Prominent Pagan musician arrested on child pornography charges
New Orleans musician Kenny Klein was arrested Tuesday morning on 25 counts of possessing child pornography. Mr. Klein was a frequent guest of Pagan gatherings, such as last year’s Sacred Harvest Fe…
While this is very sad news—and sad news it is, indeed, that a prominent member of the Pagan community be found a predator in any sense—I would like to highlight some positives in this article.
No one excuses Klein’s behavior. No one is defending him, or claiming he was just a victim. Any convention, website, or publisher who has worked with him have said they are not going to support him any further.
“Harmony Tribe is deeply disheartened to learn of the arrest of one of our proposed guests for the 2014 Sacred Harvest Festival, Kenny Klein. We hold the safety and the comfort of our guests above all else. As a result of the arrest and the pending investigation against Mr. Klein, he will not be appearing as a guest for our 2014 festival as formerly planned.”
“Immanion Press is shocked and dismayed to learn that Author Kenny Klein has been arrested for Child Pornography. As a publisher and as contributers to the Pagan community, we don’t condone such behavior. We feel that any author (regardless of who publishes them) is a role model and representative of the Pagan community and as such needs to always remember that how they behave effects the perceptions of the pagan community by the world at large and also effects the safety of our community.”
“ At Immanion Press we do not believe in knowingly supporting acts of behavior that violate the Pagan community or how it is represented to the world by our authors. We are committed to publishing books that help the communities we are a part of, but we also believe that any author is a role model and should behave accordingly.”
“We are alarmed and saddened this morning to hear that prominent Pagan Kenny Klein was arrested in New Orleans on Monday on 25 counts of possessing child pornography. Kenny’s blog at our site at PaganSquare has been suspended until his trial (and should he be convicted or plead guilty, permanently.) As publishers and members of the Pagan community, we strongly condemn any form of predatory behavior towards our most vulnerable community members — our children — and support the work of law enforcement and the criminal justice system to root out, prosecute, and punish these crimes.”
Reblogging in the interest of spreading this very important information & protecting members of the pagan community.
It’s great that the article itself focuses on how people and groups find his actions disgusting and refuse to support him.
But y’all really shouldn’t be clapping the wider Pagan community on the shoulders. This isn’t ‘good job’. There are hundreds of comments in that piece that do excuse his actions, and let’s not ignore that this disgusting creep was able to get away with harassing young girls, abusing his wife and children, and gods knows what else because that same Pagan community that y’all are cheering refused to address the problem.
Because ‘it might make us look bad’. I’ve seen so many calls for us to just ignore what he did and what his chargers are because, well, why acknowledge it? We don’t have to discuss sexual abuse or anything.
Seriously, that post had other prominent Pagans saying, “Well, it’s just child pornography; it’s not like he actually /did/ anything bad.”
So no, not ‘good job pagan community’.