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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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: - 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: - 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 -

Friday, September 29, 2006

Just Where Did That Unfortunate "Stereotype" of the "Arrogant, Anti-Religious Unitarian" Come From Anyway?

In a sermon titled 'Forgiving God' U*U minister Rev. Victoria Weinstein says -

As we talked for a long time, it turned out that she wasn't the kind of "Left Behind" Bible Belt person I had assumed her to be (you know the "Left Behind" series of books? About the Book of Revelation and the Apocalypse? Well, she had one of those with her). And I wasn't the arrogant, anti-religious Unitarian she had assumed I might be. That happens when you get to talk to people for a long time – that kind of stereotype busting -- and it's a real treat.

Do You Mean The Fundamentalist Atheist "Humanist" U*U Antireligious Bigots Andrea?

A Google search on - anti-religious Unitarians - turned up the following letter to the editors of the U*U World magazine.

At Their Worst

Dan Kennedy has said some of the things about militant atheism that should have been said long ago in Unitarian Universalist circles ("Are You with the Atheists?," January/February). Atheists, at their worst, can be as nasty, as self-righteous, and even as violent as Christian and Islamic fundamentalists.

The twentieth century was the first in which militant atheists gained significant political power. Quite often the results were horrifying. In Communist China, cadres destroyed Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian temples and herded monks and nuns into slave labor camps. Thousands of Jewish, Christian, and pagan religious leaders were murdered or imprisoned during the Stalinist years in the Soviet Union. Similar atrocities—committed in the name of "reason" and "progress"—have been seen in Cambodia, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea, and other nations.

Be grateful for the wall between church and state that protects U.S. citizens. It's a barrier that also defends Unitarian Universalists and others from government persecution directed by antireligious bigots. In order to appreciate the experience, talk with the Unitarians in Rumania who suffered through decades of Communist tyranny and abuse.

Andrea Liounis
Niantic, Connecticut

I can't help but wonder if Andrea Liounis is not so subtly hinting at the existence of "nasty", "self-righteous", and indeed "violent". . . antireligious atheist bigots within the U*U "religious community" itself in opening this letter to the editor by saying, "Dan Kennedy has said some of the things about militant atheism that should have been said long ago in Unitarian Universalist circles. . ." Of course I have been loudly and publicly speaking out against "nasty", "self-righteous", and indeed "violent" antireligious fundamentalist atheist "Humanist" bigots within the U*U "religious community" for over a decade now. . .

Monday, September 25, 2006

Straight From The Horse's. . . Philocrites Speaks Out About U*U Demonization Of The "Other". . .

For Unitarian Universalists, the danger here is that when we allow our fear of others to overwhelm our interest in understanding them, we begin to demonize them, losing sight not only of their kinship with us but also misinterpreting the nature of our disagreements with them. There are important theological and political disagreements between theological liberals and theological traditionalists, of course, but secularist alarmists are not our best guides to these disagreements.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Emerson Avenger Is "Just As Crazy As Ever" And So Is The Unitarian Church of Montreal. . .

Today as I was engaging in my "alternative spiritual practice" of protesting various U*U injustices and abuses outside of the Unitarian Church of Montreal one of the people entering the "church" launched the following words in my direction - "You're just as crazy as ever."

Technically he is of course correct. I am indeed as crazy as I ever was. The question is was I ever "crazy" and, if so, just how "crazy" is that? My response too him was that he and the rest of the congregation of the Unitarian Church of Montreal are just as "crazy" as ever too. . . I pointed out that it was "crazy" for he and other Montreal Unitarians (to say nothing of other U*Us in positions of responsibility within the U*U World. . .) to obstinately refuse to negotiate a genuinely just, equitable and compassionate settlement of this long drrawn out conflict. I dare say that it is also just a bit "crazy" for Montreal U*Us, to say nothing of other U*Us. . . to continue to suggest that I am "crazy", "nuts", "unwell", and even "psychotic" and suffering from "schizophrenia", when one of the core elements of my ongoing public protest is protesting against such malicious pathologizing of yours truly by Montreal Unitarians and other U*Us.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

She came from Providence, the one on Rhode Island. . .

Well it looks like some rather godless, intolerant, and abusive fundamentalist atheist "Humanist" Unitarian Universalists (aka U*Us) are intolerantly bashing a 'Pagan Pride Day' event put on by Pagan U*Us in Providence, Rhode Island. Why am I not surprised?

From the page: Pagan Pride Day event
Some Unitarian Universalist church members are questioning why the congregation is hosting a day to "educate the public about what paganism is and isn't."

01:00 AM EDT on Friday, September 15, 2006
Journal Religion Writer

PROVIDENCE -- stirs church controversy

The First Unitarian Church plans to host a Rhode Island Pagan Pride Day tomorrow, but not everyone in the church is pleased.

The daylong program has drawn fire from critics who say that Unitarian Universalism is a rational congregation that has tried to steer clear of superstition.

In a letter being circulated among members, one critic called the scheduled series of pagan workshops "a potpourri of flaky spiritualities and ancient occult practices resembling a medieval Dungeons and Dragons festival."

"The sad and scary thing," the critic wrote, is that it will probably draw a bigger crowd than discussion on how Unitarians might lead a "long overdue reform" of liberal religion.

The writer added: "On the other hand, we are supposed to be committed to diversity. Therefore, instead of criticizing this travesty, maybe we should contribute to it, say, by providing booths to promote Voodoo, Santeria and the ancient Greek Olympian deities. . . . After all, what better way to exorcize the God myth than to adopt and worship a couple of dozen deities."

Update: September 19 11pm

It turns out that a few other U*U bloggers were aware of this incident before I was. I am posting Joel Monka's take on it verbatim below -

Friday, September 15, 2006
Humanist Vs. Theist redux

Well, the old battle between the UU Humanists and UU Theists hasn’t ended yet. Thanks to The Wild Hunt and WitchVox for pointing out these articles about an event at a UU church in Rhode Island. Pagan Pride Day event and Unitarians spark controversy with Pagan Pride Day .

In this case, it isn’t the Pagans stirring up the controversy as much as the UU’s; it seems that this congregation hosts a CUUPS chapter who has organized a “Pagan Pride” day, and the Humanists aren’t happy about it. They quote a letter being circulated, but any UU Theist already knows what it says without having to read it; we’ve heard it so very many times before- “superstition”, “flakey spirituality”, “occult practices”, “the God myth”... the only one they missed is “psychotic break”. And actually, even that may be in there; they didn’t print the full text. It’s good that UU is such a welcoming religion.

I’ll tell you old-school UU Humanists out there something: you should thank Bertrand Russell that you don’t always get what you wish for... if all the UU Christians and UU Pagans left, the average age of the average congregation would approach triple digits, and the membership list would drop down to double digits- and half of them would be Buddhist. We irrational, superstitious psychotics are keeping your doors open; the least you can do is sneer at us behind our backs instead of right in our faces.

The Wild Hunt blog's take on it may be read here.

ChaliceChick's transparent (and remarkably lame. . .) attempt to Deny, Ignore, and Minimize the glaringly obvious anti-Pagan, if not more broadly anti-religious. . . intolerance of some U*U "Humanists" in Providence, Rhode Island may be read here.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

"Schizophrenia Is A Terrible Thing Isn't It?"

The above words were launched in my direction by a woman entering the Unitarian Church of Montreal today as I was outside protesting the false and malicious labeling of my revelatory religious experience "your psychotic experience" by Rev. Ray Drennan and other hostile and malicious pathologizing of yours truly by small-minded and suspicious minded U*Us. Will such foolish people never learn?

In the past I have displayed picket a picket sign slogan that says -


I am now considering making a new picket sign slogan that says -


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

No Justice = No Peace

These fine words were posted on the wall of the lobby of the First Unitarian Church of a major American city south of the Mason-Dixon line. I am very much in agreement with them and have said similar things in the past. Until Unitarian Universalists begin to actually live up to these fine words (to say nothing of many other fine words that U*Us abjectly fail, and even obstinately refuse. . . to live up to) there will be no peace between the Emerson Avenger and outrageously hypocritical U*Us who refuse to walk what they talk.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Anonymous U*U's Latest DIM Thinking U*U BS Rant Is Hereby "Completely Thrashed". . .

On his 'Heresioliogy' blog Indrax rather *too* optimistically proclaims that I was "completely thrashed" by this recent post by Anonymous U*U to the comment section of my post about Rev. Ray Drennan's own public rant in a Montreal Gazette Op/Ed article that intolerantly, and rather offensively. . . "completely thrashed" former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Roman Catholic state funeral. While I certainly agree that Anonymous U*U engaged in some verbal thrashing about in his or her most recent rant about me the fact of the matter is that his or her verbal thrashing about was all but completely ineffectual, as my point-by-point rebuttal of Anonymous U*U's DIM Thinking rant clearly demonstrates. Herewith, for everyone's further education and enlightenment is my point-by-point response to Indrax's recent blog post -

:Robin Edgar just got completely thrashed.

Correction Anonymous U*U *attempted* to completely thrash me but his or her thrashing was in vain as may be seen in my point-by-point rebuttal of his or her "spectacular" example of DIM Thinking U*U BS that may be read here. . .

:Some anonymous UCM member let him have it.

Some Anonymous UCM member spouted a lot of U*U BS that is not supported by the readily verifiable facts and documentation.

:There is much useful information, most of it makes my job harder.

Actually Anonymous U*U's rant contains much misinformation and disinformation that quite regrettably makes everyone's job harder. . . It is however very useful to me as it serves to illustrate the kind of DIM Thinking institutional denial that Anonymous U*U, and rather too many other U*Us. . . have engaged in throughout this conflict.

The fact that CC had not heard about the alleged "chair throwing incident" should tell U*Us something. . . The fact that Anonymous U*U's recent rant is, so far, the first and only time that this alleged "chair throwing incident" has ever been mentioned and the fact that, in spite of my public challenge to U*Us to do so no U*U has provided the slightest corroborating testimony or evidence about this alleged incident, should make it clear to U*Us that the alleged "chair throwing incident" never happened or, if it did, I was not in any way involved in it.

There's a little mission for you Indrax. I suggest that you inquire with the Unitarian Church of Montreal about this alleged "chair throwing incident" and share your findings with us so that we may further discuss Anonymous U*U's demonizing allegations about me. . . Write an email to the Board of the UCM asking them to provide information about this alleged "chair throwing incident" that Anonymous U*U has failed to substantiate inspite of my public challenge to do so.