The satanic “black mass” scheduled for September 21 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center has continued to gain opposition, with an online petition garnering more than 72,000 signatures as of August 29.
TFP Student Action began collecting signatures opposing the event about a month ago, said TFP Student Action Director John Ritchie.
Ritchie told LifeSiteNews the group plans to present the petition along with a letter to the Oklahoma Civic Center, along with Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, after the Labor Day holiday.
Students at colleges and universities across the nation have signed on in opposition, including Harvard, Yale, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Stanford, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Every Ivy League college has students and faculty members signing on,” Richie told LifeSiteNews. “Even at these bastions of liberalism they are saying, 'Wait a minute, this is way over the top.'”
The black mass is a satanic ritual that inverts or parodies the Catholic Mass to mock God and worship the devil. It generally involves desecration of a consecrated host in a profane sexual ritual.
Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley filed a lawsuit August 20 declaring that the consecrated host the Satanists planned to use for the black mass would have been obtained illegally and demanded it be returned to the Catholic Church.
The lawsuit was successful and the group returned the host.
“I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host, and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned satanic ritual,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said in a statement. “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.”
The Oklahoma City Civic Center Shows page displays the “Black Mass of Oklahoma” in the list of upcoming events, featuring musical guests “God in a Machine” and “Acid Casualty.”
The civic center event description follows:
The Black Mass has been a feared ritual, and now it's being brought into the light. This will be not only be enlightening but educational as well. This Black Mass will be conducted for the public to attend with certain adaptations to allow for a legal celebration.
Age Restriction: To attend the Black Mass event you must be at least 16 years of age.
Ritchie questioned the legality of the black mass.
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He told LifeSiteNews that the black mass would break Oklahoma obscenity and blasphemy laws, citing Title 21 for Crimes and Punishments, current Oklahoma Statutes Citationized law:
Blasphemy consists in wantonly uttering or punishing words, casting contumelious reproach or profane ridicule upon God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Scriptures, or the Christian or any other religion.
Uttering such speech is classified as a misdemeanor, said Ritchie.
Another current Oklahoma law warns, “If any person shall utter or speak any obscene or lascivious language or word in any public place, or in the presence of females, or in the presence of children under ten (10) years of age, he shall be liable to a fine of not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), or imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days, or both.”
“The Civic Center is turning a blind eye to this,” Ritchie said. “I really think this in this case they’re using the First Amendment as an excuse.”
“Where would they draw the line?” he asked. “Would it be a seminar promoting pedophilia? What about a conference advocating modern day methods of consensual cannibalism? Where do they draw the line?”
While the petition began with a focus on college campuses, Ritchie said it has grown and gained traction with the public.
“There’s a lot of youth participating in the general public,” he said. “They want to oppose the black mass.”