City officials in Oklahoma City have okayed a satanic black mass in the city's publicly-funded Civic Center on September 21. Christians are voicing their opposition through an online petition sponsored by the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP). "The black mass is an attempt to rip God out of the fabric of our nation. That's why more and more people are joining the protest," said TFP Student Action Director, John Ritchie. "The sole purpose of the black mass is to attack God, the Catholic Mass and the Holy Eucharist in a most obscene, indecent and hateful manner. Satanists typically steal a consecrated Host from a Church to desecrate in unspeakable ways."
"Why is the Civic Center facilitating and advertising this sacrilege, using its tax-funded facility as a platform to attack God and demean all God-loving Americans?" asked Ritchie. "This event harms the common good on many levels. It forces Civic Center employees and government workers to assist, or work in close proximity to, an event that targets the Catholic Faith."
According to a statement by TFP, Civic Center manager Jim Brown said that the "Black Mass" is constitutionally protected free speech. Expressing disagreement, Ritchie said, "Don't fall for it -- sacrilege is not free speech. And I find it so strange how children in America can't pray to God in school, but satanists are apparently free to attack God in this government-run venue."
"It's also highly unlikely that the Civic Center would rent space for events that might feature, for example, the burning of a Koran," Ritchie continued. "You think the Civic Center would welcome the likes of Hitler, or host a production that extols Nazi gas chambers? I really don't think so."
Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City expressed his concern. According to the TFP statement, the bishop said "I ask those who are allowing this event to reconsider whether this is an appropriate use of public space," he stated. "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."
A similar "Black Mass" scheduled at Harvard University in May of this year. Following widespread repudiation by faculty, students, and concerned Christians, the event was canceled. "We're praying this one gets canceled too," Ritchie concluded.