Civic Center Music Hall 201 N Walker Oklahoma City, OK The Civic Center Music Hall is home to three performing arts theaters, including the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre, Freede Little Theatre and...
The group, called the Church of the IV Majesties, has booked the Civic Center, 201 N Walker, for Oct. 21, said Jim Brown, Civic Center general manager.
The group posted its event on Meetup.com, stating that it is a "church for any Satanist (modern or traditional) or anyone who is interested in Satanism."
Hale would not disclose how many people are members of the church, but he said it is made up of people who believe in Satan as a friendly entity, people who believe there are no gods and people, like himself, who believe they are gods.
Hale said the group "likes to keep things mobile" by meeting in members' homes. He said this is to prevent problems caused by people with opposing viewpoints, which he said they encountered in Yukon.
He said the ritual of satanic exorcism promoted in the group's Meetup.com posting was written by himself and another Church of the IV Majesties member about two months ago. One website found on the Internet by The Oklahoman described the purpose of the "rite of satanic exorcism" is to "drive the 'holy spirit' from one who has recently converted to the ways of the Left Hand Path and Satanism." However, Hale said the ritual his group plans to perform is a parody of the Roman Catholic Church's exorcism ritual.
"It's just a blasphemy ritual poking fun at the Catholic ritual," Hale said.
Monday, Jennifer McClintock, Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation spokeswoman, said the Civic Center has hosted a wide variety of groups over the years. She said the Church of the IV Majesties has leased one of the smaller rooms at the Civic Center, not the main hall.
She said the Civic Center has been the site of Easter pageants in the past.
"As a public building, we don't discriminate against any group, whether it be religious or nonreligious," she said. "As long as the group comes in and abides by city laws, we will host them."
Hale said the church is unsure of the public response to their event.
"We're not looking to start trouble or anything," he said.
"We are hoping they (public) will take advantage of the opportunity to be educated. We know Christians can be violent. They shot at (Anton) LaVey (founder of the Church of Satan). ... We have the utmost confidence that the Oklahoma City Police Department will do their job."
I was going to go,but,then,I have read that it was cancelled and found out later that only 45 people showed up for the event,there were some Christians outside protesting saying that they didn't want them there,that they need to stop,blah blah,blah.
No,no violence,that was a good thing.
I don't think so,not that I know of at least.