The Emerson Avenger

The Emerson Avenger is a "memory hole" free blog where censorship is scorned. This blog will "guard the right to know" about any injustices and abuses that corrupt Unitarian Universalism. Posters may speak and argue freely, according to conscience, about any injustices and abuses, or indeed hypocrisy, that they may know about so that the Avenger, in the form of justice and redress, may come surely and swiftly. . . "Slowly, slowly the Avenger comes, but comes surely." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

In 1992 I underwent a profound revelatory experience of God which revealed that the total solar eclipse "Eye of God" is a "Sign in the Heavens" that symbolizes God's divine omniscience. You may read about what Rev. Ray Drennan of the Unitarian Church of Montreal contemptuously dismissed as my "psychotic experience" here: - This revelatory religious experience inspired me to propose an inter-religious celebration of Creation that would take place whenever a total solar eclipse took place over our planet. You may read about what Rev. Ray Drennan and other leading members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal falsely and maliciously labeled as a "cult" here: - I am now an excommunicated Unitarian whose "alternative spiritual practice" includes publicly exposing and denouncing Unitarian*Universalist injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy. The Emerson Avenger blog will serve that purpose for me and hopefully others will share their concerns here. Dee Miller's term DIM Thinking is used frequently and appropriately on this blog. You may read more about what DIM Thinking is here -

Friday, August 31, 2007

Rev. Diane Rollert Is Now Officially An U*U In The Media. . .

Rev. Diane Rollert, the now not quite so brand spanking new minister of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, has now officially achieved "U*Us In The Media" status in a brief report that is very appropriately headlined 'Man contests minister's bid for restraining order' in the Montreal Gazette today. Irwin Block's story is alternatively headlined 'Court asked to restrain church protester' in another online version of the report. The Gazette justifiably markets itself as Montreal's only English-language daily, and I have equally justifiably protested The Gazette's repeated refusals to responsibly report on my trials and tribulations with Montreal Unitarian U*Us, to say nothing of failing to report other important stories that the Montreal public has a right to know about. . . by displaying a picket sign slogan saying -


This is the first time in almost a decade that the Montreal Gazette has seen fit to publish a bona fide news report of any substance about my ongoing peaceful public protest against diverse U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal. No less than three Gazette journalists (or former Gazette journalists) are members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal and at least one former Gazette employee, Nancy Lorimer, is a long time member of what could be described as the U*U "Church" of Montreal. The three Gazette journalists who are members of the U*U "Church" of Montreal are Mark Abley, Sue Montgomery, and Harvey Shepherd. I have some reason to believe that they have may have exerted some influence to keep this story out of 'The Gazette' until now, and that these same Gazette employees may well have exerted some influence to ensure that a Gazette reporter was waiting for me as I exited the courtroom following my second court appearance arising from Rev. Diane Rollert's deeply misguided, and almost certainly futile. . . attempt to obtain a restraining order from the Quebec Court that would effectively force a 12 month (or less. . .) suspension of my peaceful public protest in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal.

Yes, you read that right, in past blog posts I may have truthfully, albeit somewhat inaccurately, stated that the court ordered restraining order that Rev. Diane Rollert is foolishly seeking would effectively force an end to my protest activities in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal; however, as Irwin Block's 'Just the facts Ma'am' Gazette news report more or less makes clear, any restraining order, assuming it was ever successfully obtained and enforced (something that IMNSHO is rather unlikely to actually happen. . .) would only require yours truly to "enter into a recognizance to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for any period that does not exceed twelve months." As I said elsewhere on the internet earlier today, the last time I checked. . . my protest activities in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal fit the description of "peaceful public protest" and, amongst other things. . . are intended to expose and denounce the well-documented bad behaviour on the part of Unitarian*Universalist U*Us, including intolerant and abusive U*U clergy who only an U*U would deny are guilty of conduct unbecoming a minister aka clergy misconduct. In my books, my ongoing peaceful public protest against diverse U*U injustices, abuses, and quite outrageous hypocrisy can be quite justifiably described as being "good behaviour".

Montreal Unitarians, to say nothing of lifelong U*Us U*U World-wide, might do well to recall that when I was first expelled from the Unitarian Church of Montreal for a full six months, for doing nothing more than submitting an important letter of grievance to the "church" Board that could have led to a just, equitable and compassionate resolution of this conflict in 1997 had it been responsibly acted upon instead of ignored. . . that I simply took the six month "sabbatical" from the "church" and, upon my return, made it clear to Montreal Unitarians that they still had a serious internal conflict that required some resolution. The restraining order that Rev. Diane Rollert is so cynically and hypocritically, and indeed remarkably foolishly. . . seeking to obtain based on her very dubious claims that my emails to her constitute "email threats", that she is "very frightened of me" and has "reasonable grounds" to believe that I will "commit a serious personal injury offence" against her would not, and could not, enforce a permanent cessation of my protest in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal.

It might interest Rev. Diane Rollert, other Montreal Unitarian U*Us, and U*Us world-wide, to know that one of my all time favorite songs, and one of my all-time favorite National Film Board animations, is 'The Cat Came Back'. . . ;-) Be assured that this "cat" will come come back ASAP in the unlikely event that Rev. Diane Rollert is actually successful in obtaining the restraining order that she is seeking.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

David Wallace Croft In The Court Of Public Opinion. . .

The following letters to the editor were published in The Dallas Morning News in reaction to the recent article titled 'Dad crusades against God in school' about Texas U*U David Wallace Croft's frivolous lawsuit seeking to ban the minute of silence that is observed in Texas schools. I am quite confident that the various letter writers will have no objection to my reproducing their letters verbatim here. I am embedding appropriate links into the text -

Letters: Moment of silence challenged

06:37 AM CDT on Thursday, August 9, 2007

Since when does the minority dictate rules?

Re: "Moment of silence begins court battle – C-FB ISD: Dad crusading against God in school; alleges it backs prayer," Tuesday Metro.

I am angry, tired of one person or one small group controlling what happens in schools, businesses or other such places. I thought this country was based on majority rules.

A moment of silence is just that – a moment when you can think of anything you wish. It is time to stand up and make as much noise as that small minority that wishes to change these things.

Nancy Jones, Lewisville

Activist is just a nuisance to schools, courts

It's unfortunate that such a flap should be raised over the state's moment of silence in public schools, which is certainly within the bounds of constitutionality.

As for "one nation under God" in the pledge, "in God we trust" on our currency or singing any Christmas song, these are all part of American cultural tradition and will withstand any First Amendment challenge. If David Wallace Croft were a true humanist, he would live and let live instead of being a nuisance to the school district and the courts.

Mike Cinolotac, Arlington

Homeschooling could solve his problems

David Wallace Croft claims to advocate justice for all. He does not want his children exposed to other people's cultures, practices, morals, beliefs or values, but he apparently wants his crammed down everyone else's throats.

If he is so unhappy with the education, events and exposure his children receive in public schools, why doesn't he do the obvious – homeschool them? By homeschooling, he can teach his children his narrow views, including how to sue anyone over anything.

Carol Cotton, Dallas

We must be silent, even if only for a minute

As a high school teacher, I inform my students that it is a rule in my classroom to be silent during the minute of silence. It is often the only minute of genuine silence any of us gets all day.

In David Wallace Croft's zealous anti-religious campaign he forgets that in a society that places high value on freedom of speech, it is at least of equal importance that we be given an opportunity to listen, if only for a minute.

Melody Barnhart, Lewisville

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Uncommon Denomination aka The Unreligion. . .

Maybe U*Us should consider marketing U*Uism as the 'Unreligion'®. After all it worked quite nicely for 7*UP in the late 1960's and 70's when it chose to go head-to-head with Coca-Cola, aka 'The Real Thing'. I think that it just might be a spectacular marketing coup for the U*U "church" to market itself as 'The Unreligion'®, especially since U*Uism is apparently having an increasingly difficult time pretending to be 'the Real Thing' when it comes to being a religion these days. . .

I wonder if U*U marketing geniuses like UUA President William Sinkford and UUA Congregational Services Director Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris would ever go for it? After all it does seem to me that the UUA's 'Uncommon Denomination' marketing slogan may well have been inspired by my UNSAFE SECT? picket sign slogan. ;-)

Why not go all the way President Sinkford, and market U*Uism to the non-U*U World as 'The Unreligion'®? Heck! It would even seem to be a quite logical evolution from your 'Uncommon Denomination' marketing campaign. N'est-ce pas?

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David Wallace Croft Is A Pain In The U*U. . .

Just saying. . .

According to The Dallas Morning News -

Among many parents at Rosemeade Elementary, he is viewed as a nuisance.

But David Wallace Croft says he is fighting against the influence of "Judeo-Christian monotheism."

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Way to go Dave! You sure know how to put the 'un' in UNitarian. . .

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Google *IS* On My Side aka The Ghost *IS* In The Machine. . .

Well what do U*Us know?

I just Googled the word kickass, just to see how commonly (or not) the term kick*ass is used with no space or hyphen between the kick and the ass, and look what Google (seemingly in hand with "The Lord") more or less handed me on the proverbial platter. . .

More U*U ass to kick.

Maybe I really should praise the Lord for passing the ammU*Unition!

More on this later. . .

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Re*Igniting A Kick*Ass Flaming Chalice Under Mary Bennett's U*U

British U*U blogger Stephen Lingwood just saw fit to post about a 'Kick-ass chalice' that he just acquired on his 'Reignite' blog.

Apparently Stephen has been looking for a kick-ass flaming chalice since June.

Here are the two follow-up comments that I just submitted to the two respective posts -

Ever since the rather unfortuitous unilateral creative decision of CUC Executive Director Mary Bennett to insert famous U*U Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s drawing of an asshole between the twin cheeks of what is now known U*U World-wide as U*Uism, to symbolize the purported "inclusiveness" of the U*U "religious community". . . it would probably be advisable to avoid using terms like "kick-ass" to describe U*U religious symbols and/or U*U religious paraphanalia etc. ;-)

I would think that this official UUA flaming chalice logo would make a real kick-ass flaming chalice if you used this flame in it. . .

The Unitarian*Universalist Fellowship of Mordor anyone? ;-)

Monday, August 13, 2007

Anti-Catholic Intolerance And Bigotry In Unitarian*Universalism

Two weeks after U*U ministerial hopeful David Kling posted about the anti-Catholic bigotry that he encountered during a U*U "leadership training" at the Midwest Leadership School in July, Patrick Murfin blogs about the alleged anti-Irish bigotry of "famous Unitarian" Theodore Parker and the shameful anti-Catholic heritage of Boston Unitarians on his 'Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout' blog.

Here is the comment that I just posted in response to his blog post, with pertinent embedded links -


from: anonymous

date: Aug. 13th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)

:Anti-Catholicism remained a strain of though (sic) in Unitarianism well into the 20th Century.

Try the 21st century Patrick. There is no shortage of anti-Catholic intolerance and bigotry amongst U*Us, including U*U clergy. . . here and now. Here is a blog post about a very recent example of anti-Catholic intolerance and bigotry on the part of a U*U minister.

When Rev. Ray Drennan verbally defecated all over former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Roman Catholic rite state funeral in his appropriately titled 'Wrong Message' Op/Ed piece in the Montreal Gazette I responded by displaying the following picket sign slogans -




If you are wondering what a "Trudeau Salute" is just Google it.

I also wrote a letter to the editor decrying Rev. Ray Drennan's anti-Catholic bigotry, which likely has its root causes in his Presbyterian Orangeman roots. . . only to discover that fifty other people had done likewise. Five representative letters, including one from a "devout atheist" of Roman Catholic background were published, further tarnishing the already seriously tarnished image of the Unitarian Church of Montreal.

:Beacon Press was still publishing—to great success—anti-Catholic screeds in the 1950’s.

Interesting. That might help to explain why the UUA hired an anti-religious bigot who had most of the trappings of a Presbyterian Irish "Orangeman" (except that he was a fundamentalist atheist "Orangeman" as it were) as a U*U minister as recently as the mid-1990s. . .

:UU’s have worked studiously to forget all of this.

Well they have certainly worked studiously to refuse to acknowledge this. . .

:When the topic is brought up, they are apt to stick their fingers in their ears and start humming loudly.

Believe it or not, a few U*Us have acktually done this walking past my picket signs that, amongst other things. . . protest against the anti-Catholic intolerance and bigotry of Rev. Ray Drennan and other "like-minded" U*Us.

:When I have brought the subject up before, I have been attacked for doing so.

Ditto. Indeed I have been physically assaulted by some U*Us for bringing up this and other subjects. Of course the verbal attacks are actually more harmful and damaging than the physical ones.

:And some defend anti-Catholicism as the legitimate aspect of the Radical Reformation heritage of which we are a part.

Yup. . .

:Others point to abuse scandals and the increasingly authoritarian and rigid posture of the Church with a certain smug “I told you so” attitude.

While denying, ignoring and minimizing the abuse scandals and the increasingly authoritarian and rigid posture of the U*U "Church". . .

Robin Edgar aka The Emerson Avenger

David Oliver Kling Is A Star. . .

I have just asked David Oliver Kling for permission to reproduce this post on his Fortitude of Spirit blog verbatim on The Emerson Avenger blog. For now just go there and read it to see how U*U clergy are continuing to affirm and promote anti-Catholic, anti-Christian and more broadly anti-religious intolerance and bigotry within the U*U World. The follow-up comments by concerned individuals and David Oliver Kling's responses to them are well worth a read too. I will be responding to his blog post in more detail later.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Contrarian Hoosier Joel Monka Explains Why He Loves U*U

Meanwhile, over in the Unitarian*Universalist Issues Beliefnet forum, contrarian Hoosier U*U Joel Monka presents this ringing endorsement of U*Uism. . .

Yes, I also found old-line humanists with spittle-flying fulminations against "God-talk". . . but I also found other members who would bring things in to church that they thought might interest me. I have since been to enough other congregations to know how lucky I was to find just what I needed at my first visit. . . but I also know that although many U*U congregations would not have suited me, there is no possibility that any other denomination could have. And in the end, that is what I love about U*U: whether it be despite or because of the abysmal leadership, it has enough looseness around the edges to allow a bunch of contrarian Hoosiers to create exactly the congregation I needed, the congregation no other denomination would tolerate. That alone is enough for me to love U*U.

Jamie Goodwin's U*U Crisis Of Faith. . .

Another one bites the dust. . .

Jamie Goodwin somewhat innocently presented an online survey to his congregation in regards to service times at the Unitarian*Universalist Church of Akron. Included in his survey was a place to leave comments. Many of the responses were neutral and not a few supportive but, according to Jamie Goodwin, "there were many, many comments left on that survey which are just mean spirited, unfair, and flat out rude."

Jamie Goodwin is wondering, very seriously considering, if Unitarian Universalism is the right faith for him.

Jamie Goodwin is wondering if a faith that remains creedless and unwilling to address matters of theology is conducive at all to any kind of healthy and caring community because he is not seeing it.

Jamie Goodwin sees a lot of infighting and righteous anger. He sees a lot of people assuming that because they do not acknowledge any kind of spiritual authority means that they do not have to respect anyone else's viewpoint or knowledge. He is seeing a lot selfishness and arrogance.

At one point Jamie Goodwin even had a resignation letter all typed out. Not resigning from the board at his church or even the worship council, but from the entire church - from Unitarian Universalism as a whole.

Yet Another Disillusioned Unitarian*Universalist

It would appear that self-described U*U Geek, Donald Wilson, has come to a sad realisation -

"It's a sad, sad day when you realise that you've been screwed over by the dishonest and short-sighted people of the world more times while doing the work of your faith than anytime else."

I think that it is reasonable to presume that many, if not most. . . of the "dishonest and short-sighted people" that Donald Wilson is complaining of having been "screwed over by" in this blog post are people of the U*U World, aka Unitarian*Universalists, aka U*Us. I would certainly be quite interested in hearing more about how "dishonest and short-sighted" U*Us "screwed over" Donald Wilson. For now I will just call Donald Wilson's attention to a rather pithy saying of Rev. William Sloane Coffin that is sometimes most ironically displayed on the "Wayside Pulpits" of various Unitarian*Universalist "churches" -

"So you're disillusioned.

Big deal.

All that means is that you were illusioned in the first place."

Very apropos I think. . .