In retrospect, it appears that the two orders of the Sacred Order of Living Paganism lived by this code and punished severely anyone who violated it. By their ethics, it was perfectly OK to hurt each other and cause pain and undue stress to anyone not part of their little club, but if you said something about them, suggested that the Order was anything less than the idea spiritual path, intimated that someone within the Order was untrustworthy, or called shenanigans on anybody, well you and anyone you associate with would be judged harshly.
Some of you might know that as of early 2007, we ceased to consider ourselves part of the "pagan" community. It was largely due to the twisted values presented by the Sacred Order of Living Paganism that we left that scene. We discovered its evils for what it was. Twisted values, a wonky moral compass, absolutely no sense of loyalty to anything but the cult that housed the members, all ran rampant through the Order.
I personally was told that jenna3 would be judged for exposing shenanigans that were legitimately going on in the Order by her Elder, Stephen Phillips because she could not keep me from exposing shenanigans within the order - as, correctly, the evil that its members did reflected on the order. But, it was easy for the order's leadership to excuse that. The fact that I exposed them was even more heinous in this man's eyes. I was told that exposing these shenanigans was worse than murder and it could prevent jenna3's advancement through the ranks! How twisted is that?
People are emotionally raping each other, and my wife is being blackmailed because I exposed it. Anyone whose moral compass points north can see that there is something wrong deep down in the very soul of this little Pagan Club. "Tell no one about pagan club." What sort of depraved soul thinks like that? Who taught this man about right and wrong? Maybe he learned his lesson from other cult leaders, for that is what he came off as.
As of January 3, 2007, I have not had a single straight conversation with anyone in that order, and I thank God that I have not had to speak with any of them since June that year. Hiding behind their little priest confidentiality bit, they engaged in conversations with me that seemed to veer off in directions completely tangential to what I was talking about. It was as though we were transmitting back and forth on separate lines. I was talking about one thing, and Mr. Phillips would say something, as though responding to what I said, but completely talking about another thing entirely. I still cannot certify that I understand entirely what he was saying, but I do know that I was totally insulted that he could not bring himself to speak on the straight and narrow. And he was supposed to be an ordained priest in this order. In retrospect, the man was hardly a man, but a boy trying to keep from getting into trouble by skirting the real matter at hand.
Before you say, "But this is just one person," let me outline the behavior of Mad Maddy Shenk, who when I was called a liar, could not bring herself to say, "He got it all from me," and then call for some means of resolution. First, she hid in the background lest Stephen find out that I was upset in the first place based on things she said intersecting with things that happened the night of January 2, 2007, when the stress that those people brought on prevented my wife from being able to produce milk to nourish my child. Then, when it was apparent that I would not let anything rest until I got some kind of satisfaction, she resolved to stab my wife in the back when she went to the Hearthfire Council seeking justice on my behalf, and the whole council told my wife that she had to choose whether to stay with me and our family or abandon us to stay with the Hearthfire Circle. Like I was so horrible that the only acceptable way that she could remain with that group was to divest herself of me - or like they intended to fully brainwash her, and they could not influence her as long as I was part of her life. Again, this is a sign that Sacred Order of Living Paganism is nothing less than a cult. Any Order that resolves to force a person to leave their family for their "ideals" is a cult. Nothing healthy could come of it.
When that did not work, Mad Maddy bad-mouthed both jenna3 and myself to everyone who would listen: Reverend Donald Southworth, Laura Corey, whoever. She acted like a woman scorned. She and the whole lot of them presented themselves as victims. I had <gasp!>threatened</gasp> them. I was going to <gasp!>go postal</gasp!> on them! And everyone that they spoke to believed them, which further made resolving the situation impossible. It was clear that they had no remorse for the harm that they did to me and my family, and it was also clear that they were determined to turn their evil around on me.
Evil operates by perversion and deceit. They knew that I am bound by the truth. They have no such boundary. They sprinkle truth with lies, just enough to make their story believable when third parties (such as Donald Southworth) intervene, focusing on specific highlights taken out of context to present just the picture they wanted to paint of me.
But they were not my victims. They were setting things up for their ultimate "triumph." Who cannot walk into Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to this day? Not them. In fact, it quite sickens me to see that people whom jenna3 introduced Mad Maddy to are now Mad Maddy's people, and jenna3 cannot associate with them comfortably. The community that once was jenna3 's has become Mad Maddy's, as though she came along and supplanted my wife. It angers me to think of it. If any of these people were truly my wife's people, knowing us and knowing what Mad Maddy was doing, they would have told her to go to Hell. I do not know for certain. I was told that something might have happened between revkara and her on our behalf, but I cannot certify this. I wish those people would tell her to go to Hell, too. I want her to experience three days of misery for every day of misery she caused me. Is that so wrong?
But most importantly, it must be known that the Sacred Order of Living Paganism cannot be qualified as a religion to be protected by the freedom of religion in our Bill of Rights. It is a cult, and for it's part, I would urge anyone with the power to launch an investigation into the motives and actions of their leadership to do so. This is not a trustworthy organization, for what it is. It is known that the Durham Circle and Hearthfire Circle both disbanded in 2007 shortly after Father Chuck Doebler started to threaten bogus law suits publicly in LJ, and Hearthfire continues through Mary Beth Samsa, one of the people involved in the affair of 2007, but Sacred Order of Living Paganism continues to limp along with their Web presence and their international membership, who are logged on the Sacred of Living Paganism's Web site, run by Shandarramon now that the people who were involved in the ugliness of 2007 have moved on.
If the leadership of Sacred Order of Living Paganism can look at people with a straight face and say that exposing shenanigans is worse than the shenanigans exposed, if they can turn a blind eye to the rot that festered in their core and criticize a man who cared about his family and friends enough to expose the shenanigans, then the very core foundational values of the organization are questionable and must be stamped out. Those disseminating their twisted message must be kept from doing so. It is a harmful, cultist message that threatens the moral core of everyone inclined to explore religions alternative to the one and only true God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. If this message can turn a woman away from her husband and family to follow them without a sideways glance, then the message must be stamped out. It cannot be allowed to spread.
This is a call to action. These people are all guilty of terrible acts against me and my family and have not paid. In fact, signs indicate that some have actually prospered. I have not outlined everything here. This is a "top-of-the-head" journal entry, not a full treatise. To outline all the things that they did to me, my wife, and my children by proxy would take a long time to plot out and write. It would take several days of writing and then filling in contexts to make sure that you understand why one series of events happened in context with another series of events, who spoke to whom, who emailed whom, and what was said, assumed, and accepted. If this seems a little disjointed, forgive me. I am writing in a stream of consciousness in a single session for the most part. I hope to refine this in future sessions and perhaps publish it in a more robust location, perhaps my personal Web site, with a space devoted entirely to the evils of the Sacred Order of Living Paganism. Perhaps there, the unfolding of events and the sound bites of "he said, she said" will be made more clear to you.
If you should encounter these folk, steer clear. They are not trustworthy. I trusted one of their members, and she stabbed me and my wife in the back for our trust. We welcomed her into our family, and now, she has all of my wife's old friends.