Okla. library revises book-signing policy after Satanist asks to read from book

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The Church of Ahriman, a Satanist church in Oklahoma City, has asked permission to distribute Satanist literature at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Photographed here is one of the church's books, "Ahrimani Enlightenment" by Adam Daniels, the church's leader. For use with RNS-OKLA-SATAN, transmitted on April 14, 2015, Photo courtesy of Adam Daniels

The Church of Ahriman, a Satanist church in Oklahoma City, has asked permission to distribute Satanist literature at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Photographed here is one of the church's books, "Ahrimani Enlightenment" by Adam Daniels, the church's leader. For use with RNS-OKLA-SATAN, transmitted on April 14, 2015, Photo courtesy of Adam Daniels

LAWTON, Okla. (RNS) City officials are making changes to public library policies after a man who describes himself as Satanist reserved space for a book signing.

Adam Daniels, 36, founder of the Oklahoma City-based Church of Ahriman, made national news last year when he staged a “black Mass” at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

A representative of Daniels’ publisher booked space in accordance with library policy so that his client could read from and sign copies of “Ahrimani Enlightenment,” a book that explains the basics of the church’s nontraditional form of Satanism.


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Daniels traces his religion back to the ancient Zoroastrian faith of Persia, and he worships Ahriman, known as the evil spirit. For the signing, he planned to explain his beliefs and practices.

Adam Daniels, 36, founder of Oklahoma City-based Church of Ahriman, made national news last year when he staged a “black Mass” at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. Photo courtesy of Dorrance

Adam Daniels, 36, founder of the Oklahoma City-based Church of Ahriman, made national news last year when he staged a “black Mass” at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. Photo courtesy of Dorrance

When residents of the state’s third-largest city learned that Daniels was both a Satanist and a convicted sex offender, they began registering complaints with the city offices. Daniels, a former correctional officer, was convicted of having sex with an adult female inmate, which both called consensual. Daniels’ conviction was not related to sex with a minor.

Jim Russell, assistant city manager of administration, said Daniels was protected under federal law, and the book signing will go forward.

“There is no prohibition in the law in terms of his sex offender status, either,” Russell said. “We will assign a city staffer to accompany him at all times that he is on city property, though.”

As a result of the Oct. 27 event, the library’s advisory committee has already drawn up a draft of new policies concerning book signings and public readings.

“Even if the new policy were ready in time, it wouldn’t affect him,” Russell said. “He made arrangements in accordance with the prior policy, and we will honor that.”

The policy change recommendations, which Russell said he is reviewing, include provisions for attendee age restrictions based on content. In terms of the religious component, Russell said the library cannot discriminate based on a specific religion, as federal law prohibits it.

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  • Ande

    Mr. Daniels is not a Satanist. His writings and his church have nothing to do with modern Satanism. Please check Wikipedia for proper definitions and correct your article.

    Greg Horton has been known to occasionally misrepresent other religions as well. The one that sticks out most in my mind was about 10 years ago when he stated that Unitarians were witches. An OKC lady who owned a new age shop was interviewed by him, he said that, and she was very nearly lynched by a mob of angry Unitarians.

    When you don’t fully understand something, please do some extra research. Thanks.

  • what a heroe. this planet will have more of him, please. god is going down, HARD. i’m uniting all satanists, no matter the details.

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  • jack

    LOL! can’t stop laughing at you 😀

  • larry

    If Orange is the New Black has taught the public anything, its that consensual relations is not really there when one partner is held in captivity as a ward if the state and the other works there. Calling Daniels a sex offender is appropriate.

  • christianmind73505

    Not showing up to Adam Daniels’s book signing is how to gain the victory in this type of situation. If someone goes to the library October 27th to protest, raise controversy, or simply out of curiosity, it will only serve to boost his ego, reputation, possibly increase sales, and promote his satanic agenda. The best defense for this situation is DISTANCE. Simply don’t go to the event. Adam Daniels in an empty room all by himself can prove to be a true victory against demonic ideology and satanic practices.

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