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

Friday, December 21, 2007

I Simply Must Protest Against U*U Injustices, Abuses and Hypocrisy

Over on Chalice Chick's Chaliceblog

Robin Edgar said. . .

"Gee," U*Us might have done well to think for yourselves, "what sort of crazy "church" looks at a choice between an intolerant and abusive anti-religious bigot of a U*U minister and a complainant, and gives carte blanche the anti-religious bigot?"

Since very few U*Us have bothered to think for themselves about that I guess I will just have to continue my protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal. I dare say that U*Us quite regularly make asses out of themselves in their foolish responses to my protests. And yes, Montreal U*Us and the UUA have had plenty of opportunity to vote on it. . .

11:40 AM, December 21, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt Errs On The Side Of Censorship. . .

UUA Trustee Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt seems to have issues with a couple of the comments that I posted to her Trustee Talk blog recently. I had successfully posted a comment to her initial post in which I inquired about what UUA Trustees plan to do about dealing responsibly with clergy misconduct. When I posted a second comment to her post Fort Lauderdale GA Has Issues it became clear that Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt had set her TypePad's antispam filter to censor posts submitted by yours truly. She has since "memory-holed" the first comment that I posted to her initial blog post as well. This is most ironic considering the content of my second comment to her blog that you may read below with appropriate embedded links -

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There is something even more squirrelly about the thought of the religious community that once published The Pentagon Papers going to extreme lengths to censor and suppress whistleblowers who dare to expose and denounce internal U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy. The Unitarian Church of Montreal lends a whole new meaning to the term "police harassment" by repeatedly calling the Montreal police force and demanding that they force an end to my peaceful public protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy almost every time I show up. I have been falsely arrested on trumped up criminal charges of which I was rightly acquitted. I have received several questionable fines and have even had my picket signs seized and destroyed by overzealous Montreal police officers. I am currently in the process of challenging its new minister's deeply misguided attempt to obtain a restraining order against me on the highly questionable grounds that she has "reasonable grounds" to fear that I will commit a "serious personal injury offence" against her. I fully expect to deal with further unnecessary police interventions and possible further abuses of police power caused by Montreal U*Us harassing the Montreal police by repeatedly calling in many spurious complaints about my protest.

Those U*U ministers who have been preaching about the slippery slope of American civil liberties, and indeed UUA Trustees, might do well to turn their eyes northwards to see how Montreal Unitarians including U*U ministers, quite possibly with the encouragement and approval of top level UUA administrators. . . are making a total mockery of all seven U*U principles and giving the lie to U*U claims to be great defenders of civil rights and liberties and to be "opposed to censorship by state, church or any other institution." Montreal Unitarians have now repeatedly misused and abused the Canadian Criminal Code, and Montreal municipal bylaws, in their deeply misguided and outrageously hypocritical efforts to censor and suppress my peaceful public protest. Montreal Unitarians have are unquestionably guilty of attempting to use Canadian state laws to impose U*U church censorship on my legitimate protest.

I have very good reason to believe that former UUA President Rev. Dr. John A. Beuhrens actively encouraged, if not outright "pressured", Montreal Unitarians to use what he called "the secular authorities" to censor and suppress my protest. It is not out of the question that current UUA President Bill Sinkford, and other UUA officials, have followed in President Beuhrens' highly authoritarian if not outright totalitarian footsteps. I find it hard to believe that Rev. Diane Rollert, an American U*U minister from Massachusetts, would seek a court ordered restraining order intended to force an end to my protest without first seeking the approval of the UUA's department of ministry or indeed President Bill Sinkford himself.

If you care about the erosion of civil liberties I suggest that you should be every bit as concerned by what U*Us, including at least two U*U ministers, are doing to undermine Canadian civil rights and freedoms in Montreal; to say nothing about the UUA itself which most certainly engages in censorship of the media that it has control over, such as the UU World magazine and UUA web sites and internet list serves etc. There is no question that the UUA fails to live up to U*U claims to be "opposed to censorship by state, church or any other institution.

Quite frankly I wouldn't be surprised that some UUA administrators are quite happy to have the security zone in Fort Lauderdale since I have made it clear that I will bring my protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy to future UUA GAs if the UUA continues to condone the injustices and abuses that have been perpetrated against me and other people by U*U clergy and perpetuated by the UUA's negligent and effectively complicit responses to clergy misconduct of all kinds.

Two hours from now I should be once again engaging in my ongoing "alternative spiritual practice" of publicly protesting against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal. I fully expect squirrelly Montreal Unitarians to once again prove that the rumours of U*Us being great defenders of civil liberties are greatly exaggerated. . .

Here is the full text of my first comment to Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt's Trustee Talk blog that she has consigned to the burgeoning U*U "memory*hole" -

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The UUA's negligent and effectively complicit response to clergy misconduct of various kinds, including but by no means limited too, clergy sexual misconduct, concerns me. So just what does the UUA's Board of Trustees intend to do about what UUA President Bill Sinkford once referred to as my "obviously deep concerns"? I have yet to receive an even remotely satisfactory response to my previous communications with the Board of Trustees.

Posted by: Robin Edgar December 14, 2007 at 12:52 AM

Saturday, December 15, 2007

An Eye Opener For A Young U*U On YouTube

I received a couple of YouTube messages from an apparently young U*U complaining about my U*U Tube videos that document my ongoing peaceful public protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy in front of the self-professed Unitarian Church of Montreal. This U*U on YouTube called me a "lieyer" (sic). Asked, "Why do you hate Unitarian Universalism?" Went on to assert that my "facts on Unitarian Universalism is wrong" and that it was "wrong to lie about Unitarian Universalism!" They also described my "actions" (presumably my protest actions) as "evil". I decided to open the eyes of this apparently quite uninformed, if not willfully ignorant, young U*U and sent the following response to them. I have corrected a few typos, and added a few appropriate links to the text of this YouTube message to a young U*U -

Unfortunately (YouTube handle deleted) I am not lying about U*Uism in anything that I say, and there are U*Us who know very well that I am telling the truth about what I have actually experienced myself or what I have witnessed occurring within the U*U World. Every single picket sign slogan seen in my videos is backed up by plenty of solid evidence that supports what it says.

The UUA has a terrible track record when it comes to dealing responsibly with clergy misconduct, to say nothing of other internal injustices, abuses and hypocrisy. The leaders and congregation of the Unitarian Church of Montreal have perpetrated and/or perpetuated a variety of injustices and abuses upon me as well as upon other people. This is all very well documented.

I am fully aware of the claimed principles and purposes of Unitarian Universalism. I joined the Unitarian Church of Montreal because I believe in those principles. The reason that I am now protesting in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal is because Montreal Unitarians, as well as other U*Us including top level UUA officials, have repeatedly made a total mockery of those claimed seven principles of U*Uism as well as other claimed U*U ideals in their rather inhuman human relations with me. My actions of protesting against well-documented U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy are not "evil" as you claim. On the contrary I am protesting against demeaning and abusive words and actions of U*Us that can be properly described as being "evil" even though I do not use that word very often. As far as I am concerned, and as far as other people who know the truth are concerned, my protest actions are good not evil.

I do not "hate" Unitarian Universalism as you accuse me here. In fact "hate" is not an emotion that I have much use for. I do however have very little respect for people who repeatedly break the "covenants" of the seven principles of U*Uism and pretend that they have done nothing wrong even though they have harmed other people. I will not stop protesting against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy until U*Us responsibly acknowledge the injustices and abuses that they are guilty of perpetrating and/or perpetuating and take steps to redress them. If U*Us want my respect they will have to earn it by acting in a manner that is actually respectable. . . So far, for more than a decade, the leaders and congregration of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, top level UUA administrators and other U*U clergy, and a good number of other individual U*Us have behaved in ways that have earned my disrespect and contempt, to say nothing of the disrespect and contempt of many other people.

If you really believe in the Seven Principles of U*Uism you should enter into a genuinely free and responsible search for the truth and meaning behind the "root causes" of my ongoing protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy. When that responsible search makes it clear to you that I am actually telling the truth about Montreal Unitarians, UUA officials, and other U*Us you might want to work towards providing some real justice and equity for me and other people who have been harmed and victimized by outrageously hypocritical U*Us.

My protest demands that U*Us respect the inherent worth and dignity of me and every other person that U*Us have harmed and victimized. My protest demands that actually U*Us practice genuine justice, equity and compassion in their human relations with me and other people who they have harmed. My protest demands that U*Us practice genuine acceptance of me and other people U*Us have harmed. I am exercising my "right of conscience" when I protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy and I expect U*Us to examine their consciences when they are confronted by my protest, although very few U*Us actually bother to do that. . . My public protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy makes good use of the democratic process "in society at large" in the hopes of persuading anti-democratic U*Us who I have good reason to call Totalitarian Unitarians to clean up their act and genuinely respect and practice democratic principles that they have repeatedly disregarded and violated. If U*Us genuinely want to work towards the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all, they can start by taking steps to ensure peace, liberty and justice for all within the so-called U*U World instead of ignoring and even complicitly condoning internal injustices and attacking liberty by trying to silence and suppress those who speak out against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy.

Sincerely,

Robin Edgar

Friday, December 14, 2007

Ralph Waldo Emerson And A Trail For U*Us To Reflect Upon. . .

Taking a cue from a recent post to Warren Thompson's Reflections blog
I hereby provide this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote for U*Us to reflect upon. . .

Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path