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

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Beauty Tips For A U*U Minister And Bollywood Film Stars - What's The Connection?!!

As a result of going through my web statistics today I just became aware of a Wordpress hosted blog called Beauty Tips For A U*U Minister at the URL http://downloads2010.com/emersonavenger/ which apparently "archives" aka plagiarizes pretty much ALL Emerson Avenger blog posts, along with the comments that were submitted to them, from the first TEA blog posts in October 2005 right up until September 2009. At first I thought that this was some kind of totally automated SPAM blog that had lifted the content of one or two TEA blog posts, but I quickly became aware of the wholesale reproduction of The Emerson Avenger blog after following the dated links on the right side of the page. I have no idea how this 'Beauty Tips For A U*U Minister' blog came about, and now have some doubts about it having been created completely automatically. If one goes to the downloads2010.com home page it looks rather "spammy" with many links to websites about Bollywood movies, Bollywood film stars, and even "KANNADA SEXY INDIAN ACTRESS PICTURES: TRISHA WALL" at http://downloads2010.com/hotnnaughty/. Don't worry the "hotnnaughty" pictures are actually pretty tame, indeed some of them *could* potentially be posted on the 'Peacebang's Beauty Tips For Ministers' blog. Butt then so could pictures of assless chaps I suppose, what with Peacebang's proclivity to post her Big Fat U*U sodomy fantasies to the internet. . . ;-) Still, Trisha Hall is really quite a beautiful woman and looks like she *could* Bollywood's answer to Paris Hilton.

So the provenance of the 'Beauty Tips For A U*U Minister' blog is a complete mystery to me. I have virtually no idea how it was created, who created it, or indeed *why* they created it, assuming of course that I can reasonably use the word "created" to describe wholesale internet plagiarism. . . I can reasonably assume that the plagiarist is Indian I suppose.

More later, gotta go. . .

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang Kicks Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris In The Balls?!!

"I am appalled by the laissez-faire attitude held by many of my colleagues, who think that their comfort is more important than presenting a polished public image. As I once wrote on my blog, Jesus died on the cross for his ministry. The least we can do is put on a pair of heels now and then."

Source of the "Eat Your Words Diet" Emerson Avenger blog post - Reflections: Speaking Truth To Bierkenstocks: Or, Why I Became PeaceBang

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Hate The Sin Not The Sinner Emerson Avenger Style!

I am sure that most Unitarian*Universalists aka U*Us have heard the saying -

"Hate the sin, but not the sinner."

or some variations of that saying.

Genuine hatred is not an emotion that I have much use for, and there are very few things, if any, that I actually hate. None-the-less the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' attack blog has inspired me to come up with some brand-spanking new "Hate the sin, but not the sinner" style picket sign slogans which I intend to create shortly and display during my ongoing peaceful public protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal. Hopefully these new picket sign slogans will make certain Montreal Unitarian U*Us, and other implicated U*Us, wish that a cowardly anonymous U*U blogger had not given me the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog for a slightly belated Christmas present. . .

Here are a few samples of possible picket sign slogans -

UNITARIAN*UNIVERSALIST HYPOCRISY SUCKS U*U

UNITARIAN*UNIVERSALIST BIGOTRY SUCKS U*U

UNITARIAN*UNIVERSALIST "JUSTICE" SUCKS U*U

UNITARIAN*UNIVERSALIST DEMONIZING SUCKS U*U

UNITARIAN*UNIVERSALIST SHUNNING SUCKS U*U

UNITARIAN*UNIVERSALIST CLERGY MISCONDUCT SUCKS U*U

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka The Wicked Bitch Of The U*Us Gets Kicked In The Balls By Rev. Ephraim Peabody?!!

The Emerson Avenger simply cannot restrain himself any longer from happily plagU*Urizing Boston Unitarian's recent Lent themed 'Imagine. . . or not' blog post which quotes the prelude to a sermon delivered by early 19th century Unitarian minister Rev. Ephraim Peabody cautioning Unitarians now aka Unitarian*Universalists aka U*Us against the dangers of "any wicked imagination"*.

"We should always regard a disposition to indulge in any wicked imagination as a warning of the direction in which our moral dangers lie. Like those little sea-birds seen in all climes, which, when they came glancing over the sea and through the spray, flocking together and taking shelter under the lee of the vessel, are deemed the precursors and prophets of an approaching tempest, so when wicked imaginations flock to the mind, and take shelter there and are permitted to remain, we should consider them as the heralds and warnings of evil deeds to which we shall be tempted, and which,
if there be opportunity, we are in danger of committing."

The Emerson Avenger would like to thank Boston Unitarian for quite inadvertently passing him *this* Big Fat U*U Ammunition.

* I guess that "name-calling" Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang as "The Wicked Bitch Of The U*Us" could be considered to be something of a "wicked imagination" in and of itself, albeit one that is quite regrettably very solidly founded on fact. . . not the least of those facts being that Rev. Victoria Weinstein personally informed me years ago that she is known "far and wide" as a bitch. Maybe if Vicki Vicious didn't try so*o*o*o hard to be such a Big Fat U*U Bitch she would not have gained that dubious reputation.

P.S. A computer memory glitch caused the loss of some significant "elaboration" on this particular TEA blog post. I will thus add some more text to it later. . .

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Monday, February 22, 2010

This Clergy Sexual Misconduct Website Is For U*Us aka Unitarian*Universalists. . .

I just got a U*U heads up about a brand-spanking new website about Unitarian*Universalist clergy sexual misconduct in my email inbox this morning. A Google Alerts email set to notify me of new blog posts and webpages containing the words - unitarian misconduct - directed me to a new post on uugrrl's moribund 'Speaking Truth To Power' blog titled 'This Blog is Moving'. This new blog post announces that the content of the 'Speaking Truth To Power' blog will be deleted soon, ostensibly because uugrrl is worried about her internet anonymity being compromised as a result of the new Google Buzz app. That's the bad news, and I will be trying to persuade uugrrl not to delete her excellent UU clergy misonduct blog by submitting a comment or two to that effect, but the good news is that all of the content of the 'Speaking Truth To Power' blog will be hosted by "a group working on clergy sexual misconduct at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville." The new URL for the archived version of the 'Speaking Truth To Power' blog is -

http://www.uusafety.net/uutruth/

uugrrl's blog has apparently already been archived, thankfully along with some, if not all, of the comments that were originally submitted to it.

The main URL for this new Unitarian*Universalist website dedicated to the issue of clergy sexual misconduct is of course -

http://www.uusafety.net/

The website is titled UU Safety Net so I guess that hosting the website on a .net domain was an intentional pun.

No doubt this will be a "good cop" website about how to appropriately respod to and deal with clergy sexual misconduct perpetrated by "less than excellent" Unitarian*Universalist ministers, and that is a good thing. After uugrrl's "good cop" 'Speaking Truth To Power' blog came to a *disillusioned* premature end I sometimes considered creating a "good cop" clergy misconduct blog myself as a counterpoint to the "bad cop" tactics of the Dark Knight of the U*U World aka The Emerson Avenger, now I do not have to go to that extra effort above and beyond the call of dU*Uty. . . :-)

I will be browsing through the Nashville Unitarian*Universalist Church hosted clergy sexual misconduct website and be providing my opinions of what is said on it here. I may even submit some "good cop" material of my own for them to consider hosting. Who knows? Maybe they will consider hosting some of the "electronic communications" that I have sent to UUA administrators, including UUA Presidents and UUA Board of Trustees members, over the last decade to decade and a half. Which reminds me. . . I must follow-up on my recent emails to UUA President Peter Morales.

Here is some of the content from the home page -

Purpose

Safety Net is a sub-committee of Social Justice. Our goal is to work in a positive way to effect much-needed change in the policies, procedures and attitudes surrounding clergy sexual misconduct in Unitarian Universalist congregations. Some ways we hope to do this are to:

Develop a certification program for UU Congregations that are "safe." This would be similar to the Welcoming Congregation Program. We hope to work with the UUWF (Women's Federation) and the UUMA (Ministers Association).

Develop a curriculum in support of the certification program.

Raise awareness around power differentials.

Raise awareness that clergy sexual misconduct is an issue of social justice.

Set up a resource for survivors of UU clergy sexual misconduct.

I can't help but notice that the following quote from Stanley J. Grenz's article 'We Dare Not Fail' is prominent at the top of the page -

"Despite recent attempts by many churches and denominations to raise the awareness of both clergy and laity to the debilitating effects of sexual misconduct, the list of persons whose ministries have been marred by illicit liaisons continues to grow."

This is a clear indication to me that the good people at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville responsible for creating the UU Safety Net website believe that number of "less than perfect" Unitarian*Universalist ministers involved in "illicit liaisons" continues to grow. . . In light of my comparatively recent discovery of Rev. Calvin O. Dames' alleged (and apparently *actual*) clergy sexual misconduct which apparently devastated the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta Maine this does not surprise me in the least. So much for UUA Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery's decade old "pledge" that that the abject failure (if not obstinate refusal. . .) of the UUA to respond to clergy sexual misconduct victims in a manner that genuinely lives up to UU principles calling for respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person and justice, equity, and compassion in human relations "will be remedied". So much for Kay Montgomery's "pledge" that the UUA "will change and learn and in this *untended* area, we (the UUA) will bend toward justice." The very fact that it is the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville which is hosting this new website about UU clergy sexual misconduct only underlines the shameful failure of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations to live up to, aka honor and uphold, the "promise" of its official apology to UU victims of UU clergy sexual misconduct which was delivered by Kay Montgomery at the 2000 UUA GA in Nashville, Tennessee.

The irony.

The irony. . .

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rev. Ricky Hoyt On What Lent Offers Spiritually Seriously Unitarian*Universalists. . .

Rev. Ricky Hoyt has posted an excellent blog post about what observing Lent offers to "spiritually serious" Unitarian*Universalists on the 'If I Were A Real UU' post of his One More Step blog. It would seem that this blog post of Rev. Ricky Hoyt was originally delivered as a homily for Lent on Ash Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills, California. I strongly recommend reading Rev. Ricky Hoyt's complete homily from start to finish but I am plagU*Urizing the following parts of it to help drive that "lesson" home to U*Us, (in)appropriate hyperlinks will be added later. . .

Lent’s no party. Spiritually Lent can seem like a worthless downer. Why bother? Unitarian Universalists focus on the gifts of the spiritual life: the abundance, not the privations; the ecstatic, not the miserable. Our faith encourages us to enumerate our capabilities and inherent worth and dignity, not our sins and failures.

Here is what Lent offers the spiritually serious.

For 40-days, each year, a season to observe who you really are as a human being, and remember who you are really called to be. 40-days to do some sober self-reflection. A chance to ask, Where am I on my spiritual trip? How am I doing on my task of growing a soul. If the Unitarian Universalist spiritual path asks us to achieve salvation for ourselves by being the perfected people that we can be, how are we doing? 40 days to remind yourself that you are after all a mortal being and that your time on earth is limited. 40 days to notice what you’ve really done, so far, with this one life you’ve been given. 40 days to be honest, about your short-comings, while you’ve still got a chance to work on them.

The bottom line Lenten question, for every Unitarian Universalist, is, “What would a real Unitarian Universalist look like, and do I look like that guy?” What would my life look like if I really lived by the principles that I proclaim each Sunday? What would my relationships look like if they were founded on justice and compassion? How diligently am I searching for truth and meaning? How am I participating in the democratic process in my congregation and society at large? How would I spend my days if I more completely contributed my life to the goal that is the goal of my faith: a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all?

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Self Forgiveness Or Sociopathy? *That* Is That Question For Unitarian*Universalist U*Us Today

Just saying as they say. . .

Here is the first part of the comment that I just submitted to Patrick Murfin's *reflection* on self-forgiveness -

Doesn't what you have done or not done go a long way to defining who you are Patrick? Quite frankly I find the Unitarian*Universalist proclivity towards "self-forgiveness" to be quite disturbing, especially when U*Us forgive themselves for various sins of commission and sins of omission that they refuse to take personal responsibility for, and to seek forgiveness of the people who they have harmed with their sins of commission and sins of omission. I see very little difference between self-serving U*U "self-forgiveness" and the utter consciencelessness of sociopathy. . .

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

An Ash Wednesday Email For UUA President Peter Morales

The following somwhat impromptu follow-up email was just sent to UUA President Peter Morales minutes ago. The Emerson Avenger hereby thanks UU bloggers Boston Unitarian, Rev. James Ishmael Ford aka MonkeyMind, David G. Markham and Kinsi of Spirituality & Sunflowers for the inspiration -


Ash Wednesday February 17, 2010


Dear President Morales,

As you are no doubt aware today is Ash Wednesday, a day dedicated to repentance of sins of commission and sins of omission. I am going to forgive your sin of omission of apparently failing, if not refusing, to stand on the side of love of victims of UU clergy misconduct during the first observance of 'National Standing on the Side of Love Day' last Sunday, and I will also forgive you for failing to provide the acknowledgement of receipt of the email that I sent to you over two weeks ago now asking you to take steps to ensure that the UUA repents of its sins of commission and sins of omission in its past, if not present and ongoing, dismissive and negligent responses to all kinds of clergy misconduct complaints. I will none-the-less take this opportunity to remind you that only yesterday Pope Benedict XVI called upon Roman Catholic bishops to give priority to "restoring the Church's spiritual and moral credibility" with respect to clergy sexual misconduct on the part of Roman Catholic clergy and will ask you when you will begin the process of restoring the spiritual and moral credibility of the Unitarian*Universalist religious community with respect to ALL forms of clergy misconduct, both clergy sexual misconduct and non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct?

I believe that the suggestions that I made in my email of Tuesday February 2nd are quite reasonable, and fully compatible with the purported principles and claimed ideals of the Unitarian Universalist religious community. I see no valid reason why you should not respond positively to my requests, or indeed my reasonable demands, for the UUA to stand on the side of love for ALL victims of ALL forms of UU clergy misconduct and to finally begin to provide some genuine and tangible restorative justice for ALL victims of clergy misconduct that has been directly perpetrated by UU ministers and indirectly perpetuated for years (and even decades) by the unjust, unfair, and uncompassionate dismissive and negligent responses to numerous clergy misconduct complaints by past and current UUA administrators.

While I realize that dealing with the UUA's shameful legacy of negligent, and effectively complicit, responses to all kinds of clergy misconduct complaints is an unpleasant task that your predecessors as UUA President could have (and should have) responsibly dealt with years ago, it is an unfortunate fact of life that they have repeatedly failed to do so in a genuinely just, equitable, and compassionate manner that respects the worth and dignity of victims of clergy misconduct and honors and upholds UU principles and ideals. In fact last year I asked one of the UUA's clergy misconduct experts what restorative justice the UUA had provided to victims of clergy misconduct since promising to do so about a decade ago at the 2000 UUA GA in Nashville Tennessee and their answer was one single four letter word -

"None."

Even if this blunt negative assessment is something of an overstatement, something that I am not convinced is the actually case, there is very little evidence of the UUA providing any restoratve justice to victims of clergy misconduct in the last decade to say nothing of before it. . . If some bona fide restorative justice has in fact been done by the UUA it certainly has not been seen to be done since the UUA's official apology in 2000. So I must once again ask you to make it a very high priority for the UUA to publicly repent of its numerous sins of commission and sins of omission in terms of its past (if not current and ongoing) negligent or inadequate responses to clergy misconduct of all kinds, and to ensure that genuine and tangible restorative justice for ALL victims of UU clergy misconduct is not only finally done by the UUA, but is very publicly seen to be done in the first year of your presidency.

Please do not persist in the sin of omission of failing or refusing to respond to my emails in a timely and responsible manner. If I do not receive an adequate response from you within the next week or two at the very latest I will have little choice but to conclude that you not only refuse to stand on the side of love for me and other victims of UU clergy misconduct but are a knowing and willful participant in the egregious marginalizing institutional stonewalling and denial that I and far too many other victims of UU clergy misconduct have been subjected to by the UUA and implicated UU churches for years and even decades.

Although I had not thought of this idea until today, perhaps you could devote an hour or two per day to this important issue for at least the next 40 days as a kind of Unitarian Universalist Lenten practice. The mid-March Ministerial Fellowship Committee meeting, and the upcoming UUA Board of Trustees meeting in April, could be (and I believe should be) largely devoted to a genuinely repentant self-assessment of the UUA's and MFC's sins of commission and sins of omission in terms of their past (if not ongoing) dismissive and/or negligent and/or inadequate responses to ALL kinds of clergy misconduct complaints. An official apology to victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct is long overdue and I personally believe that the UUA should deliver such an official apology at the 2010 UUA General Assembly this June.

Sincerely,


Robin Edgar

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U*U BDSM Dom Desmond Ravenstone Gets A Tongue Lashing For His Pro-BDSM U*U BS Courtesy Of The Emerson Avenger

The following TEA blog post was submitted as a follow-up comment responding to the dU*Ubious response of Mr. U*U BDSM, aka the ravishing Desmond Ravenstone, to my comment taking him to task for his rather hypocritical response to Rev. Albert Mohler's alleged call for women to "submit graciously" to their husbands. Apparently it was a bit *too* "hot" for U*U sexuality expert Rev. Debra Haffner to handle. . . I will add some (im)pertinment hyperlinks to this version of my comment.

:Shows how little you know about BDSM...

Not at all Desmond. I know quite a bit more about BDSM than you might think. Amongst other things I once tried to help a bipolar "submissive" get back on her feet after a suicide attempt. For the record I only found out that she was a "submissive" *after* noticing her suicidal thoughts and seeking to protect her from actually committing suicide. I kept a "suicide watch" on her and called her family and appropriate emergency services when it appeared that she was about to commit suicide.

:Dominance and submission is not focused on gender; there are female dominants, not to mention same-gender D/s couples.

I am perfectly aware of that Desmond, but I was responding specifically to your hypocritical criticism of Rev. Albert Mohler's alleged -

major role in drafting the 2000 revision of the Baptist Faith and Message, which calls for women to "submit graciously" to their husbands.

Heck I once got into a spot of trouble with militant feminists who were blaming "patriarchy" for all the woes of the world by asking them how "patriarchy" explained lesbian S&M. . . Did I forget to mention that the suicidal "submissive" in question considered herself to be a Christian submissive and referenced the very same Biblical doctrine(s) about wives being submissive to their husbands as Rev. Albert Mohler in her justification and rationalization of her chosen fate of being a "submissive"?

:There is also no single paradigm for D/s relationships,

I couldn't agree more Desmond, but unfortunately for you and your questionable efforts to promote BDSM as being compatible with "The U*U Movement" aka Unitarian*Universalism, that includes the "safe, sane, consensual" paradigm for D/s relationships and BDSM more generally. . . BTW I have not forgotten how you have tried to cover up and hide a certain unmentionable UU minister's illegal, indeed criminal, "less than right" relations with teenage Tibetan refugees who he had lured to his UU parish which involved "less than safe" "less than sane" and "less than consensual" bondage, domination, sadism, and forced sexual submission. So please spare me your pro-BDSM propaganda about how "safe, sane, and consensual" BDSM is.

:nor do we claim that any such paradigm is commanded by any deity or religious authority.

Oh really Desmond? Am I too take it that you as something of a self-proclaimed U*U "authority" in BDSM are quite ignorant of "Christian" BDSM? Or are you just conveniently turning a blind eye to the fact that both Christian "doms" and Christian "submissives" use the very same Biblical scriptures that cause Rev. Albert Mohler and other conservative Christians to call upon women to be *submissive* to their husbands to justify and rationalize their BDSM "lifestyle"? Don't tell me you didn't know that Desmond. . .

:Above all else, BDSM is rooted in the ethics of consent. Partners come together as equals, and negotiate the terms of their relationship.

Don't worry Desmond I have heard that pro-BDSM propaganda aka BDSM BS before. This may be true for a subset of the people involved in BDSM aka Bondage and Discipline *Sadism* and Masochism but by no means all of them. Far from it. . . I mean you did just suggest that there is "no single paradigm" for BDSM didn't you?

:We don't expect everyone to "do what we do", but we would hope that more couples took the time to talk about what each person wanted, needed and expected of one another.

Who's "We" Desmond? Each and every person who engages in Bondage & Discipline *Sadism* and Masochism? I think not. . . In any case don't you think that Rev. Albert Mohler and other conservative Christians "hope that more couples took the time to talk about what each person wanted, needed and expected of one another" when it comes to wives being *submissive* to their husbands Desmond?



Here is my comment that responded to Rev. Debra W. Haffner's comment about her refusal to post mybrebuttal of Desmond Ravenstome's BDSM BS -

You didn't read three sentences, only two of them mine. . . "all the way" through Rev. Haffner? Whatever happened to a free and *responsible* search for truth and meaning? I stand 100% behind what I said in my initial comment, as well as my point-by-point rebuttal of Desmond Ravenstone's rather dubious, if not disingenuous, respose to my critical comment. I have posted my rebuttal to my own blog for those who care to read it and so that Desmond Ravenstone can respond to it if he cares to.

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An Ash Wednesday Message For Unitarian*Universalist Men And Women

The following is a comment that I submitted to Boston Unitarian's 'the power of self-recovery' blog post yesterday. I guess that it was a bit *too* hot for Boston Unitarian to handle and he committed the sin of ommission of not publishing this particular comment for U*U eyes to see. The Emerson Avenger graciously forgives Boston Unitarian for that sin of ommission but feels that this critical comment is a quite appropriate one for Ash Wednesday -

"Repentance rescues the man from sin to holiness, from earth to heaven."

I've heard that it works reasonably well with women too Boston Unitarian. Indeed I know of some U*U women who would benefit from a little repentance, maybe even a lot of repentance. . .

I find it very sad how so few U*Us, including U*U clergy (if not especially U*U clergy), seem to be ready, willing, or indeed able to bring themselves to confess to their various sins of commission and sins of ommission, take personal responsibility for their questionable actions, or indeed negligent inaction. . . and move towards wholeness if not holiness. Surely U*U principles and ideals call for repentance as part and parcel of justice, equity and compassion in human relations.

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OU*UCH! U*U BDSM Dom Desmond Ravenstone And Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Rev. Albert Mohler - What's The Connection?

In short. . .

Both of them call upon women to submit to men.

Here is the comment that I just submitted in response to U*U BDSM "Dom" Desmond Ravenstone's rather questionable comment on the 'Albert Mohler and Me: What He Said About Preparing Clergy on Sexuality' post of Rev. Debra W. Haffner's 'Sexuality and Religion: What's the Connection?' blog -


"He had a major role in drafting the 2000 revision of the Baptist Faith and Message, which calls for women to "submit graciously" to their husbands."

Talk about pot calling the kettle black. . .

Don't BDSM "Doms" call for women to submit (sometimes quite disgracefully. . .) to them Desmond?

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI Has Urged Irish Bishops To "Restore The Credibility" Of The Roman Catholic Church Rocked By Clergy Sexual Misconduct

But don't take my word for it U*Us.

Take the word of this breaking news report about Pope Benedict XVI calling for the restoration of *credibility* in the Roman Catholic Church's response to clergy sexual misconduct. According to a Vatican statement quoted in this AFP news report Pope Benedict XVI asserted that Roman Catholic bishops must give priority to "restoring the Church's spiritual and moral credibility" and went on to criticize "the failure of the Irish Church authorities for years to act effectively over cases of sexual abuse against young people."

I look forward to UUA President Peter Morales making a similar demand for restoring the UUA's "spiritual and moral credibility" and daring to publicly criticize the shameful and ongoing failure of Unitarian*Universalist "Church authorities" aka UUA administrators to act effectively and respond to ALL kinds of cases of UU clergy misconduct in a manner that actually honors and upholds UU principles and ideals, for decades now. . .

That being said I have yet to receive so much as an acknowledgement of receipt for the "electronic communication" that I sent to President Morales on Groundhog Day calling upon him to stand on the side of love for ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct, be it clergy sexual misconduct or non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct, have the UUA issue an official apology to victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct, and ensure that the UUA finally gets around to providing some real and tangible restorative justice for ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct. President Peter Morales didn't make the slightest mention of U*U clergy misconduct in his St. Valentine's Day message inspite of my suggestion that he stand on the side of love for ALL victims of UU clergy misconduct during the first observance of National Standing On The Side Of Love Day.

God knows that the UUA lacks credibility in its well-documented negligent and complicit responses to my own and other people's complaints about clergy misconduct of various kinds. . .

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Rev. Matt Tittle Is A Staunch Defender Of Freedom Of Speech?!! Coulda FU*Uled Me. . .

Rev. Matt Tittle, the once and former minister of Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, is "a staunch defender of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and academic freedom", according to the 'Liberty University Dehumanizes Homosexuals' post of his apparently soon to be defunct 'Keep The Faith' blog.

This of course explains why Rev. Dr. Matt Tittle has suppressed virtually every single comment that I have submitted to his "moderated" aka *censored* Houston Chronicle hosted 'Keep The Faith' blog in the last few years.

Rev. Matt Tittle can keep his Big Fat U*U Bad Faith AFA*I*AC. . .

A true staunch defender of freedom of speech would not have suppressed my legitimate critical comments, and a genuine defender of freedom of religion would have long ago spoken out against the anti-religious intolerance and bigotry that I and too many other God believing people have been subjected to by intolerant and abusive "fundamentalist atheist" Humanists within The U*U Movement aka Unitarian*Universalism.

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Is Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang The Very Model Of A Christian Unitarian Universalist?

Just asking. . .

While I am at it, I might as well ask if Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein aka Vicki She Wolf of the U*Us is a Big Fat U*U Accident waiting to happen?

I smell something rotten in Norwell. . .

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Will UUA President Peter Morales Stand On The Side Of Love For ALL Victims Of U*U Clergy Misconduct On National Standing On The Side Of Love Day?

In that UUA President Rev. Peter Morales has so far failed to even responsibly acknowledge receipt of this "electronic communication" aka email that I sent him on Tuesday February 2nd, 2010, aka Groundhog Day it seems rather unlikely that UUA President Peter Morales will actually be "standing on the side of love" for ANY victims of U*U clergy misconduct during the first observance of National Standing On The Side Of Love Day doesn't it U*Us?

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Did UUA President Peter Morales See The Deep Dark Shadow Cast By ALL Forms Of UU Clergy Misconduct On Groundhog Day This Year?

Just asking. . .

Here is the full text of the "electronic communication" that I sent to UUA President Peter Morales on Groundhog Day Tuesday February 2nd, 2020. I hadn't deliberately planned it that way but that is how things worked out. . . I have corrected a few minor typos and may add some (im)pertinent hyperlinks later -

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 11:11 AM

From: "Robin Edgar" robinedgar59@yahoo.ca

To: pmorales@uua.org
Cc: president-assist@uua.org

Dear President Morales,

I would like to invite you to publicly stand on the side of love for all victims of clergy misconduct committed by Unitarian Universalist ministers on “National Standing on the Side of Love Day" Sunday, February 14th, 2010. Almost a decade ago, at the 2000 UUA GA in Nashville, Tennessee, the UUA officially apologized to victims of clergy sexual misconduct committed by UU ministers. I am not however aware of any official UUA apology ever being delivered to victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct committed by UU ministers. I believe that the UUA owes a long overdue official apology to all victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct, and that the UUA should also deliver individualized personal apologies to each and every victim of any form of clergy misconduct perpetrated by UU ministers, especially those people whose clergy misconduct complaints were negligently and irresponsibly dismissed, or otherwise handled in an unjust, inequitable, and "less than compassionate" manner, by the UUA and MFC over the last few decades.

You are on record
as saying that you are "absolutely committed to doing the right thing" when it comes to taking action on clergy sexual misconduct, and that taking action is a "moral imperative." I put it to you that taking responsible action on non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct is equally a moral imperative or moral obligation, and I call upon you to fully commit yourself to doing the right thing in response to all forms of clergy misconduct committed by UU ministers. The fact of the matter is that some of the more serious cases of non-sexual clergy misconduct can be every bit as harmful and damaging to victims and implicated UU congregations as some cases of clergy sexual misconduct.

The tacit or explicit attitude towards non-sexual clergy misconduct that I have seen displayed by too many UUA administrators, and UU clergy more generally, is that if the clergy misconduct complained about is not sexual misconduct it is not worth worrying about, let alone doing anything to responsibly address it in a manner that genuinely honors and upholds the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, or indeed the letter and the spirit of the UUMA Guidelines and Code of Professional Practice. This attitude is not acceptable to me nor do I believe that it should be acceptable to any Unitarian Universalist who genuinely cares about UU principles and ideals.

I will not go into the details of my own complaints about non-sexual clergy misconduct that involve being deeply insulted and defamed, and unjustly demonized and marginalized, by verbally and psychologically abusive UU ministers in this letter, but I feel that it is necessary to point out that it is a regrettable fact of life that victims of any form of clergy misconduct often find themselves ostracized, and even additionally demonized and marginalized, by their fellow congregants and coreligionists after they have dared to openly complain about clergy misconduct, regardless of what form of clergy misconduct they complain about. This unacceptable treatment of clergy misconduct "whistleblowers" needs to be responsibly acknowledged and addressed by the UUA in any new official apology that it delivers to victims of clergy misconduct.

I also believe that the UUA needs to responsibly acknowledge at the 2010 UUA GA that it has failed to honor its year 2000 "pledge" to "bend towards justice" and remedy its past failures to respond to clergy misconduct in a manner that lives up to UU principles and ideals, to say nothing of clearly stated UUA bylaws and policies. I dare say that the UUA and MFC seem to be more inclined towards bending justice than bending towards justice. This is certainly true of my own case which involves non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct, but I expect that it is true of other cases of clergy misconduct of all kinds which have occurred since that official UUA apology was delivered at Nashville by UUA Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery.

I and other victims of UU clergy misconduct are still being "left lonely, confused, afraid, angry and betrayed" and definitely capital 'U' Un-ministered to by the UUA, its Ministerial Fellowship Committee, and implicated UU congregations, in the aftermath of that apology. This status quo is not acceptable and must be acknowledged and responsibly remedied by the UUA. It is high time that the UUA finally got around to providing some genuine and tangible restorative justice for ALL victims of UU clergy misconduct, both victims of clergy sexual misconduct and victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct.

After publicly "Standing On The Side of Love" for ALL victims of UU clergy misconduct on "National Standing on the Side of Love Day" this February 14th, I would ask that you to then take steps to ensure that providing genuine restorative justice for ALL victims of UU clergy misconduct is on the agenda of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee meeting in mid-March 2010 and that this MFC meeting leads towards the goal of a new official UUA apology to be delivered to victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct, or indeed all forms of clergy misconduct, at the 2010 UUA GA in Minneapolis Minnesota.

Sincerely,

Robin Edgar


P.S. I will be asking you to initiate a complete review of my own clergy misconduct complaints in a follow-up email.

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