The Emerson Avenger

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

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Unitarian Church of Montreal Engages In False Advertising. . .

Rev. Priscilla Richter just made a blog post titled What’s In A Name? Data on UU nomenclature on her Seeking Sophia blog. In it she erroneously states that the Unitarian Church of Montreal, apparently once known as the Church of the Canadian Church, is "still legally named The Church of the Messiah." This is no longer true. The alleged Unitarian Church that is commonly known as the Unitarian Church of Montreal voted to change its legal name from The Church of the Messiah to The Unitarian Church of Montreal as it is commonly known. Here is a comment that I posted to Rev. Richter's blog bringing that fact to her attention. It provides some background to that comparatively recent change in the legal name of the Unitarian Church of Montreal and makes some points about "What’s In A Name?" that I have made previously here and there on the internet but have not to my recollection devoted a TEA blog post to -

The Unitarian Church of Montreal is no longer legally known as The Church of the Messiah. The congregation voted to change the legal name to The Unitarian Church of Montreal some months ago. The name change began as an attempt by Rev. Ray Drennan and other atheist "Humanist" Montreal Unitarians to get rid of the word "church" in the legal name and no doubt the common name of this alleged "church". In fact there were one or two congregational votes to change the legal name of The Church of the Messiah to the Unitarian Congregation of Montreal or the Unitarian Community of Montreal (or some similar terminology) in the last several years but they failed to achieve the two-thirds vote necessary to change the legal name of this "church".

In his missionary zeal to ensure that the word "church" was eradicated from the legal name of the Unitarian Church of Montreal Rev. Ray Drennan once announced in the "church" newsletter prior to one of the previous congregational votes that it was "false advertising" to continue to call the Unitarian Church of Montreal aka Church of the Messiah a "church". In a follow-up letter to the editor of the NUUS UCM member Kenneth Howard QC rightly pointed out that it was equally false advertising to call the Unitarian Church of Montreal "Unitarian" considering that the word Unitarian implies belief in one God. As far as I am concerned both of these atheist "Humanist" Montreal Unitarians were quite right and it was, and still is. . . highly misleading, if not outright false and fraudulent, "advertising" to call the Unitarian Church of Montreal a "church" or even "Unitarian".

I should add that calling itself a Unitarian "church" is by no means the only false advertising that the Unitarian Church of Montreal engages in and that much of its other "advertising" can be shown to be highly misleading, outright false, and even quite fraudulent in that Montreal Unitarians make various claims about themselves that they should know are not true.

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