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

Monday, March 29, 2010

Reverend Doctor*ed Victoria Weinstein Kicks Ass! *Literally*. . .

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

Take Rev. Victoria Weinstein's word for it. . .

As posted to the internet on "Less Than Good" Friday, July 22, 2005 in the 'But They're SUCH Good Kids' post of her original Blogger hosted Peacebang blog.

"I remember a time in a previous congregation when one of our church teens showed up at the office with a police escort. "Rev. P.B.," he said. "I'm so glad you're here. The police were going to call my parents but I asked if they would take me here instead." Turns out that Clark (name changed) had been busted shoplifting a pack of cigarettes.

I told the cop I would call Clark's mom and thank you. I put a kindly pastoral hand on Clark's shoulder. As soon as the cop was out of sight I gave Clark the side of my boot in the tushie, hard.

"THAT's for stealing," quoth I.

And then I booted him again.

"And THAT's for stealing CIGARETTES."

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More on this self-professed physical abuse in the form of a Big Fat U*U Butt Kicking corporal punishment meted out to a shoplifting U*U teen's derrière later. . .

I dare say Rev. Victoria Weinstein brags too much about her verbal and psychological and physical abuse.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Patriotic Liberal Christian Unitarian Universalist Priscilla J. Jenkins Kicks Peacebang And Other "Less Than Polite" U*U Ministers In The Balls

Just saying. . .

"I am sick of name-calling and hate-mongering and blame-throwing in the name of religion and politics. These are divisive and create many more problems than they solve, and I know lots of us who feel the same way.

Let's return to civil debate with respect for others. Those who resort to yelling and name-calling and disrespectful behavior need to sit on time out."

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That Was Very Christian Of You Peacebang

Just saying. . .

Yes, that's right folks.

"Christian" Unitarian*Universalist "pastor" aka wolf in shepherd's clothing Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang aka Vicki She-Wolf of the U*Us is the cowardly anonymous author of the Robin Edgar Suck's blog unless someone is doing a bang-up job of mimicking her writing style etc.

So, now that I have pretty much nailed the Big Fat U*U Culprit to a Big Fat U*U Cross of her own making, I guess that my Internet Anonymity Guessing Game *could* go by the wayside. Unfortunately however Rev. Victoria Weinstein claims to be part of a "collective authorship" of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog so I think I am going to play the Internet Anonymity Guessing Game *anyway* and start guessing just who else might be part of the "collective authorship" of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog. I will start with Rev. Victoria Weinstein's "religious professional" colleagues who fit the description of "less than excellent" U*U clergy. . .

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

The DIM Thinking Of The Cowardly Anonymous Author(s) Of The Robin Edgar Sucks Blog

In a blog post titled 'What Robin Edgar Wants' the cowardly anonymous author(s) of 'The Robin Edgar Sucks' blog has/have provided a classic example of what clergy misconduct advocate Dee Miller calls DIM Thinking. I will hereby proceed to thoroughly rebutt this DIM Thinking U*Us' attempt to misrepresent me and discredit me in yet another Unitarian*Universalist attempt to obstruct justice, equity, and compassion in human relations -

:At long last, Robin Edgar has given a specific answer to the question of what he wants.

At long last? I have pretty much always provided specific answers to the question of what I want from U*Us throughout this conflict. Every letter of grievance that I have ever sent to the Unitarian Church of Montreal or the Unitarian*Universalist Association of Congregations has stated quite clearly what I expect from both of these obviously corrupt and hypocritical religious institutions.

:After announcing on Ms Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show that he intended to picket the headquarters of the Unitarian Universalist Association (yet again), Robin Edgar was asked (yet again) what exactly he was demanding. After insisting (yet again) that he had “clearly” stated those demands, he finally provided this link to an earlier email he sent to UUA President Reverend Peter Morales. Edgar’s letter is typically lengthy and bombastic, so we will provide some choice clips — and our impressions:

My letter is less than two typewritten pages, as are the vast majority of letters of grievance that I have sent to the hypocritical U*Us at the Unitarian Church of Montreal and the Unitarian Church of Montreal. It is no more "bombastic" than some of the things said by many U*U religious leaders, including UUA President Peter Morales himself. . .

:Well, this begs the question of what constitutes “non-sexual clergy misconduct” and how the UUA and it affiliates bodies ought to respond. Robin Edgar claims (yet again) to being a victim of such misconduct, insofar as he alleges to have been:

Yes the question of what constitutes “non-sexual clergy misconduct” is at the heart of this matter. I am very confident that most people of intelligence and conscience will agree that the well-documented (dare I say it?) "bombastic" insulting and defamatory attacks on me and other people by both Rev. Ray Drennan and Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang clearly violate not only the letter and the spirit of the UUMA Guidelines and Code of Professional Practice aka the UUMA Code of Ethics, but also the Seven Principles of Unitarian*Universalism and various other claimed U*U ideals. The same may be said about the documented behavior of various other "less than excellent" U*U ministers who I have not filed formal complaints against. The fact of the matter is that throughout this conflict the UUA and its very aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee have displayed the attitude that if the misconduct of U*U ministers is not of a sexual nature it is not misconduct, unless of course a U*U minister should commit the grave crime of plagiarizing some of his *fellowshipped* colleague's Sunday sermons. . . in which case he or she is forced to resign as the minister of their U*U "church" and promptly defellowshipped by the Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee.

I and other people have in fact been “deeply insulted and defamed, and unjustly demonized and marginalized, by verbally and psychologically abusive UU ministers” and such verbally and psychologically abusive behavior should be properly recognized as “non-sexual clergy misconduct” by both the UUA and MFC, and dealt with accordingly. To date both the UUA and the MFC have not only done absolutely nothing to respond in a responsible manner to my clergy misconduct complaints against Rev. Ray Drennan and Rev. Victoria Weinstein, but have effectively asserted that their verbally and psychologically abusive behavior is acceptable, they even went so far as to white-wash Rev. Ray Drennan's *abusive* clergy misconduct by pretending that it was "within the appropriate guidelines of ministerial leadership."

:As far as we can tell, this is a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black. Robin Edgar has invested almost two decades of his life to insulting, defaming and unjustly demonizing Unitarian Universalists of all types, for such sundry offenses as declining to join his crusade, refusing to publish ad hominem attacks on their blogs, or just plain not giving him the attention he so desperately craves. One of his causalties, the late Reverend Timothy Jensen, had earned Egdar’s dubious wrath for having argued with him that, no, he did not plagiarize Edgar when commenting on a distorted map of the US.

Pot calling the kettle black? Not really. . . Unless it is Big Fat U*U Pots calling this Kettle Of Fish black. . . My accusations against Unitarian*Universalists are backed by solid evidence. U*Us insulted and defamed me long before I started insulting, but not in fact "defaming" or "unjustly demonizing", some rather demonic U*Us. I hereby challenge you to name some U*Us who I have actually defamed or *unjustly* demonized. Go ahead, oh so cowardly pU*Unks, make my day. . .

BTW There is very strong evidence, including some physical hard evidence, that strongly suggests that Rev. Dr. Timothy W. Jensen did in fact plagiarize my original words and ideas but, even if he did not engage in plagiarism, he earned my "wrath" by publicly attacking me in rather histrionic terms in response to my private, and reasonably polite, sharing of my concerns about his apparent "borrowing" of my words and ideas. It is Rev. Dr. Tim Jensen who decided to get into what he called "a pissing match with a skunk" by publicly berating me in response to my private challenging of his apparent plagiarism.

:Edgar has justified his malicious attacks by claiming that he is merely “reflecting” the alleged abuse heaped upon him.

I have specifically warned abusive U*Us, and those many U*Us who turn a blind eye to the abuse that some of their co-religionists dish out to me and other people, that I reserve the right to return abuse for abuse. I only adopted that policy after having been repeatedly insulted and defamed by Unitarian*Universalists. My policy is that as long as U*Us continue to tell malicious lies about me I will respond to the insulting and defamatory, if not outright slanderous and libelous, attacks on me by U*Us by telling "less than flattering" truths about U*Us. And yes, if U*Us do behave in a verbally and psychologically abusive manner I may well return their abuse, usually by making the chow down on their own insulting and defamatory or otherwise abusive words with my "Eat Your Words Diet."

:Whatever abuse he may have suffered, this is far from reflecting — it is multiplying, and it is done against many who have had no quarrel with him, and have even tried to help him.

Look who's talking about "multiplying" insults and defamation and other verbal abuse. . . There are very few people who "have no quarrel" with me who I have attacked. I challenge the cowardly anonymous author of 'The Robin Edgar Sucks' blog to provide examples of people who have actually "tried to help" me and have then been attacked. There are very few, if any, and the very few U*Us who *might* fit this description (heck very few U*Us have ever "tried to help" in any realistic way) actually attacked me before I decided to return the favor.

:So if Robin Edgar wants to whine about being marginalized, then maybe he should consider that his own extreme behavior is a greater factor than anything any UU minister has ever done to him.

My own extreme behavior? Such as? Whatever alleged "extreme behavior" may be exhibited on this blog is no more "extreme" than insulting and abusive behavior that the UUA and Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee have deemed to be acceptable behavior on the part of U*U ministers. Much of the alleged "extreme behavior", or more properly "extreme" language, because there has been no "extreme" physical behavior on my part throughout the whole course of this conflict, is in fact a *reflection* or indeed "multiplying" (as in repeating numerous times) of the "extreme" insulting and defamatory or otherwise abusive language of U*U clergy that the UUA and MFC have effectively approved as being acceptable. It is precisely because I want the UUA and MFC to overturn those very bad decisions that all but officially approve of "extreme behavior" on the part of "less than excellent" U*U ministers that I repeatedly make them chow down on their very own words or similar "extreme" language.

:Moving right along, we finally get to Robin Edgar’s demand:

“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.”

:Excuse me, Mister Edgar, but… The Reverend Ray Drennan did offer one apology after another to you, yet you consistently rejected them.

Wrong. Absolutely wrong. Rev. Ray Drennan did not in fact "offer one apology after another" to me. Rev. Ray Drennan offered only one "sorry excuse for an apology" more than a year after I had demanded an apology and retraction. You can read all about it here. . . Rev. Ray Drennan's alleged "apology" not only failed to acknowledge any wrongdoing and/or harmful behavior on his part whatsoever, but effectively repeated the original insults and defamation that I was seeking an apology for in that Drennan made it clear in his alleged "apology" that he stood by his *bombastic*, and indeed *extreme*, "position" that my monotheistic religious beliefs are nothing but "silliness and fantasy", that my revelatory religious experience was nothing but a "psychotic experience", and that Creation Day was a "cult" of the "manipulative and secretive" (read Solar Temple and Heaven's Gate) variety. I had plenty of good reason to reject that one and only "sorry excuse for an apology" from Rev. Ray Drennan but I gave Rev. Drennan plenty of opportunity to offer an apology that I could honourably accept. Rev. Drennan absolutely refused to offer a proper apology and arrogantly asserted that this one and only "apology" was "the only one you're gonna get." This is all well-documented, and has been discussed on this blog and elsewhere on the internet before, so the cowardly anonymous author of the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog has either failed to enter into a genuinely free and *responsible* search for the truth and meaning here or is outright lying about Rev. Ray Drennan's alleged apologies.

:Why, then, should Morales or any other UU minister even consider answering this demand when you reserve the right to then say: “Not good enough, I want more”?

For starters because I am not asking President Morales for an apology for me alone am I? I am asking for a formal UUA apology to be delivered to ALL victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct, one that is modeled on the official apology that Kay Montgomery delivered at the 2000 UUA GA in Nashville Tennessee but is a little more sincere. . . Regardless of how sincere *that* UUA apology might have been at the time, the UUA failed to live up to the "pledge" to "bend towards justice" that Kay Montgomery made in that UUA apology. AFAIAC the UUA should deliver a new apology to victims of U*U clergy sexual misconduct which acknowledges that it failed to live up to the promise of that decade old apology. As should be clear from what I said to Rev. Ray Drennan in terms of seeking an acceptable apology from him, both before and after his "sorry excuse for an apology" of 1997, I am quite prepared to work with UUA representatives to ensure that they draft an apology that is acceptable to me and will be formally accepted by me. Rev. Ray Drennan was provided that very reasonable option but refused it because he did not want to offer a *real* apology to me.

:We the collective authorship of this blog remain unconvinced that an “official UUA apology” for what individual ministers may have said or done will ever put to rest this matter.

So the truth comes out. . . The 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog is in fact the product of more than one cowardly anonymous U*U author, as I suspected might be the case. . . unless of course one single U*U author is lying here in an effort to pretend that he and/or she is more than just one U*U "loose canon*" This "matter" will be "put to rest" when U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy will be "put to rest". When might that be? My demand for an official UUA apology to victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct is not intended to "put to rest" the matter of the UUA's negligent and effectively complicit responses to my own and other people's clergy misconduct complaints. Like most demands for an official apology it is intended to ensure that a very real problem is responsibly acknowledged, that any wrongdoing is properly acknowledged, that sincere regret for whatever harm and damage has been done is clearly expressed, and that the person or institution doing the apologizing will do its best to ensure that such behavior is not repeated.

:We are convinced, in fact, that Robin Edgar will either proclaim that such an apology is not enough, or simply use it as a tool for imposing more and more demands on the Unitarian Church of Montreal and other groups and individuals.

I and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct (or indeed victims of other U*U injustices and abuses) have perfectly reasonable demands that, so far. . . have not even been remotely met by the UUA, or indeed other groups and individuals such as the Unitarian Church of Montreal, the Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee, and implicated U*U ministers and lay leaders etc. The day that my demands, or the demands of other victims of U*U clergy misconduct, become "less than reasonable" is the day that U*Us can start complaining about our demands, not before. . . So what if I or others have twenty or thirty perfectly reasonable demands that are all entirely compatible with U*U principles and ideals? Instead of anticipating "more and more demands" and balking at acknowledging the very real injustices and abuses that they are clearly and unequivocally guilty of either directly perpetrating, or indirectly perpetuating, U*Us should responsibly acknowledge their sins of commission and sins of omission and move towards actually practicing justice, equity and compassion in human relations rather than just insincerely, if not outright fraudulently, talking about it.

:Far from burying the hatchet, we are convinced that Robin Edgar is looking for yet another weapon.

I have never said anything about "burying the hatchet". The Unitarian Church of Montreal and the UUA have created a gigantic mess that needs to be properly cleaned up. An apology is the first step towards cleaning up that mess, just as the UUA's official apology to victims of clergy sexual misconduct should have been the first step towards providing restorative justice to U*U CSM victims but quite evidently turned out not to be. . . A UUA apology to me and other victims of non-sexual clergy misconduct is not "another weapon" for me, it is the first step towards genuinely honoring and upholding the purported principles and ideals of Unitarian*Universalism rather than continuing to make a total mockery of them. I don't need a UUA apology as a "weapon" I have plenty of other "weapons" at my disposal. The UUA needs to apologize in order for me to put down the "weapons" that I do have at my disposal and move towards reconciliation and peace founded upon genuine justice.

:We do not use such combative imagery lightly. Originally we had decided to suspend this blog because of real concerns that the conflict between Robin Edgar and the Montreal church could escalate.

You just don't get it do you? For starters this conflict is not just between me and the Unitarian Church of Montreal. To pretend that this is so is classic DIM Thinking as in Denying, Ignoring, and Minimizing the role of the Unitarian*Universalist Association of Congregations and its negligent and incompetent if not thoroughly corrupt Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee play in this conflict. Why would I protest in front of 25 Beacon Street in Boston if the UUA and MFC were not largely responsible for the injustices, abuses and hypocrisy that I am protesting against? This conflict can and *will* escalate if the UUA and MFC and Unitarian Church of Montreal continue to obstinately refuse to honor and uphold the Seven Principles of Unitarian*Universalism in their human relations with me and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct. The whole point of the apology that I am demanding is for U*Us to start to deescalate this ludicrously drawn out conflict by moving towards actually practicing justice, equity and compassion in human relations and living up to other U*U principles and ideals instead of repeatedly, and quite flagrantly, flaunting them. . .

:We share these concerns, based on the histrionic tone and even violent imagery on Edgar’s blog; his latest perseveration is about kicking people in the balls.

ROTFLMU*UO! The "histrionic tone and even violent imagery" on this blog is taking the piss out of outrageously hypocritical U*Us for allowing U*U ministers like Rev. Ray Drennan and Rev. Victoria Weinstein (to say nothing of other "less than excellent" U*U ministers. . .) to engage in their own "histrionic tone and even violent imagery". It wasn't me who publicly aired a "sodomy fantasy" luridly imaging a "less than perfect" U.S. state senator "anally impaled on the Statue of Liberty's torch" was it? No. . . *That* was Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang who is guilty of plenty of other *manic* histrionics and even more "violent imagery" that the UUA and MFC have pretended is perfectly acceptable behavior on her part. What about Rev. Ray Drennan's "histrionic tone" in attacking my religious beliefs and practices? Why are Rev. Ray Drennan's histrionics considered to be "within the appropriate guidelines of ministerial leadership"? Do tell you "collective" of Big Fat U*U AssHats.

Oh dear. . . Did I just get all "histrionic" and "name-call" you U*U morons "asshats"? Well guess what oh so Anonymouse U*Us? You are in fact "anally impaled" on your Big Fat U*U Heads in light of all the willfully ignorant and stunningly foolish things that you have said on the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog and the UUA and MFC have officially ruled that it was perfectly acceptable for U*U minister Rev. Victoria Weinstein to "name-call" senator Bill Napoli a "crazy asshat." What's good for an incredibly silly U*U goose, or indeed a "collective" of silly U*U geese, is good for *this* gander. . . I would take a cue from Dick Cheney and tell you to go anally impale yourself on your heads if your heads weren't already firmly embedded in your outrageously hypocritical U*U asses.

As far as my "latest perseveration" about "kicking people in the balls" goes, it is not that new, is not my original idea, and I am clearly talking about U*Us *figuratively* kicking people in the balls. Was Rev. Victoria Weinstein just speaking in purely figurative terms when she so histrionically asserted on her Peacebang blog that she felt like kicking a thief in the teeth?

I think not. . .

:If Robin Edgar carries through on picketing the UUA headquarters, we would hope that the staff there will seriously consider contacting law enforcement to carefully monitor him.

That is fine by me. I have no problem at all with my *peaceful* public protests against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy being carefully monitored by law enforcement officers. I have in fact asked for the Montreal police force to do just that in the past but they refused to do so. If they had done so I doubt that I would ever have been falsely arrested on the bogus criminal charges that Montreal Unitarians had brought against me and that a few more Montreal Unitarians would have been charged with theft and assault and uttering threats against me. . . As it is, the only people to have ever been successfully charged with engaging in criminal acts such as theft, assault and uttering threats in this conflict have been Montreal Unitarians, namely Kenneth Howard QC and Jim Wilson, although I *could* have charged a few other U*Us with those crimes had I been more litigious.

:Of course, Edgar will insist (yet again) that his demonstrations are always peaceful.

They are. In fact my peaceful public protests in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal are a lot more genuinely peaceful than plenty of other peaceful public protests that take place in Montreal. I challenge you to provide examples of when and how my protests are not peaceful. My protests are even peaceful when I am being quite aggressively harassed by U*U hypocrites like the late but "less than great" "Citizens' Police Officer" known as U*U COP.

:But we have to wonder, with all of the rage and bile he spills forth, and the sense of frustration he exhibits, just how long that will last.

There is no "rage" being expressed here. I am taking the piss out of U*U hypocrites. Most of the alleged "bile" is just me feeding U*U crap right back to hypocritical U*Us with my "Eat Your Words" Diet. If U*Us are genuinely afraid that I am "frustrated" and might "snap" perhaps U*Us should stop so stubbornly doing things that cause frustration. Maybe U*Us should start practicing justice instead of going to extreme lengths to obstruct justice. U*Us could do worse than to responsibly throw in the proverbial towel and apologize to me and ALL other victims of U*U clergy misconduct and U*U anti-religious bigotry. It is in fact rather frustrated U*Us who are guilty of losing their corpse-cold Unitarian cool and getting physically violent in this conflict, not me. I have been quite aggressively physically assaulted by Pierre Binette and Kenneth Howard QC. Jim Wilson uttered what a 911 dispatcher classified as "death threats" against me and another unidentified church-goer once asked me -

"Should I stop and talk with you, or go home and get my gun and come back here and shoot you?"

U*U COP's aggressive harassment is posted to U*UTube for all to see. . .

Where is the evidence of any physically violent behavior on my part?

There is none because I have a proven track record of *non-violent* direct action that dates back to May of 1998 to say nothing of earlier than that. Why would I want to spoil that pristine record of non-violence?

The idiocy of U*Us like those who create the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog never ceases to amaze me. U*Us should be ashamed of having such morons as part of their religious community, especially when *some* of these imbeciles are U*U ministers. . .



* The "canon" spelling "error" aka typo is fully intended here since I have reasonable grounds to believe that the author of 'The Robin Edgar Sucks' blog is a Unitarian*Unitarian minister if not a "collective" of "less than excellent" U*U ministers. . . I seem to recall displaying a picket signs slogan talking about Big Fat U*U "Loose Canons" in front of 25 Beacon Street during my protest of May 2000.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Plus Ça Change Plus C'est La Même Chose aka Boston Unitarian Kicks Rich, Fashionable, Thoughtless Unitarian*Universalist U*Us In The Balls. . .

Apparently with a little help from his quite literally corpse-cold Unitarian friend famous Unitarian Rev. William Ellery Channing. :-)

Here is the pertinent part of Rev. William Ellery Channing's letter to Henry Ware Jr. that Boston Unitarian posted about -

"I do not wish to see a Unitarian Society in New York, made up of rich, fashionable, thoughtless people. I wish friends and adherents, who will be hearty and earnest; and I believe these qualities may be found mainly in the middling classes. Can no inquiry be instituted among these to learn whether they are favorably disposed to your object?"

And here is the (im)pertinent comment that I just submitted to Boston Unitarian's 'Middling Classes' blog post which addresses one of my issues with *The* Tiny Decling Fringe Religion™ aka The U*U Movement aka Unitarian*Universalism -

Forgive me for saying so Boston Unitarian, but this letter written by William Ellery Channing would seem to indicate that the problem of "rich, fashionable, thoughtless people" choosing the fate of joining the Unitarian Church, and what is now known as The U*U Movement, goes back at least a couple of centuries.

Plus ça change. . . ;-)

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell Kicks Pope Benedict XVI In The Balls And UUA Presidents Feel His Pain. . .

The only problem is that much of Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell's criticism of Pope Benedict XVI and the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church *could* be applied to a bunch of UUA Presidents, possibly even including current UUA President Rev. Peter Morales.

A certain number of "less than perfect" U*U ministers accused of various forms of clergy sexual misconduct, to say nothing of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct, have been allowed by the UUA to return to their "pastoral duties", or just plain continue being wolves in pastor's clothing without any interruption whatsoever of their "pastoral duties." Heck former UUA President Bill Sinkford was actually accused of clergy sexual misconduct himself prior to being elected as UUA President, and apparently did little or nothing to *effectively* address clergy misconduct of all kinds during his eight year tenure as President of the UUA. How many U*U ministers guilty of various forms of clergy misconduct, including some quite egregious clergy sexual misconduct, are ever "brought to justice" by the UUA and its very aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee, to say nothing of what former UUA President Rev. Dr. John A* Buehrens would refer to as "the secular authorities"?

Who was President of the UUA when the "serious mistake" of the clergy sexual misconduct that caused the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville so much trouble in the early 1990's? Where in the U*U World is the unmentionable U*U minister of FUUCN in *question* today? How many other U*U ministers actually guilty of various forms of clergy sexual misconduct have been transferred to other U*U "parishes"? How many UUA subordinates have taken *any* responsibility for the "serious mistakes" of the UUA and its negligent Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee? Most U*Us can't even see the tip of the corpse-cold Unitarian clergy sexual misconduct iceberg because the UUA is even less transparent about clergy sexual misconduct than the Roman Catholic Church is. . . That's right U*Us, when was the last time you ever heard the UUA acknowledge that such and such unmentionable U*U minister had been accused of, or actually found guilty of, clergy sexual misconduct?

Now let me set U*Us straight. . .

The President of the UUA is the boss, although the Executive Vice President of the UUA is "responsible, under the supervision of the President, for the day-to-day management of the Association". . . Don't UUA Presidents and Executive Vice-Presidents like 'Kay Mongomery, to say nothing of "less than perfect" UUA subordinates like Rev. Diane Miller, Rev. Beth Miller, and Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris know what they are approving? Have they no personal responsibility for the consequences of *their* decisions?

Apparently so. . .

The old, old story of "passing the buck" goes back as far as the merger of Unitarians with Universalists in 1961 from what I can see. . . When confronted by your's truly with what he had done, or (more to the point) had failed to do, the recently retired "Humanist" U*U minister of the Unitarian Church of Ottawa Rev. Brian Kopke sheepishly replied,

"Nobody did anything."

He was right. . .

The tiny, declining fringe religion known as Unitarian*Universalism claims to believe in justice, equity and compassion in human relations. In fact, forgiveness isn't even mentioned in the Seven Principles of The U*U Movement. What UUA President or U*U minister has ever truly taken responsibility for *any* act of clergy misconduct and repented? Doesn't the abject failure of the last several UUA Presidents to take responsibility for the UUA's ongoing failure to respond to clergy misconduct of all kinds in a manner that genuinely honors and upholds U*U principles and ideals effectively undermine *their* moral authority, as well as the moral authority of the Unitarian*Universalist religious community more generally?

Current UUA President Peter Morales' publicly stated central goal is to transform Unitarian*Universalism from the "tiny, declining, fringe religion" it became in the 20th century into "the religion for our time". When will the place that "reeks of privilege and hierarchy" learn that evasiveness and lies serve only to discredit its message? And where else should a free and responsible search for the truth and meaning of the UUA's own negligent and effectively complicit (non)responses to clergy sexual misconduct (to say nothing of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct which gets even shorter shrift from the UUA and MFC) start but with the current President of the UUA?

Rev. Dr. John A* Buehrens passed the buck.

President Bill Sinkford passed the buck.

Will President Peter Morales pass the buck to whoever succeeds him as UUA President in the next three to seven years?

Time will tell. . .

No U*Us?

I must say however that it is quite refreshing to see a "less than perfect" Unitarian*Universalist minister publicly reminding people that God is the one thing U*Us can't hide from. . .

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Friday, March 12, 2010

UUA Membership Statistics and The Emerson Avenger Blog Statistics - What's The Connection?

Between December 1st 2009 and March 10th 2010 The Emerson Avenger blog received 13,066 page loads from 8,404 unique visitors. Not bad eh U*Us? That works out to an average of 84 unique visitors to this "less than flattering" blog per day over the last 100 days and that TEA blog statistic is quite unlikely to diminish in the coming months.

Onwards and U*Upwards!

No U*Us?

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Do U*Us Get Spun Out? Do Things Trigger U*Us To Fly Off In A Rage? Panic? And Lead Them Down The Path To Doom aka Big Fat U*U Fate?

Atheist Humanist U*U blogger Jacqueline Wolven is just asking U*Us in her 'Stop The Panic' blog post.

Jacqueline goes on to ask, "What is it about me (us, you) that makes us lose our cool, feel threatened, or run like Chicken Little at the smallest of words? Why can't we just listen and not panic?"

Good questions. Questions that Rev. Diane "Near Death Fears" Rollert and other Chicken Little U*Us would have been very well advised to pay heed to *before* losing their cool, feeling threated, and panicking. . .

Here is the comment that I apparently unsuccessfully tried to submit to Jacqueline's 'Stop The Panic' blog post -

"We are sizing up our "competition", aligning ourselves with our team, and baring our teeth to show that we are warriors."

That explanation for U*Us baring their teeth never occurred to me before. . .

Thanks for enlightening me Jacqueline. :-)

I think that you have just inspired me to create a brand-spanking new Emerson Avenger blog post about the Totalitarian Unitarian "Citizens' Police Officer" known as U*U COP.

Behold U*U Warrior, the late lamentable Peter Kohl aka U*U COP, baring his teeth at the dreaded Emerson Avenger 23 to 26 seconds into this classic U*UTube video of outrageously hypocritical Montreal Unitarian U*Us. . . And to think that I simply thought that he was just being a Big Fat U*U Clown aka Ass Clown.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Virginia Area Cluster of Unitarian*Universalist Ministers *Really* Sucks

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

Take the word of the Unitarian*Universalist Ministers Association aka UUMA web page entitled 'UU Alphabet Soup' which lists VACUUM along with a number of Big Fat UU Acronyms.

Sorry but for some inexplicable reason I just could not restrain myself from letting go with *that* Big Fat U*U Cheap Shot across the bow of the U*U Ship Of Fools. :-)

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Tracie Holladay aka Tracie The Red Self-Professed *Crazy* Central Florida RedHead

Seems to be having a bad hair day today. . .

I became aware of Tracie Holladay's remarkably DIM Thinking blog post as a result of a Google Alert for -

unitarian misconduct

I received this morning, but crazy Tracie's Big Fat U*U Rant had already been self-censored aka "memory holed" when I first had a peek at her 'On Holladay' blog earlier today. Since I had only seen a snippet of her rant, as provided by Google Alerts and an appropriate follow-up Google search, I decided to post the following comment to her 'I've About Had It...' blog post -

Guess what Tracie? I've had it with the anti-religious sentiment that I keep running into all over the place in the Unitarian*Universalist "religious community". . . In fact, it is the deeply insulting, and even outright hostile and abusive anti-religious intolerance and bigotry that I encountered at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, and elsewhere in the so-called U*U World, that is the proverbial "root cause" of The Emerson Avenger blog. I am in fact a victim of anti-religious intolerance and bigotry that was directly perpetrated by Rev. Ray Drennan and other leading "resident atheists" at this alleged Unitarian "church", such as its former Presidents Frank Greene and John Inder, and perpetuated for years and decades by their DIM Thinking enablers at the Unitarian Church of Montreal and the UUA. Everything is very well documented Tracie and many if not most of the documents are available online so that you and other people can enter into a free and *responsible* search for the truth and meaning of my clergy misconduct complaint against Rev. Ray Drennan and my grievances against the so-called Unitarian Church of Montreal, the UUA, and its very aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee.

The fact of the matter is that I have been subjected to anti-religious intolerance and bigotry that can be properly described as a witch-hunt. Labeling a person's claimed revelatory religious experience as a "psychotic experience" and angrily insisting that they seek "professional help" is the modern equivalent of saying that someone is possessed and in need of an exorcism. Falsely and maliciously labeling a person's religious activities as a "cult" is the modern equivalent of saying that someone is involved in a coven of witches. Both of these labels cast a cloud of suspicion and fear (if not community paranoia. . .) over the person who is being thus accused. Am I wrong Tracey? The fact of the matter is that my clergy misconduct complained against Rev. Ray Drennan was an attempt to nip that U*U slander and fear-mongering in the bud before it got any worse, but because both the Unitarian Church of Montreal and the UUA pretended that Rev. Ray Drennan's intolerant and abusive attack on me was acceptable, even "within the appropriate guidelines of ministerial leadership" to quote fotmer MFC Director Rev. Diane Miller who (mis)handled my complaint against Rev. Ray Drennan, this anti-religious U*U fear-mongering and paranoia has continued to this very day. . .

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That is all for now but I may directly and quite thoroughly rebutt Drama Queen Tracie's overly dramatic 'Blog Drama' post later.

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Till Death Do U*Us Part? The "Less Than Perfect" Unitarian*Universalist Marriage Of Christine Sevilla And Timothy D. Wells

I am still not going to say all that much about the untimely premature death aka manslaughter, if not murder. . . of environmental activist and Rochester NY Unitarian*Universalist Christine Sevilla at the hands of her husband Timothy Wells until I know more about what actually happened but I will direct readers to the new Rochester Democrat & Chronicle article about Timothy D. Wells' alleged murder of his wife in the titled 'Till death do us part: 'Perfect' marriage of Christine Sevilla, Timothy Wells ends in homicide' so that anyone who cares to do so may enter into a free and responsioble search for the truth and meaning of Christine Sevilla's death by strangulation. Some of the comments are worth reading as well.

The news article features an attached video which includes a brief interview with Rev. Scott Tayler the co-minister of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester New York which both Timothy Wells and Christine Sevilla were members of. The 'Live United' slogan of the United Way ad which precedes this video is rather ironic. I take note of the fact that the slogan of First Unitarian Church of Rochester seems to be -

A Community Of Hope, Healing and Occasional Heresy

I dare say that strangling one's wife to death, for whatever reason (with the possible exception of legitimate self-defense), would seem to be a form of Unitarian*Universalist heresy. In any case the First Unitarian Church of Rochester New York is now a community of apparent false hopes, mourning, and occasional manslaughter.

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UUA Vice President Kay Montgomery Gets Kicked In The Balls By Rev. Scott Wells. . .

Somewhat inadvertently. . .

"But it seems pretty clear by her actions — and prior inaction, and associates — that 'Kay Montgomery is an insincere manipulator here. U*Us have to be wise about who U*Us work with. . ."

U*Us please take care to note that -

The Executive Vice President, Kay Montgomery, is responsible, under the supervision of the President, for the *day-to-day management* of the Association. The Executive Vice President maintains close consultation with the President in the formulation of policy, implements the President's instructions, and acts in the absence of the President on the Association's behalf.

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Friday, March 05, 2010

Spring Cleaning And Restorative Justice For ALL Victims Of U*U Clergy Misconduct - What's The Connection?

I had been meaning to remind UUA President Peter Morales that a full month had passed since I sent him my Groundhog Day email calling for President Morales to work towards ensuring that the UUA finally gets around to providing restorative justice for ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct, and that he had not yet provided the slightest response to it (unless of course corpse-cold Unitarian stony silence *is* President Morales' official response to it. . .), so Ms. Kitty's somewhat serendipitous 'Cleaning Out Closets' blog post inspired me to send President Morales the following follow-up email minutes ago -

How Is Your Spring Cleaning Coming Along?

Friday, March 5, 2010 1:09 PM

From: "Robin Edgar" robinedgar59@yahoo.ca
To: pmorales@uua.org
Cc: president-assist@uua.org

Friday March 5, 2010


Dear President Morales,

I have not yet received so much as an acknowledgment of receipt for the emails copied below. I had hoped that I might have received a formal response by now from someone who claims to be "fully committed to taking action" on clergy misconduct, and who claims to believe that it is "a moral imperative" to do so. Or are you concerned only about responding to clergy sexual misconduct perpetrated by U*U ministers to the exclusion, and even marginalization, of victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct?

I have hardly received an "immediate and compassionate response" from you or any other representative of the UUA have I? Could you not have at the very least delegated someone to respond in responsibility to the spirit and the letter of my serious grievances about the UUA's past and apparently ongoing negligent mishandling of clergy misconduct complaints?

Do you believe that seemingly totally ignoring all of my emails calling for the UUA to finally get around to providing restorative justice for ALL victims of clergy misconduct displays "best practices" on your part and that of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations?

How does totally ignoring my emails reflect upon your public declaration to be "absolutely committed to doing the right thing"? When will the UUA finally responsibly acknowledge that the UUA, along with its very aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee, have in fact "fallen far short" of genuinely honoring and upholding U*U principles and ideals in their human relations with me and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct in the past? When will I and other victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct perpetrated by U*U ministers, and perpetuated for years and decades by UUA negligence, incompetence, and institutional stonewalling and denial, receive *our* own official apologies from the UUA and MFC? When will we receive even the slightest restorative justice from the UUA? Where is your own "pastoral and healing response" to me and other victims of ALL forms of clergy misconduct committed by "less than perfect" U*U ministers President Morales?

Do you really consider your total failure, if not your outright refusal, to so much as acknowledge receipt of my emails to be a "compassionate, timely and effective" response to my legitimate grievances about the UUA's negligent and effectively complicit mishandling of my own and other people's clergy misconduct complaints? Is egregious institutional stonewalling and denial the UUA's "well developed model" for responding to non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct? It certainly appears that way to me President Morales and I fully expect that other victims of U*U clergy misconduct, even some victims of clergy sexual misconduct, will concur.

Do you understand just how painful and damaging certain non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct can be to victims of such clergy misconduct? If not, I would be more than willing to provide you with the benefit of my own expertise regarding that "untended area" of the UUA. How does your (to date) total failure to respond to my emails addressed to you align with your public pronouncement that you are personally committed to making the Unitarian Universalist religious community "a safer and a more compassionate movement"?

How is your "careful analysis of best practices and the painful lessons we have learned from our own experience" progressing President Morales? And when do you intend to get around to responsibly acting upon that "careful analysis"? It seems to me that my suggested Lenten practice for you is fully compatible with engaging in such a "careful analysis", indeed entering into dialogue with me and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct should be an important part of your own free and responsible search for the truth and meaning of our serious grievances and the UUA's ongoing negligent and effectively complicit responses to our clergy misconduct complaints.

I hereby formally call upon you to break your silence and responsibly enter into meaningful dialogue with me and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct towards the end of achieving your claimed goal of making Unitarian*Universalism a genuinely "safer and a more compassionate movement." You may initiate that process by providing your own personal answers to the questions that I have posed to you in this email as well as the emails that I have previously sent to you which still await your official response. I look forward to seeing you and the UUA making some real effort, and achieving some measurable progress, towards the goal of the UUA finally providing some genuine and tangible restorative justice for ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct by this coming Easter about a month from now and an official apology being delivered to victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct by the 2010 UUA GA in Minneapolis.

Sincerely,

Robin Edgar

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Do UUA President Peter Morales, UUA Trustees, And UUA Administrators Grimace In Pain Every Time TEA Reminds Them About The UUA Clergy Misconduct Mess?

Just asking. . .

Here is the (in)oppertune comment that I just opportunistically submitted to the 'Cleaning Out Closets' post of Ms. Kitty's blog.

I expect that UUA President Peter Morales, UUA Trustees, and UUA administrators responsible for dealing with clergy misconduct grimace in pain every time I remind them that they just *have* to clean this mess up one of these days. . . It is now over a month since I sent President Morales this "electronic communication" and I have yet to receive so much as an acknowl3edgment of receipt for it. I guess I will just have to send him yet another U*U reminder and "cc" it to the UUA Board of Trustees.

Is Unitarian*Universalism For The Birds? Penguins, Trumpeter Swans, Purple Martins And Big Fat U*U Ostriches. . .

U*U blogger and seminarian Lizard Eater apparently thinks that *some* U*U churches are for the birds. . . :-)

Montreal Unitarians Are Spitting In God's Eye?!! Responding To A U*UTube Message I Have Received

I received the following message from a U*UTube viewer this morning and I feel that it is quite appropriate and worthwhile to publicly post it here, along with my response to it, while protecting the sender's privacy by not revealing their identity or the particular UUA district that they hail from. AFA*I*AC This message could have been sent by *any* "materialist atheist" Unitarian*Universalist -

Hey, I saw a couple of your videos from a protest you conducted and was wondering what message you're exactly trying to convey. I'm a new member of a congregation in the X district, and I noticed that one of your signs referred to "spitting in god's eye." I myself am a materialist atheist, and I wonder what you mean by that, do you have a problem with the secularist path that Unitarian Universalism is taking?


Hi X,

Thanks for engaging in a free and responsible search for the truth and meaning of my protest videos by contacting me and asking a reasonable question.

I do not have a problem with your average atheist, and I can live with atheists being U*Us as long as they are ready, willing and able to get along with God believing Unitarians, but when intolerant and abusive "fundamentalist atheists" are not only allowed to be U*Us but are even ordained as U*U ministers I definitely do have a problem with that. Quite frankly their behavior towards God believing people violates U*U principles and makes a total mockery of the word Unitarian to say nothing of "church".

If you view my videos, or run appropriate Google searches, you will discover that I am protesting against the anti-religious intolerance and bigotry of the "fundamentalist atheist" subset of Unitarian Universalists and various other injustices and abuses committed by U*Us.

As far as the "spitting in God's eye" thing goes that is actually the headline of the first Montreal Mirror newspaper article about my protest in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, but it is very apropos to the overall situation so I do quote it every now and then. In fact I am seriously considering making a new picket sign slogan, based on that headline that a Montreal Mirror reporter or editor was inspired to come up, with which says -

A "CHURCH" THAT IS SPITTING IN GOD'S EYE

Here is the URL for that article -

http://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVES/1998/060498/news5.html

Here is my follow-up letter to the editor -

http://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVES/1998/061898/letters.html

Figuratively speaking Montreal Unitarians are "spitting in God's eye" in terms of their intolerant and insulting, and quite frankly willfully ignorant, rejection of the information that I tried to share with them.

It's a long story aka saga that has been drawn out for over a decade now as a direct result of the incredibly stubborn refusal of Montreal Unitarians, UUA administrators, and U*Us more generally to make even a half-assed effort to actually practice justice, equity and compassion in their human relations with me, or indeed genuinely honor and uphold other U*U principles and ideals.

Regards,

Robin Edgar

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Truth And Consequences For Unitarian*Universalists aka U*Us Get Kicked In The Balls By PlaidShoes?!!

Thirtysomething SAHM UU blogger plaidshoes asks,

"What are the consequences of standing up for your truth?"

in her 'Consequences' blog post.

Here is the comment that I just submitted in response to PlaidShoes' question -

"What are the consequences of standing up for your truth?"

How about being falsely arrested on bogus criminal charges brought against me by outrageously hypocritical Montreal Unitarians? How about being "excommunicated" by these same Unitarians aka U*Us? How about having your very own personal attack blog being given to you as a slightly belated Christmas present last year? And not just for standing up for *my* truth but the very well-documented capital 'T' Truth. . . There is no such thing as "your truth" only *the* Truth. All too often "your truth" is nothing but lies or delusion. . .

And here is my plagU*Urized version of her own answers -

Cold-shoulders
Lost friendships
Anger
Fear
Bitterness
Resentment
Fractured community
Names
Loss
***
Freedom
Honesty
Integrity
New Beginnings
Strengthened friendships
Found community
Respect
Happiness
New perspective

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Are Unitarian Universalists Fluffy And "Less Than Rational"? Is Classical Unitarian Christianity Corpse-Cold Unitarian Dead In The U*U World?

Someone going by the pseudonym Thesauros seems to think so in a comment posted to the 'Classical Unitarian Christianity' post of former Christian U*U seminarian Shawn Anthony's Lo-Fi Tribe blog.

Here is the comment that I submitted in response to Thesauros' assessment of contemporary Unitarian*Universalists aka U*Us -

Thesauros said: uu – fluffy but not too rational

I would have to say that too many of today’s Unitarian*Universalists aka U*Us are indeed remarkably irrational, if not outright delusional, however the fluffiness of the U*Us is greatly exaggerated. U*Us can be very nasty when they choose to be and rather too many do choose to be “less than fluffy” as this U*UTube video of the Totalitarian Unitarian “Citizen’s Police Officer” U*U COP clearly shows. . . It seems that the days when Unitarianism and Reason were quite synonymous are on their way out, if not corpse-cold Unitarian dead. FWIW There seem to be very few “classical” Christian Unitarians, or indeed Christian Universalists, remaining in The U*U Movement these days. I know for a fact that the UUA lost several Christian U*U seminarians in the last couple of years because they felt “less than welcome” within the U*U fold.

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Monday, March 01, 2010

Anti-Christian Unitarian Universalists?!! What Anti-Christian U*Us?

Someone from Huntington Beach, California, was just asking Google early this morning, or perhaps rather late last night for them. . .

The link to my Yet Another Anti-Pagan, Anti-Christian, Anti-Religious Unitarian*Universalist "Church". . . blog post was made at 04:27:31 AM on Monday March 1st 2010. The Emerson Avenger blog actually stills gets a fair number visits as a result of people doing Google searchs for various combinations of -

anti-God Unitarians

anti-Christian Unitarians

intolerant Unitarians

Aren't anti-Christian Unitarian Universalists or otherwise anti-religious U*Us supposed to be a thing of the past?

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