Patrick B. McGuigan
I’ve had a lot of interesting experiences in my time as a journalist, but I have to admit I hesitated when a news website asked me to cover the infamous Black Mass and the counter-demonstrations at the Civic Center on September 21.
Evil is real, and the Devil is more than a metaphor. As a lad, I took the name Michael – as in “The Archangel” -- for my confirmation name. So these past few weeks I asked St. Michael, as my patron, to watch over our city and to guard us from the forces of evil.
The prayer to St. Michael is the same one I said every day when my soldier son was in combat during the early stages of the war on terror.
In the end, I did the job for that website. I found the counter-demonstrators for the most part affable, friendly and serious in purpose. They were offended by the idea of a Satanic service in the building normally home of our best performing arts. And so was I.
I tried to interview some of the folks coming and going from the Satanist gathering, but an Oklahoma City policeman told me I couldn’t do that because I wasn’t on the list. The list, that is, prepared by those sponsors of the service honoring the Prince of Darkness.
I told the cop I didn’t need to be on a list to commit journalism in America, and that I didn’t need anybody’s permission to ask questions. But the fact is I wasn’t on that list, and that’s fine with me. It’s a list I’d just as soon avoid, forever and ever. Amen.
You may contact Patrick at 405-601-3433.