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, June 16, 2008

LOL U*Us

As I mentioned earlier, a new U*U blogger going by the handle Emotional Wench thought that it might be fun to create some U*U graphics inspired by the LOL cats aka LOL kittens meme. I tried my hand at it earlier today. Here are a few of the resulting "artworks". . .





ROTFLMU*UO!




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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! Its great to see a UU blogger with a sense of humor.

Thanks for the links to the pics.

Monday, June 16, 2008 11:50:00 am  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

You're welcome for the links whoever you are. I am actually an "excommunicated" Unitarian blogger. I definitely do have a well developed sense of humour and make good use of it in my ongoing criticism of, and protest against, U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy.

Monday, June 16, 2008 2:59:00 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Need I point out that my "Humanist" U*U Cat graphic quite nicely references the famous Ceiling Cat LOLCats graphic? Hopefully the irony isn't lost on U*Us.

Monday, June 16, 2008 7:07:00 pm  
Blogger Joyce said...

There is no "excommunication" in UU. There are different definitions of membership that often include signing the book and sometimes include a pledge of record which sometimes has to be a minimum amount in order to pay Association dues.

Any former member can ask to be removed. A very few members have been removed due to aggravating circumstances (like non-compliance with the 2nd principle or the covenant of behavior), but it's almost always gone through a democratic process of some type & usually the individual has been told they could come back under certain circumstances (generally having to do with behavior toward other people).

Many people attend UU churches who are not members. We call them "friends" and in many churches they are considered equal in all ways except legal business matters.

The UUA considers people members who are members of a congregation or the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

There are about ten times as many people who consider themselves UU than are paid members according to a Pew survey.

And I believe there are many UUs who would be UU if people knew about us and were welcomed properly at their local congregation, which MOST UU congregations do.

Thursday, June 19, 2008 6:42:00 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

My use of the word "excommunication" is a play on words Joyce, hence the quotation marks indicating that I am using it euphemistically. My permanent expulsion from the alleged Unitarian Church of Montreal has everything to do with the fact that Montreal Unitarian U*Us, to say nothing of other U*Us. . . want to X my communication with them. N'est-ce pas?

That being said, I think that I can legitimately use the word excommunication in the full sense of the word with respect to the Unitarian Church of Montreal. Here is Wikipedia's take on the word excommunication -

Excommunication is a religious censure used to deprive or suspend membership in a religious community. The word literally means putting [someone] out of communion. In some churches excommunication includes spiritual condemnation of the member or group. Censures and sanctions sometimes follow excommunication; these include banishment, shunning, and shaming, depending on the group's religion, the offense that caused excommunication, or religious community.

I think that I can safely say that I have been permanently deprived of membership in the alleged religious community known as the Unitarian Church of Montreal. So while I have not been excommunicated from the whole U*U religious community I am none-the-less an excommunicated Unitarian in that I have been effectively excommunicated by the Unitarian Church of Montreal. As far as the censures and sanctions that sometimes follow excommunication such as banishment, shunning, and shaming, I have definitely been banished from the Unitarian Church of Montreal, and have been repeatedly shunned and shamed not only by Montreal Unitarians but a goodly number of other U*Us. Am I wrong?

:A very few members have been removed due to aggravating circumstances (like non-compliance with the 2nd principle or the covenant of behavior),

I can think of a few U*U ministers, and plenty of other U*Us. . . who are obviously guilty of willful non-compliance with not only the 2nd principle of U*Uism but all of the other ones.

:but it's almost always gone through a democratic process of some type & usually the individual has been told they could come back under certain circumstances (generally having to do with behavior toward other people).

What you call a "democratic process " others would call "mob rule" or a "kangaroo court". U*Us are past masters at cynically manipulating the "democratic process" to get what they want. Many exclusionary decisions are made by a small handful of people in positions of power and influence and you know this. How "democratic" was the decision to permanently ban me from all UUA sponsored list serves Jouce? How many people voted? Just a few UUA appointed "moderators" ak a censors as far as I can tell. . .

:Many people attend UU churches who are not members. We call them "friends" and in many churches they are considered equal in all ways except legal business matters.

That is totally irrelevant to whether or not I can justifiably refer to myself as an "excommunicated" Unitarian.

:The UUA considers people members who are members of a congregation or the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

I am perfectly aware that I can try to join another U*U congregation Joyce. I came within inches of joining the Unitarian*Universalist church of San Francisco in August 2006 just to make a point or two but was unable to do so because the minister was away an one of the three requirements for becoming a member was to talk with the minister. What were the other two U*Us ask? Make a financial donation and sign the membership book. . . There is only one other U*U "church" on the island of Montreal and it is inconveniently located for me. In any case I expect that I would not be terribly welcome there .

:There are about ten times as many people who consider themselves UU than are paid members according to a Pew survey.

I know that and U*Us might want to give some thought as to why so few people who consider themselves to be UUs want to give so much as a dime to UU "churches" or the UUA. I can think of a few good reasons. . .

:And I believe there are many UUs who would be UU if people knew about us and were welcomed properly at their local congregation, which MOST UU congregations do.

Don't be so sure about that Joyce. Your own statement is somewhat contradictory. I MOST U*U congregations properly welcomed people in general, and those "outsider" UUs in particular, it stands to good old Unitarian reason that they would already have more members. How much would you like to bet that the one of the main reasons that there are ten times as many "unchurched" U*Us as "churched" U*Us is because many of these nominal U*Us have tried their local U*U "churches" and found them to be "wanting" and unwelcoming in various ways? But don't take my word for it Joyce. Take the word of UUA Presidential candidate Rev. Peter Morales or Rev. Kenn Hurto just for starters. . . I have been warning U*Us for years that unless they start being genuinely welcoming to God believing people of all kinds that membership in the U*U "religious community" will not only remain stagnant but will decline. It's not me who is calling U*Uism a "tiny declining fringe religion" it is Rev. Peter Morales. I am just quoting him because I happen to agree with him on that point and some other criticism that he is leveling at the U*U religious community.

Thursday, June 19, 2008 7:55:00 pm  

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