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A CALL TO ACTION AND OPEN LETTER TO PAGAN COMMUNITY REGARDING KENNY KLEIN'S ARREST, AND A SOLUTION
(Warning: may contain triggers for survivors of molestation as a child)
(My name is Ariel Monserrat and I have been the editor and publisher of the Green Egg magazine, the oldest still-publishing Pagan magazine. The following letter to the Pagan community explains what this letter is about and I encourage everyone to read it, email it to friends, post on websites, comment sections, forums et al. Please distribute freely.)
No doubt you have read or heard about the arrest of Kenny Klein, Pagan elder, musician and author, for possession of child pornography, which he has admitted to. What you may not know is the background behind all of this and what is happening in the wider Pagan community. This open letter seeks to promote healing in our community, which is now being torn apart by hurt, anger, disappointment and a sense of betrayal by one of our own.
I’ve spent the last 3 days visiting forums and comments sections on various Pagan websites and I’ve seen all of the above for myself. After reading literally hundreds of comments, what I see is that our beloved Pagan community is in deep pain, grief and anger that we have been lied to and duped by a Pagan leader whose music and writing many of us enjoyed.
For myself, as editor and publisher of Green Egg, I am shocked and saddened that we have published the writings and promoted the music of someone who was an active child molester in our community. I have issued a statement about this and we have deleted our page on Kenny on the Green Egg website.
Obviously, we don’t condone such activity in the least. If we had had any inkling of what Kenny is truly like, we never would have given him the time of day.
What occurs to me now is that our Pagan community is in deep anguish and that we need some deep healing, as well as a way to deal with such things in the future. For this reason, I have chosen to spearhead a campaign to establish a central committee for reporting child sexual abuse in our Pagan community.
I don’t have a complete plan yet, and I need the input from the Pagan community at large. I welcome all input, including productive criticism, in setting up such a committee.
I worked as a psychotherapist for 16 years for Napa County, California and for non-profits and worked with both the abused and the abusers. Most of my clients had been sexually molested themselves and many came to me when they learned that their partner had been molesting their children.
Law enforcement would send their convicted molesters to me for counseling, as they didn't know what else to do with them. I quickly learned from other therapists and from my own experiences that child molesters simply do not benefit from counseling. In all of those 16 years, I came across only one person who had molested children and sought counseling. He was a decent person who had himself been molested and was struggling with his own darkness to change that part of himself. Unfortunately, almost no child molesters want to quit molesting. It is like an addiction for them and they get a high from it.
For those who are still in doubt over Kenny’s guilt, I want you to know that it is perfectly normal to react this way. This is how decent, good people feel. They don’t want to falsely accuse someone, nor do they want to start a witchhunt. Without further information, it can be very difficult to know what to do or even what to believe. With this in mind, I’d like to summarize what we know about Kenny and his guilt or innocence. This information is drawn from newspaper articles, the Louisiana State Police Facebook page, and personal experiences that Pagans have shared on open forums.
The summary of this information is:
1) Kenny admitted to not only downloading child pornography, but also sharing it. He was arrested in a sting operation aimed at a child pornography ring that he was apparently a part of.
2) Kenny’s biological son, Jo Pax, came forward and told a horrifying and shocking story on a Patheos forum that was about the abuse and molestation that Kenny perpetrated on him. It can be found here and I believe Jo’s statements will erase all doubt that anyone may have as to Kenny’s guilt.:
3) A number of Pagans have come forward on public Pagan forums to tell their story about being approached inappropriately by Kenny when they were 12 years old or younger. They also talk about their younger friends who weren’t so lucky, because they were actually molested by Kenny.
Some of their stories are here:
4) For years, there have been at least several incidents where Kenny’s molesting was reported to the police, but unfortunately they weren’t believed. This speaks to the irresponsible behavior of law enforcement but it also speaks to the need for Pagans to come up with our own solutions to protect our children. This is why I believe that forming our own Pagan committee to deal with child sexual abuse is an important first step to help us protect our children and for families to get the help, support and information they so desperately need when in crisis.
5) The police report from the Louisiana State Police has been posted on Facebook and can be found here:
If you are looking for further information and news reports you can Google: Kenny Klein arrested for child pornography.
In my opinion, there is nothing that will raise the anger of any community more than the discovery that a child who has been abused in their own community. When the perpetrator is a part of that community, the anger is intensified. Child sexual abuse occurs in every single sector of humanity - in every church, in every profession, religion, race and in every social class. In its wake, it leaves unimaginable devastation and lasting trauma and the pain and nightmares don't end when the molestation/rape ends; indeed, they often occur for years afterwards.
I encourage everyone who has feelings about this whole event of Kenny's arrest, to talk with other Pagans and share feelings, ideas, stories, and comfort with each other. I see this as an enormous opportunity for some healing to occur in our Pagan community and hopefully, for some positive changes to come about as a result. We will need volunteers - psychotherapists, peer counselors, pastoral counselors, those in the legal profession, healers and magickal workers, and disseminators of information.
This is only the beginning of this idea and much work needs to be done in order to develop it and turn it from a dream into reality. We need input from everyone in the community who has any constructive ideas about how to proceed with creating a committee which will be able to be a central clearinghouse for information, counseling, legal help, people who run Pagan festivals, etc. If you'd like to help but aren't sure what skills you have that might be helpful, please contact us, we will find a place for you. This project is a "we" thing and can't be accomplished without many hands pitching in, many hearts coming together and the whole community giving input and support.
In an effort to help people understand more about the effects on the entire family of child molestation, Kenny's biological son, Jo Pax, has graciously consented to appear on our radio show this Thursday, April 3, at 3:00 p.m. PST (6:00 p.m. EST) on Blog Talk Radio. This will be a call-in show and we invite you to call in with questions and comments for Jo. Jo is very excited about being able to tell his story, as it is an important part of the healing process.
You can listen to the show here:
You can also listen to the show after it airs any time you like. We will also be interviewing Tsipora Katz, Kenny's ex-wife the following Thursday, April 3 at the same time listed above.
As well, we are setting up a website with a forum so people can exchange ideas, share stories and dialogue about all aspects of child sexual abuse with the idea of co-creating a committee to help with Pagans faced with child sexual abuse issues.
If you would like to send in ideas, become a volunteer, ask questions or are just seeking more information about this project, please contact me, Ariel Monserrat at:
I will respond as soon as I possibly can and I welcome ALL helpful, constructive input from everyone.
For further information, check both of our Green Egg Facebook pages for periodic updates as we develop our commmittee:
https://www.facebook.com/greeneggzine and https://www.facebook.com/GreenEgg2
or you can check back here on our website:
If you have any questions or input, please email me, Ariel Monserrat at:
Thank you and blessings to all, Ariel Monserrat, M.A.
Editor & Publisher
Green Egg zine
GREEN EGG RADIO SHOW BACK ON THE AIR!
By Ariel Monserrat and Michael Gorman
March 3, 2014
Today Ariel Monserrat announced that the popular Green Egg Radio Hour is back but with a new name and a new co-host. The show will be called “The Green Egg/Five Rivers Show” and will feature Ariel Monserrat, editor and publisher of the Pagan journal, Green Egg.
Her new co-host will be Michael Gorman, a Druid of the Order of Bards and Ovates Druidry, and an award-winning author and scholar. Michael is from the Five Rivers Bardic Arts collective and the show will be a joint effort.
The show will be on Blog Talk Radio on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. PST/6:00 p.m. EST.
The show is live and will be recorded so listeners can tune in any time they want and listen to the recorded version.
The show has a chat room for listeners to ask questions and to comment. Listeners will also be able to call in to make comments, ask questions or meet the interviewed guest.
This Thursday’s show will feature Michael and Ariel,
as they introduce themselves and talk about Michael’s new book, “The Celtic Philosopher’s Stone: Not Your Father’s European History, Volume I”.
can listen to the show at and hear past episodes at:
Each episode will also be posted
the day after the show on Green Egg’s website: firstname.lastname@example.org
The guests for the first month are:
March 6 – Michael Gorman and Ariel Monserrat “Introductions”
March 13 – Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
March 20 – Taylor Ellwood, Managing Editor at Pagan publishing house, Immanion Press,
March 27 - To Be Announced
April 3 - To be announced
On March 13, the second show will feature Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone.
In April or May, the show will have an interview with noted Yanomami tribal member, Davi Kopenawa, known as the “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest”. The Yanomami are one of the few tribes left who have had no contact with civilization until recently, when they began their fight to be left alone and to have their lands undeveloped. They are struggling as the government fails to protect them from criminal invasions, attacks and disease.
Davi will be talking about his tribe’s efforts to remain isolated.
Other future guests include Oberon Zell-Ravenheart as well as noted Pagan writers, artists and musicians, shamans, Pagan historians, magickal practitioners, and more.
For more information, contact:
Ariel Monserrat: email@example.com or Michael Gorman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check the Green Egg website for the show schedule at: greeneggzine.com
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Elizabeth Fuller and Conrad Bishop have been in the theatre for over 50 years, writing, directing, producing and acting in their own plays. They are also
writers, Pagans and polyamorous. Their blog can be found at:
by Elizabeth Fuller
(Reprinted with permission)
Cats don’t acknowledge property lines. We have four ferals (all neutered,
OK?), and I think of them as “mine,” especially the two that will allow themselves to be petted. They know where the food bowl is, and the water,
and I’m sure that if they made maps, those locations would be prominently noted, but I’m equally sure there would be no boundaries.
So I see His Majesty sitting in the empty car-park area of the next-door neighbor, and I say, “What’s he doing there?” And then I think, well, that’s dumb, how would “there” be any different from “here” for him?
I’ll go miles, sometimes hundreds or thousands of miles, to visit a friend, and walking up to their door feels familiar and comfortable. So why do I hesitate to walk up a neighbor’s driveway and introduce myself? The feeling of otherness starts as soon as I set foot on their driveway. It’s their turf, not mine. The cat couldn't care less.
There’s a sharp curve in the road across from our house, and many’s the time some exhilarated driver has failed to round the curve and shot off down the steep slope or fetched up with a hearty whack against the utility pole. And in
the middle of the night all of us in the neighborhood don coats and grab flashlights to go see if there’s some way we can help.
And for a brief time, we’re mingling, we’re actually neighbors in a neighborhood. And if the damage is severe, as it was last fall with one utility pole snapped clean off and taking four others down with the weight of the
wires, we have the excuse of the trucks and the workmen to gather and chew the fat for days. It was even suggested, that time, that it would be cool to have
a rural block party in broad daylight some time. Hasn’t happened yet, but who knows?
Every year, unless we just don’t have the cash, I go to visit our daughter in Tuscany, and then I make my sacred rounds to Bretagne. I go to Carnac and Quiberon and Belle Isle, and I don’t know a soul there, nobody knows me. But in some deep way I feel the earth knows me. I feel the ley lines. It’s my neighborhood.
How do we define this? I think it’s a crucial question, as we move into a time
of diminishing resources and conflicts over them. When our well pump failed and it took a while to get a new one, the well guy suggested that we run a garden hose over to our next-door neighbor and hook up our hose bib to his hose bib. It never occurred to me that our whole house could get water that way. We asked, and it was OK, and it worked. There’s a metaphor for you.
Back when we had a radio show, Hitchhiking Off the Map, we interviewed a wonderful poet-activist-teacher, Cesar Cruz. One of his lines is still bright in
I’m thankful that birds don’t carry green cards.
— From the Fool —
The big deal now is National Security. We need some. We spend big bulges of bucks, but we just stay scared.
I guess we need to stay scared.
Armies are job-creators. People go out and get shot and somebody else gets their job. Plus, more people want guns than solar panels.
With no terror, who’d watch the news? How could politicians get our attention? Fireworks? Puppet shows?
Terror works like fiber in the diet. Too much, you clog up. Not enough, you can’t poop.
But are we doing enough to keep us terrified?
The Injuns had their day. Then the Brits and the Huns. The Nazis were big for a while, then they made a few bloopers, but the Russians and Commies filled the gap. Then they crapped out too. How long can we rely on the Islams?
We need a big think tank. Get some terrorists we can rely on, who are in there for the long haul. The Climate Change stuff might do it if the storms are big enough, but it’s hard in a tornado to figure who to kill. Maybe Asteroid Avoidance. Those things are out there, and they killed the dinosaurs. We could take all the billions we waste on educating little dummies and sink it into atomic bombs for rocks in the sky.
That’s one idea.
Point is, we need to stop depending on foreign imports of terror. Raise
domestic production. Promote terror-sufficiency for America.
— From CB —
We have a long-time friend who’s made a life career of theatrical match-
making, first on a community level, then internationally — promoting exchanges, touring, partnerships, usually among artists outside the realm of
the big hits, big buildings, or big cities. A weird, magical entrepreneur.
Recently he visited us, with his young assistant in tow. We talked at length about his current projects in Hungary, Russia, Austin, etc. The talk worked around to an occasional San Francisco event where theatre artists gather to
talk about their art and the culture they live in — not about promo or grants or capital campaigns. That’s unusual: few people go into theatre to make bucks, but once you’re there, you’re focused on survival, scrounging for the tools to work your craft. At theatre conferences, serious talk about Art and Life is mostly confined to panelists making speeches.
It’s even rarer to speak of each other’s work with any degree of honesty.
We've all devised our strategies for navigating that moment of meeting a
friend who’s involved in a show you didn't like. Hard to be honest, even
harder to be useful — why offer a critique when the show’s near to closing? And yet I know how valuable a peer’s genuine response can be. Even if it’s totally wrong, it forces you to look at some element with fresh eyes. It’s like
a patient describing a symptom, though it’s for me to make my own diagnosis and prescription.
We’ve had great experiences in “listening sessions” with radio producers, playing a piece and getting excruciatingly detailed feedback. Likewise in two fiction-writing circles we’re part of. Not so easy to do that in theater, except
for play readings. In conversing with our friend, the idea emerged of a “shapers’ forum,” where directors or solo performers or ensemble actors — anyone with
a hand in shaping a work — could present his/her ideas to a circle of peers, for
a round of no-holds-barred brainstorming with an ad hoc creative team. I’d
love to see that happen.
And I’d love to see it happen in other spheres. Crowd-sourcing for ideas of social action, for the life of towns and cities, for a friend who’s utterly baffled about what to do in life. Is there a way to offer the gift of caring response without demanding that it be accepted? Is there a way of opening to receive another’s thoughts? Is there a way to focus our tribe on making a magic that works?