The Real Enemy

2015 ,    »  -   13 Comments
Ratings: 5.71/10 from 42 users.
The Real Enemy

On the theatre stage of a small, unassuming civic center in Oklahoma City, preparations are underway for an upcoming event which is generating an increasingly vocal chorus of opposition. A group of self-proclaimed Satan worshippers will soon take the stage to conduct a Black Mass ceremony, during which they will exorcise the Holy Spirit from a willing participant. In the heart of the Bible belt, such a ceremony is interpreted as a serious threat against the Christian leaders and residents of the community, and to the sanctity of their beliefs. The Real Enemy examines this perceived threat from the inside.

The ceremony is led by Adam Daniels, the head of the Church of Ahriman. Daniels is a controversial figure who is widely viewed as a subject of disdain and disgust, and whose reputation is further marred by his legal status as a convicted sex offender.

News of Daniels' event sends shockwaves of controversy throughout the United States. Contributors from FOX News are viewed debating the issue on air. Local ministries are shown organizing an aggressive ground game with the hopes of inspiring a cancellation of the event. But perhaps the most vociferous opposition comes from an entirely unexpected source: other Satanists in the community.

For them, Daniels is a tacky and tasteless showman who perverts the religion they hold dear. These devil worshippers express their beliefs in a much more subdued and orderly fashion than Daniels, and they're shamed by and dismissive of his court jester theatrics. Meanwhile, city officials defend the group's right to host their ceremony in one of their venues. The government, they say, cannot impinge upon the right of free speech. All the elements are in place for a combustible conclusion.

The film gives occasionally foul-mouthed voice to each player in this circus, and the results are fascinating, colorful and often humorous. The Real Enemy seems to approach its subject with a sly wink at times, but there are worthy currents of depth hidden behind its outrageous fa├žade. What's happening in Oklahoma City is a microcosm of some larger cultural themes, including religious-based intolerance, delusion and hypocrisy.

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13 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Oliver Koslik

    Interesting Doc.

    I see no difference between the "evil" people and the "good" people.
    They both are relying on a fantasmagorical philosophy.
    Albeit the social-communal aspects of either
    churches is a definite plus to the individual.

    I think humanity should join together and create a
    new belief system, based on science & logic.

  2. Chard

    Oliver, you can't really have a belief system based on science and logic since that would undermine the principles of science itself. Science is evidence based, whereas a belief is an internal conviction that can be held regardless of, or in spite of, evidence to the contrary.

    An example of this in real life is the flat earth society. Their belief system is based on science and logic, but their conviction that the earth is flat compromises the principles of that system as they twist evidence to fit their beliefs.

  3. KsDevil

    All I see are people who are deceiving themselves in order to compensate for some insecurity.
    Rationalization after rationalization with rampant self victimization.

  4. TomazZzz

    katolicism is not oppresive? regardless that a guy just said he cant walk 200m without bumping into church?
    I live in europe.. and I cant have one peacefull sunday morning without those churches banging onto their half-a-tone bells that can be heard for eons (too)far..
    In my view..and in the phase that I live in now - IT IS OPRESSING ME!!! I am no part of it, still I have to listen to it every day of my life...specially sundays, as sunday is the only day I can spleep in, since I dont need to get up at 4:30 to go to work..
    ...And it makes me think each time how is it possible that 2000 years after "they think it all went down" - ppl still belive in it???!!!... althou it was all written 200 - 300 years after it "happened"??? commooon ppl!!! its 2016!!
    and don't tell me that "the house of David" written on some rock in the middle of Israel desert is a proof that bible is real.... yuck! we detached from lower primates like 6 to 8 million years ago!!!

  5. Rolando

    Roger Ailes of FOX News is the REAL Satan. Also, someone tell Tucker Carlson to fire his barber.

  6. Elaine

    Weirdos! Don't recommend this documentary to anyone who has an IQ higher than a jellyfish!

  7. MEJ

    Some comments in this thread claim that the hypocrites who espouse false pseudo-Christianity are not much different from the Satanists. Has it ever occurred to these people that these Christian churches and organizations have been infiltrated BY Satanists who want people to switch their affiliation from "real" Christianity to Satanism, which appears to promise more "freedom" and no pretense at sanctimonious hypocritical values? There is a large difference between those who perform Black Mass ceremonies and those who follow spiritual practices of uplifting Life and preserving the sanctity of Life. The merging of these values which obscure and blur the lines between Satanism and other religious worship has been part of a warfare campaign on the part of the Satanic groups and it has been successful in a large part. I hope people will realize the modus operandi of Satanic groups and how they feign to be part of the organizations they want to topple and destroy--from the inside as they infiltrate. There is a world of difference between a real avowed Satanist and anyone who is of the other extreme, spiritual affiliation or not. Satanists love to torture and murder, and they love to destroy for their own gain. If you find anyone in any religious organization with any resemblance to these tactics of power and gain, you will know they are not authentic, but don't blame the religion itself or try to find solace in running to the Satanists because you think it will make you "free" of hypocritical values. The essence of Satanism IS hypocrisy.

  8. Scimitar

    TomazZzz, most christian churches only start around 8 or 9am in the morning, ample time for you to sleep in. You want annoying? Try having a muslim church next to you with a loudspeaker and some guy bellowing into that! If you want to believe you "evolved" from a monkey, then that is your opinion and your religion. People are still trying to find that missing link...therefore it is still the "theory of evolution".

  9. Edith

    I don t understand why he mentioned Canada in the introduction of this doc. This is simply not an issue for my country. Our population is educated and have critical mind. . Such belief is for disturbed minds in Canada. Very small % since we look after our sick people with our Health Care.

  10. hisxmark

    I think, Scimitar, that humans and monkeys evolved from a common ancestral species that resembled monkeys more than humans. That is what the evidence of paleontology and genetics indicates.
    Demons, gods, and ghosts, on the other hand, are beliefs unfounded on evidence and held factual by people I regard as deluded.
    I have talked with a few "satanists" and what they see is that Christians acknowledge by their actions that "Satan" is more powerful than the Christian god, and is a lot more fun.

  11. Goldie

    The summary alone left me suspicious of a city that allows this controversial 3 ring circus to happen under the guise of "free speech". When cities are the first to throw out military armed police for peaceful gatherings under the free speech amendment. I think the city is using this controversy to gauge the temperature of the people, as they did with the water situation in Flint Michigan, and many other incidences. If you look a bit deeper, you can see how little they (officials) do with what they know is going on, you can see how they are allowing things to take shape. This allows them to use the info to fulfill their own agendas on a larger scale and cover their asses in a large scale similar situation ahead of time. Use your imaginations to see all the ways they could need that info and what they could do with it to benefit their own sense of control, power and money, while justifying their assumptions that the general public are uneducated and ignorant and NEED their authority to keep things ordered as they see fit. All a head fake on their part. A free society needs no authority.

  12. Roma Fraser-Engler

    The mathematical science of the universe is love - Positive Quantum Physics.

  13. Monster

    Oh wow! This takes stupid to a WHOLE new level! LOL!

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