by Max Igan
Full Circle Project Blog
People have been requesting I comment on the Zen Gardner issue, so OK, here goes….
While I most certainly have questions, and am in no way defending him, without proof of guilt I will not be jumping on the bandwagon to defame someone, nor will I be participating in any kind of trial by media, and nor will I automatically assume guilt by association. I have on occasion met other ex COG members who were in no way involved in pedophilia. I would like to see zen have a chance to publicly address the issue in an open manner without all the sensationalistic claims, rampant speculation and mass hysteria. To witness the witch hunt that has descended upon him and the trial by media that has ensued has quite frankly been appalling and also very sobering, as it show just how quickly people are prepared to thrust all logic and reason aside and simply degrade to the mentality of a lynch mob.
People that I have spoken to that have been associated with the COG have told me they were never sexually molested, the abuse came more in the form of slave labor as many were forced to work very hard, losing most of their teenage years and that the sexual abuse though promoted by the leader was mostly isolated and not the main focus of the cult. Naturally it is what the MSM latched onto and blew up as the main focus as is their way but that is another thing that disturbs me inasmuch as, all of the independent/alternative media people know full well that the MSM lies and distorts everything and yet in this case they are so willing to accept every word at face value. What is that about?
So looking at Don/Zens case… There are 2 distinct possibilities with Don/Zen’s involvement with the Children of God.
One, He is indeed the hideous deceptive monster his attackers are portraying him to be. This is concept any reasonable person would perhaps question due to the many inspiring articles he has written… but OK, he could just be that slick, and write all that incredibly inspiring anti establishment stuff to simply fool us all… I can consider that as a possibility
And, Two that he is not.
Looking at things rationally and objectively, there may just be a possibility that Zen joined the cult as a naive young man looking for a family, got caught up in the whole path of Jesus/word of the bible thing and even when he began to hear of instances, he just hung in there and truly believed he could make a difference the way Jesus did… this is an insular cult mentality remember… maybe he tried and tried and then just left broken and disillusioned and struck out on his own to try to make a difference another way, and maybe, just maybe, he never went public with it all because he simply didn’t have anything he was personally involved with to expose…. is this scenario true? I have no idea, but it surely must be considered just as possible as the first option… so is there anything to cause us to lean either way?
Well, I have just been quietly watching from the sidelines these last couple of weeks as this has grown exponentially across the internet with almost every man and his dog now offering their highly informed two cents worth on this issue – and also many obviously paid trolls just itching at this chance to further divide and discredit the independent media. And since the big ‘expose’ and subsequent lynching of zen began, I have not yet seen one single abuse victim come forth to implicate him. In fact their silence on this issue so far is quite literally deafening and still continues screaming at me like an elephant in the living room… in fact All I have seen relating to zen from COG “insiders” so far is a post from one woman who remembers Zen from COG and said how she loved visiting zens family because he was such a kind caring father and she wished her dad was like that.
So, to be perfectly rational, at this stage, either of the above scenarios could well be true. Zen could be the monster people are claiming he is. Or he could have just been a man caught in a cult thinking he really could make a difference because he believed he had Jesus his heart… Cults do that sort of shit to peoples heads… ALL the time
So… which one is it… Do you know?
If so please tell me how, because I would very much like to be privy to what ever information you are basing your judgment on.
Personally I think people should consider both options before judging, consider what evidence they are basing that judgment on and consider as I previously said, that if he is indeed guilty as charged, the please bring forth the victims he abused and have them now speak and gain their healing. All I know so far on this issue is that the man I have met, whose eyes I have looked into is a kind caring and compassionate individual and there is no way he should be receiving the trial by mob mentality he is being subject to without both possibilities first being rationally considered without judgment.
Frankly the way this issue has been handled has seriously caused me to question the future of this species, it really has. People have too eagerly embraced one possibility, based on MSM reports, without ever, even for a moment, considering the other. They have embraced their altruistic ego selves and set themselves as judge, jury and executioner simply because it satisfies their blood lust and inner frustrations to do so.
Even more disturbing to me is that Zen confided in a healer. This indicates to me he was looking for healing and a way to deal with this issue and bring his past into light in a way that it could be opened and viewed without the hysteria the 3 words Children of God conjures up. This information needed to come to the surface, most definitely, but most certainly not the way it was done, and for someone claiming to be a healer to have been so based in egoic judgment, and acted in such a toxic manner without first considering both sides and all possibilities, is just as disturbing as the unbridled hatred and judgment this “healer” has now caused to ripple through the collective consciousness via the vitriolic judgment she has now passed on to others.
I would like to get to the truth of this matter but that will only happen when its approached openly and rationally. Unfortunately, there is little likelihood of that ever happening now as people have already made their minds up. After all, who needs any real facts, and why bother to examine things from all angles – when you can have a good lynching.
P.S. From Zen: The Full Circle Project team administered by Louise Sutton, a former “friend” and associate, has been prompted by her to take an openly aggressive and threatening stance against me. Max has since discontinued his involvement in the project which he himself initiated.
Thanks to: http://www.zengardner.com