Judith Evans Chases Up Some British Unitarian "Snakes" In The Guardian For St. Patrick's Day
18 Mar 09, 1:04am
Judith Evans sure picked a good day to point out some of the "snakes" in the Unitarian "Church". . . With any luck this Guardian article will help to chase these "serpents" out of what famous X-Unitarian Ralph Waldo Emerson once described as "corpse-cold Unitarianism". Hardly a paragraph gets written that does not touch upon the fact that British Unitarians have pretty much replaced a once respected monotheistic religion with secular humanist politics. Much of this story could just as easily apply to Canadian Unitarians and American Unitarian*Universalists, to say nothing of Unitarian*Universalists elsewhere in the so-called U*U World.
If only Unitarians could refrain from booing, hissing and rattling at those who they perceive as villains. I would not be surprised at all if Andrew Pakula delivered this sermon precisely because he is well aware of how Unitarian*Universalists, including U*U clergy and prominent lay leaders such as the "Life President" of the Padiham Unitarians Joyce Thompson, quite regularly boo and hiss, and insult and defame, those people they perceive as "villains" in spite of their pretense of affirming and promoting the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.
I am not the least bit surprised that Silverwhistle found Unitarianism appealing and felt comfortable with many aspects of it. Contemporary Unitarianism has been heavily influenced by secular humanism aka atheism. Many Unitarian ministers are atheists and some of them, along with no shortage of U*U lay members, have all the tolerance and respect for God believing people as that pompous ASS* Richard Dawkins. . . Imagine coming to a Unitarian Church one Sunday only to hear the fundamentalist atheist, if not Atheist Supremacist, "pastor" dogmatically asserting that God is "a non-existent being" and preaching to the proverbial choir of "Humanist" U*Us that belief in God seems primitive. Imagine trying to discuss a profound spiritual experience of one kind or another with your U*U minister and, at best, being politely ignored and brushed off by an atheist "pastoral specialist" who is neither ready, nor willing, nor even able to *minister* appropriately to you and, at worst, being contemptuously labeled as psychotic and facing angry demands from a self-described "pastoral specialist" to seek "professional help" immediately. Yes, everything I have related here has actually happened in the U*U World. These are not hypothetical "scenarios", these are actual events that have occurred, and they are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of what I and other God believing people have reasonable grounds to call "corpse-cold Unitarianism", just as Ralph Waldo Emerson did over a century ago now.
The Unitarian*Universalist Association of Congregations was described as "the Church of the Far Left" by The Oregonian newspaper when the UUA held its annual general assembly in Portland Oregon in 2007. American Unitarian*Universalists have no qualms as describing themselves as "the religious arm of the Democratic Party." Perhaps British Unitarians might be quite reasonably described as the religious arm of the Labour Party. Left-wing politics have effectively replaced "liberal religion" in most if not all of the Unitarian Church world-wide, and I say that as a moderate political and religious liberal who usually votes for the Liberal Party or New Democratic Party in Canadian federal elections.
For all their empty talk about hating the sin, not the sinner, Unitarian*Universalists display plenty of hate towards their perceived enemies, be they God believing people who expect to be as welcome as anyone else in the so-called "Unitarian Church", or political conservatives who are far from genuinely welcome in U*U "Welcoming Congregations". The openness of U*Unitarians is greatly exaggerated and their "edge" can be quite painful, and even quite damaging, when they have an axe to grind with you. . . I know this from bitter personal experience of the anti-religious intolerance and bigotry of secular "Humanist" Unitarians, but many others can say the same thing.
I am not a political conservative but some U*U attacks on Republicans and other conservatives can be properly described as hateful and hate-filled, if not outright hate speech. . . Here is just one recent example of it -
As I rule I am someone who really is very tolerant but I will not tolerate the obvious intolerance of outrageously hypocritical Unitarian*Universalists be it manifested in Canada, the U.S.A, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in the so-called U*U World. Their intolerance insults my intelligence. . . I have been exposing and denouncing U*U anti-religious intolerance and bigotry and other U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy for over a decade now, and will continue to do so until such time as U*Us stop passing me the ammunition of their own intolerant words and actions.
*Atheist Supremacist Spokesperson