The Emerson Avenger
The Emerson Avenger is a "memory hole" free blog where censorship is scorned. This blog will "guard the right to know" about any injustices and abuses that corrupt Unitarian Universalism. Posters may speak and argue freely, according to conscience, about any injustices and abuses, or indeed hypocrisy, that they may know about so that the Avenger, in the form of justice and redress, may come surely and swiftly. . . "Slowly, slowly the Avenger comes, but comes surely." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Name: Robin Edgar
- Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
In 1992 I underwent a profound revelatory experience of God which revealed that the total solar eclipse "Eye of God" is a "Sign in the Heavens" that symbolizes God's divine omniscience. You may read about what Rev. Ray Drennan of the Unitarian Church of Montreal contemptuously dismissed as my "psychotic experience" here: http://revelationisnotsealed.homestead.com - This revelatory religious experience inspired me to propose an inter-religious celebration of Creation that would take place whenever a total solar eclipse took place over our planet. You may read about what Rev. Ray Drennan and other leading members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal falsely and maliciously labeled as a "cult" here: http://creationday.homestead.com - I am now an excommunicated Unitarian whose "alternative spiritual practice" includes publicly exposing and denouncing Unitarian*Universalist injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy. The Emerson Avenger blog will serve that purpose for me and hopefully others will share their concerns here. Dee Miller's term DIM Thinking is used frequently and appropriately on this blog. You may read more about what DIM Thinking is here - http://www.takecourage.org/defining.htm
Monday, March 03, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
The New UUA Branding Logo Looks Like A Rocket Propelled Condom Entering A Vagina
Take the word of David Wadleigh, as posted in this comment on this UU World magazine Facebook page post.
Without further ado, albeit with some (im)pertinent hyperlinks added. . . here is David Wadleigh's comment and my two comments responding to it, as copied and pasted here, from that UU World Facebook page dedicated to introducing The President's New Condom as it were. . .
- David Wadleigh It looks like a rocket propelled condom entering a vagina to me. I don't appreciate people attempting to shame me and shut me up by claiming this is all a sign of the things in my head. I didn't like the logo we had either and was looking forward to getting one I might like again, the way I liked the chalice with two circles that came before it. Somehow, this logo managed to take a UU who knows what we are and knows about chalices and letter Us as symbols, and is welcoming to a new logo, and completely disappoint me. About 5 seconds after first seeing it I was consumed with gales of laughter and will forever think of this as the condom and uterus logo. I also simply do not see how this new logo communicates anything at all about us, or about who we are, to people who don't know us. I think they would guess something about the olympics or the salvation army. At its best, it is no improvement on what we had.
- Robin Edgar "We want congregations to think about the messages their congregations are sending out to the world that doesn't know anything about them," said the Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, the UUA's Officer for Vision and Strategy."
I think the UUA needs to think about what message it is sending out to the world with its poorly conceived and executed "Vision and Strategy" of falsely accusing me of the archaic crime of blasphemous libel in immoral, unethical, and borderline criminal legal bullying that seeks to hide the fact that certain Unitarian Universalist ministers, to say nothing of UUA RE teachers. . . are in fact guilty of committing "such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape."
As far as I am concerned, the fact that this new UUA logo depicts a rocket-propelled phallus plunging down into what many commenters see as a vagina or uterus could not do a better job of symbolizing the UUA's decades worth of complicity in all manner of UU clergy sexual misconduct. Heck, it can even be seen as commemorating Peacebang's "sodomy fantasy". If you don't know what Peacebang's "sodomy fantasy" actually imagined I would suggest running appropriate Google searches. Here's a clue, it involved a Republican state senator and the Statue of Liberty's torch. . .
It is going to be a long time before the UUA lives down the sexual imagery that is readily perceivable in this new branding logo, in fact it will probably outlive the short shelf-life of this new logo itself. . .
My take on the UUA's logo fiasco may be read in recent The Emerson Avenger blog posts.
The Emerson Avenger is a "memory hole" free blog where censorship is scorned. This blog will "guard the right to know" about any injustices and abuses that corrupt Unitarian Universalism. Posters may speak and argue freely, according to conscience, about any injustices and abuses, or indeed hypocris...Robin Edgar David Wadleigh said, "I also simply do not see how this new logo communicates anything at all about us, or about who we are, to people who don't know us. I think they would guess something about the olympics or the salvation army. At its best, it is no improvement on what we had."
David, in light of the fact that your own perception that the new UUA condom, oops I mean logo, "looks like a rocket propelled condom entering a vagina", and the fact that you are FAR from the only person to have the very same or very similar perceptions of UUA Emperor Morales' new "clothes" for the UUA, suggests to me that, rather than guessing "something about the olympics or the salvation army", the American public will actually be guessing something about "a rocket propelled condom entering a vagina"... which, in light of the fact that 400+ UUA congregations have been negatively affected by one form of clergy sexual misconduct or another, with many of those cases of UUA CSM involving heterosexual male ministers coveting their congregants' wives. . . actually communicates quite a lot about the UUA and its decades worth of complicity in UU clergy sexual misconduct.
Can U*Us say Rev. Dr. Forrest Church?
How about Rev. Calvin Oh Oh Dame?
I will allow U*Us to guess names of the hundreds of other "less than perfect" U*U ministers whose legacies of clergy sexual misconduct this UUA logo apparently commemorates and apparently even quite happily celebrates. . .
The Emerson Avenger is a "memory hole" free blog where censorship is scorned. This blog will "guard the right to know" about any injustices and abuses that corrupt Unitarian Universalism. Posters may speak and argue freely, according to conscience, about any injustices and abuses, or indeed hypocris...
Labels: AdBusted UUA Propaganda, Rev. Peter Morales, The Aging Condom, U*U clergy sexual misconduct, U*U clergy sexual misconduct roll call, UUA Incompetence, UUA negligence, UUA President Peter Morales
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Joel Osteen Warns Unitarian Universalists Not To Swallow The Satanic New UUA Logo That Peter Morales Is Trying To Ram Down Their Throats. . .
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Rev. Cynthia Landrum Can See A Penis And A Vagina And A Rocket And ALL That In The New UUA Branding Logo. . .
As stated in this comment posted in response to Rev. Tom Schade's 'Painful' blog post, but for some strange reason. . . Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum can't seem to bring herself to "see" what the Big Fat U*U Problem is with her and other people, perhaps especially non-U*Us. . . seeing "a penis and a vagina and a rocket and ALL that" in the UUA's brand-spanking new corporate branding* logo. And this surprises me, because Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum is a former member of the UUA's Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee which, amongst other things, supposedly deals with disciplining "less than perfect" Unitarian Universalist ministers who "engage in such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape", or who engage in less serious forms of clergy sexual misconduct aka clergy sexual abuse such as coveting their congregant's wife or posting an obscene and Sadistic Big Fat U*U Sodomy Fantasy to their pseudonymous Peacebang blog.
It is thus quite puzzling to me how Rev. Landrum is quite evidently unready, unwilling, and possibly even psychologically unable, to "see" how the Unitarian Universalist Association's brand-spanking new UUA "branding" logo, which can be quite readily perceived as a rocket-propelled penis blasting its way into a vagina, to say nothing of a flaming torch embedded in the anal canal of a "less than perfect" Republican senator. . . poses something of a Big Fat U*U Problem for not only the UUA aka U*U eh?, but for the larger Unitarian Universalist religious community aka The U*U Movement that it ostensibly represents to the world.
I mean *really*. . . is former MFC member Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum genuinely incapable of "seeing" how the new UUA "branding" logo, with "a penis and a vagina and a rocket and all that" being more than readily perceivable within it, is the absolute LAST thing that a religious organization which has "a terrible track record", indeed a genuinely shameful legacy. . . of negligence towards, and complicity in, ALL kinds of clergy sexual misconduct engaged in by hundreds of "less than perfect" Unitarian Universalist ministers needs to identify itself to the general public with? Even if the UUA, and at least 400 UUA congregations, did not actually possess such a shameful legacy of UU clergy sexual misconduct, and willful or effective complicity therein. . . the UUA's rocket-propelled phallus entering vagina logo cum Statue of Liberty's torch embedded in Republican senator's anal canal logo never-the-less has the Big Fat U*U Potential to ensure that The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion™ aka The U*U Movement becomes the Big Fat U*U Laughing Stock of the world's religions.
And *that* DO kinda suck, don't it U*Us?
* It depends upon what the meaning of the word "branding" is. . .
Monday, February 17, 2014
Will UUA Leadership Bite The Bullet?
Rev. Scott Wells Weighs In On The New UUA Logo
Rev. Scott Wells' 'Boy In The Bands' blog post entitled -
'Color and the UUA new identity'. . .
This is the second in a short series of blog posts about the new UUA identity and branding plan: the theme is colorful interpretations of the new UUA logo.
While I’m expecting a full visual identity and some colorful palaver, I thought I would look at the released image of the new UUA logo to approximate what the interpretations options would be. As an aside, I put a vertical I in the white portion of the new logo's "flame", and placed an O on either side of it to represent two eyes in a human face, so you can follow along *my* perception of a turbaned U*U "pastor" raising his*her hands in unconditional surrender to The Emerson Avenger's U*U Jihad Armed Farces.
I’m not a designer but we see the gradient running from coral aka pink at the Big Fat U*U Bottom to a muted orange at the top. (Well, not all of us: several percent of men have a form of color-blindness that will make the coral a caramel or gray color.)
If I had to make a prediction, I think the greatest lasting legacy of this Big Fat U*U Campaign — maybe for several years, possibly longer — is the fact that it immortalizes Peacebang's Big Fat U*U Sodomy Fantasy which obscenely, and just a tad Sadistically, imagined "South Dakota state senator Bill Napoli anally impaled on the Statue of Liberty's torch."
It’s the most obvious perception that corresponds to the affirming cries of "torch-like image at its center" from UU World senior editor Chris Walton, and "I see a torch" from Lone Star State U*U Thomas Earthman, not to mention Yours Truly who quite independently saw the flaming torch in the new U*U eh? corporate branding logo before even seeing their blog posts about it.
I look forward to The Emerson Avenger's FULL treatment of this Big Fat U*U Perception to be released. . .
And of the colors, I think the deep coral at the base of the anal cavity*UUterus (and perhaps in the lettering; it’s unclear) is the winner and the least problematic.
The orange at the top of the flame is not only dangerously close to Crayola flesh (read: “lightly-tanned Caucasian”) if you’re old enough to remember that, as most U*Us are. . . but one can be absolU*Utely certain that The Emerson Avenger will be holding the top of the flame dangerously close to the 90% White flesh of the asses of hypocritical U*Us, and isn’t contrasty enough from the Standing on the Side of Love goldenrod to make any Big Fat U*U Impact alone.
The various shades of tomato red are attractive to me in that they remind me of the embarrassed and enraged red faced U*Us who howled like baying hounds immediately following the U*U eh's bU*Ungled introduction of its brand spanking new Big Fat U*U eh? Logo, butt if you U*Us have ever had to buy a red shirt or sweater, you know how hard it is to match your red faces to this color. Especially in Target, when you’re confused for the floor staff and keep getting interrupted while buying tomato juice to remove the stench from the stinky vestments of "less than perfect" U*U clergy who got into a pissing match with a skunk. The color right below it reads as Marketing to Women pink, tints of which sell yogurt, wholesome cereals and probiotics, not to mention Pepto-Bismol®. Use it alone and you’d might as well say “bugger off, straight guys.”
And a single color is important, for real world, not-on-the-web uses. It’s a lot easier to pick a single color, whether it’s t-shirts for a church outing; running orders of service on the old, taxed printers that one is wont to find in old untaxed U*U "churches"; finding cloth for a Big Fat U*U Banner or what have U*U.
And the deep coral is beautiful. It’s also distinctive, less gendered and less likely to look bad on a range of human skin tones.
A thought. Someone who wants to identify or coordinate with a Big Fat U*U Visual Identity Plan, but not use the U*U eh's brand-spanking new logo (because they already have their own less problematic U*U logo, or they just don’t like the fact that the new UUA logo not only immortalizes Peacebang's Big Fat U*U Sodomy Fantasy, but may also be seen as symbolizing the UUA's shameful legacy of complicity and ALL manner of clergy sexual misconduct) might adopt Futura or a near-enough type and some variant of the coral color. On the other hand, it’s not a meaty issue.
We’re getting to the harder stuff like the fact that the "torch" in the brand-spanking new U*U eh? logo can *also* be seen as a rocket-propelled vibrator, or even a condom-protected penis, plunging into a Big Fat U*U UUterus and thus may be seen as very public "corporate branding" of the UUA's shameful legacy of complicity in clergy sexual misconduct…
Friday, February 14, 2014
Famous U*U Twilight Zone Host Rod Serling Weighs In On The UUA's Brand-Spanking New Logo
Famous U*U and Twilight Zone host Rod Serling putting in his two-cents worth about the brand-spanking new UUA logo. :-)
Rev. Clyde Grubbs UUA Board Trustee Confirms That The New UUA Logo Is Based Upon The UUA's New Dress Code For UU Clergy. . .
"Part of the turn is a transformed vision
New UUA Corporate Identity Logo 2014
The Unitarian Universalist Association has a brand spanking new Big Fat U*U Logo.
You can see it pictured below.
The announcement "The UUA Brand Story" came out as well.
There was also an episode of "The VUU" that discussed some of the story behind the new UUA's new logo; watch the last 30 minutes of this U*UTube video for that conversation.
There was quite a bit of talk about this in the social networking media yesterday among UUs (and some of our non-UU friends who joined in). It would seem (as many pointed out) that how you see this new, airy, abstract logo is a bit of a Rorschach test.
What do you see?
Rev. Tom Schade had a few posts on his blog that (along with the comments) might give you a feel of how the discussions went. The first post he wrote was "Behold the New Logo". This was followed by "UU Ministers discuss new logo". The most recent of his posts on the topic (where I was unable to post a comment) is "Painful". It has been interesting to read such Big Fat U*U Reactions, leading some to speculate that maybe the tension/emotion isn't really about the logo... but more about feelings about the UUA, or authority (including ministerial authority), or what have you.
No logo is going to please everyone, ever. I can say that this new one has grown on me over the past 24 hours. In the Big Fat U*U End, it's just a major part of the corporate identity of The U*U Movement aka The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion. I believe that how people see Unitarian Universalism will have much more to do with how U*Us are in their U*U communities and in the real world; then others might notice U*Us and (eventually) the UUA's brand spanking new logo.
On the other hand, this is apparently "part one" of a re-branding effort, so I'm waiting with hope on what is to come.
Meanwhile, Rev. Cynthia Landrum has written "An Open Letter to the UUA", which is a very thoughtful response to this Big Fat U*U FiASSco. I like many of her suggestions about ways that the UUA can help congregations, particularly its numerous smaller ones.
I am mindful that it took much longer than 24 hours for the last logo (shown above) to grow on me. When it was revealed in 2006 it was critiqued as looking "too corporate", and it was ridiculed with names like "the bear trap", "the Venus fly trap", and (my personal favorite) "the logo of Guadalupe". But it did grow on me, and on many U*Us.
It is human nature to have an immediate reaction to a new image, maybe particularly a new logo for something that we hold dear. Some of you will immediately like or even love the new logo (at the top of this post). Some of you will feel ambivalent or not strongly about it. And some of you will immediately dislike it. I suppose that's inevitable. But like the great Taoist and Zen story (that I shared in my recent sermon "Beautiful Losers") puts it, "We'll see".
Labels: *The* Tiny Declining Fringe Religion, AdBusted UUA Propaganda, New UUA Logo 2014, PlagU*Urized U*U Propaganda, Rev. Cynthia Landrum, Rev. Tom Schade, The U*U Movement, U*U corporate identity, UUA Incompetence
The New UUA Logo Of 2014 Is Da Bomb!
Take the word of fourth generation U*U Kelsey D. Atherton, as posted to the ever so interconnected and interdependent web of the internet in this little Tweet of his. . .
Hey @UUA I'm a fourth generation Universalist and I dig the faith but this new logo? It looks like a falling bomb. pic.twitter.com/fR2ORly67S
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) February 14, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Unitarian Universalist Ministers Destroyed Their Credibility And Authority Through A Scandalous Pattern Of Sexual Misconduct Which Has Never Been Resolved
But don't take *my* word for it U*Us.
Take the word of Rev. Tom Schade, as posted to the UU Stuckness post of his the lively tradition blog.
"Some think that we are stuck because our professional religious leadership, the ministers, destroyed their credibility and authority through a scandalous pattern of sexual misconduct, which has never been resolved. The result is that Unitarian Universalism is bogged down in a quagmire of anti-authoritarianism and nips its own leaders in the bud."
Labels: Blasphemous Libel, Rev. Dr. Forrest Church, Rev. Mack Mitchell, U*U clergy sexual misconduct, U*U clergy sexual misconduct roll call, UUA Official Apology To Victims Of Clergy Sexual Misconduct