Well… if you haven’t read the accusations against me then you wont be able to here. The rebuttal post that I just posted was suspended for violation of copyrights in that I reposted the public posts that the user Elorie posted in accusing me of various absurdities. So… you will all just have to read my response without the benefit of reading her ranting posts unless you want to go to her journal directly and read them yourself. They are still public at the time of this writing.
So here is my rebuttal, stripped of quotes and obvious snark (while funny and good-feeling in the moment had lost it’s charm and I just want to be done with it). Let’s see how long this post can stay up.
I don’t recall *ever* having a conversation with you about the Wands, save for my thoughts on mine when I received the Black Wand from Cora.
As I originally heard the tale it was supposedly Erica whom I had this mythical wand conversation with… and then later I heard it was Eldri and now, years later, I hear it was you. Actually it was my friend Kel and you weren’t there. Is there something else that I am forgetting? (And I’m not sure how I could have stolen any ideas from you if I don’t even remember talking to you about them… it would have been nice if you had pointed it out to me privately first and offered whatever proof you claim to have… but so far all you have done is to make cryptic public statements.)
It’s duly noted that you didn’t like my article. It’s also noted that in one breath you accuse me of stealing your notes in order to write my piece and then in the next you claim that I couldn’t possibly have used them because if I did it would have been a better article.
As for the sex scandal cover up allegation, you are referring to a recent debacle in which a Feri initiate accused a student of sexual impropriety, but however well-intentioned the initiate was he presented me with no actual proof. My advice (to both parties) was to seek legal counsel as it seemed that potentially slanderous statements had been made and I had no first-hand knowledge of any of it. It was all “he said/he said” by the time it came to me and it had progressed to such a state that I felt that the legal system was the best way to handle it and NOT “bringing it to Silvercord” (one of the initiate-only email lists that I had once been a part of) which is what the initiate wanted to do. I advised him against involving Silvercord, not as a means to “cover something up” but because when *I* brought up similar issues there in the past (in a different situation to which I *did* have first-hand knowledge) it was quickly pointed out to me that Silvercord was not the place to air such grievances. It actually caused a lot of hurt feelings on all sides at that time. I was led to the conclusion that both parties might be potentially slandering the other, since the information that I was given by the accusing initiate indicated that nothing physical had actually happened. But I dunno… I’m not a lawyer… which is why I advised both of them to get one for themselves.
I have no idea why you would think that I would want to cover this up. This really begs further questions. What would I gain from a cover-up? I certainly don’t care about how Feri is perceived in the public eye… that should be painfully obvious to anyone who ever read My Story back in 2003. I was the most prominent voice outing a sexual predator in Feri and the culture of initiates that sought to keep it all quiet. Pretty much the cat was out of the bag then. I even allowed it to be reprinted on the Reclaiming International e-mail list that had over 10,000 members at the time. So keeping this recent issue quiet makes no sense. What would be the motivation? It certainly wasn’t to protect said initiate (as you seem to think I “threw him under a bus”) nor was it to protect the student whom I know even less. For the record I HAVE NO IDEA who did what and to whom. I wasn’t there, which is why I have stressed from the beginning that legal counsel needed to be sought. I did get the impression that both sides were not being completely honest and ultimately it was NONE OF MY BUSINESS which is why I tried my best to stay out of it.
As for my work with the Guardians. What?? Really? Really??? You’re actually arguing that the way I was trained and practice Feri is “wrong” and yours is better? How is this not fundamentalism?