.”
“I think it’s their way of blowing off steam,” Daniels said. “We are an actual religion and we have gone through the proper process, so they can’t stop it.”
Daniels said the Church of Ahriman is a mix of Zoroastrianism and other theologies like Hinduism instead of straight Satanism. In instances where animal sacrifice or blood is required for rituals, the church finds alternatives to use, like the menstrual blood from its members.