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 -

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Inquiring Minds Want To Know Exactly What UUA Trustee Rev. Will Saunders Said In His Weird And Questionable Prepared Statement Yesterday. . .

Besides "The president's vision is irrelevant unless it is also the board's vision. . ." of course, which we already know too well. . .

In a blog post titled, '“Weird” statement at first meeting of Morales and Board: a copy?' Rev. Scott Wells says,

"I feel like I’m missing a piece here — the thrust and tone of the episode — not the least because that there’s a reference to Saunders reading the comments."

And goes on to ask,

"Did he bring prepared comments? And are the available?"

"Was anyone else present who can shed some light on this?"

The answer to the first question is Yes, Rev. William Saunders did bring "prepared documents". The UU World blog reports about this controversy make it quite clear that Rev. Will Saunders read from a prepared statement, although this is not clear in the initial report about this incident. A follow-up report on the UU World blog titled 'Trustees start awkwardly, but seek common vision' says the following -

The Rev. Jeanne Pupke, a newly elected trustee-at-large, said she was concerned that a statement read by the Rev. Will Saunders at the start of this morning's meeting had seemed to say to Morales, "sit down and shut up."

Quite evidently Rev. Will Saunders did read from a prepared statement of some kind as this subsequent report in the UU World blog post underlines -

(UUA Moderator) Courter said that she hadn't read Saunders's (sic) statement in advance and "was regretting where it ended up being positioned."

So not only was Rev. Will Saunders' prepared statement written "in advance" of the UUA Trustees' meeting with President Peter Morales but it apparently *could* have been read and ahem *moderated* by UUA Moderator Gini Courter and/or other UUA Trustees. Thankfully it wasn't "moderated" aka censored in advance of Rev. Will Saunders reading it at the very beginning of that meeting so we have a nice example of the "very deep culture" of the UUA Board of Trustees that UUA Moderator Gini Courter acknowledges is not always "evident" aka visible aka *transparent*. . .

Next question please. . .

"And are the (sic) available?"

Well in that Rev. Will Saunders did *read* from a statement that had clearly been prepared "in advance" of President Peter Morales' meeting with UUA Trustees it seems to me that it *should* be available for U*U eyes to see and to read for themselves. Whether or not the UUA and/or its Board of Trustees will actually make the full document of that rather questionable prepared statement available publicly by posting it to the internet as part of a full report on that now quite controversial initial meeting between UUA President Peter Morales and the UUA Board of Trustees is not certain yet. In that aka whereas. . . widely distributed official UUA published tracts (Warning! Big fat U*U PDF file. . .) publicly assert that -

"Records* are open to scrutiny, elections are open to members, and ideas are open to criticism, so that people might govern themselves."

In that aka whereas. . . UUA Principles call for "a free and responsible search for truth and meaning."

And in that aka whereas. . . UUA President Peter Morales is "totally committed" to transparency and accountability, and on public record as believing that "secrets are terrible things."

I believe that the UUA should make the full record of that prepared statement publicly available in a timely manner so that U*Us U*U World-wide can enter into a free and responsible search for the full truth of what Rev. Will Saunders actually said when reading that prepared statement and the full meaning of what that prepared statement actually says or implies. . .

I am not alone in that belief.

In a follow up comment posted to Rev. Scott Wells' blog post someone self-identified as Derek commented -

"YES! In the interest of transparency, I would also like to see the text of Will Saunders’ comments."

I guess that makes two of us but I expect that there are many more U*Us and indeed some ex-U*Us and non-U*Us who would also like to see the full text of Rev. Will Saunders' prepared statement in the interest of transparency.

So I hereby officially *petition* the UUA Board of Trustees and the UUA as an institution to make the prepared statement that the Rev. William Saunders read on behalf of the UUA Board of Trustees at the beginning of yesterday's meeting with newly elected UUA President Peter Morales publicly available on the official UUA website and/or the UU World blog in order that *that* particular record of the UUA Board of Trustees may be open to scrutiny, and Rev. Will Saunders' ideas, which presumably reflect the not always evident "very deep culture" of the UUA Board of Trustees that UUA Moderator Gini Courter has acknowledged, may be open to criticism, so that U*U people U*U World-wide might govern themselves accordingly. . .

* Interestingly enough. . . it would appear that a presumably early/original version of this "classic" UUA produced tract written by freelance writer and U*U minister Rev. David O. Ranking said -

"Church records are open to scrutiny, elections are open to members, and ideas are open to criticism, so that people might govern themselves."

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Is "The Elephant In The Room" None Other Than Brand-Spanking New UUA President Rev. Peter Morales?!! It Sure Looks That Way To Me. . .

Well at least he's not a White Elephant just yet. . .

Sorry all you 97% White U*Us but I just could not let that wordplay pass, and please do interpret it as an affirmation of Rev. Pedro Morales' Hispanic aka Latino cultural heritage. The more non-White U*U "elephants" in the room of the U*U World the better AFAIAC.

I can't believe how UUA Moderator Gini Courter so "awkwardly" contributed to the already inept if not outright awful, albeit not entirely *unprepared*. . . manner in which the UUA Board of Trustees "welcomed" UUA President Rev. Peter Morales at its meeting with him today.

I mean what possessed Gini Courter to "observe" -

"We started weird. . . Just because I don't know what to do with the elephant in the room doesn't mean you don't. . ."


So just who or what is "the elephant in the room" Gini? In light of the "context" of your weird and awkward aka inept "observation" it would seem that you can only be talking about newly elected UUA President Rev. Pedro Morales. Am I wrong Gini? Is this any way to refer to the President of the UUA? What part of respect for the inherent worth and dignity of *every* person do you not understand Gini? How would you like it if someone referred to *you* as the proverbial "elephant in the room" Gini? God forbid that anyone should ever dare to refer to Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang as "the elephant in the room", somebody might end up "anally impaled on the Statue of Liberty's torch" or something!!

Thankfully UUA President Pedro Morales aka Rev. Peter Morales has "spent eleven years in journalism" (to say nothing of a similar number of years in U*Uism. . .) and thus professes to have "a thicker skin than most people." It looks like President Morales may well be needing that "thicker skin" if the UUA Trustees' "welcoming" of him today is any indication of what the future holds for him at 25 Beacon Street in Boston. Of course I would presume that any "elephant in the room" would have pretty thick skin to begin with, to say nothing of a couple of tusks to anally impale obstructionist U*U assholes on. . . :-)

In related news presented in the same UU World blog post quite revealingly, albeit somewhat awkwardly and ineptly, *entitled* 'Trustees start awkwardly, but seeks* common vision' -

Rev. Jeanne Pupke, a newly elected trustee-at-large, shared her concerns that the prepared statement read by the Rev. Will Saunders at the very outset of this morning's UUA Trustees meeting had seemed to say "sit down and shut up" to President Peter Morales.

Yup, that's pretty much how *I* read it too Jeanne.

Excellent observation. . .

Rev. Jeanne Pupke went on to very reasonably and quite rationally *observe*, "Our president was duly elected and has a lot of support." Rev. Pupke had been a supporter of Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman, but wisely made it clear that she was eager to work with President Morales and wanted to welcome him in a manner that would actually make him feel *welcome* amongst UUA Trustees.

Oh well, maybe next time. . .

Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, the Metropolitan New York District UUA Trustee, and the chaplain of the UUA Board of Trustees, confessed that she had invited Rev. Will Saunders to read the riot act to President Peter Morales during this morning's meeting in order to focus the Board on its urgent need to tell UUA President Morales to "sit down and shut up" because she is *unprepared* to listen to Rev. Peter Morales' "critique of how awful/unprepared/inept we are". . .

UUA Trustees were split down the middle in their public endorsements for each of the two candidates for UUA president, but Rev. Will Saunders had remained neutral until he showed his true colors this morning. Rev. Bray McNatt acknowledged that she regretted not *thinking* more about when (or even *if*) such a questionable prepared statement as that read by Rev. Saunders would have been most useful on today's *agenda*. In fact I hear that Rev. Bray McNatt, and other UUA Trustees who put their foot in it this morning, are feeling just a tad awful as a result of just how awkward aka inept they were in "welcoming" the man who has quite justifiably critiqued U*Us about how awful/unprepared/inept U*Us are. I dare say that the UUA Board of Trustees might have very well advised if it had been a bit more unprepared than it was this morning because *prepared* statements of the kind that Rev. Will Saunders so ineptly read this morning are often pretty awful. . .

UUA Moderator Gini Courter claimed that she had not pre-screened aka "moderated" Rev. Will Saunders' dubious un*prepared statement and thus "was regretting where it ended up being positioned" in the U*U World. No kidding. . .

Gini Courter went on to observe, "This is a board with a very deep culture, and some of it will not be evident, and some of it has nothing to do with the current president of the UUA, or even with the previous president or the president before that. And I hear Peter saying that he knows it's not about him."

No of course not Gini it's not about Peter it's about "the elephant in the room" isn't it? I dare say that Rev. Will Saunders statement made it pretty clear aka *evident* that the UUA Board of Trustees has a very deep culture alright. . .

* Yo Chris, I am pretty sure that the "seeks" in your blog title should *really* be "seek". Right?

Update: The original title off this blog post was 'Is "The Elephant In The Room" None Other Than Brand-Spanking New UUA President Rev. Peter Morales Gini?!! It Sure Looks That Way To Me. . .' I have decided to delete Gini because some non-U*Us might not know that it refers to UUA Moderator Gini Courter and wonder who Rev. Peter Morales Gini is. One more thing. This is obviously a semi-satirical parody post, so before anyone suggests that UUA Moderator Gini Courter was not necessarily referring to Rev. Peter Morales himself when she spoke about "the elephant in the room" allow me to say that I am perfectly aware of that. That being said, Gini Courter's somewhat inept, and presumably unprepared, "the elephant in the room" statement appears to be so closely and intimately associated with Rev. Peter Morales' presence at the meeting with UUA Board of Trustees that this distinction is all but (dare I say it?) *irrelevant*. . .

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UUA President Peter Morales' Vision Is Irrelevant Unless It Is Also The Vision Of The UUA Board Of Trustees. . .

But don't take my word for it, because I would not make such a highly questionable statement that clearly minimizes the role and influence of the President of the UUA. . . take the word of the UUA trustee from the New England District, Rev. Will Saunders, for it.

Can U*Us say "power struggle"?

Thankfully the Pacific Northwest District UUA Trustee, Rev. Elizabeth Greene, put Rev. William Saunders in his place by saying,

"As an individual, I would have said different things. I would have said, Welcome! If you have a different vision than I have, let's talk about it and work together."

Perhaps more significantly, and hopefully quite sincerely, UUA Moderator Gini Courter said,

"Yes, let's do the welcoming thing. It's good to have you here."

According to the UU World blog report the UUA Board of Trustees will be "talking about its new relationship with the president under the new governance system" this evening. U*Us might want to enter into a free and responsible search for the truth and meaning of exactly how "the new governance system" affects the relationship of the President of the UUA with the UUA Board of Trustees.

Source - UUA Board gathers with newly elected president posted by Christopher L. Walton

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

UUA President Peter Morales Should Firmly And Forthrightly Address The Major Problem Of The Anti-Religious Intolerance Of Fundamentalist Atheist U*Us

if he wants Unitarian*Universalism to have any hope of becoming "the religion of our time", as per his rather optimistic UUA presidential campaign slogan. If he fails to do so, as former UUA President Bill Sinkford did over the eight year term of his UUA presidency, then Unitarian*Universalism aka The U*U Movement is likely to remain the "tiny, declining, fringe religion" that Rev. Peter Morales bluntly acknowledged it is *today* in his stump speech announcing his candidacy for president of the UUA. I will be directly sharing this and other serious concerns with UUA President Peter Morales in the coming days and weeks but for now I have publicly shared this concern in a comment posted to The Salt Lake Tribune article titled 'UUA elects Colorado pastor as president' which announced the results of the 2009 UUA presidential elections today -

I congratulate Rev. Peter Morales on successfully competing against the UUA's "chosen one" "establishment candidate" Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman for the position of President of the UUA or what I like to waggishly refer to as President of *The* Tiny Declining Fringe Religion which obviously references Rev. Peter Morales own description of what Unitarian*Universalism is today in his stump speech announcing his candidacy for UUA president in January of 2008. Quite frankly Rev. Morales has his work cut out for him if he wishes to transform Unitarian*Universalism from the "tiny, declining, fringe religion" that he bluntly but quite justifiably acknowledges U*Uism is today into "the religion of our time" within *our* time. I repeatedly asked Rev. Peter Morales to provide a realistic 25 year plan for transforming Unitarian*Universalism from a tiny, declining, fringe religion into "the religion of our time" but he declined to directly answer my questions that were posted to his 'Along The Campaign Trail' blog and other U*U blogs or online forums.

I have publicly shared my concerns about Rev. Morales' belittling and maligning of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, to say nothing of other "old religions" no doubt including Mormonism. . . as "obsolete religions, created for another time" and that are only contributing to "the darkness" of fear, prejudice, and hatred etc. etc. in his stump speech but he has yet to address those concerns either. Anti-religious intolerance and bigotry on the part of the "fundamentalist atheist" subset of U*U Humanists is one of the major problems of the U*U Movement and is a major, if not primary, contributing factor to why U*Uism is in fact a tiny, declining, fringe religion today. . . I hereby call upon Rev. Peter Morales to firmly and forthrightly address this major problem of Unitarian*Universalism in the coming weeks and months so that God believing Americans can feel genuinely and fully welcome in each and every U*U "Welcoming Congregation".

Here is the screen shot of the actual comment that I just posted to The Salt Lake Tribune website -

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UUA Election Results Are In And Rev. Peter Morales Has Been Elected As President Of The UUA aka *The* Tiny Declining Fringe Religion. . .

It's official. According to the UU World General Assembly Blog post titled 'Morales wins UUA presidency decisively', posted by UU World Editor Christopher L. Walton, UUA Presidential candidate Rev. Peter Morales has decisively won the 2009 UUA presidential election.

UUA President-elect Peter Morales won the UUA presidency decisively with 59 percent of all votes. He won 55 percent of the absentee vote (1,020 to 827) and 61 percent of the on-site vote (1,041 to 654). His margin of victory is 580 votes. Seven ballots were disqualified for discrepancies; one vote was cast for "No."

With any luck 25 Beacon Street won't reek of privilege and hierarchy quite so much in the coming months and years. . .

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fundamentalist Atheist Unitarian*Universalists aka U*Us Repel Yet Another Spiritual And/Or Religious Unitarian*Universalist. . .

Somebody going by the name Shyloh made it abundantly clear that intolerant and abusive "fundamentalist atheist" "Humanist" U*Us still make plenty of Unitarian*Universalist "churches" anything but "Welcoming Congregations" to spiritual and/or religious people. Without further ado here are the comments that Shyloh submitted to Rev. Victoria Weinstein's 'What I’d Prefer To See' post on her Peacebang blog -

I left a uu church almost 3 years ago - in this particular church there was such a lack of respect for anyone with “spiritual” beliefs that were associated with religion. Any religion. I want to venture out again and am gathering up my courage to go to a church that is a little further away- but has a larger congregation and (at least on line) looks like it honors diversity of belief along with diversity in ethnicity, sexual orientation etc. I’m trying to talk myself into going tomorrow.

I like my spirit with a little edge. Unfortunately in the previous church it was all edge and no spirit. But I don’t want a church that smiles and smiles, avoids controversy and participates in what I call “token charity events”. I hope to find the church that mirrors the images you were suggesting for ads. Wish me luck.

Comment by Shyloh — June 26, 2009

After reflecting a bit on what I wrote I want to make something a bit clearer. When I wrote about the lack of respect for any kind of spirituality I meant contempt and ridicule*. Sometimes subtle, often overt. It was a small church* (Editor's note: What a surprise. . .) with, as I came to learn, a core group of what I would call “fundamentalist atheists”*. I welcome and enjoy respectful discussions, debates, disagreements. I’ve learned quite a bit from those kinds of conversations, at times even changing my perspective. I also never expected the church to cater to my particular beliefs. Among other things, I was attracted to the UU tradition because it didn’t cater to any one religious creed but instead offered principles that, in my mind, support the diverse whole.Tomorrow morning I hope to find a church that truly embraces diversity of all kinds.

Comment by Shyloh — June 27, 2009

* my emphasis

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Are UUs Standing On The Side Of Love For Multicolored Tits Or Something?

Just asking. . . :-)

Full disclosure. When, in the wake of CUC Executive Director Mary Bennett's dU*Ubious U*Unilateral decision to modify the UU corporate identity by inserting famous U*U Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s "picture of an asshole" between the two Us of what *was* UUism in order to symbolize the alleged "inclusiveness" of what is *now* The U*U Movement, I drew two UUs together like this - UU - and asked people if it reminded them of a part of the human body many people responded by saying "tits" or "breasts" etc. Needless to say, when I inserted famous U*U Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s "picture of an asshole" (i.e. an asterisk aka * aka ass-to-risk. . .) between the two Us like this - U*U - people quickly changed their tune and said "ass". Still, UU does bring human female mammary glands to the minds of many people. Gotta love *those* 'Standing On The Side Of Love' T-shirts eh UUs? No? :-)

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Rev. Ricky Hoyt Finds Out The Hard Way That U*U "Democracy" Isn't All That It's Cracked Up To Be. . .

I just dropped by Reverend Ricky Hoyt's excellent 'One More Step' blog and read his No Vote For Me blog post. It turns out that Rev. Ricky Hoyt will be unable to cast his vote for UUA Presidential candidate Rev. Peter Morales because on-site voting at the 2009 UUA GA is limited to a five hour period between noon and 5 PM, tomorrow, Saturday June 27 but he made travel arrangements months ago to leave Salt Lake City earlier in the morning on Saturday so that he can deliver a sermon at his U*U church on Sunday. Here is the comment that I submitted in response to his blog post that expresses his dis*illusionment. . .

Looks like you are learning about U*U "democracy" the hard way Rick.

On-site voting will only be allowed between noon and 5 PM on one single day? What a joke. . . Once again the UUA proves that its voting practices don't even come close to democracy at the municipal, state, and national level of secular politics. If I was you I would look into what the UUA's official bylaws say about this. Even I, jaded as I am with U*U "democracy", am rather surprised that there is only one five hour "window of opportunity" for delegates to cast their votes in an important presidential election UUA GA. AFAIAC on-site voting should go from 8 or 9 o'clock in the morning to 8 or 9 o'clock at night at minimum. At least 12 hours should be available for casting ballots on-site.

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U*Us Are Thunderstruck By God's Divine Expression Of Displeasure With U*U Anti-Mormon Bigotry That Borders On The Hate Speech U*Us Pretend To Oppose

But don't take my word for it. . .

Take the word of whichever U*U blogger* wrote the 'God Speaks to the UUs' blog post on the UUA's official General Assembly 2009 blog. . .

I was covering comedian Kate Clinton’s performance in the Grand Ballroom when our cosmic comeuppance was finally delivered. In fact, I blame her. She was holding forth on California’s Proposition 8, which overrode a court order legalizing gay marriage in that state. Based on some bad polling interpretation, a lot of people came to believe that proposition lost because of the black churches. But Clinton was setting us, ahem, straight:

“It wasn’t the black churches. It was the white churches. It was the Catholic archbishops, who’ve never been married, pouring money into the campaign. And it was the Mormons, who know so much about marriage,” she announced, dropping her voice to a whisper when she said the M-word. “And by the way…that’s Mormon, with two Ms.

At that precise moment that her last bit of wordplay was sinking in and the crowd was launching into a collective roar, fate struck. Or at least something did. The entire convention center rocked with a huge clap of thunder that sounded very much like the roof trying to come down over our heads. Moments later, we listened again as the sky outside cracked open with a ferocious rainstorm.

Kate paused while the sound echoed through the hall. Then she stepped back up to the mike, and in a very sweet and mild voice said: “I love Mormons!”

It was only as I made my way back to my hotel half an hour later that I found out just how close the call was. The crack we heard was lightening striking the convention center’s tower, which forms one of the two main entrances to the hall. The entry was cordoned off with police tape, pending a structural inspection of the roof, supports, and glass. Outside, a storm of truly Biblical proportions was turning State Street into a river.

Serves us heretics right, I guess. Never let it be said that UUs are afraid in the face of divine wrath.

Still, He can’t have been all that mad. Because 15 minutes later, the storm cleared — leaving us with a gorgeous double rainbow arcing right over the center.

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I guess this Emerson Avenger blast from the not so distant past was quiet prophetic. . .

* Apparently it was the ever tactful and diplomatic U*U blogger Sara Robinson. . . I did not notice her "byline" at the bottom of the blog post when I first read it. Quite possibly because she only added it after I had read the post.

Here is the screenshot -

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The Emerson Vandal? Yet Another Deeply Insecure Unitarian*Universalist Attempts To Criminalize The Criticism And Dissent Of The Emerson Avenger. . .


*This* is really *too* funny. . .

Here, verbatim, is how The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) delegate to the 2009 UUA GA in Salt Lake City Sean Welsh, if not a few other paranoid U*Us behind the scenes. . . has grossly overreacted to a small handful of legitimate critical comments that I submitted to The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) Delegates' Blog earlier today. . . It would be pathetically sad, in every sense of the word "sad", if it wasn't so rip-roaringly hilariously funny!

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Now *that's* what I call a Totalitarian Unitarian. . .

Here is the (im)pertinent comment that I just left for Sean Welsh on the pertinent blog post.

You really are *too* funny Sean.


Oh and here is the screen-shot proving that Sean Welsh is a Totalitarian Unitarian. . .

Be afraid U*Us. . . Be very afraid. . .

This is part and parcel of the "less than excellent" *ministry* of The Church of the Larger Fellowship, to say nothing of the increasingly *tarnished* public image of Unitarian*Universalism aka Totalitarian Unitarianism more generally. . .

Update: Oh dear. . . I can't help but notice that Totalitarian Unitarian Sean Welsh said,

"This is the final policy of the administrators of this web site."

The words "administrators" is the plural form of "administrator", which presumably means that at least one other member of the UUA's Church of the Larger Fellowship can be justifiably described as a Totalitarian Unitarian, unless of course administrators is a typo. Logically that would mean that Sean Welsh's partner in criminalizing dissent is Louise Hornor.

Apparently so. . .

Here is some recent "twittering" from this Totalitarian Unitarian twit -

Our #uuga2009 blog is our report to CLF Board. We didn't mean it as a forum for argument. Considering turning off comments. Robin annoys me.
about 11 hours ago from TwitterFox

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Truth In U*U Advertising aka What The Ever So "Hard Core" Peacebang Probably Would Not Want To See In UUA Marketing Materials aka U*U Tracts. . .

In the proverbial "truth in advertising" department Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang lets U*Us know what she wants to see in UUA marketing campaign materials in a blog post titled What I’d Prefer To See. I may deal with its rather dubious content in more depth later, but for now here is the comment that I expect that Peacebang, to say nothing of other U*Us, would prefer not to see. . .

How about an image of an inherently edgy and not "nice" U*U minister anally impaling a U.S. state senator on the Statue of Liberty's torch Peacebang?

Or maybe an image of an inherently edgy and not "nice" U*U minister kicking an alleged thief in the teeth?

Perhaps an image of an inherently edgy and not "nice" U*U minister trying to ward of some kind of Transcendentalist Super Vampire with a life-size crucifix that still is somehow unable to keep him at bay?

What does that little blurb over to the right say?

Oh ya. . .

Beauty Tips for Ministers -

"Because you’re in the public eye, and God knows you need to look good."

Such a shame that Rev. Victoria Weinstein apparently believes that this "need to look good" in the proverbial "public eye" applies only to the clothes that ministers wear and the mascara and/or other cosmetics aka "make up" they may apply to their two faces. . .

Update: Peacebang deleted aka "memory holed the above comment so I decided to repost the following "new and improved" version in honor of Mr. U*U BDSM Desmond Ravenstone, Rev. Mack Mitchell, and Rev. Victoria Weinstein's "ravishing" parishioner Richard Buell. . .

How about an image of an inherently edgy and not “nice” U*U minister anally impaling a U.S. state senator on the Statue of Liberty’s torch Peacebang?

(I bet Mr. U*U BDSM Desmond Ravenstone would find that particular image to be quite appealing, amongst others. . . Come to think of it, how about a U*U minister modeled on Rev. Mack Mitchell “ravishing” a helpless teenage Tibetan refugee tied to the bed in his U*U “parsonage”). If that’s a bit too “image tarnishing” of U*U clergy perhaps you could just show an aging U*U lay person “ravishing” a pre-teen “female family member” or a neighbor’s daughter. Or is that just a bit *too* “kinky” for “mainstream” public consumption?

The rest of the "song" remained the same. . .

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Goodbye And Good Riddance. . . Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris Is Leaving The UUA After Many Years Of Incompetence There. . .

At least that would seem to be what this little snippet from the 'Liveblogging Plenary 3' post of the General Assembly 2009 blog of the Unitarian*Universalist Association of Congregations aka UUA is more or less saying. . .

2:33 p.m. MDT

Kay Montgomery thanks the Rev. Tracy Robinson-Harris, who is leaving the UUA after many years of service there. The delegates applaud, but the entire staff of the UUA rises to give her a standing ovation.

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I take note of the alternate spelling of Rev. Dr. Robinson-Harris' first name here. A Google search for Tracy Robinson-Harris indicates that Rev. Tracy Robinson-Harris *is* to be confused with Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris being one and the same U*U AssHat and all. . .

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The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) Delegates' Blog Moderators Censor And Suppress Legitimate Criticism And Dissent. . .

Sean Welsh has seen fit to censor and suppress aka "memory hole" some perfectly legitimate critical comments that I submitted to some blog posts made by his partner Louise Hornor on the CLF Delegates' Notes blog. Here are the two comments that were posted to Louise Hornor's Thinking About Being Taken Seriously blog post which Sean Welsh "memory holed" twice. . .


Robin Edgar said...

:Hallman and Morales wrote eloquently of the need to challenge hate speech and hate actions in our world. The comments were very discouraging, effectively calling UUs "chicken little" and hypocrites.

I was amongst those commenters. If I suggested that U*Us are hypocrites it is because I am a victim of what can be properly described as "hate speech" spouted by U*Us including intolerant and abusive U*U clergy. Yes, both Hallman and Morales wrote eloquently of the need to challenge hate speech and hate actions in our world but both conveniently left the U*U World out of that equation. . . Hate speech and various actions motivated by hate, or at least intolerance and discrimination of various kinds, take place in the so-called U*U World (i.e. the greater U*U religious community if that term may be used to describe what Rev. Peter Morales calls "a tiny, declining fringe religion. . .) on an ongoing basis yet little or nothing is done to confront hate speech and hate actions perpetrated and/or perpetuated by U*Us themselves. I see virtually no difference between Rev. Ray Drennan's bigoted and slanderous labeling of Creation Day as "your cult" and Jim David Adkisson's malicious labeling U*Uism as a cult as part and parcel of his self-confessed hate crime against U*Us yet when I complained about Rev. Ray Drennan's bigoted "hate speech" which arose out of his militant atheist anti-religious intolerance and bigotry the UUA pretended that his obviously intolerant and abusive behavior was "within the appropriate guidelines of ministerial leadership". . . To this day the UUA has not changed that untenable position and apologized to me for allowing Rev. Ray Drennan to get away with "murder" in the form of character assassination. I hold out some hope that Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman or Rev. Peter Morales will do the proverbial "right thing" soon after being elected President of the UUA and start cleaning up the mess left by President Bill Sinkford's legacy of neglect and failure when it comes to this case and other cases of U*U clergy misconduct.

I think that it is worthwhile repeating the comment that I posted to Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman's and Rev. Peter Morales' co-authored opinion editorial titled Changing the climate that's feeding hate crime in the Salt Lake Times. It is high time that U*Us responsibly acknowledged their own internal problems with "hate speech" that leads to actions motivated by intolerance, bigotry and hate even if those actions do not go quite so far as actually murdering people. I look forward to climate change in the U*U World. . . There is plenty of harm done well before anyone is ever killed as a result of "hate speech". Herewith my comment, please be so kind as not to cover up and hide this legitimate criticism of U*U involvement and implication in various kinds of "hate speech" by "memory holing" it -
6:27 AM

Robin Edgar said...

Some Unitarian*Universalists, including some intolerant and even outright bigoted U*U clergy, are themselves guilty of targeting people with oppression and exclusion based on identity. No shortage of God believing people and/or political conservatives find themselves to be considerably less than welcome in some U*U "Welcoming Congregations". Indeed, while serious physical violence may be rare amongst U*Us, psychologically abusive verbal violence, some of which can be justifiably described as hate speech, is tolerated and even condoned by U*Us, including top level UUA administrators. I look forward to the day when the UUA finally gets around to responsibly confronting the violence, oppression and exclusion that I and other people have been subjected to by Unitarian*Universalists including U*U clergy.

For the record I have been physically assaulted by U*Us and had threats uttered against me by U*Us for daring to confront U*U oppression and exclusion, and other U*U injustices and abuses, with peaceful public protest. For more than a decade the UUA has obstinately refused to respond to my serious grievances about the anti-religious intolerance and bigotry of Rev. Ray Drennan and other U*Us with anything even remotely resembling justice, equity and compassion in human relations. To its shame the UUA has allowed the cancer of anti-religious intolerance and bigotry and other oppression and exclusion within the so-called U*U World to go unchallenged for decades. Top level UUA officials, including UUA President Bill Sinkford, have obstinately maintained complicit silence in response to my own and other people's serious grievances about U*U oppression and exclusion, indeed some of them have actively participated in oppression and exclusion and/or expressly condoned it. . . The UUA has not only ignored oppressive hate speech spouted by U*U clergy but has even pretended that intolerant and abusive hate speech is "within the appropriate guidelines of ministerial leadership."

Believe it or not the Word Verification Cords for this comment is - wirds
6:27 AM

Here is the third comment that I posted prior to resubmitting the two above comments which Sean promptly "memory-holed" again. . .


I am reposting my two comments that you censored and suppressed aka "memory holed" because, far from being "unrelated in any way to the content of the posts to which they were supposedly commentary" as you have falsely alleged they are very much on topic to this blog post. If you delete my comments a second time I will be blogging about your misguided attempts to cover up and hide the fact that A) some U*Us, including U*U clergy, are guilty of engaging in various kinds of "hate speech" and bigotry themselves and B) President Bill Sinkford himself, the UUA Board and UUA administration more generally, the UUA's very aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee, and implicated U*U congregations have responded in a grossly negligent and effectively complicit manner to my complaints about "hate speech" and other intolerance and bigotry that I and other people have been subjected to by U*Us, including intolerant, hostile, and abusive U*U clergy. If U*Us want to be "taken seriously" when they speak out against "hate speech" and other intolerance and bigotry the UUA would be very well advised to responsibly confront the "hate speech" and other intolerance and bigotry that U*Us engage in themselves. I repeatedly gave the UUA opportunities to do just that over the course of Rev. Bill Sinkford's 8 year term as President of the UUA but he and the UUA abjectly failed, if not obstinately refused, to address what President Sinkford himself once acknowledged as "obviously deep concerns."

For the record, censoring and suppressing legitimate criticism and dissent disregards and violates both explicit and implicit U*U principles and ideals. As far as I am concerned suppression of criticism and dissent is part and parcel of institutional stonewalling and denial and thus something that U*Us call *oppression*.
11:48 AM

Here are the two follow-up comments that I posted to Sean's Rules For This Blog post which is a rather lame attempt to justify aka rationalize his "memory-holing" aka "cover up" of the U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy that my legitimate comments exposed and denounced -


Robin Edgar said...


I have resubmitted two of the three comments that you suppressed and have provided my reasons for doing so. I would urge you not to delete those two comments again. AFAIAC both comments were "legitimate commentary on this blog" and bu no means "unrelated in any way to the content of the posts to which they were supposedly commentary." In fact that statement can be properly described as a falsehood and, if it was a knowing and willful falsehood, it is what is commonly known as a lie. Prior to your "memory holing" of my legitimate comments on Louise's blog post, which quite frankly I resent being described as SPAM and just now note that you have once again deleted in spite of my suggestions that you should not do so. . . and your posting of this questionable blog post attempting to justify your "cover up" of U*U injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy I had no grievances with you personally but I do now. As I said I will be blogging about your censorship and suppression of my legitimate criticism and dissent on The Emerson Avenger blog soon enough.
12:26 PM

Robin Edgar said...

Here's the deal Sean. I will be blogging about your censorship and suppression of my legitimate comments on The Emerson Avenger blog as stated above. Still, I think that you would be well advised to responsibly reconsider your misguided decision to disregard U*U principles and claimed ideals about freedom of speech and become an active participant in U*U "cover up" of well-documented U*U injustices and abuses. I would urge you to reinstate the perfectly legitimate *on-topic* critical comments that you chose to hide from U*U eyes.


Robin Edgar aka The Emerson Avenger
12:46 PM

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Are The Seven Principles Genuinely Cherished By Unitarian*Universalists? My Experience And Observation Of U*Us Suggests That They Are Not. . .

Baltimore Unitarian Universalist Examiner Adrian Hilliard asserts that many U*Us have come to cherish the Seven Principles of Unitarian*Universalism in a blog post titled 'Unitarian Universalists gather in Salt Lake City for 48th annual General Assembly'. Needless to say my own experience and observation of the actual behavior of many Unitarian*Universalists calls into question just how many U*Us genuinely "cherish" the Seven Principles of Unitarian*Universalism and other claimed U*U ideals. Here is the comment that I just posted in response to Adrian Hilliard's blog post -

I don't see a whole lot of evidence of U*Us cherishing the Seven Principles of U*Uism. All too often I see U*Us, including U*U clergy and top level UUA officials, flagrantly disregarding the Seven Principles and even wantonly violating them. From what I have seen the Seven Principles aren't worth the paper they are written on or the breath that they are spoken with because too many U*Us make a complete mockery of them on an ongoing basis. For more information about how hypocritical U*Us disregard and violate the Seven Principles and other ideals U*Us supposedly "cherish" I suggest browsing thorough The Emerson Avenger blog or just Google - "Robin Edgar" and Unitarian principles. I look forward to the day when Unitarian*Universalists, especially U*U clergy and UUA administrators, will genuinely cherish their claimed principles and ideals and make a sincere effort to genuinely honor and uphold them rather than repeatedly disregard them and outright violate them.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Does This Answer Your Questions President Sinkford? They Do Say That A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words You Know. . . Don't You?

A "graphic" photograph of an alleged victim of an axe wound allegedly delivered by the Iranian regime's basij "militia" aka murderous paramilitary thugs. . .

Source - - Unimaginable Horror In Tehran Today

"The reports we receive about the treatment of women and political dissidents in Iran raise questions and concerns for us. Is Iran moving towards allowing its citizens more freedom of choice and affiliation? Is the government working towards equality for women in public life? Are protections being created for citizens who identify with different political parties, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations?"

Questions posed by UUA President Bill Sinkford aka Rev. William G. Sinkford to a delegation of high level Iranian officials, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and the Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee during the fateful meeting of Wednesday September 24, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City organized by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Mir Hossein Mousavi And Rev. Tony Lorenzen Support The Emerson Avenger's Right To Protest Against Unitarian*Universalist Lies And Fraud. . .

Rev. Tony Lorenzen the current minister of Pathways Unitarian*Universalist Church in Southlake, Texas has not only publicly endorsed my right to protest against Unitarian*Universalist lies and fraud, to say nothing of various other U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy, but he has even urged me to exercise my rights lest I get out of shape. . . I couldn't agree more, and I fully intend to once again exercise my right to protest against Unitarian*Universalist lies and fraud and various other U*U injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy in front of the alleged Unitarian*Unitarian Church of Montreal in the coming weeks and months.

Maybe I will even "resurrect" my "classic" picket sign slogan. . .


That being said I will once again give Rev. Diane Rollert and the alleged Unitarian Church of Montreal an opportunity to enter into dialogue with me towards the end of resolving our conflict in a manner that genuinely honors and upholds U*U principles and purposes rather than flagrantly disregarding them and outright flaunting them as these U*Us so like to do. . . In fact I already did that last Sunday when I told Rev. Rollert and other leading Montreal Unitarians, such as current UCM President David Kersulis, that they would be well advised to enter into dialogue with me rather than further escalating this ludicrously drawn out conflict with more legal harassment and police harassment etc. I will however formally put that reasonable proposal in writing in the coming days and send it as an "electronic communication" and possibly even a registered letter.

As I orally informed them just over a week ago now, I will give the leaders of the Unitarian Church of Montreal the rest of June, all of July, and all of August to try to resolve this conflict in a manner that lives up to their "covenant" to affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations before resuming my protest full time in September if they fail or refuse to do so. . . My peaceful public protest in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal will be temporarily suspended as soon as the leaders of the Unitarian Church of Montreal agree to enter into dialogue with me and actually meet with me for an initial meeting. If Montreal Unitarian U*Us agree to this proposal my peaceful public protest in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal will remain suspended for as long as I believe that any dialogue and conflict resolution that the Unitarian Church of Montreal agrees to enter into is productive and worthwhile.

Here is the comment that I just submitted to the Too comfortable to complain? post on Rev. Tony Lorenzen's Sunflower Chalice blog -

"Mr. Mousavi is correct. Protesting to lies and fraud is your right. And if you don’t exercise your rights, you get out of shape. Get in shape"

Don't worry Tony, I am very much in shape when it comes to exercising my rights and protesting against lies and fraud and other U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy. . .

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Conservative U*U Joel Monka's Boneheadedly Stupid, Callously Dismissive, And Really Quite Thoughtless Thoughts About The Riots In Iran. . .

Just saying as they say. . .

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The Salt Lake Tribune Gets A Letter To The Editor About The Hate Speech Of The U*Us And Other Forms Of U*U Intolerance And Bigotry From Your's Truly

Read it and weep U*Us. . .

Re: Changing the climate that's feeding hate crime
Saturday, June 20, 2009 9:57 PM

Robin Edgar
XXXX St. Hubert
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H2J 2X6
Tel.: 514-XXX-XXXX or 514-XXX-XXXX

Re: Changing the climate that's feeding hate crime
By Laurel Hallman And Peter Morales
Friday June 19, 2009

Dear Editors,

UUA presidential candidates Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman and Rev. Peter Morales apparently believe that no Unitarian*Universalist would ever commit any kind of hate crime. The closest they come to acknowledging that Unitarian*Universalists might themselves engage in hate speech or hate crime is in saying,

"We must be equally aware of its intrusion in workplaces, neighborhoods and in conversations with relatives and friends."

What about the intrusion of hate speech and other forms of intolerance and oppression within Unitarian*Universalist churches or the larger U*U religious community? Do Hallman and Morales really believe that Unitarian*Universalists are completely above intolerance and oppression and engaging in hate speech or even some forms of hate crime?

Rev. Hallman and Rev. Morales and other U*Us in positions of responsibility would be well advised to be vigilant about various kinds of intolerance, perhaps most notably anti-Christian or more broadly anti-religious intolerance as well as anti-Republican or anti-conservative intolerance, within the U*U Movement itself. Intolerant and even outright bigoted speech which promotes oppression is a cancer within the U*U Movement itself and some forms of intolerance and oppression have gone unchallenged for years if not decades. U*U clergy and UUA officials have not only maintained shameful complicit silence when U*U clergy have engaged in hate speech or various other forms of intolerance and oppression but are even on record as pretending that the intolerant and abusive hate speech of U*U clergy is "within the appropriate guidelines of ministerial leadership." Christian oriented U*U seminarians have been discouraged from becoming U*U ministers by the powers that be at the UUA, and I know of one intolerant and abusive "fundamentalist atheist" Humanist U*U minister who was put in charge of screening ministerial candidates even though he was clearly guilty of quite egregious anti-religious intolerance and bigotry.

I call upon whoever is elected as the next president of the UUA to break this shameful complicit silence and responsibly acknowledge that some Unitarian*Universalists, including some intolerant and abusive U*U clergy, are guilty of various forms of intolerance and bigotry and related discrimination, harassment, and oppression of innocent people. I demand that the UUA, and all implicated U*U congregations, should formally apologize for any intolerance and bigotry that has been perpetrated by U*U ministers and perpetuated by the complicit silence, institutional stonewalling, and victim blaming of these congregations and/or the UUA. When will the UUA finally get around to providing genuine and tangible restorative justice to any and all people who have been oppressed and otherwise harmed by intolerant and abusive U*U ministers and the U*U congregations that support them?

Robin Edgar

Monday, June 15, 2009

Unitarian*Universalist Ministers aka U*U Clergy Have The Right To Call People Names And/Or Speak To Them With Disrespect. . . I Have It In Writing.

In a blog post entitled 'Don't call me Bitch, BOY!' U*U seminarian Lizard Eater writes about how she dealt with a potty-mouthed U*U teenager "jokingly" calling her nine year old daughter a "bitch" in church last Sunday. Here is the comment that I submitted in response to her blog posts in which LE asserts that no one has the right to call her daughter names or speak to her with disrespect. . .

"We talked about the fact that no one has the right to call her names or speak to her with disrespect."

Quite regrettably that is not really true LE. The UUA and its very aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee have made it abundantly clear to me that U*U ministers have the right to call me and other people names or speak to me and other people with not only considerable disrespect but outright hostility and contempt.

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In case anyone unfamiliar with this blog doubts what I said in that comment I will simply refer them to this Emerson Avenger blog post which shows that the UUA's very aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee, under the rather dubious leadership of former UUA Presidential candidate Rev. Diane Miller, pretended that it was "within the appropriate guidelines of ministerial leadership" for the bigoted fundamentalist atheist "Humanist" U*U minister Rev. Ray Drennan to belittle and malign my monotheistic religious beliefs as being nothing but "silliness and fantasy", contemptuously dismiss the revelatory mystical experience which informed my religious beliefs as being a "psychotic experience" and angrily insist that I seek "professional help" immediately, and put the icing on the proverbial cake by falsely and maliciously labeling Creation Day as "your cult". As if that was not enough to prove that the UUA effectively gives insulting and abusive U*U clergy the right to call people names and/or speak to people (or about people) with not only deep disrespect but outright hostility and contempt top-level UUA administrators Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris and the current Executive Secretary of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee Rev. Beth Miller later pretended that it was acceptable for Rev. Victoria Weinstein to insult and defame people with complete impunity on her pseudonymous Peacebang blog.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Unitarian*Universalism aka U*Uism Has Just As Many Dogmatic Close-Minded Fundamentalists In U*U Congregations As There Are In Other Denominations

But don't take my word for it. . .

Take Rev. Victoria Weinstein's word for it in this quotable quote from the post titled 'Mystery' on her Peacebang blog -

"The human being wants certainty and we have just as many dogmatic, close-minded fundamentalists in our congregations as there are anywhere else."

Needless to say the links to pertinent Google searches have been added to underline the validity of this "confession" of Rev. Victoria Weinstein.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Rev. Peter Morales' Negative UUA Presidential Election Campaign Rhetoric About Those "Obsolete" "Old Religions" Rubs A U*U The Wrong Way. . .

The following was posted as a comment on The UUA Presidential Election and The Point of Our Faith post of Elizabeth's Little Blog in which she shares her concerns about some of Rev. Peter Morales' problematic UUA Presidential campaign rhetoric. I am cross-posting it here and on The Emerson Avenger For UUA President?!! blog for good measure. I encourage U*Us to read Elizabeth's thoughtful blog post, much of which reflects things that I have been saying about Rev. Peter Morales' dubious campaign rhetoric for the better part of a year now. . . as well as the various comments that have been posted to it -

Quite evidently Rev. Peter Morales pretty much *had* to portray the three "Abrahamic faiths" (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) to say nothing of other "old religions" in a purely negative and critical light, and even go so far as to write them off as "obsolete religions", in order to advance his "thesis" and campaign slogan that Unitarian*Universalism "can be the religion of our time." If one reasonably and rationally considers the possibility that, in spite of their various faults and failings, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and any number of other "old religions" such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism etc. are none-the-less far from being "obsolete religions" (as he would have U*Us believe) Rev. Morales' presidential campaign slogan comes across as vainglorious and even quite ludicrous, especially in light of the fact that Rev. Morales describes Unitarian*Universalism as being "a tiny, declining, fringe religion" in that very same "stump speech" announcing his candidacy for UUA President. . . I have been making this point for months now and am quite gratified to see Elizabeth so articulately share her concerns about Rev. Peter Morales' eminently *questionable* campaign rhetoric here in a manner that quite eloquently echoes my own concerns about it.

Months ago I directly challenged Rev. Peter Morales' about his questionable campaign rhetoric in comments on his apparently moribund 'Along The Campaign Trail' blog*, the YouTube video of his "stump speech" and in various comments on other U*U blogs. To date, Rev. Morales has declined to respond to even a single one of my legitimate questions and critiques. The UUA Presidential elections are less than three weeks away yet Rev. Morales has consistently failed to responsibly address the serious questions and concerns that his rather dubious campaign rhetoric has caused to be raised. Recently someone pointed out that the President of the UUA plays a role as an "ambassador" of the U*U Movement. I am really not sure how Rev. Peter Morales can realistically serve as an effective ambassador for the UUA and the Unitarian*Universalist religious community more generally when he managed to belittle and malign, if not insult and defame, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and any number of other "old religions" with the considerably less than diplomatic language of his "stump speech" announcing his candidacy for President of the UUA. I expect that an explanation of, and/or apology for, his undiplomatic attack on all those "obsolete religions" would be something of a prerequisite in that regard. . .

* if you want to read my own and other people's comments submitted to Rev. Morales' apparently "obsolete" 'Along The Campaign Trail' blog you will need to view it in Microsoft Internet Explorer since comments are not displayed when it this poorly designed blog is viewed with the Mozilla Firefox browser. I am not sure about whether or not other internet browsers display the comments but Firefox does not and Internet Explorer does.

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Monday, June 01, 2009

The Importance Of Raising Heck aka Raising A Little Hell In The Religious Context Of The U*U Movement aka Unitarian*Universalism

The Beacon Broadside blog just posted a "link round-up" about a variety of subjects including a couple of blog posts about "the importance of raising heck in a religious context." One by Peter Laarman, the executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting, titled Putting the 'Protest' Back in Protestant, and one by Rachelle Mee-Chapman on the Spiritual Benefits of Being Pissy. Both blog posts are well worth reading. Here is the comment that I submitted to The Beacon Broadside blog in response to its recommendation of those two blog posts -

"Two good posts about the importance of raising heck in a religious context:"

I have a whole blog dedicated to raising heck within the religious context of Unitarian*Universalism aka The U*U Movement. It's called The Emerson Avenger blog and it is well worth browsing through from time to time if you have any concerns about U*U clergy misconduct of various kinds and/or diverse other forms of U*U injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy.

I carry the proud distinction of being permanently banned from all UUA controlled email lists for daring to raise some heck on them. Apparently the powers that be at the UUA don't like it when you name the names of "less than excellent" U*U clergy on UUA email lists. The final straw apparently wasn't even in the form of well founded allegations and accusations against questionable U*U clergy but rather a number of "difficult" quite precise questions that nobody was all that inclined to answer. . .

I have been permanently expelled from the Unitarian Church of Montreal for raising heck (in the form of quite traditional peaceful public protest outside of this alleged Unitarian Church) about the anti-religious intolerance and bigotry and related injustices and abuses that I encountered there. That protest later evolved into a broader protest against various other U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy that came to my attention.

I think that it is very important to raise some heck when there a very good reasons to do so and more polite forms of sharing one's legitimate concerns are ignored, dismissed out of hand, or even censored and suppressed. . . It sure would be nice if Montreal Unitarians, the UUA and its very aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee, and U*Us more generally, finally got around to actually practicing what they preach about justice, equity, and compassion in human relations and responsibly redressed what UUA President Bill Sinkford once quite rightly referred to as my "obviously deep concerns" that I have shared with U*Us for over a decade now. Misguided attempts to silence my legitimate criticism and dissent usually only cause me to share my concerns aka raise some heck that much louder. . .

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