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

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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

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Don't you just love Letters to the Editor?

Last week I noticed that an ad for the Unitarian Church of Montreal in the McGill Tribune weekly newspaper was, just by "coincidence". . . placed on a page that was directly opposite to an article about how on-campus "proselytizing" by a McGill Christian "club" was raising the ire of some McGill University students and the Students Society of McGill University.

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.

Robin Edgar

Excommunicated Unitarian

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. . .

4 Comments:

Blogger indrax said...

Hi Robin!
I'm looking forward to talking with you on this blog. I was a lurker on Bnet for a while.

Were you a UU before your revelation?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 1:02:00 am  
Blogger The Emerson Avenger said...

The revelatory experience occurred in early 1992. It was only a couple of years later, after much "shopping around", that I joined the Unitarian "Church" of Montreal. Interim Minister Rev. David B. Parke was genuinely welcoming and kept the fundamentalist atheist "Humanists" at bay while he was minister. Rev. Ray Drennan, being an offensive and abusive "fundie" atheist "Humanist" himself, was another story. . .

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 2:54:00 am  
Blogger The Emerson Avenger said...

I just posted the following to an appropriate thread on another UU blog.

The McGill Tribune is a very free Montreal university student newspaper in virtually every sense of the word "free". Last week's issue of The McGill Tribune published a half-page article on page 2. about how some McGill University students, and the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU), were ired" by on-campus proselytizing and recruiting by CRU a student Christian "club".

Most ironically The McGill Tribune copy editors had seen fit to place a quarter page advertisement from the Unitarian Church of Montreal on page 3. . . directly opposite this article that criticized on-campus proselytizing and recruitment by Christians. The advertisement from the Unitarian Church of Montreal was very misleading, at least in terms of my own bitter personal experience with the Unitarian Church of Montreal and its now "retired" fundamentalist atheist minister Rev. Ray Drennan. I thus wrote a letter to the editor about the delicious irony of the placement of the Unitarian Church of Montreals' recruiting advertisement directly opposite the aforementioned article, and then went on to warn McGill University students about just how misleasding the ad was.

Thankfully the editors of The McGill Tribune, which is actually published by the Students' Society of McGill University, had the moral and editorial integrity to publish my letter to the editor that exposed the highly misleading and even outright false advertising of the Unitarian Church of Montreal in this week's issue of the McGill Tribune.

Bravo McGill Tribune!

Saturday, November 05, 2005 9:44:00 am  
Blogger The Emerson Avenger said...

I just posted the following to a very pertinent Beliefnet thread about Proselytizing by UUs.

I wonder how long it will take for Beliefnet's UU section "host" aka "moderator" aka "censor" to "memory hole" it?

The Unitarian Church of Montreal certainly attempts to proselytize as this recent letter to the editor clearly shows -

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.

Robin Edgar
Excommunicated Unitarian

Thursday, November 10, 2005 4:48:00 pm  

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