October 24th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Satanists' event in Oklahoma draws Christian protest

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CNN affiliate KOCO reports on a Christian protest outside a Satanist group's event in downtown Oklahoma City (backstory here) :

In downtown Oklahoma City, Satanists held a Ritual in public at the Civic Center.

The ritual began at 8 p.m. Thursday and drew plenty of controversy.

Before making it inside where the Satanists were practicing their religion, prayers were heard outside by groups opposing the ritual.

Chiquita Carbajal said she is against the ritual.

“No place for Satan in Oklahoma,” she said.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Oklahoma • Satanism • United States

soundoff (622 Responses)
  1. Night Wings

    Live and let live...

    October 25, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  2. StopTheMadness

    These little discussions regarding religion and politics remind me of an old Mexicans family's house I knew in Southern California, She had 6 Chihuahuas and all that could be heard was YAP YAP YAP nothing got debated nothing got solved just more noise upon more noise until it got to be where everyone learned to ignore it.

    October 25, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  3. oh please

    no God
    No Satan
    only mankind
    Grow up already...BE AN ADULT and THINK FOR YOURSELF – stop letting a BOOK control you.

    October 25, 2010 at 7:17 am |
    • Peter F

      I often think of a book as an opportunity to take a journey... and that is especially true with the Bible.

      October 26, 2010 at 2:16 am |
  4. Franktwo

    I don't know about anyone else but I'm more scared of right wing christian theocrats than I am of satanists practicing their religion. At least satanists don't go around forcing their version of morality on people through law.

    October 25, 2010 at 7:16 am |
    • Frank

      I like your name. Lol.

      October 26, 2010 at 2:10 am |
  5. Thor.

    Miners in Chile confirmed no Hell down below, NASA confirmed no heaven in the sky. So that should have ended it. But hey, they have a Flat Earth Society out there. Why not this?

    October 25, 2010 at 7:12 am |
    • kjcube

      Oh my God, I love the Flat Earth Society's website. It is F-ing hilarious.

      October 25, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  6. Rabia Diluvio

    ...so what the Satanists are doing is working. They have the attention they wanted from the Christians they were trying to goad.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:40 am |
  7. BUSHwas Right

    Looks like Bush was right! WMD found in Iraq


    October 25, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  8. Shelly's mom

    From the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    It is key that we recognise how we have "rights". The Declaration of Independence says they are endowed by the Creator. If government can give us rights, then government can take them away. This is one of the problems that the Founding Fathers had w/ King George. Back in the day it was revolutionary to proclaim that men had certain unalienable rights because everybody knew that only the king could grant such rights.

    Today it is just as revolutionary. We like to think of ourselves as being strong and brave like the revolutionaries of 1776 but who among us is so bold when we speak of our rights to acknowledge that they are endowed by our Creator?

    October 25, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  9. nick


    October 25, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  10. littledebbieoatmealcookie

    there's actually an interesting image of the two angels in their dispute ... it's located at http://littledebbieoatmealcookie.wordpress.com/explosion/

    October 25, 2010 at 6:24 am |
  11. Buddy Kowalsk

    I wonder if they are Catholic devil worshipers or Protestant devil worshipers?

    October 25, 2010 at 6:11 am |
  12. R. Mussared

    Many Christians are as tolerant and muslims in afganistan!

    October 25, 2010 at 6:04 am |
  13. Michael Anton Lylyk

    I do like how Christians are always so hopeful.
    It's like being an optimist.
    (Not that, that's really a good thing.)

    October 25, 2010 at 5:48 am |
  14. Mr Hanky

    Ooooooooooo...the booogeyman is gonna git cha...

    October 25, 2010 at 5:43 am |
  15. Tomoyo

    Bah, it's Oklahoma. Does anyone really expect any better? 😉

    October 25, 2010 at 5:23 am |
  16. steve

    Oklahoma is hell !!!!

    October 25, 2010 at 4:23 am |
  17. CP29

    The first frame of the video is precious. A man quoting a fictional character from his own delusional beliefs to protest the the fictional character of another person's delusional beliefs. A circle of insanity. The crazy protesting the crazier.

    October 25, 2010 at 4:15 am |
  18. autom

    The Christians only want freedom of religion for themselves. They protest the Muslims when they want to build a mosque. They protest the humanists when they want a spot next to the nativity scene on PUBLIC land. They force prayer at public events. They ban all other holy books in prisons. They enact harmful and bigoted laws because of their faith. They stand in the way of science, logic, and reason. They really are America's version of the Taliban. Fortunately, they aren't THAT bad, but left unchecked, they'd LOVE to turn our country into a theocracy. Some already think it is.

    October 25, 2010 at 4:00 am |
    • CAB

      Well said 100% correct. Religious tolerance? Now there's an oxymoron for you.....

      October 25, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  19. Bill Sargent

    I'm an atheist, and so I don't believe in either "religions". But I do believe that they have the right to worship, and practice whatever silly thing they want without the other group getting in the way so long as nobody gets hurt. One guy here in the comments said that Satanists = bad, and Christians = good, and what if you were in the hospital dying, would you expect a Satanist to do good? and he thinks No. Thats dumb thinking. That same stuff is being said about Atheists, and it's not true. Just because someone has a different religion than you, or because they have none at all doesn't mean they're bad and its very ignorant and condescending to be spoken to as though it is..

    October 25, 2010 at 3:58 am |
  20. Epidi

    I am Pagan. There is a wonderful privatlly owned megalith park near where I live where the Pagan community can gather and celebrate our holidays. Earlier this year we were at the park before dawn to celebrate the Vernal Equinox. We were greeting by shouting fundamentalist Christians and protest signs. All we were there to do was to light our fire and greet the dawn peacefully and give thanks for the increase of light into this time of year. We were told we were worshiping Satan (whom we don't believe in anyway), sacrificing animals (now we are nature loving – why would we do THAT, a few of us even had our pets with us on leashes), and other horrific crimes. Some of my fellow Pagans let the badmouthing get to them and started saying things back. I asked them not to do that as the more these people talk, the stupider they sound, and reacting to them is just what they want – don't give them that power over you. But is it really necessary to come to our place of worship or meditation and create such a ruckus? If a group of Pagans went to thier church and stood outside doing and saying such things the police would drag us off to jail for disturbing the peace. To do such a thing to anyone – Pagan, Christian, Muslim, Aethiest, whatever your religious flavor,is just WRONG! I would defend a Christian's rights as fervently as any Pagan's. The bottom line is respect for your fellow human beings. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. A very wise man said that long ago – I believe his name was Jesus.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:50 am |
    • SnareDrum

      I bet they yell at you and then every single one of them turns around and celebrates Halloween this weekend in some way shape or form.

      October 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
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