July 07--Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett's office received more than 450 e-mails and calls between Wednesday and Sunday opposing the "black mass" that a satanic group plans to stage Sept. 21 at Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.
Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley criticized the event last week, calling it "a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians."
Coakley said city leaders should reconsider allowing the presentation in a public building.
A satanic group is renting the 95-seat City Space Theatre in the Civic Center basement for the performance, said Adam Daniels, a 35-year-old Oklahoma City man who described himself as the satanists' high priest.
The group is paying $420 for the five-hour rental, on a Sunday evening.
The Civic Center's general manager, Jim Brown, said last week that the same basic group, under different names, has leased space for similar events three times since 2010. Nobody attended the group's the most recent "mass," Brown said.
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