Don't you just love Letters to the Editor?
The irony was delicious. This irony, and the quite evident (to me at least) hypocrisy of the highly misleading, and in parts outright false, advertising of the Unitarian Church of Montreal prompted me to write a letter to the editors of The McGill Tribune weekly student newspaper which reaches thousands of McGill University students, professors and other faculty and staff, as well as some significant non-McGill readership such as myself for instance. . .
Here is what was actually published in this week's The McGill Tribune.
I find it most fitting that it was published on All Saints Day. . .
Unitarian Church ad misleading
It's most ironic that Robert Church's "Faith-based recruiting on campus?" (25.10.2005), about CRU "proselytizing" raising the ire of students and the SSMU, was counter-pointed by the Unitarian Church of Montreal's ad on the opposite page that is evidently intended to "recruit" (i.e. proseltyze) McGill students to the Unitarian Church.
Much Unitarian advertising is highly misleading, if not outright false. McGill students should note that even the word "truth" is enclosed in euphemistic quotation marks in the misleading ad itself.
The Unitarian Church is certainly "dogged" by misleading and evidently false claims, and by my ongoing public protest against Unitarian injustices, abuses and hypocrisy. Just Google "Robin Edgar" and "Unitarian Church of Montreal" to see how Unitarians wilfully flaunt and flagrantly violate their own claimed principles and ideals, including their now evidently fraudulent claim to be "opposed to censorship, by church, state, or any other institution."
As a defender of freedom of expression I have no objection to the McGill Tribune running advertising from the Unitarian Church of Montreal. However, I suggest that any future ads from the Unitarian Church of Montreal should run under the disclaimer caveat emptor.
Here is where the irony gets even better. . .
This new issue of the McGill Tribune runs another ad from the Unitarian Church of Montreal "Unwelcoming Congregation." It says -
Do you feel that you don't belong to a community?
Try ours. You'll be welcomed.
The Unitarian community is one where your own personal values and experiences are honoured; a place where you will be encouraged to participate in the issues of the day, not simply sit back and agree.
Gee. . . Coulda fooled me. . .
Caveat emptor indeed. . .