A satanic black mass featuring a reverse exorcism, obscene language and a scantily clad woman lying on an altar has sold out in Oklahoma City.
Organizers of the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu black mass told ABC News the event will be a “tamer” version of the traditional satanic ceremony. They will substitute vinegar for acts that traditionally call for urine, in compliance with state health laws. The event will not feature nudity and they will not use real communion wafers.
All 88 tickets for the Sept. 21 event were sold despite protests from locals and a lawsuit from the Catholic Church.
Organizers promise it will be an “enlightening and educational” event.
"One of the dictates of the church is not only to educate the members but to educate the public,” Dakhma of Angra Mainyu high preist Adam Daniels said, “and to debunk the Hollywood-projected image of our beliefs.”
Critics worry that the mass will mock Christian rituals.
“We’re astonished and grieved that the Civic Center would promote as entertainment and sell tickets for an event that is very transparently a blasphemous mockery of the Mass,” said Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley.
The group says it has a right to religious freedom.
“The goal for the event is to continue the satanic movement – to keep fighting for our rights for religious freedom,” Adams said.
"I remain concerned about the dark powers that this satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly," Coakley said in a statement.
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