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: - 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: - 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 -

Friday, January 30, 2009

UUA President Bill Sinkford's Alleged Clergy Sexual Misconduct - The Veiled InU*Uendo And The Readily Verifiable Facts. . .

The inU*Uendo. . .

"Current clergy guidelines and attitudes protect sleezy (but non-criminal) clergy with a veil of silence and fog of frustration."

"There seems to also be a double standard: the more conspicuous or famous a minister, the more “liberty” is given."

Courtesy of "Christian" U*U minister Rev. Scott Wells from his so-called, self-titled 'Clergy Sexual Misconduct Roll Call' blog post that is anything but a true roll call. . .

"Are ya kidding me? How about the good ole ministers (see, I’m not even saying what GENDER they are!) who commit serial adultery and still get the plummiest pulpits?

Of course all is forgiven if you marry your fling, no matter how you met. That’s what I’ve been told, anyway. And I mean verbatim."

Courtesy of Peacebang aka Rev. Victoria Weinstein

"All I have heard is rumors, mostly. That, of course, doesn’t mean these rumors aren’t true! Some, in fact, are well substanitated. (sic)"

Courtesy of Rev. Adam Tierney-Eliot

"Roman Catholic bishops are not alone in sweeping sexual misconduct under the rug."

Courtesy of Derek (no family name provided)

"I just read over these comments, and I cannot BELIEVE it. Well, I guess I can believe the part about sexual inappropriateness, but I can´t believe no one would say anything? What, exactly, is the problem?"

Courtesy of Hafidha Sophia

"I’d say the *rules* — which are broad and vague — and the political power and influence some more prominent ministers wield are a problem."

Rev. Scott Well's response to Hafidha Sophia's comment above.

"All of the creepy ministers I have known of are baby-boomers."

Courtesy of Hank (no family name provided)

"Misconducting ministers that I know of have three qualities in addition to their tendency to sexually misconduct themselves: they are highly charismatic, they know how to manipulate people/congregations to their advantage, and they give off the impression (to those they fool) that they (the ministers) are THE church. I think that all three of these are tied to the reasons that our democratic churches sometimes let misconductors stay in their positions after ethical boundaries have clearly been crossed. Congregants think, “Oh, if we lose Rev. X, our church just won’t be our church anymore!” People have *a lot* invested in their image of church. And you can bet Rev. X uses that to his (or her but usually his) advantage. He’s got a manipulative personality. That’s how he managed to cross the lines in the first place and that’s how he intends to stay in his position when his misconduct comes to light. He wines and dines the board, explains “his side” of the story, maybe cries a little in public, and does his work to discredit those who dare to call him on his actions. He does sermons – without any specific reference to himself – about how we are all “only human” and how we “must forgive.” Oh, and yes, as peacebang (sic) pointed out if he “makes right” by getting married much of the congregation is all too eager to forgive him."

Courtesy of Sarah (no family name provided)

The readily verifiable facts -

Calling Maria Sinkford to the stage of the 2005 UUA GA in Fort Worth, Texas, UUA President William G. Sinkford announced that he had married Maria Sinkford on April 23, 2005, in Boston. Interestingly enough President Bill Sinkford most ironically went on to say, "(We) know where we come from, but we will need to discover where we are going. . ."

According to his official UUA biography, which was last updated on Thursday, September 18, 2008, and makes no mention whatsoever of any previous marriage, UUA President Bill Sinkford is the father of two children: Billy, 26 and Danielle, 23. It seems highly improbable that these two children of Rev. William G. Sinkford are the product of a relationship with Mrs. Maria Sinkford doesn't it?

UUA President Bill Sinkford aka the Rev. William G. Sinkford was born in San Francisco early in the post-World War II "Baby Boom" and thus qualifies as a "Baby Boomer" U*U minister. I leave it up to U*Us to decide whether or not UUA President Bill Sinkford is a "sleezy" (sic) and/or "creepy" "Baby Boomer" Unitarian*Universalist minister.

I cordially invite U*Us U*U World-wide to enter into a free and responsible search for the truth and meaning of how well the inU*Uendo posted publicly on the so-called, self-titled 'Clergy Sexual Misconduct Roll Call' blog post on Rev. Scott Wells' 'Boy In The Bands' blog aligns with these and other readily verifiable facts about UUA President Bill Sinkford.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have any proof?

Monday, February 02, 2009 9:03:00 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Well. . . to paraphrase the weasel words of another American President suspected of sexual misconduct, that depends on what the meaning of the word "proof" is. . . It also depends on what specifically you want proof of oh so Anonymous (Presumed) U*U. The whole point of this post however is how the inU*Uendo of Rev. Scott Wells, Rev. Victoria Weinstein, Rev. Adam Tierney-Eliot, Hank, and Sarah so nicely aligns with some undeniable well known facts about UUA President Bill Sinkford. Maybe you should ask them what *they* know about any allegations of clergy sexual misconduct on the part of UUA President Bill Sinkford. . .

May I suggest that you and other Unitarian*Universalists enter into a free and responsible search for the truth and meaning that inspired this particular Emerson Avenger blog post? I suppose that it could not hurt to inquire directly with the UUA's department of ministry and/or its ever so aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee and ask then straight out if Rev. William G. Sinkford has ever had a clergy sexual misconduct complaint brought against him but I do not know what kind of response you would get if any. . . Even if they were to refuse to answer or outright deny that Rev. Bill Sinkford had ever had a clergy sexual misconduct complaint brought against him you would be well advised to do some of your own detective work based on the well documented facts about UUA President Bill Sinkford that I have presented in this blog post. Here is some more pertinent information straight from the horse's U*U -

Of course, in my life, these past four years have not been all about work. In Cleveland, four years ago, I was in the early stages of a new personal relationship. Many of you have had the opportunity to meet this extraordinary woman. She's traveled with me often (Maria comes to the podium). In this year of celebrating anniversaries, there is one more to add to the list. On April 23, in the Chapel at 25 Beacon St., Maria and I were married. Let me introduce you to my partner of four years and now my wife, Maria Sinkford. Maria Sinkford... I like that name.

(Most ironically) Bill sings: "Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?"

Source - UUA President's Report
The Rev. William G. Sinkford
General Assembly – Fort Worth , TX
June 25, 2005

So that brings U*Us back to Cleveland, Ohio in 2001 or so.

Seek and U*Us shall find. . .

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 12:03:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't think you had any proof.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 8:15:00 am  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Yet again oh so Anonymous Presumed U*U, that would depend on two things. What qualifies as "proof" in this matter and what specifically you want proof of. . . which is something that you have yet to *specify*. Come to think of it, you did ask, "Do you have any proof?" Quite evidently I actually do have *some* proof of *certain* things. . .

I have just provided *some* proof in terms of publicly available information, including some proof in the form of UUA President William G. Sinkford's very own well-documented words, that the UUA's very own "Slick Willy" aka "Slick Willie" very much fits the "profile" of the kind of "sleezy" aka "creepy" "conspicuous or famous" "Baby Boomer" U*U ministers (please note the use of the plural here) who commit adultery (serial adultery or otherwise) and "still get the plummiest pulpits" in the whole wide U*U World because "all is forgiven" if they marry their "fling", no matter how they met. . . N'est-ce pas? So you are quite mistaken in asserting that you "didn't think" that I had "any proof" because I very obviously have *some* proof of *certain* things.

So please be so kind as to specify what specifically you do not think I have "any proof" of oh so Anonymous Presumed U*U. Be assured that I know a little bit more about UUA President Bill Sinkford's alleged if not actual clergy sexual misconduct than I am letting on here at the moment. Do you really believe that I can be involved in exposing and denouncing U*U clergy misconduct and diverse other U*U injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy for well over a decade now and not have been made aware of some "less than famous" cases of alleged or actual U*U clergy sexual misconduct in spite of DIM Thinking U*U attitudes that "protect sleezy (but non-criminal) clergy with a veil of silence and fog of frustration"?

BTW Oh so Anonymous Presumed U*U, did you pay any attention at all to the following notice when you posted your comments here?

Please provide your real name, or a pen-name that is publicly associated with your real name, when posting comments. The Emerson Avenger reserves the right to "out" anonymous or pseudonymous commenters who post BS at his discretion.

I do not see your real name, nor do I even see a pen-name aka pseudonym that is closely related to your real name, and pronouncing that I do not have *any* proof qualifies as U*U BS in my books. . . You are skating on very thin corpse-cold U*Unitarian ice Anonymous Presumed U*U. Come to think of it. Joel Monka recently suggested that the lack of comments here was a sign of lack of readership of, and/or interest in, The Emerson Avenger blog. It seems to me however that I have reasonable grounds to believe that the lack of comments in recent months might have a lot more to do with my clearly stated commenting policy repeated above and U*Us or even non-U*Us who are too afraid to post comments here under their real name, and even lack the guts to post comments under a pseudonym that is closely associated with their real name. What do you think oh so Anonymous Presumed U*U?

Interestingly enough the WVC for this comment is anicarst.

U*U figure it out. . .

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 12:14:00 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Cat got your tongue Anonymouse?

I do expect you to come back here and answer the questions that I posed to you here and to do so using your real name and/or a pseudonym that is closely associated with your real name. In fact I expect you to explain why you posted anonymousely in spite of the fact that you have been clearly warned that doing so is "less than wise". . . Just why did you post your U*U BS anonymously, and not for the first time by any means, Anonymouse when you not only have a real name but also have a blogging pseudonym that is very well known within the U*U blogosphere? Prey tell. . .

Wednesday, February 04, 2009 4:31:00 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

It would appear that the cat really has a very firm grip on U*U Ü*Über-Blogger ChaliceChick's tongue. . . Or perhaps ChaliceChick aka Suzyn What'sHerName is doing that ever so U*U thing of "choosing love" aka "standing on the side of love" by doing absolutely nothing to respond in responsibility to my request/demand that she attach her name, at minimum her well-known if not U*U World famous pseudonym, to her anonymous comments here. This is not the first time that ChaliceChick has posted comments attempting to discredit me, or just plain insulting me, under the cowardly cover of anonymity. AFA*I*AC ChaliceChick long ago forfeited her right not to be "outed" by the dreaded Emerson Avenger and it is largely out of sheer generosity that I have not "outed" her to date. I informed ChaliceChick that I knew that she was the person who posted these anonymous comments several days ago and made it clear that I expected her to attach her pseudonym, if not her real name to these comments and provide a *credible* explanation of why it was her chosen fate to post them anonymously rather than under her pseudonym. But no. . .

"Do you have any proof?"

Is a perfectly reasonable question for someone to ask and I would not "out" an anonymous commenter simply for asking a perfectly reasonable question. As a rule the only kind of anonymous commenter I would "out" would be someone who insulted me, defamed me, otherwise attacked me, or sought to discredit me with bullshit aka BS, U*U BS or otherwise, under the cowardly cover of anonymity.

"Didn't think you had any proof."

Meets that criteria AFA*I*AC. This brazen assertion of ChaliceChick is clearly an attempt to discredit me, one that presupposes that my blog post about UUA President Bill Sinkford's *alleged*, repeat *alleged*, clergy sexual misconduct is not supported by any evidence whatsoever. ChaliceChick being at least peripherally involved in the legal profession, if not seeking to become a lawyer of some sort, ought to know that one does not need any proof whatsoever to say that a person has been *alleged* aka *accused* of wrongdoing of any kind. All that one needs to know is that they have in fact been *alleged* or *accused* of wrongdoing, in this case clergy sexual misconduct. I was informed years ago of Rev. Bill Sinkford's alleged clergy sexual misconduct and have received that so-called "unsubstantiated rumor" from several different sources, not just one, all of whom a very well informed about U*U clergy sexual misconduct and are thus credible and reliable sources in my informed opinion.

I will not "out" ChaliceChick at this point in time but I will announce that her anonymous attempts to discredit me here were the last straw and I reserve the right to "out" her well and proper at my discretion any time in the future. If ChaliceChick does get around to coming back here and offering a *credible* explanation as to why she posted anonymously rather than under her pseudonym that will decrease the likelihood of my "outing" her unless of course she foolishly says something less than credible aka disingenuous.

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