“I want to go to Hell!”

“I want to go to Hell!”

The Dakhma of Angra Mainyu and local leaders on the 

Oklahoma City Black Mass 

By John Mallon

“I want to go to Hell!” said the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, to the startled local TV reporter of Oklahoma City. The Dakhma is the satanist behind the black mass held in Oklahoma City, September 21, 2014. He was surprisingly cheerful in that interview despite his penchant for shouting in his YouTube rants. In these videos he is frequently clad in a bishop’s house cassock and sash complete with an inverted pectoral cross and pentagram around his neck. He more closely resembles a young Santa Claus in his 30s with his red beard and long red hair in a ponytail and cherubic face. He clearly likes attention, although he denies he is a publicity hound.  But attention he got in brashly scheduling a public black mass in downtown Oklahoma City, and he is proud of it. 

In one of his noted YouTube rants he could be heard shouting, “Don’t get in my way! Don’t get in my way!” It is not clear at whom he was shouting, although it may have been his fellow satanists, among whom there seems to some sort of competition for attention. 

One person who clearly got in his way was Archbishop Paul S. Coakley the Archbishop of Oklahoma City, who was not amused by the Dakhma’s stated boasts to desecrate a Consecrated Host at the event. The Dakhma had boasted of this blasphemy apparently thinking he was untouchable citing the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, claiming freedom of religion would protect him from any opposition he would inevitably draw. Apparently it did not occur to the Dakhma that with his boasts he was announcing to the general public that he was illicitly in possession of a stolen object. It did, however, occur to Archbishop Coakley and the lawyers of the archdiocese, who met with the Dakhma’s lawyers, who were forced to return the stolen Consecrated Host to the Church. The Host was turned over to a priest of the archdiocese. 

Civic leaders also spoke out against the event. State Governor, Mary Fallin, an Evangelical Christian, released a statement saying, “This 'Black Mass' is a disgusting mockery of the Catholic faith, and it should be equally repellent to Catholics and non-Catholics alike,” said Fallin. “It may be protected by the First Amendment, but that doesn't mean we can't condemn it in the strongest terms possible for the moral outrage which it is.”

Oklahoma City community leader, and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1038, Patrick B. McGuigan, told this writer, “This scheduled event is a deep affront to morality and a direct attack on Catholic belief. Ours is an increasingly diverse city, and normally I find joy in that. This offensive parody of the Holy Mass is a manifestation that evil is alive and festering in our troubled culture.

McGuigan was joined by the now deceased State Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, a devout Catholic, in sponsoring publication of Archbishop Coakley’s letter in The City Sentinel newspaper, of which McGuigan is publisher.

The black mass is not the first news-making event staged in Oklahoma City by Satanists. In May of 2014, a satanic group from New York attempted to have a statue of the demon, Baphomet, a goat-like figure, erected on the state capitol grounds, to take its place alongside a monument of the Ten Commandments. (As this was being written a man drove across the state capitol grounds, deliberately smashing his car into the monument of the Ten Commandments, and then, upon arrest, claiming that “satan told me to do it.” The man was later to be found to be suffering from bi-polar disorder, and off his medication. 

Many will claim that the steady laxity of moral standards in the West has finally resulted in satanism seeking respectability in civil society and a seat alongside the major religions of the world. A valid question is whether these activities will soon publicly erupt in a city near you.

Photo of Dakhma of Angra Mainy: Tulsa World

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