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 -

Monday, August 03, 2009

Committee For Accuracy In Middle East Reporting In America Says Rev. Tim Kutzmark Is Free With The Truth About Israel But Not Responsible With It. . .

When Unitarian*Universalists make highly misleading or outright false statements of various kinds I often play off the words of the fourth of Unitarian*Universalism's Seven Principles which calls for -

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

By pointing out how these "less than honest", or at least "less than truthful", U*Us are being very free with the truth but far from responsible with it. It seems that the Committee For Accuracy In Middle East Reporting In America aka CAMERA has decided to use much the same hypocrisy exposing wordplay in an article titled UUA Pastor Remembers the Holocaust, Ignores the Hate which accuses Unitarian*Universalist minister Rev. Tim Kutzmark, the "pastor" of the Unitarian*Universalist Church of Reading, Massachusetts, of being free with the truth but not responsible with it with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East.

The CAMERA article begins thusly -

One oft-cited principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Churches is a commitment to the “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Unfortunately, the preaching of Rev. Tim Kutzmark, who leads the UUA church in Reading, Massachusetts, fails to meet this standard. His commentary about the conflict is free, but not responsible.

In particular, Rev. Kutzmark, who has preached on how Christian anti-Semitism laid the groundwork for the Holocaust in Europe, ignores altogether the role Muslim attitudes toward Jews play in fomenting violence against Israel. He portrays Israeli policies as a delayed and misplaced response to the Holocaust and not a response to the threats currently faced by the Israeli people. He also portrays Zionism as a racist and colonialist cause whose leaders are intent on perpetrating a genocide against the Palestinian people.

One hint of how far Rev. Kutzmark is willing to go to denigrate Israel is his decision to show his congregation Occupation 101, a dishonest, propagandistic film that distorts essential facts of history and depicts the Arab-Israeli conflict as solely the fault of Israel.

Additionally, the pastor has portrayed Palestinian leaders – who have routinely trafficked in anti-Semitic propaganda and have repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction – as if they are the Middle East’s answer to Martin Luther King, a man who engaged in non-violent protest to achieve civil rights for African Americans in the United States.

The overall effect of Rev. Kutzmark’s narrative is to depict anti-Zionism, or hostility toward Jewish sovereignty and self-determination, as a legitimate and progressive cause in the U.S.

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I suppose how responsible with the truth and accurate CAMERA itself is being in its own reporting may be open to some debate, but I guess that only a free and genuinely *responsible* search for the truth and meaning of this CAMERA article will determine its truthfulness and meaning. I hereby invite Unitarian*Universalists to enter into *that* particular free and responsible search for the truth by reading the article in full and doing the appropriate follow-up.

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