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

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Peter Morales for UUA President aka President of a Tiny Fringe Religion. . .

According to the introductory blurb on the Home Page of his Peter Morales for UUA President web site, Unitarian*Universalist minister and candidate for the position of the next President of the Unitarian*Universalist Association of Congregations Peter Morales, Unitarian*Universalism is "a tiny fringe religion."

The exact words of Rev. Peter Morales are,

"I am running because I believe that we Unitarian Universalists are called to be far more than a tiny fringe religion."

Regardless of whether or not Unitarian*Universalists are called to be far more than a tiny fringe religion Unitarian*Universalism currently is "a tiny fringe religion" and that is what Unitarian*Universalism will remain if Unitarian*Universalists do not make some significant changes in the ways that they "do religion". . . I am convinced that until such a time as God believing people are genuinely welcome in most if not all U*U "Welcoming Congregations", and as long as U*Us continue to abjectly fail and even obstinately refuse to actually practice what they so hypocritically preach, Unitarian*Universalism will not experience any significant growth in America and U*Uism may even become an even tinier fringe religion than it currently is. . .

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Yet Another Unitarian*Universalist aka U*U "Corporate Identity" Blunder. . . ;-)

Flaming Chalice Clip Art
Credit : Steve Bridenbaugh

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Famous U*U Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Ringing Endorsement of Unitarian*Universalism?

I don't know about you,
but I practice a disorganized religion.
I belong to an unholy disorder. . .

(Kurt Vonnegut 1922 - 2007)

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes Pertinent To U*U Injustices, Abuses, Hypocrisy, And Yes. . . Stupidity

In that today is Martin Luther King Day aka MLK Day I have decided to provide a selection of quotations from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that are quite pertinent to U*U injustices, abuses, hypocrisy and stupidity. Of course they are quite pertinent to injustices, abuses, hypocrisy and stupidity much more generally. I will probably add some appropriate links to these Martin Luther King quotes later.


There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

The time is always right to do what is right.

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Is The Unitarian Church Of Montreal The Stupidest "Church" In Montreal?

As I was engaging in my "alternative spiritual practice" of protesting against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy in front of the alleged Unitarian Church of Montreal this morning, one of its aging members called me "the stupidest man in Montreal" as he passed by me. My immediate response to him was that IMNSHO the Unitarian Church of Montreal was probably the stupidest "church" in Montreal. In fact there is plenty of good reason for me and other people to consider the Unitarian Church of Montreal to be more than a little bit stupid and, since I have decided to add U*U stupidity to the short list of things that the Emerson Avenger blog will deal with, I will go into a few of the ways that the Unitarian Church of Montreal and/or its leaders and congregants are rather stupid.

There is virtually no question that the Montreal Unitarian who called me "the stupidest man in Montreal" did so primarily because of the fact that I have steadfastly continued to engage in my "alternative spiritual practice" of protesting in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal even though Montreal Unitarians have obstinately ignored my public protest for close to a decade now, and have even gone to highly questionable lengths to try to force an end to my legitimate public protest. No doubt in this Montreal U*U's mind I am extremely stupid because I continue to publicly protest even though Montreal Unitarians have made it clear that they will not only pay no heed to my public protest but will do their damnedest to suppress it, even going so far as to misuse and abuse Montreal municipal bylaws and the Canadian Criminal Code in deeply misguided efforts to restrict and undermine my constitutionally guaranteed right to engage in peaceful public protest. What he and other like-minded Montreal U*Us fail to understand however is that my protest is intended to be seen by the general public as much as, if not more so, than it is directed at Montreal Unitarians themselves. It is after all a *public* protest.

Montreal Unitarian U*Us can't seem to get it through their heads that willfully ignoring my public protest, and obstinately refusing to initiate and enter into any kind of viable conflict resolution procedures, indeed even totally refusing to enter into ANY kind of dialogue with me, will not bring about an end to my public protest activities. Similarly, Montreal Unitarians quite evidently do not understand that attempting to censor and suppress my public protest by misusing and abusing municipal bylaws and Canadian criminal law; such as by having me falsely arrested on bogus charges of disrupting a religious service or seeking a restraining order against me on the extremely dubious grounds that they have "reasonable grounds" to fear that I will commit a "serious personal injury offence" against Rev. Diane Rollert, cannot and will not resolve this conflict. Au contraire, the more Montreal U*Us (to say nothing of U*Us more generally) try to censor and suppress my legitimate criticism and dissent, and even cynically attempt to restrict, over-ride or otherwise suppress my Charter guaranteed rights, the more I will seek to defend and preserve my constitutional rights to freedom of expression and peaceful public protest.

In fact, as should be abundantly obvious from my proven track record. . . the deeply misguided and indeed outrageously hypocritical attempts made by Montreal Unitarians to force an end to, or otherwise suppress, my public protest activities has only led to me reasserting them and prolonging them. This will prove to be true even if Rev. Diane Rollert somehow succeeds in convincing a Quebec Court judge that her demand for a restraining order against me is warranted, something I consider to be exceedingly unlikely to happen. In the unlikely event that the restraining order is granted I will simply change the location of my public protests for its duration and make a point of returning to protest in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal once it expires. . . In fact it is not out of the question that other people will protest in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal on my behalf if the restraining order is granted.

So just who is being incredibly stupid when it comes to the fact that, after nearly a decade of public protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy, this conflict not only remains unresolved, but Montreal Unitarian U*Us have never even made the slightest effort to initiate responsible conflict resolution procedures that could lead to the resolution of this conflict in a manner that actually lives up to U*U principles that call for justice, equity and compassion in human relations? I am very confident that most people of intelligence and conscience will agree that the Unitarian Church of Montreal has behaved incredibly stupidly throughout this conflict and has succeeded in repeatedly, continually, and incredibly foolishly making a total mockery of not only the Seven Principles of U*Uism but also its own purported "mission statement" and other claimed ideals of the uncommonly hypocritical denomination.

Who is more stupid? The person who steadfastly protests against having his religious activities falsely and maliciously labeled as a "cult" by intolerant and abusive Montreal Unitarian U*Us for a decade, by displaying picket sign slogans that say -

CULT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD

and

"CHURCH" OF THE "CULT-LIKE" WITCH-HUNT

or the deeply misguided and outrageously hypocritical "church" leaders and whole congregation who have willfully ignored those picket sign slogans for close to a decade now?

Who is more stupid? The person who protests against the fact that an intolerant and abusive fundamentalist atheist "Humanist" U*U minister angrily and contemptuously dismissed his revelatory religious experience as "your psychotic experience", and the fact that his anti-religious intolerance and bigotry was effectively endorsed by both the Unitarian Church of Montreal and the UUA's Ministerial Fellowship Committee, with a picket sign slogan that says -

"CHURCH" OF THE "PSYCHOTIC" REACTION

or the U*U "church" leaders and U*U "church" congregants who have willfully ignored that picket sign slogan for close to a decade now?

Who is more stupid? The person who protests against the very well documented fact that Montreal Unitarians U*Us, as well as UUA administrators, have repeatedly perverted justice in various ways throughout this conflict by displaying a picket sign slogan that says -

U*Us PERVERT JUSTICE

or the outrageously hypocritical U*U "church" leaders and U*U "church" congregants who have not only willfully ignored that picket sign slogan for years now, but even continue to try to undermine, deny and outright pervert justice to this very day?

I could go on about the various ways that the leaders and members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal have behaved in ways that make it a prime candidate for being the stupidest "church" in Montreal but I think that I have quite adequately made my point already.

Strangely enough, a woman entering the Unitarian Church of Montreal earlier today stopped and asked me,

"Do you like the new minister?"

My response politely indicated that I could not really say that I liked the new minister. When this woman asked me why I did not like the new minister. I responded that, "She has done a few stupid things." When the woman asked me what "stupid things" Rev. Diane Rollert has done I said,

"Just Google her."

I am very confident that most people of intelligence and conscience will agree that Rev. Diane Rollert's deeply misguided decision to seek a restraining order against me on extremely dubious and highly questionable grounds, in yet another Unitarian*Universalist attempt to misuse the Canadian Criminal Code to force an end to my ongoing protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy, is amongst the stupidest things that any U*U, Montreal Unitarian U*U or otherwise, has done in the whole course of this ludicrously drawn-out conflict.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Inherent Worth And Dignity Of A Totalitarian Unitarian "Citizens' Police Officer". . .

In a blog post about the The Inherent Worth of Terrorists on his Celestial Lands blog, Unitarian*Universalist military chaplain David Pyle says -

:for me the hardest interpretation of the first principle to live with is that, no matter what someone has done, no matter how many buildings they have blown up or how many people they have killed, they have the exact same inherent worth and dignity that I do… or that Gandhi did.

This practice is the hardest part of my personal commitment to Unitarian Universalism. For a long time I wanted to add a “caveat” to the First Principle… that “everyone was born with the same inherent worth and dignity, but not everyone keeps it”… but that was a cop out.

Here is my response to that statement which is still awaiting "moderation" on David Pyle's blog.

Robin Edgar Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

January 16th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

:For a long time I wanted to add a “caveat” to the First Principle… that “everyone was born with the same inherent worth and dignity, but not everyone keeps it”… but that was a cop out.

I am not so sure that it was all that much of a “cop out” David. I dare say that this U*U Tube video of a Totalitarian Unitarian “Citizens’ Police Officer” well illustrates that not everyone keeps it. I dare say that he is losing it. . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfxw1yZAS0M

And here is that U*U Tube video embedded here for your viewing pleasure.



Other videos of that Totalitarian Unitarian "Citizen's Police Officer" making a considerably less than dignified U*U out of himself may be viewed here, and here, and here.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Oh U*Us Of Little Faith. . . A Letter To The Editors Of The Houston Chronicle

Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 23:37:56 -0500 (EST)
From: "Robin Edgar" robinedgar59@yahoo.ca
Subject: Oh UUs Of Little Faith. . .
To: viewpoints@chron.com

Robin Edgar
XXXX
Montreal, Quebec
Canada I2I 2C1
(514) XXX-XXXX

Re: Unitarians put a little faith in advertising

Dear Editors,

Unitarian Universalists seem to have more faith in advertising than in God. UUism is not a "melting-pot faith", unless perhaps they mean melting everyone down to agnosticism and atheism, nor do UUs welcome all comers. God believing people in general, and Christians in particular, are not genuinely welcome in many UU "Welcoming Congregations". The article shows that even God is not particularly welcome in UU "churches". Some fundamentalist atheist UUs, like Plano Texas UU David Wallace Croft, are even famous for "crusading against God".


The UUA's national marketing campaign results from an age shift in its membership, not a "cultural shift". UUs are growing older and membership is stagnant. The UU "church" is not really growing at all. Adult membership in the UUA is closer to 150,000 than 250,000. UUism has lost ground as a percentage of the population of the USA since the UUA was formed in 1961.

UUA President Bill Sinkford, and other UU "religious leaders", must understand that UUism will never grow unless it becomes God positive. The overwhelming majority of Americans who believe in God will find many UU "churches" to be quite Godless. Indeed "Humanist" UU ministers have been heard preaching that God is a "non-existent being" and that belief in God "seems primitive" during Sunday services. No matter how much they advertize, Unitarian Universalists will never experience significant growth as long as God, and God believing people, are less than genuinely welcome in UU "Welcoming Congregations".

Sincerely,

Robin Edgar

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Unitarian*Universalist U*Us Should Be Humbled. . .

Robin Edgar January 6th, 2008 | 4:19 pm A Sometimes Unitarian*Universalist U*Us Should Be Humbled. . .

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=RobinEdgar&p=v

Trevor January 6th, 2008 | 5:53 pm I feel you should be as well, Robin. It’s completely fine if you want to call Unitarian Universalism a cult or a sect, but kindly explain why. I’m particularly curious as to how you intend to do so, seeing as how both require dogma or creeds of some fashion, and Unitarian Universalism has neither. I don’t have time to sort through your myriad of videos, but I do have time to read anything you choose to write here.

Robin Edgar January 10th, 2008 | 6:56 pm Actually intolerant and abusive fundamentalist atheist “Humanist” Unitarian*Universalists falsely and maliciously labeled my religious activities as a “cult” and “cult-like”. . . This insulting and defamatory attack on my religious activities is by no means completely fine. That is why I protest against such anti-religious intolerance and bigotry in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal with picket signs that say -

CULT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD

and

“CHURCH” OF THE “CULT-LIKE” WITCH-HUNT

The UNSAFE SECT slogan refers to the fact that, in my own experience and that of other people, U*Uism (which is in fact a “sect” according to the standard dictionary definition of that word) is not “safe” according to its own definition of what constitutes a “Safe Congregation”.

http://archive.uua.org/cde/education/safecong.html

A few of my U*U Tube videos do explain all that.

My Emerson avenger blog provides more background about U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy.

See - http://emersonavenger.blogspot.com/

Trevor January 10th, 2008 | 7:43 pm Robin,

What, if anything, do you hope to accomplish with this? I understand that you had what you regard as a divine revelation of sorts, and I understand that the presiding minister labeled your beliefs as “cult-like”, but not only did this happen almost 16 years ago, I understand that this minister has since apologized. My question to you is this: after you had this divine revelation, did you attempt to convert anyone to the belief that eclipses are the “eye of God?” I have a very hard time believing that you were persecuted for merely having this belief.

You accuse UUs of participating in witch hunts, but I wonder: did they picket outside your house? Did they launch a hate-filled, unnecessary campaign against you? Or is it actually you who is participating in a witch hunt? I understand your desire to have your religious ideas regarded with respect, but this is not the way to go about it. Again, what is it you hope to accomplish with this highly unsuccessful campaign?

My difficulties:

1.) Your quarrel is with UU Montreal — not the UUA. As can be seen in every major religion, one congregation is hardly an indicator of the entire faith. Did you file an official grievance against this church with the UUA? Or did you just go out and make some picket signs instead of doing anything proactive?

2.) Call UUism a sect if that makes you feel better, but Unitarian thought stems back at least to the Council of Nicea in 325 C.E.; anyone who rejects the deity of Christ and believes, therefore, in the unity of God is a Unitarian. Simply disagreeing with the policy or behavior of a church doesn’t make it a cult, since you’re apparently so concerned with proper definitions of words. A cult involves fanatical devotion toward a central heretical belief and/or person and ostensibly uses some measure of exclusion in order to inculcate its members; UUism has no holy text or dogma and does not exalt its leaders even to the extent that the Christian church does.

3.) While many UUs are atheist or humanist — I am one of these — many are also theist, pagan, or even Christian. Some may even agree with you on the divine nature of eclipses — pagans especially. I find it to be a very interesting perspective, frankly, and I’m saddened by the apparent hostility with which this idea was met. However, if your present behavior is any indicator of how you handled your revelation in 1992, I’m fairly sure you went around trying to convert everyone, preaching that your revelation was the absolute truth. And your minister would have been correct — that is cultish behavior.

Congratulations — you are the one-man UU answer to Westboro Baptist Church. The proper response to hostility and intolerance is not more hostility and intolerance, sir. Remember: what we fear, we hate, and what we hate we become obsessed with. And you are obsessed. Free yourself!

Robin Edgar January 10th, 2008 | 11:32 pm :What, if anything, do you hope to accomplish with this?

Basically two things. 1. Warn the public about U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy, perhaps especially the anti-religious intolerance and bigotry that is found throughout the so-called U*U World. 2. Eventually convince U*Us to start practicing what they preach instead of repeatedly and continually making a total mockery of their purported principles and purposes and other claimed ideals.

:I understand that you had what you regard as a divine revelation of sorts, and I understand that the presiding minister labeled your beliefs as “cult-like”,

Then you misunderstand. Actually Rev. Ray Drennan contemptuously labeled my religious beliefs as “silliness and fantasy” and angril and abusively labeled my “divine revelation of sorts” as “your psychotic experience.” He then went on to falsely and maliciously label my religious practices, primarily in the form of an inter-religious celebration of Creation called Creation Day as “your cult.”

:but not only did this happen almost 16 years ago,

The initial events happened in late 1995 but the slander has been reinforced and even effectively endorsed by U*Us for over 15 years now. The slanderous allegations have never been retracted and other
U*Us have continued to spread them. I was told by one UCM member that many of the members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal actually believe that I am “psychotic” because church leaders not only never did anything to clear my name of that injurious and untrue slander but some actually reinforced it.

:I understand that this minister has since apologized.

Under the duress of my making it clear to him that I would accuse him of lying to the Board as a result of his attemoting to deny having said what he actually said he offered something that he called an apology. I do not consider it to be an apology at all but, even if it can be considered to be an apology, it is an insincere, inadequate and purely expedient one that does not acknowledge any wrongdoing and does not retract Rev. Ray Drennan`s insulting and defamatory words. That is why I call it a sorry excuse for an apology. He was given the opportunity to provide a new and improved apology but obstinately refused to do so. No one should be obliged to accept a purely expedient “apology” that is insincere, inadequate, and even effectively repeats the original insults and defamation by making it clear that the “apologizer” stands by his or her words.

See - http://emersonavenger.blogspot.com/2006/02/rev-ray-drennans-sorry-excuse-for.html

:My question to you is this: after you had this divine revelation, did you attempt to convert anyone to the belief that eclipses are the “eye of God?” I have a very hard time believing that you were persecuted for merely having this belief.

I tried to share the revelation but in no way forced it upon anyone. In that Rev.l Ray Drennan and other fundamentalist atheist “Humanist” Montreal U*Us clearly believe I am seriously mentally ill simply for claiming to have undergone a profound revelatory experience of God I think you can be quite sure that I have been persecuted for merely having this belief. Labeling my beliefs as “silliness and fantasy” and the religious experience that informed them as “your psychotic experience” is clearly an intolerant and abusive attack on the beliefs themselves. It might interest you to know that Rev. Ray Drennan and other fundamentalist atheist U*U clergy believe that God is a “non-existent being”, belief in God is an “illusion” and even “seems primitive.” You might find this recent Emerson Avenger blog post to be quite informative -

http://emersonavenger.blogspot.com/2008/01/disillusioning-yet-another.html

:You accuse UUs of participating in witch hunts, but I wonder: did they picket outside your house?

No they just labeled me “psychotic” inside my house and inside my “church”. . . And the other stuff too of course. Accusing someone of belonging to a cult is the 21st century equivalent of accsuing someone of being a witch. Likewise, accusing someone as being “psychotic” has pretty much the same social dynamic as accusing someone of being “possessed” not so long ago. My public protest only began after enduring morev than two years of U*U witch-hunting during which time I was expelled from the Unitarian Church for six months for doing nothing more than delivering a letter of grievance to the Board.

:Did they launch a hate-filled, unnecessary campaign against you?

Indeed Rev. Ray Drennan and a certain number of other Montreal U*Us did exactly that and it was condoned, and effectively endorsed, by the Board and congregation of the Unitarian Church of Montreal as well as the UUA`s aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee. My own campaign against these and other U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy is neither hate-filled nor unnecessry. Yes ther is some strongly worded critcism of very real U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy but there is little that can be properly described as “hate-filled”.

:Or is it actually you who is participating in a witch hunt?

I don`t think so. No more so than anyone else who protests against very real and well documented injustices and abuses. Every slogan on my picket signs is supported by evidence as are all of my blog posts. I am telling some unpleasant truths about U*Us but, to closely paraphrase one of my all time favorite fundamentalist atheists Richard Dawkins, “If it’s true that it causes U*Us to feel despair, that’s tough. It’s still the truth. I do not owe U*Us condolence or consolation; I doesn’t owe U*Us a nice warm feeling inside. If it’s true, it’s true, and U*Us had better live with it.”

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/178/story_17889_1.html

:I understand your desire to have your religious ideas regarded with respect, but this is not the way to go about it.

What I am going about is exposing and denouncing well-documented U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy, and not just those that directly effect me. I think that this is one of a variety of ways to go about it.

:Again, what is it you hope to accomplish with this highly unsuccessful campaign?

Actually the campaign is very successful when it comes to exposing and demnouncing U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy. If it is not as successful in prompting U*Us to actually practice what they preach rather than repeatedkly and continuously making a total mockery of most if not all of their claimed principles and ideals that is because U*Us are obstinately unwilling, chronically unredy and seemingly quite unable to acknowledge their own injustices, abuses and hypocrisy and responsibly redress the injustices and change their unacceptable behaviour towards me and other people. The misplaced pride and incredible hubris of the U*Us really is quite stunning, which is precisely why I believe that U*Us must be humbled. . .

:My difficulties: 1.) Your quarrel is with UU Montreal — not the UUA.

You are quite mistaken about that. The UUA is responsible for dealing with clergy misconduct and it abjectly failed, and even obstinateky refused, to respond appropriately to my serious complaints about Rev. Ray Drennan`s demeaning and abusive clergy misconduct. The UUA is also responsible for perpetrating and/or perpetuating various other U*U injustices and abuses, to say nothing of hypocrisy. It has a terrible track record when it comes to responsibly handling cases of clergy misconduct of all kinds, including clergy sexual misconduct.

:As can be seen in every major religion, one congregation is hardly an indicator of the entire faith.

I agree. Believe me, while I have always said that what happened to me at the hands of Montreal Unitarians is an abberation and something of a worst case scenario, there is lots of evidence of anti-religious intolerance and bigotry throughout the U*U religious community, to say nothing of other injustices and abuses etc. The UUA, and the entire U*U faith, have failed miserably to respond in responsibility to my own grievances and those of many other poeple.

:Did you file an official grievance against this church with the UUA?

No. I files an official grievance against Rev. Ray Drennan with the UUA and it`s aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee dismissed my complaint and proclaimed that Rev. Ray Drennan`s intolerant and abusive (dare I say hate-filled?) behaviour was “within the appropriate guidelines of ministerial leadership.” To date the UUA has not changed its position on that. I am not even sure if one can bring a complaint against a U*U “church” or congregation, although I do believe that this should be possible if a U*U “church” willfully disregards and flagrantly violates the principles and purposes that U*U congregations purportedly “covenant” to affirm and promote, as the Unitarian Church of Montreal has repeatedly and effectively continuously done throughout this entire conflict. Personally I believe that there are many grounds upon which the Unitarian Church of Montreal could be cut loose from the U*U World but this is very unlikely to ever happen.

:Or did you just go out and make some picket signs instead of doing anything proactive?

I did not make any picket signs until all other avenues had been exhausted and both Montreal Unitarian U*Us, and the UUA`s Ministerial Fellowship Committe, had clerly stated that they considered the matter to be closed. My public protest activity, which one insightful U*U minister has rightly described as my “alternative spiritual practice” began in the spring of 1998, more than two years after I filed my first complaint against Rev. Drennan and after I had been unjustly expelled from the “church” for a full six months for being proactive by placing an important letter of grievance in the letter boxes of UCM Board members and subsequently trying to distribute a version of that letter to congregants leaving the church.

2.) Call UUism a sect if that makes you feel better, but Unitarian thought stems back at least to the Council of Nicea in 325 C.E.; anyone who rejects the deity of Christ and believes, therefore, in the unity of God is a Unitarian.

I am quite aware of the history of small `u` unitarianism. The current U*U “religious community” in America, Canada, and elsewhere in the world, fits the standard dictionary definition of the word “sect”.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sect

The Unitarian Church of Montreal in particular, and the U*U “sect” more generally, is not “safe” (according to the terms of their own Safe Congregations policy) for me, as well as a fair number of other people who U*Us have harmed in various ways.

Hence the witticism of my UNSAFE SECT? picket sign slogan which obviously references the phrase “safe sex”. I am only using the word “sect” to underscore to U*Us just how pejorative the `C` word is, and because it makes for a great two word zinger picket sign slogan that goes over very well with the general public. I rarely use it in any other context. But a sect is a sect is a sect.

:Simply disagreeing with the policy or behavior of a church doesn’t make it a cult,

Agreed. I have never at any time said that the Unitarian Church of Montreal, or the greater U*U religious community is a “cult”. On the contrary, I am protesting against the fact that several leaders of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, and some other U*Us here and there, have falsely and maliciously labeled Creation Day and/or my other religious activities as a “cult”. This intolerant and abusive slandering of my religious activities has been and still is condoned, and effectively endorsed and thus reinforced, by the Unitarian Church of Montreal, the UUA, and rather too many other U*Us.

:since you’re apparently so concerned with proper definitions of words. A cult involves fanatical devotion toward a central heretical belief and/or person and ostensibly uses some measure of exclusion in order to inculcate its members;

I am perfectly aware of what that four letter word means Trevor. That is precisely why I am demanding that Rev. Ray Drennan, FRank Greene, John Inder and other intolerant Unitarian*Universalist U*Us must face accountability for using that four letter word against me and my religious activities. That is why one of the picket sign slogan that I usually carry in my hands says -

CULT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9K5xpWrg_I

:UUism has no holy text or dogma and does not exalt its leaders even to the extent that the Christian church does.

You are right about the holy text part. The dogma part is open to some debate. U*Uism does seem to *protect* its leaders even to the extent that the Christian church does. . .

:3.) While many UUs are atheist or humanist — I am one of these — many are also theist, pagan, or even Christian.

I am fully aware of that.

:Some may even agree with you on the divine nature of eclipses — pagans especially.

You got that part right Trevor -

http://www.cuups.org/content/publications/spring_97.html#divine

:I find it to be a very interesting perspective, frankly, and I’m saddened by the apparent hostility with which this idea was met.

I genuinely appreciate that Trevor. I do believe that true Humanist can appreciate much of what I am saying and proposing, even if they have doubts about the revelation of God part. Unfortunately however, intolerant and abusive fundamentalist atheist “Humanist” U*Us, who I believe dishonor the word Humanist (hence the quotations marks) have been allowed to respond to my proposals with considerably hostility and maliciousness, without facing the slightest accountability from the Unitarian Church of Montreal, the UUA, or the greater U*U community. For over fifteen years now. . .

:However, if your present behavior is any indicator of how you handled your revelation in 1992, I’m fairly sure you went around trying to convert everyone, preaching that your revelation was the absolute truth. And your minister would have been correct — that is cultish behavior.

My present behaviour is very different from how I behaved prior to being repeatedly insulted and abused by hostile and malicious U*Us. My open letter to U*Us, that was published in the spring 1997 CUUPs newsletter, should be a good indication of the reasonably diplomatic manner in which I tried to share my claimed revelation with U*Us. Please note that it was written more than a year *after* I had been maliciously attacked by Rev. Ray Drennan and Frank Greene and has had my formal complaints rejected by both the Unitarian Church of Montreal and the UUA, at a time when I was under considerable duress. . . I never forced anything on anyone and only asked that my claims be responsibly investigated by the U*U community and that they help me to share what I was claiming. That open letter very accurately reflects what I was saying in the years prior to Rev. Ray Drennan`s attack on me and after it. My public protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy is on a very different level, and it is only on the level that it is now because U*Us have repeatedly demeaned and attacked me.

:Congratulations — you are the one-man UU answer to Westboro Baptist Church.

Oh really? I don`t believe that I have ever displayed any picket sign slogans that say GOD HATES U*Us, nor do I have any intention of ever doing so. I am a sweet little pussycat compared to Fred Phelps. Indeed some of the verbal and physical attacks that U*Us have subjected me to are rather more comparable to Fred Phelps` behaviour than anything I have ever said or done.

:The proper response to hostility and intolerance is not more hostility and intolerance, sir.

That may be so but I tried that route for years and got absolutely nowhere with U*Us so after a while I decided to give U*Us a taste of their own bitter medicine. In any case I am only intolernant of U*U intlernace and other U*U injustices, abuses and hypcrisy. Likewise any hostility that I may engage in is usuallt directed at very real U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy. Indeed even Totalitarian U*U tyranny. . . What was it that “famous U*U” Thomas Jefferson said Trevor?

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

Interestingly enough, this declaration of Thomas Jefferson was apparently in response to people printing lying pamphlets against him. . . Seems to me that we have a lot in common there.

:Remember: what we fear, we hate, and what we hate we become obsessed with. And you are obsessed. Free yourself!

Wrong. I am not particularly obsessed Trevor. I am just very patient and persistent, as many people have noted with approval. People who see my long term protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy, and approve of it, use words like “dedicated” “steadfast” and “persevering”. . . Hate is not an emotion that I have much truck with, and people who know me know that. Likewise fear is not an emotion that has much hold on me. I am not afraid of much that U*Us can throw at me. If you want to see someone whom seems to be overcome with irrational fear, and even possibly outright paranoia, I would suggest having a closer look at Rev. Diane Rollert.

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=fr&q=The+fear+of+%22Diane+Rollert%22.+.+.+&meta=

Good night and good luck.

U*Us just may need it. . .

Trevor January 11th, 2008 | 12:15 am You call it patience, I call it an obsession, especially when almost every single hit on the first page of that Google search comes from something you wrote. I have no reason to believe anything you’ve said regarding your treatment at UCM, and frankly I think your entire experience has been blown out of proportion to the point of self-parody. You’re doing exactly what the Scientologists do when anyone criticizes them — it’s not a good model to follow.

I have no idea why you feel the need to leave unsolicited comments on blogs making even passing references to UUism, but I hope you’ve fulfilled whatever purpose that was. Just remember: the more a man knows, the less he speaks. Trolling blogs and prompting a minister to request a restraining order due to your behavior don’t exactly advance your cause.

Robin Edgar Your comment is awaiting moderation. January 11th, 2008 | 1:57 pm :You call it patience, I call it an obsession,

I suggest that you look up the dictionary definition of the word obsession Trevor. In any case, even if I am little “obsessed” with seeking some justice, equity and compassion for myself and other people who have been harmed by U*Us, I can think of a lot worse things to be “obsessed” with. I dare say that Montreal Unitarian U*Us, the UUA, and no shortage of individual U*Us are quite obsessive in their obstinate refusal to responsibly acknowledge and correct the U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy that I am protesting against. Would I seem “obsessed” if U*Us had settled this matter in a manner that actually lived up to U*U principles and purposes back in 1996 instead of doing everything they can to stonewall me and other victims of U*U injustices and abuses for years and even decades?

:especially when almost every single hit on the first page of that Google search comes from something you wrote.

There are two reasons for that Trevor. The simple fact that U*Us have obstinately, and indeed quite obsessively. . . refused to responsibly redress my grievances for over a decade means that there is a considerable accumulation of posts about it. Divide the number of posts into the number of years I have been protesting against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy on the internet and I might seem rather more patient, dedicated and persistent than “obsessed”. U*Us cannot accuse me of being “obsessed” with seeking justice in this matter without revealing the flip side of that coin which is that Montreal Unitarian U*Us, and the UUA, are more than a little bit “obsessed” when it comes to refusing to admit any wrongdoing and doing everything they can to silence my criticism of U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy. I dare say that this Montreal Totalitarian Unitarian seems to be just a tad “obsessed” with chucking my picket signs into the street, doesn’t he? And that is but one small example of Montreal U*Us who are “obsessed” with Denying, Ignoring and Minimizing the injustices, abuses and hypocrisy that I am protesting against.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfxw1yZAS0M

:I have no reason to believe anything you’ve said regarding your treatment at UCM,

Yes you do Trevor. You actually have plenty of reason to believe most of what I have said about my treatment at the Unitarian, Church of Montreal. Everything is very well documented and I have made much of that documentation available on the internet. You are just Denying, Ignoring and Minimizing the well-documented injustices, abuses and hypocrisy that I am protesting against.

:and frankly I think your entire experience has been blown out of proportion to the point of self-parody.

Not really Trevor. Unless of course you are talking about how U*Us have blown things out of proportion to the point of self-parody. . .

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=The+fears+of+%22Diane+Rollert%22.+.+.&btnG=Google+Search&meta=

:You’re doing exactly what the Scientologists do when anyone criticizes them — it’s not a good model to follow.

Oh really? Please let me know *exactly* what the Scientologists do when anyone criticizes them Trevor. Chances are pretty good that I have more reason to show that U*Us are following that model. . .

:I have no idea why you feel the need to leave unsolicited comments on blogs making even passing references to UUism, but I hope you’ve fulfilled whatever purpose that was.

It’s called exposing U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy and I have amply fulfilled that need here.

:Just remember: the more a man knows, the less he speaks. Trolling blogs and prompting a minister to request a restraining order due to your behavior don’t exactly advance your cause.

Actually, you and other U*Us will discover that Rev. Diane Rollert’s deeply misguided, and far from justified, attempt to seek a restraining order does anything but advance the U*U cause.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

One Big Fat U*U Lie aka UUA False Propaganda

From: Justice & Diversity on the UUA web site.

Unitarian Universalists are dedicated to living our faith and practicing what we preach. Working for civil rights and combating oppression are essential parts of our spiritual journey. Our faith community has worked for justice for hundreds of years, from advocating for free speech and the free practice of religion as far back as the fifteen hundreds to helping to abolish slavery and supporting women’s rights beginning in the eighteen hundreds. We continue to work for justice today in ways that resonate with our Principles, from protecting our environment to standing up for the bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people. While we cannot always take action on every issue that arises, we do our best to make our congregations, our communities, our denomination, and our world a better place.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Pull Up To The Bumper U*Us! ;-)



Apparently U*U evangelist Peter Bowden decided against including CUC Executive Director Mary Bennett`s all-inclusive asterisk in these U*U promotional "car stickers" for some unfathomable reason. ;-)

Come to think of it. . .

U*U media consultant, TV producer, and propagandist Peter Bowden also decided against calling these U*U promotional "car stickers" "bumper stickers" for some unfathomable reason.

Pull Up To The Bumper U*Us!

Oops!

Apparently I spoke a bit too soon about Peter Bowden avoiding use of the term "bumper stickers". . . Can U*Us say "bumber stickers"? ;-)

Actual quote from the page - "If you are a Unitarian Universalist, let the world know! Choose from a wide variety of UU bumber stickers including oval car stickers."

ROTFLMU*UO yet again!

Disillusioning Yet Another Unitarian*Universalist Dork. . .

Jeff Liebmann attends Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and serves as Student Minister at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh. He has a blog called uujeff's muse kennel and pizzatorium. He just posted a "rant" titled Illusions in America Today #1. So I just disillusioned him about U*Uism in America today. . .

:The positive meaning of disillusionment is that we can be freed of our illusions.

True enough. . . Allow me to free you from some of your own illusions about U*Uism.

While U*U rhetoric today may still reflect the ideals of the founders, U*U society today has strayed far from their vision.

U*Us may use the same labels, but U*U actions belie a hypocrisy of commitment, priority, and ideology.

:I will address the illusion of primary personal importance. In 21st century America, religion is an illusion from which we should be freed.

Which is precisely why you want to become a minister in an alleged "religion" of course. . .

:What can a person in seminary studying to become a minister possibly mean by saying that religion in America is an illusion?

Good question. . .

:As an atheist, I see my nation violating universal codes of moral behavior, often in the name of the Christian God, to further its own agenda.

But you obviously don`t see your "religion" violating universal codes of moral behavior, often in the name of political correctness, to further its own agenda. . .

What part of 'Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour' are U*Us not understanding? When was the last minister U*Us ordained who was meek, merciful, pure of heart, and a peacemaker? What would Jesus think of 21st century Unitarian*Universalism?

As a theist, I see many ministers and lay people in your "religion" continuing to embrace willful ignorance about certain subjects, and attacking theism and intelligent design. I see your UUA government spending millions on a misleading national advertising campaign while thousands at "church" lack decent ministry and well-maintained Unitarian theology. Where is the righteous indignation *at* your "churches"?

As an excommunicated Unitarian Universalist, I see your "church" misusing and abusing state criminal law to abrogate the rights of a peaceful public protestor. As a complainant, I see one church leader after another accused of clergy misconduct and learn that the "church" itself not only knew of the behavior but willfully acted to condone it. I see one religious leader after another modeling shocking personal behaviors while railing on their blogs against those in U*U society who are marginalized already.

So when, as an aspiring minister, will you be preaching against the psychoses of fear and hate that is infecting your "religion"? Just what is keeping you and other U*Us from critically assessing the activities of U*U religious leaders? Perhaps you should be examining this illusion. If you want your church to truly love all people and to commit action to genuine justice and equality, then you should be examining this illusion.

So does this mean that U*U "organized religion" is worthless? No. But, I do believe that U*Us need to examine the role that religion plays in our lives and ask whether or not U*U churches are, or can ever meet those needs. In a disillusioned U*U World, what form of U*U "church" should U*Us aspire to create? Personally, I believe that Unitarian*Universalism needs to provide answers. As a "church" that does force intolerance and bigotry on members, and that devalues the search for truth and meaning, I believe Unitarian*Universalism must address many of the illusions of U*U religion while getting around to providing loving community, acknowledgement of U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy. Some Unitarian*Universalist "Welcoming Congregations" are anything but welcoming to theists. The world has seen many prophets over the centuries, many of whom have delivered a similar disillusioning message. Unitarian*Universalists quite regularly dishonor them and their messages.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Whiting On The Wall. . . U*Us As A Percentage Of The Population Of The U.S.A.



This map shows the number of card-carrying Unitarian*Universalists as a percentage of the total population of each *county* in the United States of America. At no time does the population of U*Us ever exceed 1.5 percent of the population of any U.S. county.

White sections of the map indicate counties where no members of the Unitarian Universalist Association are reported. It lends a whole new meaning to Unitarian*Universalism being an overwhelmingly white denomination. . .

So much for Thomas Jefferson's vision of a day when every American would be a Unitarian.

The Emerson Avenger's 2008 New Year's Resolution

Is to keep on exposing and denouncing various U*U injustices and abuses, and keep on kicking outrageously hypocritical U*U butt, until U*Us acknowledge their injustices, abuses and hypocrisy and actually begin to practice justice, equity and compassion in their human relations with those human beings who they have harmed.

The Chicago Tribune ran a story about the UUA's national marketing campaign in their December 27th edition perhaps quite appropriately headlined Unitarian Universalists put faith in advertising. The story had the possibility of commenting on it in an internet forum and I was the second person to do so. Right after someone else who decried the dearth of "actual, objective Truth" within what I have reason to call the Uncommonly Hypocritical Denomination.

He concluded his comment by saying, "I'll take Truth."

So I provided some rather unpleasant "actual, objective Truth" about the U*U religious community.

Here is what I wrote in my first comment with a few typos now corrected and a few appropriate links added -

Unitarian*Universalists probably have more faith in their highly misleading and, at times, outright false and fraudulent advertising than in God. U*Uism is not really a "melting-pot faith" nor does it welcome all comers. As one might glean from reading between the lines of this article, God believing people in general, and Christians in particular, can find themselves to be rather less than genuinely welcome in some U*U "Welcoming Congregations".

Thanks for being bluntly honest about the fact that the UUA's national marketing campaign is largely motivated by the fact that U*Us, be they atheists, Christians, humanists (usually just another word for atheist) are growing older. In fact the U*U "church", according to its own official statistics is not really growing at all. Total national membership is about the same as in 1961 when the Unitarians and Universalists merged. In reality U*Uism has steadily lost ground as a percentage of the overall population since the UUA was formed. Obviously the expansion of U*U campus ministries is intended to bring in new blood to shore up U*Uism's aging demographic.

Bill Sinkford and other U*U "religious leaders" have to* come to understand that U*Uism will never grow if it does not get serious about dealing with belief in God. The vast majority of Americans believe in God but many U*U "churches" avoid using the 'G' word unless of course an atheist U*U minister is pronouncing that God is a "non-existent being" and that belief in God "seems primitive" or something like that...

The conversation continues. . .

* In rereading my first comment on this Chicago tribune article I discovered a significant typo in the form of the omission of a small but important word.

I wrote -

Bill Sinkford and other U*U "religious leaders" have come to understand that U*Uism will never grow if it does not get serious about dealing with belief in God.

But I had actually meant to write -

Bill Sinkford and other U*U "religious leaders" have *to* come to understand that U*Uism will never grow if it does not get serious about dealing with belief in God.

I am by no means convinced that UUA President William G. Sinkford, and/or other top level UUA administrators, have actually come to that important realization yet...