Addressing the Concerns of Pagans
UPDATE: I was sent a link this morning to a blog featuring the symbols article, and it is now apparent to me where the majority of the angry comments from Asatru folk and Odinists are originating. This blog ( http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/features/report/7582/revealed-the-secret-symbols-used-by-child-sex-offenders/# ) purposefully misrepresents the Valknut by stating: “The ‘Wiccan triple knot’ is a well-known paedophile call sign.“ I have written to the Editor of the site and requested a retraction, removal of the image, or at the least a removal of any reference to my site. Please, feel free to send your complaints over this travesty to the Editor of that website: email@example.com . They do not allow comments on their website and request letters to the editor, instead. http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/comment-policy/
Recently, my post on pedophile symbols and codes was featured on a few pagan websites for its inclusion of pagan symbols. The authors of these sites were not condemning my article. They simply wanted to share with the pagan community that some of our most precious symbols were being used in a covert attempt by pedophiles to disguise their own created images that looked similar to ours. Unfortunately, some pagans took my article to be an attack on the pagan community, particularly since there was no mention of christianity within it.
This article was not about religion. It was a revelation of the symbols specifically created by pedophiles, themselves. Their symbols became known throughout the world of law enforcement, so they had to find a way to still covertly use them. They found that some of our symbols very closely resembled their own, so as Hitler did with the swastika, they bastardized our precious, innocent relics.
I have been accused by one commenter on a pagan re-posting as well as a commenter here on my original posting that this article is propaganda. It is not. These images were taken directly from in-house FBI memos. I was an active volunteer with the FBI’s NCMEC (based in the US) for over 7 years. My handler was an undercover agent with NCMEC for over 25 years when I was assigned to her. Anything you find on my website has been thoroughly reviewed by law enforcement – federal and local – at my own request and by companies I contacted in regards to their unintentional use of these symbols. Inaccuracies and “propaganda” would only hurt our fight against child abusers; therefore, I have always openly welcomed law enforcement agencies to review my site and correct anything that was wrong or in any way harmful to their own efforts.
To my fellow pagans who feel this or any article is an attack on our society, it is not. I can assure you that I know many paths and my vehemence to defend children extends to them all, regardless of reputations or delicate sensibilities. I protect no one, regardless of their vestments. All child abusers are my targets, regardless of their faith.
Personally speaking, I know about catholic abuse and that priests do not just rape and molest boys. I grew up catholic and attended catholic school from kindergarten to twelfth grades. We had priests and nuns who ran everything, though we had lay teachers, as well. Our church had a revolving door for pedophile priests, and most of them abused both boys and girls. I had a dear friend who was raped by a priest the teachers and parents praised as being “the best with children.” My abusers weren’t priests but they were catholic men held in the highest regard within the church. The entire block of girls in my neighborhood was abused by these three men, and we could say nothing because their word was infallible.
When you grow up catholic, you are indoctrinated into a code of silence. 1. NEVER speak out against your parents, even if they abuse you. 2. NEVER speak out against a priest, even if he abuses you. 3. NEVER speak ill of the catholic church, even if it turns a blind eye and forces you to stay with your abuser.
My oldest sister was not permitted an annulment from her abusive husband, even when she showed the church that he was raping their children (age 2 – girl and age 6 – boy, until they were ages 8 and 10), making child porn videos with them, and selling them for sex. She was called a liar and he was instructed to come into the monsignor’s office for weekly counseling. Once those “meetings of spiritual reflection” began with the priest, his abuse grew more frequent and more videos and photos were made. I’m sure you get where I’m going with this.
I was a proud catholic for nearly all of my life, but with my first pregnancy, I began to develop a spiritual awakening I would not fully realize for a few more years. My daughter’s birth was a miracle, itself, regardless of what religion or path you are on (even a miracle of science for my atheist friends). I hung a crucifix above her crib in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU), she was baptized in the catholic church, and we attended mass together for the first 3 years of her life. Every day and every event that involved the church drew me closer to a different spiritual calling, until finally, I found my spirituality was evolving into something greater. I fully opened myself to it when I reached the age of 30.
I do tackle other religions on my site, including christianity (Some videos were removed by YouTube and some links may not work due to removal of websites/images by law enforcement. I haven’t had time to correct them) . I am pagan now, however, and what I have seen within my circles has infuriated me to the point that I refuse to remain silent. I will NEVER again be told to shut my mouth to protect a society that hides predators and abusers. I had to as a child prisoner of the church. I am now a free adult and not even death threats from pedophiles will muzzle me ever again. I refuse to allow these monsters sanctuary within my beloved pagan community. The vatican defends their abusers. I defend the children.
If anyone would like to see more regarding christianity’s role in abuse, please feel free to link me to something I can use. I have taken a break from posting here because I work in child advocacy offline as well as have a hectic lifestyle involving other real-life responsibilities that have taken up a considerable amount of my time. Unfortunately, these monsters don’t just live on the internet, and my family always comes first.