For the past several years a group known as Dakhma of Angra Mainyu has been offering satanic rituals in various venues. Several attempts to hold them at college campuses resulted in angry protests which caused the services to be canceled. In Oklahoma City, however, they have had success. The powers that be there have determined that satanic worship is protected by the First Amendment, thus they permit the service, and will be holding another one this Monday, August 15th, the same day as the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
I know many people who don’t like satanic worship will nonetheless believe it is defended by the First Amendment and will criticize any attempt to stop it. Whi
le that certainly seems reasonable, I do not agree.
I believe we can make a strong argument that the Freedom of Religion established by the First Amendment was intended to protect the rights of those looking to worship God as they understand him and not Satan. Absolute tolerance is never possible; there are always inherent limits to any freedom, and none of our freedoms is absolutely unrestrictable. For example, Freedom of Speech does not protect the right to libel or slander, nor does it protect the right to yell “fire!” in a crowded theater. Similarly, any religion that seeks to worship not God but Satan and advocates obscenity (check out the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu website – it will shock and disgust you) does not, I believe, enjoy the protection of the First Amendment. Similarly, the so-called “Separation of Church and State” that so many people invoke to prohibit prayer in public places and to prevent religious organizations from using public facilities cuts both ways. This satanic worship does not merely worship Satan. Rather, it blatantly mocks Catholicism. Consider this:
During their service on August 15th, they will hold what they are calling the “Consumption” of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They will decapitate a statue of the Blessed Mother, remove a previously-placed pig heart from it, and eat it. This, they claim, symbolizes the Blessed Mother being cast into hell! Of course, it coincides with our feast of the Assumption of Mary. The timing of this insult for the same day and using a parody of the name of our feast is no accident. Neither was it an accident when the last one mocking Mary was held on Christmas Eve. This is not freedom of worship but hate speech. If public facilities cannot be used to support religion, then neither should they be used to mock it.
In solidarity with Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City and his request for all people of good will to join in a day of prayer and fasting in reparation for this horror, here at St. Ann’s we will hold Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM in the chapel. A Holy Hour with recitation of the rosary will be held at 7:00 PM.
I urge all people of good will of whatever religion or of none whatsoever to join in solidarity with Catholics whose beliefs are being mocked and desecrated. An attack on one religion is an attack on all!
Dear Father, this was the only way I could find to contact you. I hope I have the right person. Was your mother’s name Manghisi?
Yes it was! Do you know my mom??
Oh my goodness! I think I may know your mom! We had a very brief, but very intense relationship many years ago!
When and where did you know my mother?
Okay, are you the same lady I had this silly argument with in the past? If so, please don’t bother wasting my time.
I am new to this blog, Father Andrew, and it is a pure delight!
Very well. I have a heckler who needs to get a life. She keeps making up new screen names and signing in just to leave silly comments. I’d love to know why I threaten her so much by what I write that she feels the need to react the way she does. Perhaps it’s because she knows I’m right but she doesn’t want to admit it. I have several readers who tell me I have helped them immensely, so I really don’t take hecklers too seriously. All the best people in history have had them and I probably would not be doing a good job if I didn’t. At any rate, I’m glad it’s not you. Thanks for reading!
Thanks for the reply, but I don’t really see a difference between Andy and Andrew. It is the exact same name!
Father Andy, what is going on in the world?
My sentiments exactly! We need a lot of prayer. If you would be so kind, please call me “Fr. Andrew.” I do not like being called “Andy”. Thanks! 🙂