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

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Rev. Ray Drennan Returns To The Scene Of The "Hate Crime". . .


Yes, believe it or not Rev. Ray Drennan showed up for the New Year's Eve service of the Unitarian Church of Montreal today. I was caught off guard having no warning whatsoever that he would show up in Montreal after absconding to New Brunswick a while back but low and beholden there he was right before my eyes and my handy dandy Nikon D70s DSLR. . .

WASU* Prosecution Witness Jeremy Searle Deserves A Trudeau Salute For Attacking Civil Rights & Freedoms


Former Montreal City Councillor, and one time candidate for mayor of the borough of N.D.G., Jeremy Searle surveys the alleged "image tarnishing" "hate speech" in front of the Unitarian "Church" of Montreal. So why does loudmouth borough mayor wannabe Jeremy Searle deserve a "Trudeau Salute" you ask? Because he was one of the *star* prosecution witnesses of the Unitarian Church of Montreal who sought to undermine and abrogate my Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guaranteed right to peaceful public protest by misusing and abusing a very rarely enforced criminal law that prohibits disrupting a church service in the Canadian Criminal Code in a deeply misguided effort to obtain a court injunction prohibiting my peaceful public protest in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal.

Jeremy Searle described my peaceful public protest activities as "hate speech" and "hate crime" in his highly misleading complaints filed with the Montreal police force and he clearly pressured Montreal police to have me arrested even though the police initially refused to do so and upheld my Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guaranteed right to peaceful public protest. Jeremy Searle lied through his teeth during the trial accusing me of doing things that I have never done at all to anyone let alone him.

Come to think of it. . . The Anonymous U*U from the Unitarian Church of Montreal is similarly guilty of accusing me of doing things that I have never done at all. I guess I can reasonably consider that Anonymous U*U from Montreal may well be one Jeremy Searle although the likelihood of that is open to some debate. Never-the-less there are some strong similarities in their DIM Thinking behaviour. . .

It is quite possible that, since he was a Montreal city councillor and clearly had no qualms about lying to Montreal police and prosecutors and even shamelessly lying during sworn testimony in front of a judge during my criminal trial, Jeremy Searle may well have exercised some undue influence in pushing for my false arrest on those trumped up criminal charges (see 176:3) of which I was rightly acquitted after demolishing his own testimony, as well as that of Valmyre aka Val Bourdon, during the prosecution phase of the trial when I personally cross-examined their highly questionable, highly misleading, and even outright false sworn testimony.

* WASU = White Anglo Saxon Unitarian

The Emerson Avenger Celebrates New Year's Eve Paparazzi Style!




Nikon D70s digital SLR with 18-70mm and 70-300mm zoom lenses - $1800

2 Gigabyte Sandisk Ultra II Compact Flash memory card - $59.99

New Year's Eve "Paparazzi" photos of Montreal Unitarian U*Us - priceless

Unitarian Church of Montreal member Ruth di Giovanni kicks one of my picket signs that protests against the "injurious and untrue" malicious labeling of the inter-religious celebration 'Creation Day' as a "cult" by intolerant and abusive anti-religious Unitarians. Most ironically the slogan on the other side of the sign that she is kicking says -

"CHURCH" OF THE "PSYCHOTIC" REACTION

in protest against fundamentalist atheist U*U minister Rev. Ray Drennan's contemptuous dismissal of my revelatory religious experience as "your psychotic experience". . .

Saturday, December 30, 2006

UUA President Bill Sinkford Has Ignored My "Obviously Deep Concerns" For Over Four Years Now

Copied below is the full text of an email exchange that I had with UUA President Bill Sinkford in May of 2002. He thanks me for writing and sharing my "obviously deep concerns" with him and then passes the buck to Rev. David Hubner who was head of the UUA's negligent and complicit Ministerial Fellowship Committee at the time. Needless to say the MFC blew me off yet again and Rev. Bill Sinkford has studiously avoided waging peace with me ever since. . .

The "In faith" salutation used by UUA President William G. Sinkford, and indeed other UUA officials, to sign off their letters and emails is particularly annoying in that President Sinkford and various other UUA officials have acted in considerable bad faith towards me and no doubt other victims of U*U clergy misconduct and other U*U injustices and abuses for many years now. . .

My picket sign slogan that said -

A "CHURCH" THAT ACTS IN BAD FAITH

comes to mind whenever UUA officials use the effectively meaningless "In faith" sign off.



From: William Sinkford
To: 'robinedgar1@netscape.net '
Cc: David Hubner
Sent: Thu, 9 May 2002 09:36:02 -0400
Subject:


Robin, thank you for writing and sharing your obviously deep concerns. The appropriate person to review your complaints is Rev. David Hubner, head of our Department of Ministry. I've asked him to review the file on this matter and respond to you directly.

In faith,

Bill

-----Original Message-----
From: robinedgar1@netscape.net
To: wsinkford@uua.org
Sent: 5/2/02 6:03 PM

Robin Edgar
15 Lafleur apt. 11,
Verdun (Montreal) Quebec
Canada H4G 3C3

Rev. William Sinkford
President of the Unitarian Universalist Association
25 Beacon Street, Boston MA May 1, 2002

Dear Rev. Sinkford,

Today marks the second anniversary of my public protest in front of 25 Beacon Street in early May 2000. I was protesting against the failure of the UUA's Ministerial Fellowship Committee to responsibly redress my own and other UUs' legitimate grievances about abusive clergy misconduct. I was also protesting against the anti-religious intolerance and even outright bigotry that is quite pervasive within UUism since the clergy misconduct that I was subjected to arose directly from the religious intolerance, even anti-religious bigotry, of a UU minister. My case does
not involve sexual misconduct however I am concerned about the MFC's past failure to responsibly redress other UUs' complaints about sexual misconduct by UU clergy. In fact, my protest was approved by members of UUs for Right Relations. Prior to picketing 25 Beacon Street I asked representatives from UUs for Right Relations if they felt that my public protest might be detrimental to their efforts and I was quite prepared to refrain from picketing 25 Beacon Street if they felt that this was the case. Their response, after discussion at a UUs for RR meeting, was that they had no objections to my public protest and felt that it might do some good . Some were already quite familiar with my ongoing protest in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal most Sundays since late May 1998, and some even wished that I could stay in Boston for a few days longer to publicly protest at a UUA Trustees meeting that was being held later that week.

My protest was pointedly ignored and arbitrarily dismissed by most UUA administrators. I did get a better response from some UUs visiting 25 Beacon Street but the fact remains that most UUA administrators willfully ignored my protest and pretended that it had no legitimacy whatsoever. Only one UUA administrator bothered to enter into dialogue with me. I believe it was John Weston. We did have a civil conversation, and he did seem genuinely concerned, however when I called him and various other UUA staff after returning to Montreal, it became abundantly clear that they had been instructed by top level UUA officials not to speak to me.


I had intended to contact you after giving you a few months to settle in as the new President of the UUA and to ask you to ensure that my serious grievances, particularly my formal complaints about the abusive clergy misconduct by Rev. Ray Drennan of the Unitarian Church of Montreal that the UUA's Ministerial Fellowship Committee unjustly, inequitably, and uncompassionately rejected in the spring of 1996, are finally responded to by the UUA in a responsible manner that clearly lives up to both the letter and the spirit of the Seven Principles and other UUA policies, particularly the UUMA's Guidelines and Code of Professional Practice and indeed the new Safe Congregations program that you were closely involved with. Needless to say the tragic events of September 11th 2001 caused me to hold off for a while and to give you and the new UUA administration some more breathing space. In that I expect significant progress to be made in this matter by the UUA GA in June I feel that now is a good time to raise this matter, indeed it is rather overdue. I regret that circumstances prevented me from contacting you earlier and giving you and the new UUA administration more time to deal with this matter before the UUA GA in June however you still have almost two months to make the significant progress that I seek. In my opinion this matter could be largely resolved within two months if the UUA, the MFC, and indeed the Unitarian Church of Montreal made a sincere effort to responsibly redress my serious grievances rather than willfully ignoring them, unjustly rejecting them, and even quite severely punishing me for refusing to accept the unjust, inequitable, and far from compassionate rejection of my legitimate grievances. I am now an "excommunicated" Unitarian as a result of this abuse.

Unless the Ministerial Fellowship Committee removed my original correspondence from Rev. Ray Drennan's file these letters should be available to you. You may not however have the significant amount of additional documentation that arose from the serious escalation of this situation due to the failure, indeed the willful refusal, of the MFC and the Unitarian Church of Montreal to responsibly redress my serious grievances which could have been largely redressed by a formal apology and retraction within the first year or two of this dispute. Due to the repeated punitive measures that I have been subjected to by UUs for refusing to accept their injustices and abuses, I now insist that Rev. Ray Drennan must be responsibly disciplined by both the UUA's Ministerial Fellowship Committee and the Unitarian Church of Montreal for his demeaning and abusive behavior towards me (to say nothing of others) and the further harm that he has caused to me and to others by obstinately refusing to accept any responsibility for his harmful words and actions. I also expect the UUA and the Unitarian Church of Montreal to formally acknowledge the additional injustices and abuses that I have been subjected to as a result of their past refusals to responsibly redress my serious grievances. I expect genuine restorative justice in this matter.

I am formally asking you to ensure that my serious grievances are finally responsibly investigated and redressed by the UUA according to the latest UUA procedures. I expect to be provided with a UUA advocate. I not only expect genuine restorative justice to be done I expect it to be seen to be done by the UU religious community as a whole. In fact the upcoming UUA GA in Quebec City presents an opportunity to do just that if this dispute can be largely resolved by then. I believe that it can be if the UUA responds in a timely manner that is entirely consistent with UU principles and purposes. I am prepared to enter into dialogue
with you personally indeed I would like to do so. I am confident that via civil dialogue you will soon discover that I have much to contribute to UUism and not just in terms of exposing injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy within the UU community although I will not abandon that role. I am very concerned by the anti-religious intolerance that quite evidently pervades contemporary UUism thus making some, even many, UU congregations far from Welcoming and even rather less than Safe for God believing people in general and Christians in particular. Besides sharing my concerns about serious problems within contemporary UUism, I have plenty of other positive contributions to make, some being of considerable significance and value to the religious community as a whole.

Sincerely,

Robin Edgar

Friday, December 29, 2006

The U*U Hole Brought to U*Us U*U world-wide by the DIM Thinking indrax troll

Thanks to the indrax troll's incessant SPAMMING of The Emerson Avenger blog I have been inspired to create the U*U Hole. All future SPAM posts, and unapproved posts made by anonymous or pseudonymous U*Us etc, will be relegated to this special purgatory of The Emerson Avenger blog in order to prevent inordinate SPAMMING of comment threads.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Just How Ethical Is This Questionable Manipulation Of Charitable Trusts Rev. Charles Eddis?

From: Coming of Age Story The CUC and The UUA

CANADIAN UNITARIAN INDEPENDENCE: LOSS, RISK, AND OPPORTUNITY

A Working Paper Written by Charles Eddis

Minister Emeritus, The Unitarian Church of Montreal

May 9, 2001

Then in 1983 another fund appeared, the Liberal Religious Charitable Society. Because of restrictions in the bequest, the UUA could only spend this money outside of the United States. Accord number four was then worked out. The CUC agreed to pay all the money it raised, less $4,000, to the UUA. The UUA, in return, would give the CUC the same amount out of the restricted funds of the Liberal Religious Charitable Society.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Waging Peace Or Waging Hypocrisy? Take 2 UUA President Bill Sinkford

In his Holiday message UUA President William G. Sinkford aka Rev. Bill Sinkford outdoes himself in the hypocrisy department.

He begins his hypocritical Holiday message with the obligatory quote from the Dalai Lama -

"Peace is not simply the absence of war. It is not a passive state of being. We must wage peace, as vigilantly as we wage war."

The 14th Dalai Lama

Unfortunately UUA President Bill Sinkford is an outrageous hypocrite who hasn't made the slightest effort to practice what he preaches about waging peace in terms of his human relations with me. I have presented President Sinkford with several opportunities to wage peace with me over the years but, like a certain former Iraqi dictator we all know, UUA President William G. Sinkford never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to begin to wage peace with me. . .

President Sinkford says, "We take stock of our world and wonder what the next year will bring. A time of turning, a time of realigning our lives with our values, a time of longing for our hearts' desires."

Well Bill would be very well advised to take stock of his own U*U World, including an email that I cc'd to him just the other day. If he fails or refuses to realign his own life with the purported values of his beloved U*U community aka the Uncommonly Hypocritical Denomination he will discover that the next year will bring continued and even escalated war in the U*U World rather than peace.

President Bill Sinkford says - "Last summer, I was in Kyoto, Japan, for the Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace, participating in conversations focused on building bridges between religious traditions and sects. I sat with leaders from Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, and Jewish communities for honest exchange, deep sharing, and respectful dialogue. Together, we crafted statements of belief and understanding, and trust and hope grew among us. Yet the religious leaders from the Holy Land, representing the three great Abrahamic traditions, were not able to agree on even a common preamble, let alone a joint statement. That failure haunts me."

If Rev. Bill Sinkford and other outrageously hypocritical U*Us continue to fail or refuse to enter into "honest exchange", "deep sharing", and even "respectful dialogue" with me and sincerely attempt to rebuild trust and hope his own abject failure will haunt him for years to come. . .

President William Sinkford goes on to speak about the war aka quagmire in Iraq in the following terms - "Meanwhile, in Iraq, civil war rages on, growing worse by the day. More and more people now acknowledge the futility of this war and the fact that “winning" (whatever that would look like) is not possible."

Just insert Montreal where it says Iraq and you will see that Rev. Bill Sinkford has a U*U war of words going on here that is so much of a quagmire that people may one day refer to a Mexican Standoff as a Unitarian Standoff. . . In reality the U*U "religious community" long ago lost the war of words that it chose to start with me and it has been mired in an increasingly ludicrous quagmire for over a decade now.

There is no way that the Unitarian*Universalist aka U*U "religious community" can possibly hope to ever win the ridiculously drawn out war of words that it foolishly started with me at least as far back as November of 1995, when the intolerant and abusive fundamentalist atheist minister of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, Rev. Ray Drennan, falsely and maliciously labeled Creation Day as "your cult" and contemptuously dismissed my revelatory religious experience as "your psychotic experience." I officially reaffirmed my claimed revelation of God once again on December 22nd, 2006, the day after the winter solstice. Not that I really needed to as I have never stepped away from that claim of a bona fide revealtion of considerable significance at any time since I first made it in 1992. . .

Rev. Bill Sinkford says - "I traveled to Japan again last month to celebrate the one hundredth birthday of Nikkyo Niwano, the founder of the Rissho Kosei-kai. There I was invited to reflect about self-assessment as a way of moving toward peace. How, I wondered, can we move toward change and reconciliation if we have not first looked within ourselves?"

Quite regrettably UUA President Bill Sinkford never bothered to engage in any "self-assessment as a way of moving toward peace" in terms this ongoing war of words that he is perfectly aware of, and has been repeatedly reminded about over the years, going at least as far back as his presidential election campaign in which he ran against Rev. Diane Miller. Stop wondering Bill, you know perfectly well that you and other outrageously hypocritical U*Us cannot move toward change and reconciliation with me if you have not first looked within yourselves, to say nothing of responsibly reopening and looking into my original grievances arising from Rev. Ray Drennan's demeaning and abusive clergy misconduct and how the UUA's Ministerial Fellowship Committee effectively endorsed his anti-religious intolerance and bigotry. . .

President Sinkford says, "Lao-Tzu reminds us that peace in the world must begin with peace in our hearts. His insight holds a key for us all. By looking inward we may see clearly the complex truths of our lives and our histories."

No kidding Bill. . . the truths of *our* lives and *our* histories would be a whole lot less *complex* if you and your predecessor as President of the UUA one Rev. Dr. John A* Buehrens had responsibly acted upon my serious grievances against Rev. Ray Drennan rather than pretending that his glaringly obvious anti-religious intolerance and bigotry was "within the appropriate guidelines of (U*U) ministerial leadership."

Oh so passive Rev. Bill Sinkford then says, "We may then commit ourselves to the spiritual practice of waging peace—in our hearts, at home, in our congregations and communities, and in our world. It is within our most intimate relationships that we first must lay the seeds of peace, seeds that may eventually grow into respectful dialogue at the diplomatic table."

So get with the program Bill and stop ignoring my emails and obstinately refusing to so much as acknowledge receipt of them. Put up or shut up Bill. Start actually waging peace. Start laying the seeds of peace by genuinely bending towards justice rather than cynically and hypocritically bending justice as you, the UUA, and its obviously negligent and complicit Ministerial Fellowship Committee have been doing for years now.

President Bill Sinkford says, "When I think of what this season can offer I remember that the word Hannukah means "rededication." Let us rededicate ourselves to waging peace."

Yes by all means Bill. Let you and other U*U hypocrites rededicate yourselves to waging peace; although for the life of me I don't know how you can possibly rededicate yourselves to an activity that there is no evidence that you ever engaged in in the first place. . . at least insofar as your own and other U*U hypocrites' rather inhuman human relations with me.

UUA President William G. Sinkford more or less concludes his outrageously hypocritical Holiday message by saying, "Let us answer the religious call to join hands with people of all faiths and move forward together, with hope burning bright in our hearts."

That's funny Bill but I seem to recall that about a year ago now I offered you the opportunity to do exactly that with me and other people of all faiths all around the world but you quite consciencelessly ignored that generous offer and made not the slightest effort to wage peace with me. You are an outrageous hypocrite President Sinkford and you will remain an obvious hypocrite until such a time as you begin to actually practice what you and other outrageously hypocritical U*U "religious professionals" so insincerely and even quite fraudulently preach.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

A "Human Rights"? Lawyer Declares That The Emerson Avenger Possesses Reason!

As I was protesting again today in front of the Quebec Human Rights Commission a man exited from the building carrying a large sample-case type of briefcase. He read my picket sign slogans that were directly facing him which said -

LA COMMISSION DES DROITS DE LA PERSONNE DU QUÉBEC TOLÈRE L'INTOLÉRANCE ANTI-RELIGIEUSE

and

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION CONDONES RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE AND BIGOTRY

He looked me straight in the eye and said,

"Vous avez raison."

A totally literal word-for-word translation of that French phrase would be "You have reason."

That's just the kind of thing a Unitarian, even an unjustly excommunicated Unitarian who is seriously debating just how closely he even wants to associate himself with what Ralph Waldo Emerson called "corpse-cold Unitarianism". . . would want to hear.

In short he was saying, "You're right."

I asked "Est-ce que vous etes un avocat?" ("Are you a lawyer?") as his large sample case clearly suggested that he was a lawyer, and he answered that he was indeed a lawyer. He then suggested that I should sue the Quebec Human Rights Commission ("Vous devez les poursuivre.") and added, "Ils font absolument rien." ("They do absolutely nothing.") which certainly does correspond with my own bitter experience of the QHRC which, in at least one significant way, was actually worse than if they had done "absolutely nothing". . . This lawyer, who I can reasonably assume is a human rights lawyer who has some experience in dealing with the QHRC, went on to say how lodging a human rights complaint with the Quebec Human Rights Commission was just a useless waste of time as he continued on his way. I would have to concur.

It is of course very gratifying to receive outspoken validation and moral support of my protest against the failure of the Quebec Human Rights Commission to responsibly address human rights violations involving religious discrimination and harassment from a lawyer who presumably has some direct personal experience with the QHRC. I have also been getting plenty of validation and moral support from the general public, including some people who have their own bad experiences with the Quebec Human Rights Commission. I have been getting a fair number of thumbs up from the public including two thumbs up twice over from a 60 something gentleman who looked me in the eyes, smiled and displayed two thumbs up on entering the building and again on leaving the building. Some of the office workers didn't take me all that seriously at first, and a few even mocked me vis a vis that nasty four letter word "cult", but after explaining what my protest is all about I have gained their respect and interest and some are asking me serious questions about the issue.

The Solar Temple cult is in the news these days because a former leader of the Solar Temple was just acquitted of encouraging the mass suicides of 1994 and 1995. A young office worker asked me if the 'C' word on my picket signs referred to the Solar Temple cult. I explained how Rev. Ray Drennan and other Montreal U*Us had labeled Creation Day as a "cult" to my face. I then told him that in fact the former President of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, Frank Greene, had made a "joke" that snidely insinuated a link between Creation Day and the Solar Temple cult in the fall of 1994 not long after the first mass suicides had been reported in the news. A young woman chimed in and said, "Shouldn't you be in front of your church?" and I responded by saying, "Don't worry I am. . ."

The Emerson Avenger Hereby Inaugurates The Arguing With Idiots Thread. . .

In anticipation of future arguments with idiots, U*U or otherwise. . . on The Emerson Avenger blog , I am hereby inaugurating a thread devoted exclusively to arguing with idiots. . . Any future argument that devolves into arguing with an idiot, with the exception of idiotic arguments with the indrax™ troll who has more than earned himself his own special thread on The Emerson Avenger blog, will be referred to this thread.

Due To indrax™'s SPAMMING & Trolling TEA®* Is Compelled To Create This 'Arguing With indrax™' Thread

See above. More details about how this 'Arguing With indrax™' thread will be managed will be posted down the road a bit. . .

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Yes there is just a little bit of *creative license* being employed here since The Emerson Avenger has not *really* registered TEA as a trademark.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Does The Emerson Avenger Have Uncanny Timing Or What?


This is just *too* funny. . . I just decided to run a Google search on Pierre Marois, who is the President of the Quebec Human Rights Commission, because I wanted to see if I could find a recent photo of him so I could determine if he was amongst the various people who had seen my protest outside QHRC offices and who I thought might be QHRC officials. The number one search result in the initial Google word search was this newspaper article in 'Le Devoir' about how Pierre Marois had been accused of psychological harassment by an employee of the Quebec Human Rights Commission. What a joke!

When I converted the search to an image search it brought up results that confirmed that Pierre Marois had entered and left the offices of the Quebec Human Rights Commission and had walked past my picket signs several times during my lunch hour protests, including today's protest where he gave me a long hard look as he stubbed out a cigarette in the large outdoor ashtray against which I lean my picket signs that say -

CULT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD

WHAT "CULT"? JOHN INDER?

That means that he is fully aware of my protest activities that expose and denounce the fact that the Quebec Human Rights Commission has failed me, and indeed other people, when it comes to dealing with religious discrimination and harassment but has made no attempt whatsoever to communicate with me, nor has he delegated anyone else to speak with me about my protest.

A Google words search on - "Pierre Marois" droits - Turned up this recent press release from the Quebec government which indicates that Pierre Marois only just took up his functions as President of the Quebec Human Rights Commission again on December 11th after having asked to be provisionally relieved of his duties as President of the Quebec Human Rights Commission in September of 2005 as a result of the psychological harassment complaint brought against him. . .

Me Pierre Marois reprend ses fonctions de président de la Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse

MONTRÉAL, le 23 nov. /CNW Telbec/ - La Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse annonce que Me Pierre Marois reprendra ses fonctions de président de la Commission à compter du 11 décembre prochain. Cette annonce fait suite à la conclusion d'une entente entre la CDPDJ, son président Me Pierre Marois et madame Ginette L'Heureux concernant des plaintes de harcèlement psychologique.

Rappelons qu'en septembre 2005, Me Marois avait demandé d'être relevé provisoirement de ses fonctions dans le but de préserver la crédibilité de l'organisme et que Me Marc-André Dowd a assumé la présidence par intérim au cours de cette période.

The press release clearly states that Pierre Marois stepped down as President of the QHRC in order to "préserver la crédibilité de l'organisme". I don't think that there is any need to translate that phrase into English is there? Well unfortunately the credibility of the Quebec Human Rights Commission was once again put into question just days after Pierre Marois took up his duties again. I look forward to seeing just what QHRC President Pierre Marois will do to try to preserve the credibility of the Quebec Human Rights Commission in the face of my public protest that exposes and denounces its glaring lack of credibility when it comes to responsibly handling my own and other people's complaints about religious discrimination and harassment. . .

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The Emerson Avenger Lights A Candle Under U*U Asses. . .



A U*U minister who I respect and have never had any problems with says on his blog -

I’m acutely aware (maybe because my own mood has been so capricious lately) that this time of year can be incredibly hard. We may want to feel "joy to the world" but we also feel our losses so deeply. Grief in full measure can be what the holidays bring. So let’s be compassionate and make sure there is no pressure to be "merry," even as we welcome these winter holidays. The lights of Hanukkah, the Yule log, the candles of Advent…they all are reminders that even though it is a dark time of year, we can hold out hope for each other.

Light one candle this year for the people who are suffering, and let its light bring compassion to all and genuine peace on earth.

end quote

It is a fine sentiment but, in light of just how uncompassionate most of the U*Us I know have proven themselves to be, I could not restrain myself from responding to his suggestion by submitting the following comment.

One Response to “The Shortest Day of the Year…”
on 21 Dec 2006 at 3:41 pm 1 Robin Edgar said …

Well I hate to have to say so Sean but as someone who has endured all kinds of insults, abuses, and injustices at the hands of outrageously hypocritical U*Us, right up to this very day. . . and who knows of plenty of other cases of U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy, if I light a candle it is going to be right under the ass of U*U hypocrites. I am pretty sure I did that yesterday in terms of an email communication that I cc’d to UUA President Bill Sinkford.

No offense is intended to you personally I have never had any problem with you but God knows that a great many of the U*Us I know apparently don’t know the meaning of the words justice, equity and compassion. As long as that remains so there will be no peace between me and outargeously hypocritical U*Us. Now I must head off to protest U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal.

I wish you a happy Winter Solstice and all the best for the New Year which starts right about now as far as I am concerned,

Robin Edgar

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Kiss This U*U eh

I just received the following Out of Office AutoReply to an important email regarding the insulting and defamatory language and otherwise unbecoming conduct of "Christian" U*U minister Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang that I sent to Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris and cc'd to UUA President Bill Sinkford and one or two other U*U eh officials earlier today. In light of all the U*U BS that I have had to put up with from the UUA and it's negligent and complicit Ministerial Fellowship Committee over the years, right up until this very day. . . the UUA and indeed the MFC can kneel and kiss my U*U one hundred times. ;-)

Subject: Out of Office AutoReply: The UUA and MFC are acting in bad faith once again. . .
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 21:16:16 -0500
From: "Tracey Robinson-Harris"
To: "Robin Edgar"
Thanks for your message. I will be out of the office from Thursday December 21 until Tuesday January 2. The UUA is closed for the holidays from 2 p.m. Friday December 22 until January 2. I will reply to your message when I return to the office.

May abundant blessings of this season be yours.

Tracey Robinson-Harris
Director for Congregational Services

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Rumi

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The Emerson Avenger Was Apparently Able To Astonish Bernard Landry Much Sooner Than Expected!

As I reported yesterday I unexpectedly encountered former Quebec premier Bernard Landry as he left the building that houses the offices of the Quebec Human Rights Commission. He saw my picket sign slogans stating that the Quebec Human Rights Commission tolerates and/or condones anti-religious intolerance and bigotry and, after I briefly explained to him that the QHRC has a poor track record when it comes to dealing effectively with complaints involving religious discrimination and harassment, he responded by saying, "Ca m'étonnerais." (That would astonish me.) Well, as it turns out, Bernard Landry came out of the same doors again today at around 1:20pm or so as I was protesting in front of the QHRC offices. I saw him through the glass as he was entering the revolving doors and we made eye contact. He obviously recognized me from our encounter of yesterday.

Once M. Landry was clear of the revolving doors and walking towards me I said, "Si tu fais un 'tit investigation de mon cas tu seras étonneré." Translation - "If you do a little investigation of my case you will be astonished." (or surprised) He indicated that he hadn't heard me properly so I reminded him about his "Ca m'étonnerais" statement of yesterday and repeated what I had just said. He then asked me what my specific case was. I responded that it was me against the Unitarian Church of Montreal and that my human rights complaint arose out of the fact that the former minister of the Unitarian Church of Montreal (Rev. Ray Drennan) had labeled an inter-religious event that I had organized as a "cult" and that, above and beyond that intolerant and abusive damaging slur, Rev. Drennan had labeled me as "psychotic" because I was claiming a religious experience.

Needless to say I pointed to the prominently displayed picket sign that says CULT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD when explaining my case to M. Landry. I stated that falsely accusing someone of belonging to a cult, or falsely accusing someone of trying to start a cult, was one of the very worst things that someone could say about another person's religious activities. Bernard Landry nodded to indicate his agreement on that point. I drew the analogy that I often draw to underline that point and told M. Landry that accusing someone of being involved in a cult had pretty much the same "dynamique sociale" as accusing someone of being "une sorcière" (a witch aka sorcerer) one or two hundred years ago or a Communiste in nineteen fifties America.

I added one other analogy that I knew that M. Landry would understand very clearly. It was an analogy that I had already considered drawing in the follow-up letter that I was planning to write to him as a result of yesterday's encounter (an encounter that I did not expect to be repeated again today) but had not yet decided to use or not since it was a potentially delicate one for a Quebec separatist politician. Since Bernard Landry was once again standing right in front of me, and was clearly interested in hearing what I had to say about the Quebec Human Rights Commission, I decided to throw caution to the wind and added that falsely accusing someone of being involved in a cult was also analogous to falsely accusing someone of belonging to the FLQ (a Quebec separatist terrorist group) in the 1960's and early 1970's. Not only did Bernard Landry not take the slightest offence at my drawing this particular analogy but he even responded to it with some ironic dry humour by saying, "Ou même un membre du PQ." (Or even a member of the Parti Quebecois." I immediately pointed out that the humourous analogy that he drew wasn't really valid in that the Parti Quebecois was a legitimate democratic political party and clearly was not a dangerous terrorist group like the FLQ was. Needless to say he indicated that I was quite right about that.

I explained to M. Landry that I had first brought my case to the attention of the Quebec Human Rights Commission within a few months after the Unitarian Church of Montreal had arbitrarily rejected my initial grievances against Rev. Ray Drennan. I told him that I never got further than the telephone receptionist who insisted that my complaint did not fall within the mandate of the QHRC. I told him that I approached the Quebec Human Rights Commission again in 1998 after a law student who had done a presentation about human rights had insisted that my case was a good one and that the QHRC should handle it but that I was again blown off by the QHRC's telephone receptionist who insisted that my complaint about Rev. Ray Drennan's and Montreal Unitarians' religious discrimination and harassment did not fall within the mandate of the Quebec Human Rights Commission. I told M. Landry that after I had been permanently expelled from the Unitarian Church of Montreal for protesting against the relgious intolerance and bigotry of Rev. Ray Drennan, and after having been falsely arrested on trumped up criminal charges brought against me by Montreal Unitarians, that I reapproached the Quebec Human Rights Commission yet again and this time refused to take no for an answer. I told him that the agent that I dealt with had told me that he would reject any complaint that I submitted to him but had also told ne that I could appeal his rejection.

It was clear that Bernard Landry was not impressed by the fact that an agent of the Quebec Human Rights Commission had told me that he would reject my complaint before I had even written it up and submitted it to him. I can't remember whether or not I also mentioned that the QHRC agent who handled my case had repeatedly insisted in our meetings that Rev. Ray Drennan's obvious anti-religious intolerance and bigotry, and the punitive expulsions from the Unitarian Church of Montreal, were "not discrimination." I did however tell M. Landry that I submitted my complaint against Rev. Ray Drennan and the Unitarian Church of Montreal, that the QHRC agent had rejected my complaint just as he had said he would, that I had then appealed his decision just as I told him I would. . . and that whoever handled my appeal had decided that my complaint was in fact within the mandate of the Quebec Human Rights Commission and that it did appear to be a case of religious discrimination and harassment. I told M. Landry that after about two years of bureaucratic delay in which a number of letters were exchanged the Quebec Human Rights Commission simply closed my case and refused to bring it before a human rights tribunal without providing any explanation whatsoever for their dropping of the case and their refusal to proceed with my case.

Throughout our discussion which lasted several minutes Bernard Landry was clearly interested in what I had to say, repeatedly indicated that he agreed with the points that I made about the 'C' word and indeed the 'P' word, including concurring with my FLQ analogy, and did indeed seem to be surprised, if not astonished, that the Quebec Human Rights Commission had failed and had effectively repeatedly refused to hold Rev. Ray Drennan and the Unitarian Church of Montreal accountable for their very obvious religious discrimination and harassment. As he once again went on his way Bernard Landry wished me luck by saying, "Bonne chance." I am quite sure that he was sincere in wishing me well. Of course, as far as I am concerned luck should not be part of the equation. Truth and some willingness on the part of the Quebec Human Rights Commission to responsibly carry out their mandate to deal with my own and other cases of religious discrimination and harassment is all I should really need.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Will The Emerson Avenger Be Able To Astonish Bernard Landry? Time Will Tell. . .



Well I finally got around to making two French language picket sign slogans for my ongoing protest in front of the Québec Human Rights Commission yesterday and just in a nick of time too. . . since Bernard Landry, the former Parti Québecois leader and premier of Québec walked out of the building that houses the offices of what is known in French as La Commission des Droits de la Personne du Québec as I was protesting during the lunch hour this afternoon. He stopped and stood less than ten feet in front of me as I faced the doorway where people were exiting the building and he took the time to read the bilingual picket sign slogans that were directly facing him. I briefly explained to him that I was protesting against the failure, and even the refusal, of La Commission des Droits de la Personne du Québec to responsibly act upon my grievances about religious discrimination and harassment. I did not go into any details of my case as there was simply no time to do so but when he said, "Ca m'etonnerais." (That would astonish me.) in response to my initial assertions I responded that the Quebec Human Rights Commission actually has a rather poor track record when it comes to dealing with complaints about religious discrimination and harassment and, at least in my own case, is extremely reluctant to handle them at all. M. Landry said something to the effect that he would "look into it" and then crossed the road to get into an awaiting car. I am seriously thinking of following up on that providential meeting with a former premier of Québec and asking Bernard Landry to see to it that the Quebec Human Rights Commission's handling of my own case, and other cases involving religious discrimination and harassment, are responsibly subjected to some "oversight" by an appropriate department of the Québec government.

Last night I protested as people were leaving from work between about 4pm and 6pm. Two different people leaving the building approached me and expressed their own dissatisfaction and disillusionment with the handling of their own cases by the Quebec Human Rights Commission. Neither case involved religious discrimination and harassment but that does not change the fact that two people who had some experience with the QHRC were far from impressed by how it responded to their complaints. The first person was a tall gentleman and I have an idea who he might be but will keep it to myself for now just in case I am mistaken. He saw my picket signs slogans and immediately said, "You're right. . . They f*ck you." He did not go into any detail about his case but made it clear that he felt that he had been seriously jerked around by the Quebec Human Rights Commission and that they had failed to protect his human rights. He said that he was writing a book about his unsatisfactory experience with the QHRC. The second person to approach me was an American expatriate who went into considerable detail about how the Quebec Human Rights Commission had not only failed to protect her from age discrimination but how it's handling of her case was characterized by bureaucratic bungling and incompetence. We actually spoke for quite some time and I encouraged her to write about her experience in detail and post it to the internet.

That's all for now. More later. . .




The above photo of The Emerson Avenger aka Robin Edgar was taken by noted Montreal photojournalist Benoit Aquin.

Merci Benoit!

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The Emerson Avenger Concurs With Malcom X On Brotherhood. . .

"I believe in the brotherhood of all men,
but I don't believe in wasting brotherhood
on anyone who doesn't want to practice it
with me. . .

Brotherhood is a two-way street."

Malcom X
(Al - Hajj Malik El - Shabazz)
(1925-1965)

American Transcendentalist Bronson Alcott Lambastes Unitarian Felons

"Individuals are sacred.
The world, the state, the church, the school,
all are felons whenever they violate
the sanctity of the private heart."

Bronson Alcott (1799-1888)
American Transcendentalist, teacher and writer.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

WHAT "CULT" JOHN INDER? "SOLAR TEMPLE" FRANK GREENE?

Well today's exercise of my "alternative spiritual practice" of protesting against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy in front of the so-called Unitarian "Church" of Montreal was relatively uneventful. There were however a couple of things worth mentioning. I am currently displaying the following hard hitting picket sign slogans quite prominently.

WHAT "CULT" JOHN INDER?

"SOLAR TEMPLE" FRANK GREENE?

One sign is held in each hand and I do my best to ensure that people entering the Unitarian "Church" of Montreal see them.

One woman approaching the "church" from the east took a long hard look at these two slogans and said, "I don't like that." I responded to her comment by saying, "I don't like it either. . ." and then said that it was "incredibly stupid" for the whole congregation of the Unitarian Church of Montreal to ignore my serious grievances arising from the false and malicious labeling of Creation Day as a "cult" for over ten years. The woman did not respond verbally but she none-the-less gave me a look that seemed to indicate that she empathized and understood and respected my stance.

If I am not mistaken this same woman had made a similar comment several weeks ago to which I had responded that if she didn't like what she saw on my picket signs that she should "do something about it". She had responded that she had tried to do something but had been unsuccessful. I don't doubt that over the last decade a few members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal have tried to persuade the "church" leadership to respond to my grievances in a responsible manner and have either been ignored or blown off. It must be a frustrating and disillusioning experience for a concerned member of the Unitarian Church of Montreal to attempt to live up to U*U principles that "covenant" to "affirm and promote" "justice, equity and compassion in human relations" only to face resistance from "church" leaders. My motto however is "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." If this woman and even as few as a half-dozen "like-minded" members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal worked together to petition the leadership and congregation of the Unitarian Church of Montreal to finally respond in a genuinely responsible manner to my serious grievances they just might be able to persuade the congregation to "do the right thing". As long as this woman and other "like-minded" Montreal Unitarians just give up after making some kind of an attempt to persuade the "church" to actually practice what it preaches rather than repeatedly making a total mockery of the purported principles and purposes of the what is now known as the U*U "religious community" justice will continue to be delayed and denied.

Another thing that happened is that, once again, a couple of DIM Thinking Montreal Unitarians made allusions to having me killed. . . One fellow who is the kind of Montreal Unitarian who studiously avoids looking at my picket sign slogans by staring at the sidewalk as he approaches the "church" met up with another Montreal Unitarian on the main walkway into the Unitarian Church of Montreal. He commented to the effect that in a "third world country" he could gather up or "hire" a bunch of "tribesmen" and have me killed. The other Unitarian concurred and then made an "air gun" (as it were) and, pointing his imaginary sub-machine gun* at me, made it clear that in "a third world country" I could very easily be taken care of. This is not the first time that some Montreal Unitarians have made allusions to having me killed. I do not consider this particular behaviour to constitute an actual threat against my personal safety and thus will not waste the time of the Montreal police force by reporting it as though it was an actual threat against me but it certainly does serve to illustrate that at least a few Montreal Unitarian U*Us would apparently be quite happy to see me "terminated with extreme prejudice". . .

That's all for now.

* In that the DIM Thinking Montreal Unitarian's imaginary gun consisted of two fists held about a foot apart at waist level rather than raised to eye level as a rifle would be I can reasonably interpret this U*Us gesture to be suggesting that a short burst of sub-machinegun fire could solve the problem of my peaceful public protest if Canada was "a third world country". Thankfully it is not. . .

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Quebec Human Rights Commission Protest Day 2


Today was the second protest action in front of the offices of the Quebec Human Rights Commission in Old Montreal. I did not protest yesterday because it was raining and I no longer have transparent plastic bags to protect my picket signs from rain thanks yo the seizure and destruction of many of my picket signs by a couple of overzealous Montreal police officers last fall. The protest action went very well and public response was very good. I am posting a photograph of today's protest action.

More details later.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Emerson Avenger Protests The Failure Of The Quebec Human Rights Commission To Protect His Human Rights

In a slightly belated celebration of International Human Rights Day I began my public protest in front of the Quebec Human Rights Commission in Old Montreal today. I have intended to publicly protest against the Human Rights Commission's failure, and even refusal, to responsibly act upon my legitimate human rights complaints about the anti-religious intolerance and bigotry of Rev. Ray Drennan, Frank Greene, and other Montreal Unitarians; as well as the unjust retaliatory punitive expulsions that I have been subjected to by the Board and congregation of the Unitarian Church of Montreal for writing letters of grievance and publicly protesting against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy in front of this so-called Unitarian "Church".

Various factors caused me to hold off from publicly protesting in the months immediately following the Quebec Human Rights Commission's refusal to bring my complaint before a human rights tribunal in December of 2003. When I learned that Rev. Ray Drennan was taking an unexpected early "retirement" as the minister of the Unitarian Church of Montreal early in 2005 I decided to hold this public protest in reserve and concentrate my efforts on persuading the Unitarian Church of Montreal to subject Rev. Ray Drennan to accountability for his anti-religious intolerance and bigotry before he left the building as it were. Obviously Montreal Unitarians refused to subject Rev. Drennan to any accountability for his intolerant and abusive clergy misconduct before sending him off to New Brunswick and Rev. Peter Boullata* did absolutely nothing to try to clean up Rev. Ray Drennan's mess while he was interim minister of the Unitarian Church of Montreal in 2005 thus leaving Rev. Diane Rollert holding the proverbial bag as its new settled minister. . . Yes, this public protest in front of the Quebec Human Rights Commission is one of the handful of actions that I decided to hold in reserve for the arrival of the new settled minister of the Unitarain Church of Montreal if Montreal Unitarians foolishly refused to responsibly redress the various injustices and abuses that they have subjected me to over the last decade or so before their new settled minister arrived.

My protest began just before noon and continued until about 2pm catching most of the lunch hour crowd entering and leaving the office building that the Quebec Human Rights Commission has its offices in. I intend to keep the protest up throughout the week and possibly even longer if I decide that it is necessary or desirable to extend the protest. Hopefully the Quebec Human Rights Commission will respond to my public protest against its failure to protect my human rights in a much more timely and responsible manner than the Unitarian Church of Montreal has. I sure wouldn't want to feel obliged to protest for months and years due to obstinate and foolish institutional stonewalling and denial on the part of the Quebec Human Rights Commission. I am reasonably confident that the QHRC will respond to my protest in a timely and responsible manner, especially in light of a pleasant informal chat that I had with an employee of the QHRC as I was protesting this afternoon. He provided some valuable information and advice to me. At present I am optimistic that my public protest against the QHRC's failure to hold Rev. Ray Drennan and the Unitarian Church of Montreal accountable for their intolerance and bigotry and related injustices and abuses, such as the unjust punitive expulsions, will have a satisfactory outcome in the coming weeks.

As usual, public response to my one man protest was quite positive. People who asked what it was all about understood right away that the false and malicious labeling of Creation Day as a "cult" by Rev. Ray Drennan, Frank Greene, John Inder and other intolerant and abusive Montreal Unitarians most certainly constitutes discrimination and harassment on religious grounds even if the Quebec Human Rights Commission is apparently unready, unwilling, or somehow even unable to do so. Everyone I spoke to, including the employee of the QHRC that I spoke at some length with, agreed that falsely and maliciously accusing someone of belonging to a cult or trying to start one is the modern equivalent to accusing someone of being involved in a coven of witches a century or two ago. The QHRC employee agreed that Frank Greene's "joke" that insinuated a link between Creation Day and the notorious Solar Temple suicide cult was "un peu trop".**

My picket sign slogans were -

THE QUEBEC HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REFUSES TO PROTECT MY HUMAN RIGHTS

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION CONDONES RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE & BIGOTRY

CULT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD

WHAT "CULT" JOHN INDER?

"SOLAR TEMPLE" FRANK GREENE?

French language picket signs will be made later today or tomorrow but most Montrealers are bilingual and even unilingual Francophones can easily understand what "religious intolerance & bigotry" means since these English words are virtually identical to the French ones.

More details later. . .


* Rev. Peter Boulatta is a common misspelling of Rev. Peter Boullata

** "un peu trop" is French for "a bit much".

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Emerson Avenger Observes International Human Rights Day

As part of observing International Human Rights Day today I am reposting this post that I made in Beliefnet UU Challenge and Critique a few years ago.

In my 'Disruptive Behavior' thread I said -

If it is perfectly acceptable to solicit people to sign Amnesty International petitions and to hand out other letters and pamphlets etc. about human rights abuses during "Coffee Hour" why is it not acceptable to distribute letters of grievance about internal human rights abuses at the same time? Other than hypocritical double
standards of course...

"ChaliceChick" responded -

What human rights abuse? The UDHR is here:

http://www.un.org/rights/50/decla.htm

Where was it violated? I mean, you may think that your situation is as bad as a torture victim's but you've got understand that many people won't see it that way.

Here is my response to CCs' challenge...

Here we go CC...

As promised, you will find below the full text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights interspersed with my commentary contained in brackets showing how UUs have flagrantly disregarded or clearly violated numerous articles of the UDHR within the context of the UU religious community.

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be
disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."

(I dare say that maybe the UUA would do well to see to it that every UU congregation has a copy of the UDHA displayed for its members to see. The UUA, its Ministerial Fellowship Committee, and the congregation of the Unitarian "Church" of Montreal could benefit considerably from refamiliarizing themselves with the ideals expounded in the UDHR...)

PREAMBLE

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

(I'm still waiting for UUs to show some recognition of my own inherent dignity to say nothing of the inherent dignity of other God believing people in general and Christians in particular... I and other UUs have yet to benefit from equal and inalienable rights within the pathetically dysfunctional UU family. It is abundantly evident that UUs have willfully and flagrantly undermined freedom, justice, and
peace within the UU religious community in terms of this particular conflict but no doubt UUs have done this in many other ways...)

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the commonpeople,

(UUs have displayed disregard and contempt for my human rights. Rev. Ray Drennan's abusive clergy misconduct and subsequent UU injustices and abuses could justifiably be described as "barbarous acts" and they have outraged the conscience of some members of humankind... not the least of them my conscience. Sadly, as I have previously remarked most of the UUs I know seem to confuse freedom OF conscience with freedom FROM conscience... UUs have clearly infringed in my ability to "enjoy freedom of speech and belief" to say nothing of "freedom from fear and want"...)

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

(Because UUs have abjectly failed, indeed obstinately refused... to ensure that my own and other people's human rights are protected by UU "rule of law" I have been compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to a certain amount of rebellion against UU tyranny and oppression...)

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

(UUs have failed miserably to promote the development of friendly relations with me to say nothing of many other God believing people...)

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

(Too bad UUs can't manage to walk this talk...)

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

(Regrettably many of the UUs that I know display little respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms with respect to me and other people...)

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

(I agree. A common understanding of these rights and freedoms by UUs is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge by UUs...)

Now, Therefore,

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

proclaims

THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

(I can't say that UUs "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures secure their effective recognition and observance by UUs. Of course I could say the same thing about the "covenants" expressed in the Seven Principles and other UU empty promises and hypocritical posturing...)

Article 1.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

(Rev. Ray Drennan and a whole lot of other UUs have failed miserably to act towards me in a spirit of brotherhood)

Article 2.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

(Rev. Ray Drennan and other UUs have infringed on my liberty and even my security of person)

Article 4.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

N/A

Article 5.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

(I have been subjected to what could rightly be described as moderate to considerable psychological torture by Rev. Ray Drennan and other UUs. Having my religious beliefs repeatedly ridiculed by Rev. Drennan and other anti-religious UUs is degrading treatment. Being labeled as "psychotic" "a nutcase" "crazy" "sick prick" "delusional" "suffering from a personality disorder" etc. etc. etc. is degrading treatment. Having Creation Day falsely labeled as a "cult" by Rev. Ray Drennan, Frank Green, John Inder (both past Presidents of the UCM Board) and other UUs is not only degrading it seriously infringes on my religious freedom. The "kangaroo court" cum special congregational meeting and various other unjust punishments by UUs would be seen as being quite humiliating and degrading by most people.)

Article 6.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

(Sometimes I wonder if I have the right to recognition as a person before UUs... Much of the demeaning and abusive labeling serves to dehumanize me and thus deny me a person...)

Article 7.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

(I was by no means equal before "UU law" I was most certainly discriminated against in UU "legal" processes as is clear just in terms of the MFC letters. Not only did I receive virtually no protection from the abusive clergy misconduct of Rev. Ray Drennan but I was repeatedly punished for complaining about it while Rev. Ray Drennan has never been held accountable for his abusive clergy misconduct. There is more that I could add in terms of wider UU discrimination and unjust and unequitable (to say nothing of uncompassionate) treatment of me but the foregoing should be sufficient in terms of illustrating how UU have violated my human rights within the context of the UU religious community.)

Article 8.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

(I have yet to receive an "effective remedy" by "competent" UU tribunals for the acts of Rev. Ray Drennan and other UUs that are clearly violating the fundamental rights granted me by the UU "constitution" (i.e. Seven Principles) or UU "law" (i.e. UUMA Guidelines and Code of Professional Practice) In fact some of my mistreatment by UUs may well violate the provisions of the Canadian constitution and Canadian law. UUs are skating on very thin ice by charging me under a criminal law that is clearly meant to prevent disruption of an actual church service when I am peacefully and usually quite quietly protesting out of sight and out of earshot of the UCM's sanctuary. I may well challenge these charges on constitutional grounds if my case ever gets heard that is...)

Article 9.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

(I put it to you that I was repeatedly subjected to "arbitrary arrest" in terms of internal UU sanctions and punishments. I put it to you that my "exile" from the Unitarian Church of Montreal is unjust, unequitable, uncompassionate and in many ways quite "arbitrary"... Even my arrest on trumped up "public nuisance" charges might fit the "arbitrary arrrest" provisions here. Maybe I should look into that... Certainly the sworn testimony of UUs that finally persuaded the police to arrest me, after they had repeatedly told church members that I had a constitutional right to protest, is full of half truths and whole lies that may well constitute perjury...)

Article 10.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

(I put it to you that I have not been treated with "full equality" under UU "law". I have yet to receive a "fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial UU tribunal in the determinition of my rights" in terms of my grievances. The "kangaroo court" cum special congregational meeting in which I defended myself against the trumped up "criminal charges" that were brought against me by the UCM's Board was very "public" but it was far from "independent", far from impartial and far from fair. In fact it was a carefully maniputed process that was heavily biased in favor of the "church" and I was essentially treated as though I was "guilty until proven innocent".

These and other UUs still have a "guilty until proven innocent" attitude but of course they dare not provide a "fair and public hearing" where I could prove my innocence to say nothing of Rev. Ray Drennan's guilt...)

Article 11.
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.

(Ah well there we go... In terms of the "penal offences" that I was accused with in the UCM's "kangaroo court" I was in fact presumed guilty and given very little fair chance to prove my innocence. In fact I was cut off before I could respond to the third and most serious of the three "charges" that they brought against me. I had few guarantees necessary for my defence but I can assure you that these UUs did everything they could in terms of manipulating the process to guarantee that I would be expelled by the congregation.)

(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

(Actually my first six month expulsion from the UCM, ostensibly for writing one more letter to the Board than they wanted to throw in their recycling bin, can readily be seen as my being "held guilty" of a "penal offence" on account of an act which did not constitute a "penal offence" under UCM "law" at the time when it was committed...

The same might be said about my subsequent temporary expulsions for picketing the "church". You may recall that the chair of the UCM's "Stalinistic" Disruptive Behavior Committee told me loudly and clearly that they did not care if I did handed out my letters off of church property (which is exactly what I was doing when I was first expelled for six months...) and he even specifically said that they did not care if I picketed the church. Yet I was subsequently temporarily expelled for a year when I began picketing and this year long expulsion was extended by a further six months. An examination of the "penalties" that I was subjected to will show that the UCM repeatedly changed their own rules in the middle of the "game" to suit their unjust, unequitable, and uncompassionate purposes...

Article 12.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

(Seems to me that Rev. Ray Drennan's abusive clergy misconduct as I have previously described it clearly constitutes "attacks" upon my "honour and reputation"... Yet to this very day I have received absolutely no protection whatsoever from UU "law" against Rev. Ray Drennan's demeaning and abusive attacks on me.)

Article 13.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

(Well this may be stretching the above a bit but, just to make a point, my freedom of "movement" within the borders of the Unitarian Church of Montreal was repeatedly restricted... There is no provision for my "return" to the Unitarian Church of Montreal. Indeed I should mention that there was no provision for any appeal of my expulsion from the UCM...

Article 14.
(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

Well I do have the right to seek and enjoy asylum from UU persecution
in other UU congregations.

(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

(I dare say that my "crimes" against hypocritical UUs are in fact quite "political"... Of course they have everything to do with exposing and denouncing Rev. Ray Drennan's and other UUs' anti-religious and abusive acts that are contrary to the purported purposes and principles of the UUA to say nothing of the UUMA Guidelines and Code of Professional Practice)

Article 15.
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

(Again this might be stretching this clause a bit but I have been quite unjustly and arbitrarily deprived of my "citizenship" in the Unitarian Church of Montreal...)

Article 16.
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

N/A

(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

N/A

Article 17.
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Hmmm... I seem to recall having been "arbitrarily deprived" of some picket signs... In fact various UUs have at various times "arbitrarily deprived" me of my picket signs but all of them, except retired Queen's Counsel lawyer Kenneth Howard QC (who really should have known better...), had the good sense to return them to me when I made it clear that I would file theft charges against them.

Article 18.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

(I dare say that within the context of UUism this article of the IDHR has been flagrantly and repeatedly violated by Rev. Ray Drennan and many other UUs. I will spare you the details for now as they should be obvious to all but the most DIM Thinking UUs.)

Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

(UUs have in fact repeatedly censored or suppressed my freedom of opinion and expression. They have repeatedly interfered with my ability to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media.)

Article 20.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

(Within the context of the Unitarian Church of Montreal my own freedom of peaceful assembly and association was infringed when the UCM's Board arbitrarily and unjustly banned Creation Day from being celebrated on church property even though it had been unanimously approved by the RE committee as an adult RE activity. Imight add that the meeting was both a secretive and manipulative perversion of the democratic process... Previously Frank Green, while the UCM's President, had arbitrarily and unilaterally prevented me from starting a group to discuss spirituality because "some people might think that you're trying to start a movement within the church..." He later made a "joke" insinuating a link between Creation Day and the notorious Solar Temple cult while I was organizing the first Creation Day in the fall of 1994. I was later informed that Frank Green had repeatedly labeled Creation day as a "cult" but had had the political astuteness to do so behind my back...)

(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

God forbid that anyone should be compelled to join the Unitarian Universalist Association...

Article 21.
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

(I never tried to get on the Board of the Unitarian Church of Montreal but I am sure that if I had tried to do so they would have found ways to make it difficult or impossible for me to do so. I should have been allowed to be present at the October 1994 UCM Board meeting in order to answer questions about Creation Day and respond to any objections. I was barred from the totally secretive and quite manipulative "in camera" segment of this meeting in which they banned Creation Day from being celebrated on "church" property. Less than a month later Rev. Ray Drennan was labeling Creation Day as "your cult" to my face... Need I say more?)

(2) Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country.

(It seems to me that I did not have equal access to the "public service" of the UCM...)

(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

(Some, even much, UU "democracy" is a pathetic sham that in no way parallels normal political processes. Many UU "elections" are far from "genuine" and the "suffrage" is neither universal nor equal.)

Article 22.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

(I think that I could reasonably argue that the UCM's anti-democratic banning of Creation Day, to say nothing of Rev. Ray Drennan's and other UUs' more serious demeaning and abusive treatment of me, infringed on my entitlement to "realize" my own and others' "cultural rights" that are "indispensable" for my own and others' dignity and the free development of my own and others' personality.)

Article 23.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

N/A but... I was arbitrarily passed over (discriminated against) by Frank Green when the UCM needed to replace its caretaker, even though I really could have used the job at the time and had previously filled in for the caretaker when he took a few weeks holiday in Europe. In fact, the caretaker recommended me to replace him and I had made it clear to the church secretary that I was ready, willing and able to replace him. Of course this had nothing to to with Frank Green's suspicious minded labeling of Creation Day as a "cult" etc.

(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

N/A

(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

N/A

(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

N/A However... The repeated malicious interference of UUs in my religious activities, including but not limited to my efforts to establish Creation Day as a legitimate inter-religious event sponsored by the UU religious community, has clear parallels to union-busting dirty tricks...

Article 24.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

(Well I get plenty of "leisure" picketing the UCM...)

Article 25.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

N/A

(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

N/A

Article 26.
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

N/A However, by banning Creation Day the UCM denied some UUs and non-UUs the right to participate in Religious Education on their property...

(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

The Unitarian Church of Montreal and indeed the greater UU "religious community" have indirectly made a mockery of this article in terms of how they have treated me. Creation Day most certainly promoted understanding, tolerance, and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups but these UUs banned it and did whatever they could to destroy my ability to promote Creation Day by labeling it as a "cult"...

(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

N/A

Article 27.
(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

(Seems to me that I did not, and still do not, have the right to freely and fully participate in the "cultural life" of the UU community, or to share in its religious advancement and benefits...

(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

It is possible that by labeling Creation Day as a "cult" etc. that UUs have infringed on my moral rights in terms of Creation Day but this is not certain.

Article 28.
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

(As should be quite evident by, the "social order" of the UU religious community has in fact clearly infringed on the basic rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration of Human Rights. Far from seeing to it that they are "fully realized" within the UU religious community UUs have in fact repeatedly made a complete mockery of some of these rights and freedoms...)

Article 29.
(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.

I put it to you that Rev. Ray Drennan, Rev. Diane Miller and many other UUs have been quite derelict in their duties to the UU religious community. As a direct result of this deriliction of duty the development of my personality, and indeed many other personalities UU and otherwise, has neither been free nor full...)

(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

So far I'm in the clear here at least in terms of Canadian law. I'm still waiting for due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of myself and other God believing UUs. I'm still waiting for the UU "religious community" to meet the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a UU "democratic society", to say nothing of larger society...

(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

N/A

Article 30.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

(I dare say that within the context of the Unitarian Universalist "religious community" UUs do in fact engage in activity and/or perform acts aimed at the destruction of the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.)

There you go CC...

I am sure that you are familiar with the saying -

"Be careful what you ask for lest you get it..."

It is a saying that you and other UUs would do well to pay heed to when dealing with me.


Sincerely,

Robin Edgar

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Friday, December 08, 2006

The Complicit Silence Of UUA President Bill Sinkford aka Rev. William G. Sinkford

Well it has been almost a full month since I sent the email below, dated November 9th, 2006, to UUA President Bill Sinkford. In spite of two follow-up reminders that were cc'd to his personal assistant Julie Shaw and UUA Executive Vice-President Kathleen 'Kay' Montgomery I have not had the slightest response from Rev. William G* Sinkford or any other representative from the UUA. This is typical of the DIM Thinking stonewalling and institutional denial that I have encountered from the UUA and its Department of Ministry since I first filed my initial grievances about Rev. Ray Drennan's intolerant and abusive clergy misconduct in February of 1996. As far as I am concerned, in that UUA President Sinkford is quite evidently not part of the solution to the injustices and abuses that I have brought to his attention over the years, he is a major part of the problem. It is also abundantly clear to most people of intelligence and conscience that Rev. William Sinkford is a shameless hypocrite when one contrasts his words about other injustices and abuses with how he has so negligently and complicitly responded to the internal U*U injustices and abuses that I have called upon him to respond to in a manner that actually lives up to U*U "covenants" to affirm and promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations.


Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 18:45:24 -0500 (EST)
From: "Robin Edgar" Add to Address Book
Subject: Fwd: Re: Justice Delayed and Denied by you and the UUA
To: wsinkford@uua.org, bsinkford@uua.org
CC: kmontgom@uua.org, jshaw@uua.org
Woden's Day November 22nd, 2006

Dear President Sinkford,

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the unjust, inequitable and far from compassionate decision of the congregation of the Unitarian Church of Montreal to permanently expel me for tarnishing the image of the Unitarian Church of Montreal by publicly protesting against the anti-religious intolerance and bigotry of Rev. Ray Drennan, Frank Greene, and other Montreal U*Us; as well as the negligent and hypocritical response of Montreal U*Us and indeed Boston to my serious grievances.

I have yet to receive so much as a confirmation of receipt for the email communications that I am forwarding to you again here. I expect an appropriate response to these email communications by the end of the week.

If I receive no response from you I will consider that you are a knowing and willful participant in the kind of complicit institutional stonewalling and denial that the UUA has engaged in since I first filed my grievances against Rev. Ray Drennan in February of 1996. If I receive no response by the end of the week I will strongly criticize you and the UUA on The Emerson Avenger blog and other internet forums and take steps to ensure that hundreds and even thousands of your fellow U*Us are confronted by that strong and public criticism of you.

Here are some quotes about complict silence that you and other UUA officials would do very well to reflect on -

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)


Oppression can only survive through silence.

Carmen de Monteflores


In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)

Not that I have any reason to consider you to be a friend these days Bill. . .


Sincerely,

Robin Edgar


Note: forwarded message attached.

Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 13:22:40 -0500 (EST)
From: "Robin Edgar"
Subject: Re: Justice Delayed and Denied by you and the UUA
To: wsinkford@uua.org, bsinkford@uua.org
CC: kmontgom@uua.org, jshaw@uua.org

Dear President Sinkford,

The email copied below was sent to you one week ago.

I would appreciate an acknowledgement of receipt ASAP and a timely full response to this email by the end of next week.

Thank you,

Robin Edgar


Robin Edgar wrote:

November 9, 2006


Dear President Sinkford,

Today marks the 11th anniversary of Rev. Ray Drennan's insulting and defamatory attack on me of Thursday November 9th, 1995. On that day Rev. Ray Drennan of the Unitarian Church of Montreal mocked and ridiculed my monotheistic religious beliefs as being nothing but “silliness and fantasy.” He then went on to contemptuously dismiss my revelatory religious experience of God that informed those religious beliefs as “your psychotic experience.” As if these insulting and injurious words were not enough Rev. Drennan also falsely, and I believe quite maliciously, labeled Creation Day as “your cult”. When I challenged Rev. Drennan to qualify what he meant by the word “cult” he responded by saying, “I mean a manipulative and secretive religious group.” Even after I objected to his deeply insulting and damaging allegation Rev. Ray Drennan repeated this injurious and untrue slur at least twice to my face.

I filed a formal complaint about Rev. Ray Drennan's intolerant, injurious and abusive allegations about my religious beliefs and practices on February 14th of 1996. Copies of this initial letter of grievance were provided to all of the Board members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal and to the Presidents of both the UUA and the CUC. UUA President John Buehrens pretended that there was nothing worthy of investigation, but he none-the-less forwarded my complaint to Rev. Diane Miller who was director of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee at the time. Rev. Diane Miller responded to my serious grievances that were reported at length and in considerable detail in my initial letter of grievance by asserting that Rev. Ray Drennan's insulting and defamatory personal attack on me “seemed to us (i.e. the Executive of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee) to be within the appropriate guidelines of ministerial leadership.” When I objected to this highly questionable MFC decision that not only condoned, but effectively endorsed, Rev. Ray Drennan's intolerant and abusive unbecoming conduct in a follow-up letter, Rev. Diane Miller responded by saying, “In my opinion, and that of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, his comments as quoted by you do not warrant the description of "extremely unprofessional and demeaning" responses.” Rev. Miller then quite arbitrarily closed the complaint file.

You have been aware of my serious grievances for several years now. As far as I am concerned, both you and the UUA under your leadership have done virtually nothing to ensure that my serious grievances arising from Rev. Ray Drennan's intolerant and abusive unbecoming conduct as a U*U minister are finally responded to in a manner that actually lives up to the purported principles, ideals, and pertinent policies and guidelines of the U*U religious community. On the contrary it seems that, ever since I first filed my complaint against Rev. Ray Drennan, the UUA and its Department of Ministry have chosen to respond in ways that make a complete mockery of the claimed principles, ideals, policies and by-laws of the U*U religious community. It is totally unacceptable that I should have to continue to live under the demeaning and oppressive shadow of Rev. Ray Drennan's intolerant slurs and slanderous allegations about me, to say nothing of all of the subsequent injustices and abuses that U*Us have subjected me to, because the UUA and it Department of Ministry quite evidently lack the moral and ethical integrity to responsibly implement any genuine restorative justice and proper accountability in accordance with clearly stated UUA principles and MFC guidelines and policies.

For more than a decade I have endured the humiliation of being falsely labeled as “psychotic” or otherwise delusional and mentally ill, not only by Rev. Ray Drennan, but by too many other like-minded U*Us as well. My monotheistic religious beliefs have been repeatedly mocked and ridiculed by U*Us since Rev. Ray Drennan contemptuously dismissed them as “silliness and fantasy” and both the Unitarian Church of Montreal and the UUA's Department of Ministry effectively endorsed his insulting and demeaning words. I might add that I have seen plenty of evidence of anti-religious “Humanist” U*Us mocking and ridiculing the religious beliefs of other God believing people on an ongoing basis. The well-documented failure, and even the obstinate refusal, of both the Unitarian Church of Montreal and the UUA's Ministerial Fellowship Committee to hold Rev. Ray Drennan in any way accountable for his injurious and untrue allegations about me, including his obviously intolerant, false, and outright malicious labeling of Creation Day as a “cult” of the “manipulative and secretive” variety has served to encourage other intolerant U*Us to cast aspersions on me and maliciously describe Creation Day as a “cult”. No less than three leading members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal have labeled Creation Day as a “cult” to my face and I have been reliably informed that others have done so behind my back.

Enough is enough. I demand genuine justice, equity and accountability in this matter, not only in terms of Rev. Ray Drennan's very clearly expressed anti-religious intolerance and bigotry towards me and other people, but in terms of the obviously negligent and effectively complicit condoning of Rev. Ray Drennan's insulting and defamatory unbecoming conduct by the UUA and it's Department of Ministry. I demand that you take steps to ensure that my original grievances against Rev. Ray Drennan are reopened and reexamined by the UUA and that I am able to present additional evidence that supports my complaint against Rev. Drennan that has come to light since I filed it in 1996. I demand that Rev. Ray Drennan must face full accountability, not only for his intolerant and abusive unbecoming conduct that was described in my initial letter of grievance, but also for the additional harm that I and indeed other people, including the members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, have suffered as a direct or indirect result of his refusal to accept any responsibility for his unacceptable words and actions. Rev. Ray Drennan's role in the unjust, inequitable and uncompassionate punitive measures that were taken against me by the Unitarian Church of Montreal must also be properly examined. I demand that the UUA undertake a very thorough and complete investigation of how my serious grievances against Rev. Ray Drennan were (mis)handled by the UUA and its Ministerial Fellowship Committee in the past. Ultimately I expect the UUA, under your leadership, to provide genuine and substantial restorative justice in this matter and deliver a formal apology to me that is closely modeled on the formal apology that the UUA offered to victims of clergy sexual misconduct in 2000. As far as I am concerned

I expect you to stand up and speak out against the kind of anti-religious intolerance and bigotry that I and too many other God believing people have been subjected to, not only by Rev. Ray Drennan but by no shortage of other like-minded fundamentalist atheist “Humanist” U*Us who delight in casting aspersions on theistic religions and believers. I expect you to acknowledge that the anti-Christian and more broadly anti-religious intolerance that militant atheist “Humanist” U*Us regularly engage in makes too many U*U congregations anything but welcoming congregations to God believing people. I have asked you to do this in the past but you have disregarded my requests. I will no longer allow you or the UUA to turn a blind eye to what you once rightly described as my “obviously deep concerns.”


Sincerely,


Robin Edgar

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