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

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 -

UNE EGLISE QUI N'EST PAS TRES CATHOLIQUE

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.

http://fortitudeofspirit.blogspot.com/2007/08/every-man-and-woman-is-star.html

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 -

UNE EGLISE QUI N'EST PAS TRES CATHOLIQUE

and

A "CHURCH" THAT DESERVES A TRUDEAU SALUTE

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

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