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

Friday, April 30, 2010

UUA President Peter Morales Kicks The "Collective Authorship" Of The Robin Edgar Sucks Blog In Their Big Fat U*U Balls

Even if they don't actually have any balls. . .

Sorta

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. Peter Morales and leaders from the national interfaith community condemned the Robin Edgar Sucks blog immediately after the "collective authorship" of *confirmed* U*U hypocrites posted more demonizing and marginalizing U*U BS to it on Thursday, April 29.

In his statement Morales said,

"Everything I hold sacred as a Unitarian and as a person of faith is threatened by this blog. We must not let fear and ignorance cause Robin Edgar to be treated as a lesser being. We must not allow this blog to violate our Seven Principles or The U*U Movement's moral conscience."

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

UUA Trustee Paul Rickter Of The Arlington Street Church In Boston Gets A Little Blast From His Past Courtesy Of The Emerson Avenger

Yet another questionable Unitarian*Universalist church record which is now "open to scrutiny". . .

My Boston TEA Party targeted the Arlington Street Church primarily because it is a prominent downtown Boston Unitarian*Universalist Church with some rather questionable history, but AFA*I*AC the more than two year old email string reproduced below is as good a reason as any for The Emerson Avenger to protest in front of the Arlington Street Church with picket signs saying -

UNSAFE SECT?

and

UNITARIANS AFFIRM & PROMOTE ABUSIVE CLERGY

No U*Us?


Re: Restorative Justice For UU Clergy Misconduct Victims
Saturday, February 3, 2007 5:18 PM
From: "Paul Rickter"
To: "Robin Edgar"
Cc: "Bill Sinkford" , "William Sinkford" , "Kathleen Montgomery"

Dear Mr. Edgar,

The UUA Board of Trustees is not an appellate body. The Board sets up systems that handle matters like yours and that system has rendered its decision on your complaints. Any further communication will again be forwarded to the UUA staff for its review.

In Faith,

Paul Rickter, UUA Secretary

At 04:29 PM 1/31/2007 -0500, Robin Edgar wrote:
> Dear Mr. Rickter,
>
> I somehow failed to notice your response to my recent email to the UUA's Board of Trustees until now. I am not quite sure how I managed to overlook it but I somehow failed to see it in my inbox until clearing out unwanted emails today. I am responding to you now and I will be sending this response to every member of the UUA's Board of Trustees to ensure that they are all aware of my response.
>
> My email was addressed to the UUA Board of Trustees precisely because I have virtually no confidence in the "appropriate members of the UUA staff" who are supposed to responsibly handle clergy misconduct complaints. This should have been abundantly clear from the content of my email of January 18th, 2007. The whole point of that email which was addressed to all the members of the UUA Trustees, and a few top level UUA officials such as President Bill Sinkford, was to call upon the Board of Trustees to responsibly intervene in the serious matters that I brought to the attention of all UUA Trustees in that email. I am thus not sure how forwarding my email to "appropriate members of the UUA staff" will accomplish anything productive.
>
> I have heard absolutely nothing from any UUA staff since I sent my email to the UUA Board of Trustees and, quite frankly, I do not realistically expect to hear from any "appropriate members of the UUA staff" as a result of your forwarding of my email to them. I will none-the-less ask you to identify exactly which "appropriate members of the UUA staff" you forwarded my email to so I may know who the UUA Board of Trustees consider to be responsible in this matter. Please forgive me for saying so but I believe that the UUA Board of Trustees is simply passing the buck back to UUA staff members who have clearly proven themselves to be quite disinterested in providing any genuine restorative justice rather than doing what is necessary to begin living up to UUA President Bill Sinkford's Holiday Message calling upon UUs to rededicate themselves to what he terms "waging peace" within the UU world. I am seeking responsible intervention and appropriate action on the part of the members of the UUA Board of Trustees with respect to the matters that I brought to the attention of Trustees in my email of January 18th. The "appropriate members of the UUA staff" are aware of my clergy misconduct complaints and have quite evidently failed, indeed thay have effectively refused, to provide any genuine restorative justice as per clearly stated UUA clergy misconduct policies.
>
> The fact of the matter is that I am by no means the only victim of clergy misconduct who has been very poorly served by "appropriate members of the UUA staff". Other victims of clergy misconduct, including victims of clergy sexual misconduct, have yet to be provided with the "restorative justice" that the UUA promised to provide to victims of clergy misconduct several years ago now. I had meant to bring the UUA Trustees attention to a new blog that deals with the UUA's failure to provide genine restorative justice to victims of clergy sexual misconduct in my email but forgot to do so. I am doing so now.
>
> The title of the blog is - Speaking Truth To Power
>
> How Unitarian Universalists address clergy misconduct
>
> although it might be more appropriately be sub-titled -
>
> How Unitarian Universalists fail to address clergy misconduct
>
> The URL of the blog is - http://uutruth.blogspot.com/index.html
>
> The blog is written by a female victim of clergy sexual misconduct who is well acquainted with UUA policies and procedures and has actively participated in UUA programs intended to revise and improve those policies and procedures. This woman knows very well from considerable personal experience of the "system" that the UUA continues to fail to live up to the solemn promises about "restorative justice" that it made to victims of clergy sexual misconduct several years ago now. Her 'Speaking Truth To Power' blog would not even exist if she believed that the UUA was living up to its clearly stated policies and promises. Besides the fact that there continue to be serious problems with the existing UUA procedures for dealing with clergy misconduct of all kinds, the fact of the matter is that the "appropriate members of the UUA staff" have clearly failed, and have even outright refused, to responsibly implement those existing procedures that could lead to what the UUA terms "restorative justice".
>
> Simply put the "appropriate members of the UUA staff" have failed to live up to the solemn promises aka "covenants" that the UUA has made about providing restorative justice to victims of clergy misconduct. I have yet to receive anything even remotely resembling restorative justice for the verbally and psychologically abusive clergy misconduct that I have complained about to "appropriate members of the UUA staff" in the past and I have very good reason to believe that other victims of clergy misconduct, including victims of clergy sexual misconduct, have been poorly served by the UUA. I expect the UUA Board of Trustees to responsibly act upon the serious concerns that I have shared with UUA Trustees in my email of January 18th, 2007 to say nothing of the contents of an earlier email that I sent to the Board of Trustees a few years ago now.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Robin Edgar
>
>
> Paul Rickter wrote:
> Robin,
>
> Thank you for contacting the UUA Board. We've forwarded your message along
> to the appropriate members of the UUA staff.
>
> In Faith,
> Paul Rickter, UUA Secretary
>
> At 08:39 PM 1/18/2007 -0500, you wrote:
> >Thorsday January 18, 2007
> >
> >Dear UUA Trustees,
> >I notice that "Restorative Justice" is one of the items on the agenda of
> >the January 2007 UUA Board of Trustees meetings. I have been seeking some
> >genuine restorative justice for myself and other victims of abusive clergy
> >misconduct by UU ministers for some time now but to no avail whatsoever.
> >The UUA, its Ministerial Fellowship Committee, and more recently its
> >department Congregational Services, have consistently and quite
> >obstinately refused to provide the slightest restorative justice in
> >response to my serious grievances that arise out of deeply insulting,
> >defamatory, and verbally and psychologically abusive attacks on me by UU
> >ministers. I might add that the two UU ministers whose unbecoming conduct
> >I have complained about have subjected other people to deeply insulting
> >and/or defamatory attacks. The responses of the UUA's Ministerial
> >Fellowship Committee and department Congregational Services to my serious
> >grievances about unbecoming conduct by intolerant and abusive UU clergy
> >have not only been clearly negligent, they have effectively condoned, and
> >thus have been complicit in, the verbally and psychologically abusive
> >clergy misconduct that I have brought to their attention. In fact one of
> >the reasons that I have never received any "restorative justice" from the
> >UUA is because the UUA has quite consciencelessly refused to even
> >acknowledge that I have suffered from any injustice.
> >Anyone who bothers to responsibly investigate my grievances against Rev.
> >Ray Drennan, formerly of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, can readily see
> >that I was subjected to demeaning and abusive insulting and defamatory
> >attacks on my monotheistic religious beliefs and practices by an
> >intolerant atheist "Humanist" UU minister. If you are not already familiar
> >with my case Rev. Ray Drennan mocked and ridiculed my religious beliefs by
> >labeling them as "silliness and fantasy", contemptuously dismissed the
> >profound revelatory religious experience that I was trying to explain to
> >him as "your psychotic experience", and falsely and maliciously labeled an
> >inter-religious celebration of Creation that I had successfully organized
> >as "your cult." For more details I suggest running appropriate Google
> >searches. According to the Executive of the UUA's Ministerial Fellowship
> >Committee, under the directorship of Rev. Diane Miller, this obvious and
> >egregious example of an atheist "Humanist" UU minister's anti-religious
> >intolerance and bigotry "seemed to us to be within the appropriate
> >guidelines of ministerial leadership." To date the UUA, and its obviously
> >negligent and effectively complicit Ministerial Fellowship Committee, have
> >never backed away from this obviously untenable position and have refused
> >to reopen and re-examine my clergy misconduct complaint against Rev. Ray
> >Drennan.
> >More recently I discovered that "Christian" UU minister Rev. Victoria
> >Weinstein had attacked me on her pseudonymous Peacebang blog. In light of
> >her continued offensive and remarkably hypocritical attacks on other
> >people, and even other religious groups, on her Peacebang blog; attacks
> >that the vast majority of people of intelligence and conscience would
> >consider to be most unbecoming of a minister, I decided to file an
> >unbecoming conduct complaint against Rev. Weinstein in order to to
> >determine if there has been any improvement in the UUA's handling of
> >clergy misconduct complaints. The email exchanges between me and the
> >director of Congregational Services Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris, and
> >the new Executive Secretary of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee Rev.
> >Beth Miller will show that the UUA is still responding to complaints about
> >unbecoming conduct by its ministers in a manner that is not only quite
> >negligent but which effectively condones their unbecoming conduct. I have
> >posted these recent email exchanges to The Emerson Avenger blog so that
> >UUs, and indeed non-UUs. . . can make up their own minds about how the UUA
> >responds to verbally and psychologically abusive unbecoming conduct by UU
> >ministers. I am very confident that most non-UUs will agree that the UUA's
> >response is both negligent, and effectively complicit in, unbecoming
> >conduct by UU clergy.
> >You may read the email exchanges on these threads and I would urge you to
> >do so -
> >http://emersonavenger.blogspot.com/2007/01/how-rev-dr-tracey-robinson-harris.html
> >http://emersonavenger.blogspot.com/2007/01/rev-beth-miller-executive-secretary-of.html
> >You may also wish to read this thread which represents public response to
> >those email exchanges -
> >http://emersonavenger.blogspot.com/2007/01/example-of-moral-support-for-emerson.html
> >The fact of the matter is that The Emerson Avenger blog probably would not
> >even exist if the UUA and its Ministerial Fellowship Committee had
> >responded in a responsible manner to my initial complaints against Rev.
> >Ray Drennan, or had conceded to my subsequent demands that my original
> >complaint be re-opened and re-examined in 2002. The Emerson Avenger blog
> >exists precisely because U*Us have consistently, and quite obstinately,
> >refused to provide anything even remotely resembling genuine justice,
> >equity, and compassion in response to my legitimate and quite serious
> >grievances arising from intolerant and abusive clergy misconduct by UU
> >clergy. The two UU ministers who I filed clergy misconduct complaints
> >against are clearly guilty of conduct unbecoming a minister not only in
> >terms of how they have behaved towards me, but in well documented
> >intolerant and abusive or insulting and defamatory attacks on other people
> >or groups.
> >I recently invited UUA President William G. Sinkford to start practicing
> >what he preaches by engaging in what he and other UUs call "waging peace"
> >with me, and other victims of clergy misconduct of various kinds, by
> >waging some genuine restorative justice for all victims of all forms of
> >clergy misconduct by UU ministers, not just clergy sexual misconduct.
> >Sincerely,
> >Robin Edgar

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Is UUA Employee Shelby Meyerhoff A *Member* Of The Big Fat U*U "Collective Authorship" Of The Robin Edgar Sucks Blog?

Just asking. . .

But I would not be asking that Big Fat U*U Question if I did not have *some* reasonable grounds to believe that UUA employee Shelby Meyerhoff may well be one of the so-called self-titled (not to mention self-appointed) "concerned group of individuals" aka "collective authorship" of the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog. As per the rather sucky TEA blog post below I have *some* reasonable grounds to believe that *someone* at 25 Beacon Street is either part of the "collective authorship" of the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog, or is aiding and abetting the "collective authorship" of the RES blog by informing them about what is said on this blog. There are of course a few other suspects at 25 Beacon Street but a quick browse through UU World editor Chris Walton's aka Philocrites' Guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs reveals that one Shelby Meyerhoff once operated a Wordpress blog called 'Looking For Faith'. While Peacebang aka Rev. Victoria Weinstein remains suspect number one as being the primary author, if not U*USoul author, of the "collective authorship" of the RES blog in my guess*timation I regrettably have to consider the possibility that Shelby Meyerhoff is numbered amongst the "concerned group of individuals" who form the "collective authorship" of the RES blog.

So yes U*Us, this brand-spanking new TEA blog post is *one* of my so far comparatively few Internet Anonymity Guessing Game blog posts. More Internet Anonymity Guessing Game blog posts will follow if the "collective authorship" of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog fail or refuse to choose the Big Fat U*U Fate of signing their real names to their cowardly anonymous blog.

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Is A UUA Adminstrator Or UUA Employee Part Of The "Collective Authorship" Of The Robin Edgar Sucks Blog?

Just asking as they say. . .

But, if I am asking that Big Fat U*U Question here and *now*, it is because I have reasonable grounds to do so based upon certain readily verifiable circumstantial evidence surrounding the publication of the most recent 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog post en*titled 'Will the Real Robin Edgar Please Stand Up?' which, although officially dated as being published on April 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm, obviously was published prior to this TEA blog post which I am currently writing at 5:30ish TEA time aka Eastern Daylight Time.

More about this Big Fat U*U Development, thanks to a rather *too* swift Big Fat U*U Knee Jerk Reaction to one of today's TEA blog posts, later. . .

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Rush Limbaugh Isn't A Big Fat U*U Idiot

Just saying. . .

On the off-chance that it gets memory-holed, although I have reasonable grounds to believe that it probably won't be, here is the waggish Big Fat U*U Comment that the dreaded Emerson Avenger just saw *fit* to post to the Rush Limbaugh really is a big, fat idiot blog post of Dairy State Dad's "retroactively moderated" U*U blog -

Well at least Rush Limbaugh isn't a Big Fat U*U Idiot. :-)

Quite regrettably for The U*U Movement there are some U*Us who can fill *that* role. . .

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Come to think of it, I expect that Big Fat Non-U*U Rush Limbaugh would have a Big Fat U*U Field Day with *my* Boston TEA Party *IF* he only knew about it.

Big Fat U*U U*UPdate 6:00pm TEA time -

I guess I made a Big Fat U*U Mistake in having a certain amount of Big Fat U*U Faith that Dairy State Dad would not "memory hole" my waggish comment. It appears *now* that my Big Fat U*U Comment has in fact been "retroactively moderated" aka "memory holed" by Dairy State Dad. I am still debating whether or not that makes DSD something a Big Fat U*U Idiot himself. . .

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UU Clergy Misconduct Victims Of ALL Kinds Were Represented With Dignity By The Emerson Observer During The April 2010 UUA Board Of Trustees Meeting

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

Take Pacific Central District UUA Trustee Linda Laskowski's word for it, as committed to writing in 'The Observer' blog post of her 'UUA View from Berkeley' blog. I am sure that Linda will not mind *too* much if I make a little "fair use" of her words posted there -

"The Board typically meets in working groups on Friday -- when "the observer" showed up for the Board meeting, a helpful person directed him to one of those groups, which happened to be the "Excellence in Ministry" Working Group. He attended the meeting, and by all accounts was respectful and relevant to the conversations at hand, as he was at the Saturday and Sunday board meetings. He was accorded the same hospitality as any observer would, including recognition to speak to the Board, which he did concisely and in my opinion with respect and relevance to the topic(s).

Those of us who blog know him as a person who posts inflammatory comments on UU blogs about his treatment by a minister many years ago, condemning most of us (and Unitarian Universalism) with strong words. I have learned to check innocuous comments for hyperlinks to his own pages. Yet I thanked him after the meeting for the dignity he showed throughout the weekend."

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Actually, in capital 'T' Truth, Pacific Central District Trustee Linda Laskowski thanked me for my "restraint" when she came up and thanked me just before leaving 25 Beacon Street following the Sunday April 18, 2010, UUA Board Of Trustees meeting. Likewise at least one other UUA Trustee, or UUA administrator, thanked me for my "restraint" as The Emerson Avenger left the building as it were. But of course exercising *restraint* is usually part and parcel of dignity so I won't quibble over words *too* much, especially since UUA Trustee Linda Laskowski is now on public record as speaking about "the dignity (TEA) showed *throughout* the weekend."

I feel that it is worthwhile to share with any and all TEA blog readers how I responded to Linda Laskowski's thanks aka appreciation for my "restraint", which was to politely inform her that the Robin Edgar who she and other UUA Trustees saw *throughout* the April 2010 UUA Board of Trustees (and I do mean *throughout* those two long meetings as Linda, most if not all other UUA Trustees, and Rev. Jeanne Pupke in particular, can attest to) was the *real* Robin Edgar and not the "persona" aka *caricature* of The Emerson Avenger, dreaded Dark Knight of the U*U World. I told Linda that how I behaved *throughout* the UUA Board of Trustees meetings is *normal* behavior for me, I needed to make no special effort to practice the "restraint" aka dignity that I displayed *throughout* the weekend. I might add that I did so on very little sleep, since I got no sleep at all Thursday night taking the Greyhound bus down to Boston from Montreal, only a few hours sleep Friday night, and no sleep at all Saturday night thanks to "less than quiet" youth hostel "roommates" and going over what had already been said, and what I *could* and *should* say on Sunday, if and when the opportunity arose.

And *that* U*Us is the *real* reason why Montreal Unitarians so obstinately refuse to enter into dialogue with me. It is not because they are *really* afraid that I am going to "cause a scene" of some kind. I have never caused a scene *throughout* the fourteen to fifteen years of this lU*Udicrously drawn out conflict. No U*Us. It is because Montreal Unitarians know very well that I can, and do, and *will*, represent myself with considerable calm, restraint, and indeed dignity while nailing these hypocrites to the Big Fat U*U Wall that they have so foolishly and so obstinately created out of their Big Fat U*U Hypocrisy. . . Montreal Unitarians, other than a few mentally ill U*Us suffering from paranoid delU*Usions perhaps, are not *really* afraid that I will enter the Unitarian Church of Montreal with firearms and blow hypocritical U*Us away, but rather they are quite justifiably terrified that, if they ever do dare to enter into dialogue with me, I will very calmly, very rationally, and with some "restraint" and considerable dignity blow these U*U hypocrites away with words that speak capital 'T' Truth to Big Fat U*U Abuse Of "Power".

That's all for now, but I hereby formally thank UUA Trustee Linda Laskowski for telling the Truth about how I represented myself, and ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct, with restraint and dignity and respect at the April 2010 UUA Board of Trustees meeting. It sure beats the Hell out of the demonizing and marginalizing Big Fat U*U BS spouted about my role as an observer on the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog, butt then of course the self-described "collective authorship" of the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog almost certainly was not present at, or indeed *throughout*, that UUA Board of Trustees meeting. No *they* were no doubt too busy preparing their hypocritical U*U sermon(s) on Saturday, and then preaching their Big Fat U*U Hypocrisy from their Wayward Pulpit(s) in their historic New England Unitarian Universalist congregation(s) on Sunday. . .

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The Policies Of The UUA's Ministerial Fellowship Committee Are Obsolete Policies To Paraphrase Some Words Of UUA President Peter Morales. . .

That's right U*Us.

The Policies Of The Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian*Universalist Association of Congregations, which were apparently updated as recently as January 22, 2010, are obsolete or will be very soon. . . *Actually*, upon further *review* of the situation, it would appear that the Policies of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee were obsolete several months before they were "updated" and the "update" failed to address their obsolescence. . .

How are the MFC's "less than competently" updated policies obsolete U*Us ask?

Well "Section 19." regarding "COMPLAINT PROCEDURES AGAINST MINISTERS"

Says the following under the heading - A. INITIATING A COMPLAINT.

"Complaints involving alleged unprofessional/unbecoming conduct of a minister or other violation of the rules of Fellowship shall be received and reviewed by the Director of Congregational Services."

The last time I checked. . . the UUA's Director of Congregational Services, one Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris, "announced by email on March 11 (2009) that she had resigned and would be leaving the UUA at the end of June." Above and beyond *that* little nugget of U*U information the whole Congregational Services department of the UUA was pretty much disbanded, or at least reorganized into oblivion, by the outgoing Sinkford administration. But don't take my word for it U*Us, take Donald E. Skinner's word for it, in his UU World blog article dated June 1st 2009 titled 'UUA reorganizes Congregational Services staff':

"The Unitarian Universalist Association is reorganizing several staff groups July 1 (2009) following the resignation of the director of the Congregational Services staff and the implementation of a revised program for supporting youth and young adult ministry. . . The resignation this spring of the Rev. Tracy Robinson-Harris, a member of the UUA’s Leadership Council who has served as director of the Congregational Services Staff Group for eight years, prompted additional staff changes. UUA Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery announced in May that there will no longer be a Congregational Services Staff Group. Members of that group will work within other staff groups."

So how is it U*Us that the allegedly "very good" Policies of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, which were supposedly "updated" on January 22, 2010, about six months *after* the complete disbanding of the UUA's Congregational Services department, and more than ten months *after* the resignation of the UUA's last and quite lamentable Director of Congregational Services Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris, still say that -

"Complaints involving alleged unprofessional/unbecoming conduct of a minister or other violation of the rules of Fellowship shall be received and reviewed by the Director of Congregational Services."

and

"If necessary, the Director of Congregational Services will assist the complainant in reducing the complaint to writing."

?

Gotta love that turn of a phrase *reducing* the complaint to writing.

No U*Us?

Allow me to borrow a very Unitarian phrase from Mr. Rogers. . .

Can U*Us say INCOMPETENCE?

So I guess the UUA's very aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship*
Committee needs to update their Policies yet again, and A.S.A.P., so that they are in alignment with *reality*, to say nothing of the claimed principles and purposes of The U*U Movement. As far as the latter alignment goes. . . The Emerson Avenger is all too ready to provide helpful advice to the Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee about how it can align its policies with U*U principles and ideals *after* it has officially apologized to him for the MFC's past negligent, incompetent, and effectively complicit responses to his clergy misconduct complaints against "less than excellent" U*U "pastors" Rev. Ray Drennan and Reverend Doctored Victoria Weinstein.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Unitarian Universalists Affirm And Promote Abusive Clergy Like Rev. Ray Drennan And Rev. Victoria Weinstein Just For *Starters*. . .

Just saying as they say. . .

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CULT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD And Unitarian Universalist Paranoia & Fear Mongering Suck U*U

Just saying as they say. . .

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

UUA President Peter Morales "Less Than Wisely" Rubs ChaliceChick And The Emerson Avenger The Wrong Way. . .

In a blog post titled 'I did warn y'all about President Morales doing stuff like this...' ChaliceChick takes UUA President Peter Morales to task for being too "politician-y" and "insulting everybody's intelligence" with "marketing blather." Here is a version of the comment that I just submitted in response to ChaliceChick's "personal attack" on President Peter Morales -

UUA President Morales has been rubbing me the wrong way for some time now, and he rubbed me the wrong way in person, aka mano a mano, during the UUA Board of Trustees meeting over the weekend of April 17 and 18. I found him to be very evasive and "less than honest" in a very "politician-y" way as CC puts it. His disingenuous assertion that slashing the budget of the Commission On Appraisal to a fraction of its previous budgets was "a way of initiating a conversation about the committee" was just one of his "less than honest" assertions AFA*I*AC.

When I asked President Morales if he had received and read the emails that I had sent him in the last few months, such as my Groundhog Day email and its follow-up emails, he remarkably evasively (if not "less than honestly". . .) replied by asserting that he was not sure if he had read them or not. That is, he basically claimed that he could not remember reading my emails, even if he did read them. I dealt with that "politician-y" evasiveness, if not outright disingenuousness, by saying that if he could not remember reading my emails that he effectively had not read them. I later asked him if he would read the next email I sent him, to which he responded in the affirmative.

When I made it clear to President Morales that I expect the UUA to responsibly review the negligent and incompetent rulings that the UUA's Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee and Congregational Services Department had made in response to my clergy misconduct complaints against Rev. Ray Drennan and Rev. Victoria Weinstein he initially tried to pass the proverbial buck right back to the UUA Board of Trustees by claiming that the MFC was a Board Committee, and therefore it was not his responsibility to deal with my little problem. When I replied to that by informing him that UUA Moderator Gini Courter had told me that the MFC was not accountable to the Board for its decisions earlier in the day (Saturday April 17) he responded by saying -

"We're not going to reopen a case that's years and years and years old."

Is this the same Rev. Peter Morales who claims to be "fully committed" to dealing responsibly with clergy sexual misconduct in his response to the Nashville UUs "open letter" to him when he was a UUA Presidential candidate? Is this the same Rev. Peter Morales who stated that victims of clergy misconduct should receive an "immediate and compassionate response" to their complaints? Or does President Morales think that victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct are just so much chopped liver? In his response to the "open letter" about U*U clergy sexual miosconduct Rev. Morales said -

"I am absolutely committed to doing the right thing, and I understand that we have fallen far short in the past."

Is this the same President Morales who proclaims that demonizing and marginalizing people just because of who they are is wrong? Is President Morales not as "absolutely committed to doing the right thing" with respect to non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct as he claims to be with respect to clergy sexual misconduct?

Apparently so. . .

UUA President Peter Morales has fallen far short of my expectations for him when it comes to providing restorative justice for ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct, be that misconduct sexual in nature or not. In fact I can't help but wonder what the ever so "absolutely committed" President Morales has done for clergy sexual misconduct victims in the first year of what may well turn out to be a four year (or less. . .) mandate as President of the UUA. Let's hear it Peter, deliver a report to the UUA Board of Trustees in May or June about all of the things that you have done to live up to, aka honor and uphold, the letter and the spirit of your response to the Nashville UU's open letter by reforming the UUA's clergy misconduct policies and procedures, and providing some real and tangible restorative justice to victims of clergy sexual misconduct, since being elected as President of the UUA last June. I am willing to bet that you haven't done very much at all yet. . .

President Morales would be very well advised to use that round head of his to change his mind about the "obviously deep concerns" that I have shared with him and UUA Trustees over the last couple of years unless he wants to be exposed as yet another two-faced Unitarian*Universalist hypocrite.

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Wop's It To U*Us? Yet Another Unitarian*Universalist Gaffe

*Somebody* on the UUA Board of Trustees, if not a bunch of UUA Trustees who shouted "WOP!" at the top of their lungs during the Sunday service which preceded the UUA Board of Trustees meeting a couple of Sundays ago, needs to enter into a free and responsible search for the meaning of the word "wop". The Emerson Avenger thoughtfully exercised his right to remain silent while a good number of UUA Trustees shouted out the word "wop" at the behest of the young UUA Board member who was leading the Sunday service and apparently did not know that the word "wop" is a perjorative slur against Italians. If my memory serves me well, and I am pretty sure it does, UUA President Rev. Peter Morales was rather tight-lipped while *some* UUA Trustees were loudly yelling out "WOP!" in The Place That Reeks Of 97% White Privilege And 97% White Hierarchy on the morning of Sunday April 18th, 2010. . .

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Joel Monka Is A Big Fat U*U Liar

Over on the 'My take on “Robin Edgar Sucks”' post of Big Fat "Christian" U*U minister Rev. Scott Wells' 'Boy In The Bands' blog -

Joel Monka wrote:

It’s possible, Louise. If you read the comments to this blog post you’ll see he (i.e. your's truly) has a long history of declaring that he’s figured out who wrote what- and never gets it right.

Posted 19 Apr 2010 at 7:09 pm ¶

end quote

Is this the same Joel Monka who went apeshit-crazy a few years ago when I "outed" Rev. Victoria Weinstein as the remarkably obnoxious, deeply insulting, and outright abusive pseudonymous Peacebang blogger in October 2006?

I think I got *that* particular declaration of identity 100% right. I have emails from the "less than excellent" Big Fat U*U Bureau*Hack Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris which prove *that* point beyond any reasonable doubt. Likewise I am pretty much 100% certain that the late lamentable Rev. Dr. Timothy W. Jensen was the cowardly anonymouse author of a now "memory holed" insulting and defamatory anonymous comment submitted to Rev. Elz Curtiss' 'Polity Wonk' blog a while back. The fact of the matter is that I do not "out" anonymous U*U bloggers all that often but, when I do. . . I usually get it right, and Joel Monka knows that.

So it would appear that the Big Fat U*U Liar Joel Monka now has some explaining to do. . . I figure the only way that the ever so conservative U*U pagan Joel Monka can weasel his way out of *this* one is to publicly acknowledge that his long-term memory is no better than his rather pathetic short-term memory. Unless of course Joel wants to publicly admit to being a Big Fat U*U Liar whose Big Fat U*U Pants just caught fire thanks to The Emerson Avenger lighting a Big Fat U*U Fire under his Big Fat U*U Ass.

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King's Chapel Boston Protest Against UUA Mishandling Of Clergy Misconduct Complaints - Inside And Outside. . .


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Rev. Victoria Weinstein's Big Fat U*U Sodomy Fantasy Sucks U*U In Boston. . .

Butt don't take my word for it U*Us. Take the word of the female pedestrian who reads aloud my picket sign slogan that says -

REV. VICKI WEINSTEIN'S SODOMY FANTASY SUCKS U*U

at the 48 second mark of this Big Fat U*UTube DocU*Umentary Video of The Emerson Avenger's Boston TEA Party protest against U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy that took place quite literally on the doorsteps of The Place That Reeks Of Privilege And Hierarchy™ aka UUA corporate headquarters at 25 Beacon Street in Boston, just across the road from Boston *Common*.



Does Rev. Victoria Weinstein's Big Fat U*U Sodomy Fantasy involving luridly imagining U.S. state senator Bill Napoli "anally impaled on the Statue of Liberty's torch" qualify as a form of U*U BDSM?

Just asking Mr. U*U BDSM Desmond Ravenstone, or any of the other good U*Us who are into U*U BDSM at the Arlington Street Church. . .

I mean the Statue of Liberty's Torch sure makes quite the Big Fat U*U Butt*Plug.

No U*Us?

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Arlington Street Church Protest Against UUA Complicity In Abusive Clergy Misconduct And Various Other U*U Injustices Abuses And Hypocrisy On U*UTube

The U*UTube videos of my Arlington Street Church protest against the anti-religious intolerance and bigotry of "fundamentalist atheist" U*U minister Rev. Ray Drennan, the Big Fat U*U Sodomy Fantasy of Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang, the UUA's negligent, incompetent, and effectively complicit (mis)handling of my own and other people's legitimate clergy misconduct complaints, and various other U*U injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy will be posted below as they come online on U*UTube aka The Emerson Avenger's YouTube Channel -



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25 Beacon Street Boston TEA Party Protest Tuesday April 20th 2010

One "photo op" photo of my largely symbolic Boston TEA Party protest in front of UUA corporate headquarters at 25 Beacon Street in Boston during the afternoon Tuesday April 20th, 2010. More photos and U*UTube videos to follow as this TEA blog post evolves. . .



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Friday, April 23, 2010

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised *This* Time It Will However Be Broadcast U*U World-Wide And *Real* World-Wide On U*UTube

That's right U*Us. As a result of being somewhat graciously allowed to sit in on the April 2010 UUA Board of Trustees meeting last weekend, and ever so calmly and briefly share *some* of his "obviously deep concerns" about the UUA's unjust, "less than equitable" and far from compassionate (mis)handling of clergy misconduct complaints of ALL kinds with UUA Trustees, The Emerson Avenger kindly decided to largely (albeit not completely) forego engaging in the non-violent direct action aka peaceful public protest aka Boston TEA Party that he had planned to engage in while the UUA Board of Trustees was having something of a marathon session during Boston Marathon Weekend. The Emerson Avenger thought that it would be much more productive in the long run to *demonstrate* to the UUA Board of Trustees that he is not quite the "dangerously deranged psycho/sociopath" that *some* deeply insecure, if not outright paranoid, U*Us like to *pretend* that he is. The Emerson Avenger is quite confident that *that* mission was quite successfully accomplished, and that his mission of exposing the UUA's past, and apparently ongoing, negligent and incompetent mishandling of clergy misconduct of ALL kinds to the UUA Board of Trustees in a manner that they can no longer turn willfully blind eyes and willfully deaf ears to this Big Fat U*U Problem was also quite successfully accomplished.

The Emerson Avenger did not contact Boston television stations about his planned Boston TEA Party, nor did he publicly display his Big Fat U*U Picket Signs in view of the numerous television cameras covering the Boston Marathon, as he *could* have, and almost certainly *would* have, had the "less than perfect" U*Us meeting at 25 Beacon Street "less than wisely" chosen that Big Fat U*U Fate by refusing to allow him to sit in on the UUA Board meeting as an observer and share a number of his concerns with UUA Trustees, to say nothing of UUA President Peter Morales. So The Emerson Avenger's Big Fat U*U RevolU*Ution was not televised by Boston television stations *this* time, simply because his Boston TEA Party was celebrated by drinking the Lipton tea that is kindly provided to UUA Trustees and guests during UUA Board meetings at 25 Beacon Street, rather than by opening up a can of Big Fat U*U Whoop Ass outside 25 Beacon Street, as well as a few prominent U*U churches in Boston, to say nothing of a certain "historic New England Unitarian Universalist congregation" in the Boston area. The RevolU*Ution aka The Emerson Avenger's Boston TEA Party *will* however be televised if the UUA Board of Trustees, and the administration of UUA President Peter Morales, fail or refuse to responsibly follow-up on and justly, equitably, and compassionately redress the serious concerns that The Emerson Avenger's mild-mannered altar-ego Robin Edgar shared with them last Saturday and Sunday.

For the time being The RevolU*Ution will televised exclusively on U*UTube after The Emerson Avenger has successfully uploaded the videos he took of his short but "less than sweet" public protests in front of the Arlington Street Church, 25 Beacon Street, and King's Chapel Boston.

In the meantime please do enjoy these entertaining and educational YouTube videos of the Gil Scott Heron poem/song 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' courtesy of UnAmericanBandstand et al -



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Arlington Street Church Boston MA April 20, 2010 - The Emerson Avenger Engages In Chasing Some Big Fat U*U Clouds Away Last Tuesday Afternoon. . .

Since I was allowed to sit in on the April 2010 meeting of the UUA Board of Trustees as an observer, and say a thing or two following the reports of the Excellence in Ministry Working Group and the Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee and one or two other reports, I did not mount the full scale peaceful public protest against U*U anti-religious intolerance and bigotry, the UUA's negligent and effectively complicit mishandling of clergy misconduct complaints of ALL kinds, and various other U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy. I did however feel that I had better make it absolutely clear to the Peter Morales administration, and the UUA Board of Trustees, that if they fail or refuse to responsibly redress the very serious concerns that I briefly shared with them during the April 2010 Board meeting between now and the 2010 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association this June that I will feel obliged to return to Boston and display some rather hard hitting picket sign slogans in front of 25 Beacon Street and some prominent Unitarian Universalist churches such as the Arlington Street Church and King's Chapel, to say nothing of Boston Common etc. The above photo is one of several photos that I took of my brief symbolic public protest in front of the Arlington Street Church in Boston last Tuesday afternoon. U*Us in general, and Mr. U*U BDSM Desmond Ravenstone in particular, can thank me for enforcing a Big Fat U*U Restraining Order against myself and not displaying the Big Fat U*U Picket Sign Slogan that said -

U*U BDSM
SUCKS U*U


As it was, one DIM Thinking U*U woman completely lost it aka went ballistic when she saw these picket signs slogans being displayed in front of the Arlington Street Church last Tuesday afternoon. I think I have the audio recording of her off-camera reaction recorded on a U*UTube video of my Arlington Street Church protest which will be uploaded to my YouTube channel in the coming days. Unfortunately for U*Us, for some inexplicable Unitarian reason, I was unable to restrain myself from creating and a Big Fat U*U Picket Sign Slogan that said -

REV. VICKI
WEINSTEIN'S
SODOMY FANTASY
SUCKS U*U


and publicly displaying it in front of the Arlington Street Church and 25 Beacon Street, as well as in front of the Learning Statue in Parkman Plaza. Needless to say more photos and U*UTube videos of my brief symbolic public protests that more or less marked the tenth anniversary of my May 2000 protest in Boston will be posted here in the coming days and weeks. The Emerson Avenger's Big Fat U*U RevolU*Ution will NOT not be televised on U*UTube and U*Us can thank me for not taking steps to ensure that my non-violent direct action was televised on FOX News Boston or WBZ TV or any number of other Boston television stations.



The Moody Blues Chasing Some Clouds Away On A Tuesday Afternoon

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Boston's Best TEA Party 2010

This TEA blog post is a work in progress.

Here is a report of *some* of the most pertinent things that happened during The Emerson Avenger's Boston TEA Party 2010 which included, but was by no means limited to a reenactment of The Emerson Avenger's May 2000 protest in front of UUA headquarters at 25 Beacon Street in Boston MA. Some typos have been corrected and in*appropriate hyperlinks added -

I arrived at Boston`s South Station early Friday morning and walked from there to 25 Beacon Street arriving a bit before 8 am. The door was locked so I decided to go to the Beacon Press building and see if anything was happening there. Someone entered as I arrived there. I went in and there was a man at the reception. I told him that I was interested in sitting in on the Board meeting as an observer and asked him if he could let me know in which rooms meetings were being held. He told me that there was a Board group meeting right across the hall and, when I asked him what group was meeting, he replied "Excellence In Ministry." I replied that this was perfect because I had concerns about excellence in ministry and asked him if it was alright to go in. He said that it was fine so I entered the room and observed the meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting I calmly and reasonably (as is my usual demeanor), but somewhat pointedly, asked the group how it was possible for them to talk about "Excellence In Ministry" without making the slightest mention of the flip side of that coin and what Rev. Christine Robinson euphemistically calls "less than excellent" ministers. I suggested that you cannot have excellence in ministry without dealing responsibly with clergy misconduct issues. I made the same point the next day (Saturday) in front of the whole Board Of Trustees after the "Excellence in Ministry" group had delivered its report to the Board. One member of the group somewhat exasperatedly said that all they deal with is promoting "excellence in ministry" and that there are other groups to handle "less than excellent ministers" etc. He said -

"There are policies and procedures in place to deal with clergy misconduct and I think they are very good."

The above is close to being an exact quote. He definitely said words to that effect. The Board learned just how "very good" UUA and MFC clergy misconduct policies and procedures are after I posed some questions to the MFC representatives following their report to the Board on Sunday morning. The MFC mentioned clergy misconduct at the end of their report by stating that they were looking into the broader impact of clergy misconduct. They also said that they were looking onto forgiving defellowshipped ministers and allowing them to be refellowshipped if they had displayed "good behavior" for some years following being defellowshipped for clergy misconduct. I played off of this announcement in my question(s) to the MFC reps following their report.

I began by saying that if the MFC were considering forgiving ministers whose clergy misconduct had occurred as much as fourteen years ago (a figure that had been mentioned by a member of the "Excellence In Ministry" group in her questions to the MFC who had stated that she knew of a minister who had tried very hard to rehabilitate himself following a clergy misconduct episode that had occurred fourteen years ago) that perhaps it was only fair and equitable to allow victims of clergy misconduct whose cases had been unjustly dismissed or otherwise mishandled by the MFC as much as fourteen years ago or more to have their clergy misconduct complaints reviewed and reassessed. I began by saying, "What about the victims?" after stating that I had no objections to ministers who genuinely reformed their behavior being rehabilitated by the MFC.

I then asked some questions and made some observations about the somewhat confusing (dare I say "less than excellent"?) policies and procedures for clergy misconduct complaint. I pointed out that the UUMA Guidelines were not enforced by the MFC and that the MFC used different "guidelines" for clergy misconduct complaints. I pointed out that the MFC Rules did not seem to have "behavioral covenants" like the UUMA Guidelines which spelled out clearly how a minister can or cannot behave. I asked what criteria the MFC used to determine whether or not a minister was guilty of misconduct. Although I did not get much of an answer to this line of questioning I was able to make the Board see that there were serious problems with the allegedly "very good" policies and procedures for dealing with clergy misconduct, not the least of them being that the UUMA Guidelines, which do a reasonably good job of spelling out how UU ministers are expected to conduct themselves, are not only not enforced by the MFC but are all but unenforceable by a victim of clergy misconduct.

I went on to ask about appeals processes in clergy misconduct complaints, and began by asking the MFC reps if a minister could appeal a clergy misconduct complaint that they were found guilty of, knowing full well the answer to that question was "yes". After what seemed like a bit of hemming and hawing the MFC reps stated that yes a UU minister found guilty of clergy misconduct could appeal the decision. I then asked if someone who had filed a clergy misconduct complaint against a minister could appeal the decision of the MFC if it was dismissed or otherwise unsatisfactory, knowing full well that the answer to that question was "no". Let`s just say that there was a lot of hemming and hawing after *that* question and that it literally looked liked the MFC reps did not even know the answer to that question. At one point one of them speculatively threw out the possibility that the Board of Review was an avenue for such appeals. I may be mistaken about this, but I think I heard someone suggest that the Commission on Appraisals coudl be an avenue of appeal for clergy misconduct victims.

In any case it was glaringly obvious that the MF reps either didn't really know the actual verifiable answer to my question or didn't want to admit that it was "no" and that clergy misconduct victims are unable to appeal decisions made by the MFC. Finally UUA Vice President Kay Montgomery stepped in and answered the question by saying in no uncertain terms -

"The answer (to the question) is NO."

The way she said it so emphatically you would swear she thought that this was a good thing or at least that she wanted to preserve that status quo. . . Needless to say I then reminded everyone that UU principles call for justice, *equity*, and compassion in human relations and that this aspect of the "very good" UUA and MFC policies and procedures for dealing with clergy misconduct was quite evidently not *equitable* aka fair. I had successfully demonstrated to everyone in the room that UUA and MFC policies and procedures for clergy misconduct were not equitable and biased in favor of "less than excellent" UU ministers. I more or less rested my case but may have said a few other things.

My line of questioning had obviously raised some questions about MFC accountability and, after I said that I was done for now (albeit making it clear that I had a lot more to say about UUA (mis)handling of clergy misconduct), several UUA Board members decided that they had a few more questions that they wanted to ask and observations that they wanted to make. The whole question of just who the MFC is accountable to was brought up by a Board member and nobody had definitive answer to that question. Indeed it seemed that the MFC was not *really* accountable to anyone for its decisions even though it was officially a committee of the UUA Board of Trustees.

I am pretty sure that I was able to convince at least some members of the UUA Board of Trustees that the acronym SNAFU applies well to the "very good" policies and procedures that the UUA has in place to deal with clergy misconduct and that there are some serious deficiencies in those policies and procedures. Not that they haven't been told this before of course, but I think that *this* time they may actually start to do something about it. We need to follow-up on what I was able to accomplish quickly and effectively. There is a special Board meeting in May and then of course there is the Board meeting at the 2010 UUA GA. I think that we need to ensure that UUA (mis)handing of clergy misconduct of ALL kinds stays on the radar of the UUA Board of Trustees and that they actually do things to ensure that the policies and procedures are properly corrected and reformed. The good news is that "Policy Governance" is big on "articulating vision, comprehensive policy-making, and oversight". So I think that the key to getting the UUA Board of Trustees, to say nothing of UUA staff, to act on the concerns that I shared with them on Saturday and Subday is to concentrate on exposing problems with the current policies and procedures that govern UUA handling of clergy misconduct complaints, and then demanding that the BOT must exercise genuine oversight over the MFC and UUA staff involved in dealing with clergy misconduct and engage in some comprehensive policy-making.

Needless to say I have a lot more to say about what transpired over the weekend but that is my basic report for now.

Best Regards,

Robin Edgar

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Unitarian*Universalism aka The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion™ Is Tinier, Declinier, And Quite Possibly Fringier Than Ever

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

Take the word of Donald E. Skinner's article titled 'UUA membership declines for second year' on the UU World magazine blog.

Here are some pertinent quotes from the article -

UUA President Peter Morales, in a report to be presented to the UUA Board of Trustees in April, calls the membership and religious education declines “troubling.” He wrote, “The modest growth we have enjoyed for a generation has stopped. The number of children in our religious education programs is declining. Where our faith was once strongest it is now in steady decline.”

Rev. Harlan Limpert, the UUA’s vice president for Ministries and Congregational Support. . . called the RE decline “the most depressing of all numbers. If we don’t have more young people our future doesn’t look too bright.”

I agree with Rev. Harlan Limpert that the steady and quite significant decline of Religious Education enrolements, which has been going on for about a decade now, is "the most depressing of all numbers" in more ways than one. Unitarian*Universalists need to ask themselves why parents are choosing not to enrol their young children in U*U RE programs and why some U*U teens are dropping out of U*U RE of their own accord.

UUA President Peter Morales presents a "Five Step Program" (as it were) to counter the downward trend of UUA membership statistics. The unwritten subtext of President Morales' proclamation that Unitarian*Universalists "must change if we are to create the congregations and movement we seek" is that The U*U Movement, in its present form, is NOT what U*Us (or perhaps more importantly non-U*Us) actually seek. I of course agree with President Morales that Unitarian*Universalism must change if U*Uism wants to create the congregations and movement that people seek, although we may differ somewhat about exactly *how* The U*U Movement must change in order to grow. Still I expect that we hold much more in common on that point than we differ on it. I still maintain that a major and quite crucial way that the U*U Movement needs to change in order to attract a significant number of new members is that it absolutely must start taking God seriously and become more genuinely welcoming to God believing people than it currently is.

I obviously agree that a "focus on improving ministerial quality and diversity" is quite necessary considering the current apparent dearth of ministerial quality and diversity in The U*U Movement. I am not saying that ALL U*U ministers are "less than excellent" but God knows that there are some rather problematic U*U ministers and the UUA and MFC have done little or nothing to deal responsibly with "less than excellent" U*U clergy in my experience and observation. I will be holding President Morales to his word by continuing to demand that he and the UUA finally get around to acually DOING something about the unacceptable behavior of some of the "less than excellent" U*U ministers I have the misfortune to know. . .

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rev. Scott Wells Fully Supports And Endorses The Robin Edgar Sucks Blog

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

Take Rev. Scott Wells' word for it, as posted to the 'My take on “Robin Edgar Sucks”' post of his 'Boy In The Bands' blog.

I guess that means that Rev. Scott Wells *does* in fact condone homophobic slurs as long as they are directed at your's truly.

As far as Rev. Scott Wells' denial of being in any way involved in the creation of the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog I expect that he is just covering his hypocritical U*U ass. As is Peacebang aka Rev. Victoria Weinstein in her comment on that blog post. The 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog has Peacebang written all over it and Rev. Scott Wells is Peacebang's "dear friend and webmaster". If Peacebang aka Rev. Victoria Weinstein is not the primary author of the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog, something that I have *very* reasonable grounds to doubt in spite of her denial, someone is doing an excellent job of impersonating her. . .

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Roman Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse And Rev. Gary Kowalski - What's The Connection?

Alternative blog post titles -

Rev. Gary Kowalski Kicks The Roman Catholic Church In The Balls

or

Will Rev. Gary Kowalski Resign In Protest Against Unitarian*Universalist Clergy Sexual Misconduct And The UUA's Institutional Stonewalling And Denial?

Rev. Gary Kowalski, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont, has joined the ranks of those Unitarian*Universalist clergy publicly lashing out at the Roman Catholic Church over its mishandling of clergy sexual misconduct while not saying a single word about U*U clergy sexual misconduct in a 'Revoltionary Spirits' blog post entitled 'Blame It On The Queers'. I do not have a problem with Unitarian Universalist ministers being openly and publicly critical of the Roman Catholic Church's mishandling of the clergy sexual misconduct of Roman Catholic priests but I DO have a bit of a problem of U*U ministers criticizing Roman Catholic clergy sexual misconduct, and the RC Church's mishandling thereof, while saying absolutely nothing about the clergy sexual misconduct of "less than perfect" Unitarian*Universalist ministers and the UUA's own negligence, incompetence, and institutional stonewalling and denial. . .

Here is the comment that I submitted in response to Rev. Kowalski's blog post with some corrections made to it -

Forgive me for using good old Unitarian Reason here Rev. Kowalski, but if the children who have been sexually molested by Roman Catholic priests are predominantly male it only stands to reason that the child molesting priests are homosexual paedophiles. It is of course wrong to blame all homosexual Roman Catholic priests for the wrongful behavior of a minority of them, just as it would be wrong to blame all heterosexual Roman Catholic priests for the heterosexual clergy sexual misconduct that also occurs in the Roman Catholic Church. Considering that Roman Catholic clergy are supposed to be celibate there ARE too many practising homosexuals in the priesthood, just as there are too many practising heterosexuals in the priesthood. N'est-ce pas?

"No, the Church is more than blameless."

Presumably you mean -

No, the Church is *less* than blameless.

or alternatively -

No, the Church is more than blameworthy.

"Altar boys are being tied up and sodomized, but the Church is the victim rather than the perpetrator of these horrific acts."

Really? The Roman Catholic Church is the perpetrator of such horrific acts Gary? If so, then the Unitarian*Universalist Church is the perpetrator of whatever horrific acts its own "less than perfect" clergy commit. No? For the record Gary the Unitarian*Universalist church is pretty good at presenting itself the victim of those people who dare to publicly complain about Unitarian*Universalist clergy misconduct.

"I told him my own view counts for little. Since I’m not a Catholic, whatever I think or say can be dismissed and discounted as the prejudices of an outsider."

So how about speaking out about the clergy sexual misconduct of Unitarian*Universalists ministers Rev. Kowalski? No one could dismiss and discount your words as the prejudices of an outsider could they? I hereby challenge you to do just that. Publish a similarly critical blog post about U*U clergy sexual misconduct and the UUA's past, if not present and ongoing. . . negligent and complicit responses to CSM complaints.

"I told my friend that ultimately, it would be up to officials in the Church to clean up their own house and make restitution for wrongs committed."

Those exact words can be applied to the officials of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Gary. When is the UUA finally going to get around to cleaning up its own house and making restitution for the wrongs committed by Unitarian*Universalist clergy, including sins of commission and sins of omission committed by stonewalling and whitewashing UUA officials?

If even a few dozen conscientious U*U ministers resigned in mass protest against U*U clergy sexual misconduct, and UUA mishandling therof, that *might* be the kind of jolt needed to get the higher-ups at 25 Beacon Street to quit *their* stonewalling and come to terms with *their* problem of their own making. Care to be the first to resign in protest Gary? Or should I say unfortunately, that doesn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon?

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Does Universalist U*U Rev. Scott Wells Condone Homophobic Slurs?

If I am to believe Rev. Victoria Weinstein's blog post titled 'BTFM is Four Years Old!!' Universalist "Christian" U*U Rev. Scott Wells is the webmaster of Peacebang's 'Beauty Tips For Ministers' blog.

Here is the pertinent quote verbatim -

"I have my dear friend and webmaster Scott Wells of Washington, DC to thank for keeping me on-line and looking good design-wise all these years. He MAKES IT HAPPEN, pigeons."

So the question now arises as to whether or not the ever so "Christian" U*U minister Rev. Scott Wells ALSO makes Peacebang's 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog HAPPEN in his chosen fate as Rev. Victoria Weinstein's "dear friend and webmaster" and, quite reasonably assuming that Scott Wells does in fact MAKE IT HAPPEN for Peacebang. . . why does the webmaster and presumable member of the alleged "collective authorship" of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog condone the Big Fat U*U Homophobic Slur of the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog title?

Let's face it U*Us, saying "Robin Edgar Sucks" is pretty much the same as saying "Robin Edgar Is So Gay". N'est-ce pas? Do U*Us see any significant difference between those two homophobic slurs, one of which is a Big Fat U*U No No these days? I find it most ironic, and rather pathetic, that an "out" male homosexual "Christian" Unitarian*Universalist minister, who almost certainly does quite literally suck on penises as part and parcel of his own personal sexual practices, is most probably the webmaster and quite probably also a member of the "collective authorship" of the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog.

I would not make the above statement if I did not believe that it is all but certain that Rev. Scott Wells is indeed the webmaster and one of the "collective" of insulting and defamatory "authors" of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog, although I do believe that Rev. Victoria Weinstein is the primary author of most of the blog posts on the RES blog. So please do consider this TEA blog post to be one of my Internet Anonymity Guessing Game blog posts U*Us.

I think that Rev. Scott Wells would be very well advised to reconsider his participation in the authoring and publishing of the 'Robin Edgar Sucks' blog if he is indeed its webmaster and part of its "collective authorship".

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Richard Dawkins And Unitarian Universalism - What's The Connnection?

Some person of inherent worth and dignity from Monmouth Beach, New Jersey was just asking Google. . .

They had quite the browse through The Emerson Avenger blog, looking at a "less than lucky" seven individual blog posts, as well as running a couple of sub-searches on the blog itself for a couple of interesting keywords that I will keep to myself for now. After reading my blog posts titled 'Would Atheist Supremacist Richard Dawkins Make A Good Unitarian Universalist?', 'One Nation, Under God? Or One Nation, Under U*U "Theocracy"? U*Us Decide. . .', 'Did Rev. Peter Morales "Mess Up" His UUA Presidential Campaign "Stump Speech"?' and 'If Only CUC Executive Director Mary Bennett Hadn't Used Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Picture Of An Asshole To Symbolize The Inclusiveness Of The U*U World ;-)' and a couple of others, and then running the two aforementioned on-blog searches for specific keywords, this person ran another yet another Unitarian Universalist Google search for -

Unitarian Universalist humanist vs theist

which brought them back to my blog post about the 'I am Theist, You are Humanist Song'

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Why Is The Unitarian Church Anti-Christian?

Somebody from Farmington Michigan was just asking Google. . .

Their questioning Google search brought them to my blog post titled 'Yet Another Anti-Pagan, Anti-Christian, Anti-Religious Unitarian*Universalist "Church". . .' and they followed the link from that post to The Wild Hunt blog post titled 'Unitarian Universalism and Paganism' where someone going by the handle PaganMama posted the following words as part of a comment about an alleged anti-pagan Unitarian*Universalist minister in South-West Florida -

We once had a visitor from another state stand up during the get to know the newbies/visitors, and when she thanked Jesus in the end for allowing her to be there with her family (surviving a potentially fatal disease) the congregation actually booed this wonderful lady. I have not been to, nor will I go again, until the current reverend leaves her position. Unfortunately, being in SW FL things are so far from each other, and the next UU church is >40 miles from my house.

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I get a fair number of visitors arriving here as a result of running similar Google searches in which various forms and combinations of the terms "anti-Christian" and Unitarian*Universalism are inter-connected. . . I also get visits from people who have run less specific Google searches such as - Unitarians intolerant

I think that Unitarian*Universalists would be very well advised to ask themselves just why it is that people are running such Google searches. Of course AFA*I*AC the short but not so sweet answer to that question is that anti-Christian, and more broadly anti-religious, intolerance and bigotry (to say nothing of anti-Republican and more broadly anti-conservative intolerance and bigotry) is still a significant problem within the Unitarian*Universalist religious community. I put it to Unitarian*Universalists U*U World-wide that The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion™ will NEVER become The Religion For Our Time™ if it continues to allow anti-Christian and more broadly anti-religious intolerance and bigotry to be affirmed and promoted by U*Us, especially "fundamentalist atheist" or otherwise anti-religious U*U ministers.

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Friday, April 02, 2010

Clergy Sexual Misconduct Survivors And The Robin Edgar Sucks Blog. . . What's The Connection?

In a blog post entitled 'Abuse Survivors to Robin Edgar: You Don’t Speak for Us' the "collective authorship" of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog, who I have *very* reasonable grounds to believe consists primarily if not *exclusively* of one Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang, posts a letter ostensibly addressed to me by self-described "survivors of sexual misconduct by Unitarian Universalist clergy and other leaders." I will respond to the content of that questionable blog post point-by-point below:

:In response to our latest blog post, we received a copy of this letter.

And just who did you receive a copy of "this letter" from Peacebang aka the "collective authorship" of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog? Did you receive it directly from the "group of survivors of sexual misconduct by Unitarian Universalist clergy and other leaders" or did it come into your hands via a third party?

:The authors had asked the Unitarian Church of Montreal to forward this to Robin Edgar in December of 2009; whether or not the church did so, we cannot say.

I can say that the Unitarian Church of Montreal has not yet forwarded this letter to me in any manner whatsoever. The UCM *could* have simply forwarded it to me by email if it was an "electronic communication" but did not do so. Representatives of the Unitarian Church of Montreal could also have handed it to me in person except that I have not protested in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal since last November or December. I traditionally engage in a unilateral truce over Christmas with the exception of protesting during any solstice celebrations the UCM may hold, but I extended that unilateral truce until February 14th in the faint hope that UUA President Peter Morales might respond positively to my suggestion that he stand on the side of love for ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct on National Standing On The Side Of Love Day. In the meantime a friend of mine suggested that I extend my unilateral truce until Easter and I decided that, all things considered, it wasn't such a bad idea. So I did just that. It can now be revealed that my Lenten practice consisted of giving up protesting in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal for Lent. I do however intend to resume my protest Easter Sunday with some brand-spanking new picket sign slogans that end in -

SUCKS U*U

:Suffice it to say, Robin Edgar continues to compare his “victimhood” to those who have been tragically used and abused by others.

I have never claimed to be a victim of clergy sexual misconduct, on the contrary I have repeatedly made it very clear that I am primarily concerned about non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct because non-sexual clergy misconduct is taken even less seriously than clergy sexual misconduct is by the UUA. The UUA has a very poor track record when it comes to dealing responsibly with clergy sexual misconduct and it has an even worse track record when it comes to dealing responsibly with non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct. I have never suggested that the non-sexual clergy misconduct that I and othe people have been subjected to by "less than perfect" U*U ministers is as bad as the worst forms of clergy sexual misconduct in which people are "tragically used and abused" by clergy. What I have said is that the non-sexual clergy misconduct that I and other people have been subjected to is as bad as, or even worse than, some of the less serious forms of clergy sexual misconduct. Have all of the writers of this "open letter" been "tragically used and abused" by U*U clergy, or is it possible that some or all of them are victims of comparatively low level clergy sexual misconduct?

:As the letter’s authors have requested, we are publishing its contents in full.

The $64,000 question here is -

Have this letter's "collective authorship" of self-described "survivors of sexual misconduct by Unitarian Universalist clergy" actually requested that the "collective authorship" of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog publish its contents in full on said attack blog which, if published by Rev. Victoria Weinstein and *other* "less than perfect" U*U clergy, may be seen as a form of non-sexual clergy misconduct in and of itself?

If these "survivors of sexual misconduct by Unitarian Universalist clergy" have in fact authorized Rev. Victoria Weinstein to publish their letter on the Robin Edgar Sucks blog I would have to say that they were very poorly advised or, to borrow a phrase from PeaceBang herself, they are crazy asshats. What on Earth would possess a small group of "survivors of sexual misconduct by Unitarian Universalist clergy" to authorize the publication of their letter to me on an attack blog that is obviously abusive, if not outright libelous, when there are so many other much more legitimate ways that they could make their letter public if they wanted too?

:December 2009

:TO: Mr. Robin Edgar

:CC: Rev. Diane Rollert, Unitarian Church of Montreal; Rev. Peter Morales, Unitarian Universalist Association; Ms. Jennifer Dickson, Canadian Unitarian Council

:Dear Robin,

:We are a group of survivors of sexual misconduct by Unitarian Universalist clergy and other leaders. Some of us are still involved in UU groups at different levels, others have left. We do not claim to speak for all survivors, but we believe ourselves to be a representative group.

Fair enough.

:We have taken the time to read your blog and comments on other sites, and the comments of other UU bloggers. Having maintained personal connections with one another, we have come together out of mutual concern to share our own impressions and observations. We do appreciate your support in raising awareness of the issue of sexual misconduct by UU religious leaders, and how UU organizations and leaders have responded to complaints and concerns. We also empathize with how you have been mistreated by some within UU circles.

Please note that this group of "survivors of sexual misconduct by Unitarian Universalist clergy" clearly states that it empathizes with how I have been mistreated by some within UU circles. That is clear acknowledgment that I have in fact been *mistreated* by some Unitarian*Universalists aka U*Us. To date this mistreatment has never been responsibly acknowledged by the Unitarian Church of Montreal or the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations aka the UUA and its very aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee.

:That is what makes this letter so difficult, for the evidence we have seen tells us that you are far from blameless yourself.

That depends on what "far from blameless" means and applies to. . . I suggest that this group of U*U clergy sexual misconduct survivors needs to elaborate on exactly what they mean by this statement. I do not deny returning abuse for abuse to those Unitarian*Universalists who have abused me and other people. Au contraire, I long ago warned U*Us that I was adopting a policy of returning abuse for abuse as a result of repeated and ongoing abusive behavior towards me and other people by Unitarian*Universalists. I have no intention whatsoever of changing that policy. I will change my tactics if and when Unitarian*Universalists finally respond to my legitimate grievances in a manner that genuinely honors and upholds U*U principles amd ideals rather than making a total mockery of them. I think the writers of this letter need to state clearly exactly what they believe I deserve blame for.

:Whatever abuses have been directed your way, we cannot see how they justify the level of abuse which you have heaped on others.

Really? I suggest that this group of CSM survivors should enter into a free and genuinely *responsible* search for the truth and meaning of the actual level of abuse that I have been subjected to by abusive Unitarian*Universalists at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, the UUA, and online. The comparatively few U*Us who get some verbal abuse heaped on them from your's truly are only reaping what they sow themselves, or are reaping some well-deserved "payback" for verbal and psychological abuse that they have effectively condoned, and even outright whitewashed, as leaders of the U*U religious community. I challenge this group of U*U clergy sexual abuse survivors to name a single Unitarian*Universalist who has not earned whatever insults, or other alleged abuse, that I may have subjected them to. Please do name those U*Us who I have insulted, or otherwise verbally abused, who are themselves *blameless*. I expect that it will be a very short list if you are able to name even one. . .

:Whatever shortcomings UUs may have, they do not deserve the level of rancor which you have been directing at them over the years.

I disagree. The individual Unitarian*Universalists who have mistreated me and other people, and those U*Us in positions of responsibility who have condoned the mistreatment and indeed *abuse* that I and other people have been subjected to, have in fact gone out of their way to earn the level of "rancor" that I have directed at them over the years. The fact of the matter is that I do not deserve the level of rancor which U*Us have directed at me for well over a decade now and have done virtually nothing to responsibly redress. N'est-ce pas? What did I do to deserve being labeled "psychotic" by Rev. Ray Drennan and have Creation Day defamed as a "cult" by Rev. Ray Drennan, Frank Greene, John Inder, and other intolerant and abusive Unitarian*Universalists? What precisely did I do to genuinely deserve the level of rancor which U*Us have been directing at me over the years? Not the least of this Big Fat U*U Rancor directed at me being the Robin Edgar Sucks blog itself which you have most ironically, and less than well advisedly. . . seen fit to post your letter to, unless of course the "collective authorship" of the RES blog aka Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang posted your letter to the RES blog without your express permission. . .

:You demand moral perfection from UU ministers, leaders and writers – a level of perfection which you yourself have fallen far short of in your words and deeds, frequently lashing out at others, often for no reason than just being UU.

This is where this "open letter" starts to *really* go off the rails. . .

This self-professed group of "survivors of sexual misconduct by Unitarian Universalist clergy" are very badly mistaken here. I do not demand moral perfection from U*U ministers. Far from it. . . I have only filed two formal clergy misconduct complaints against U*U ministers and in both instances the ministers had behaved in a manner that is clearly and unequivocally deeply insulting, outright defamatory, and otherwise verbally and psychologically abusive. This is hardly demanding moral perfection from U*U ministers.

Heck in both cases I could have filed a clergy misconduct complaint much earlier than I actually did if I was demanding "moral perfection" from these "less than perfect" U*U ministers. I only filed formal complaints when the highly questionable and definitely insulting and abusive behavior of these "less than perfect" U*U ministers got completely out of hand, such as when Rev. Victoria Weinstein stridently attacked Roman Catholics for alleged clergy sexual abuse at a time when one of her very own parishioners at First Parish Norwell, one Richard Buell, had just been convicted of forcible rape of preteen girls, including a neighbor's daughter and a "female family member" who in all probability was his own granddaughter. . . And that is not to say that he hadn't raped his daughters as well. I have heard that the statute of limitations prevented his own daughters from having him charged with rape. I only filed my unbecoming conduct complaint against Rev. Victoria Weinstein *after* she had displayed extreme hypocrisy and had attempted to cover up and hide egregious clergy sexual abuse on the part of U*U minister Rev. Mack W. Mitchell who raped underage Tibetan refugees and the sexual abuse of her own congregant Richard Buell who (dare I say it?) tragically used and abused preteen girls.

Nuff said?

If not believe me I can say quite a bit more about this DIM Thinking.

And I challenge all of you who wrote this letter to provide a single scrap of evidence to support your dubious allegation that I *often* "lash out" at people "for no reason than just being UU". I doubt that you can point to one single credible example of me doing that. In virtually every case I am criticizing the questionable *behavior* of U*Us. To the best of my knowledge and recollection I have never "lashed out" at anyone simply because they were a U*U. I certainly have "poked fun" at *resigned* CUC Executive Director Mary Bennett's Big Fat U*U Corporate Identity Fi*ass*co but that is simply a matter of mocking and ridiculing an inept and foolish U*Unilateral decision made by Mary Bennett who had previously earned my disrespect for condoning, and even lauding, Rev. Ray Drennan's intolerant and insulting public attack on former Canadian prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Roman Catholic state funeral in the Montreal Gazette. . . I will cease and desist from *that* particular mockery and ridicule of U*U foolishness when U*Us finally stop using famous U*U Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s "picture of an asshole" to symbolize the self-vaunted "inclusiveness" of The U*U Movement.

:Worse yet, when this is brought to your attention, not only do you admit to being rude and insulting, but you respond with a level of self-justification which reminds us all too painfully of the same rationalizations our abusers gave for their acts against us.

I am sorry but if Unitarian*Universalists allow their "less than perfect" clergy and lay people to "dish out" extremely rude, deeply insulting, and outright defamatory verbal attacks on me and other people they had better be prepared to *take it*. I practiced considerable restraint for years after Rev. Ray Drennan's insulting and abusive attack on me but U*Us not only repeatedly and quite obstinately refused to hold him accountable for his non-sexual clergy misconduct, indeed his non-sexual clergy *abuse*, but punished me for complaining about it by expelling me from the Unitarian Church of Montreal. It was only after repeated rude and insulting attacks on me by U*Us that I decided to return abuse for abuse for tactical reasons.

Don't talk to me about rationalizations. Outrageously hypocritical UUA administrators like Rev. Diane Miller, Rev. Beth Miller and Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris go to extreme lengths to create Big Fat U*U Rationalizations for the obviously insulting and abusive behavior of "less than perfect" U*U clergy like Rev. Ray Drennan and Rev. Victoria Weinstein.

Besides the fact that I have been repeatedly insulted and defamed by U*Us, it is the very fact that the UUA and MFC have on two separate occasions ruled that it is acceptable for Unitarian*Universalist ministers to launch extremely rude, deeply insulting, outright defamatory, and otherwise verbally and psychologically abusive attacks on me and other people that has caused me to adopt a policy of being just as rude and insulting as U*U clergy are happily allowed to be by the UUA and MFC where I think it is justifiable to be rude and insulting. My own "in your face" rude behavior, which often only consists of feeding the words of U*Us right back to them with my "Eat Your Words" Diet, is intended to persuade U*Us to use their round heads to change their minds about allowing U*U ministers to be extremely rude and deeply insulting towards me and other people.

:You claim to speak for all who have been abused by unethical UU leaders.

Do I really? Please show how me where I claim to be a spokesperson for "all who have been abused by unethical UU leaders."

:Whenever you speak of such, you always bring it back to your experience, your victimhood, and your grievances.

Due in no small measure to the fact that my own experience is very well documented and I obviously know what I am talking about. I present my experience as a well documented example of the negligent and effectively complicit response of the UUA and implicated U*U churches to non-sexual clergy misconduct. If I had access to church records and other documents about other mishandled cases of U*U clergy misconduct, either sexual misconduct or non-sexual misconduct, I would be only too happy to share those cases publicly as well. Wherever it is possible for me to present reliable information about other cases of U*U clergy misconduct from publicly available sources I do so.

:Whether you intend to or not, you have made us feel that our concerns are merely a tool for your own personal agenda – another painful reminder of how those who sexually and emotionally manipulate and abuse try to make it seem like they are the ones being used and excluded.

Excuse me but one only has to enter into a free and *responsible* search for the truth and meaning of what I am saying to determine that I have most certainly been verbally and psychologically abused by U*Us and subsequently excluded for daring to complain about that well-documented verbal and psychological abuse. How many Unitarians do you know who have been permanently expelled from their church for daring to publicly complain about U*U clergy misconduct and other U*U injustices and abuses? Are you aware that Rev. Ray Drennan is totally estranged from his two eldest daughters as a result of his verbal and psychological abuse?

Didn't think so. . .

:We and other survivors have worked long and hard to improve the situation within UU organizations. We are not in full agreement as to the level of progress, but we do believe that some progress has been made.

And what exactly have you got to show for all your long and hard work?

Do tell. . .

Really. I mean it. Tell everyone about all of the positive results your long and hard work has actually produced. I don't see much evidence of any *real* progress at the UUA. On the contrary I even see some evidence of regression and disarray (to put it politely) and I am not alone in that assessment.

Just ask uugrrl. . .

Do you really think that the First Unitarian Church of Nashville would feel it necessary to create the UU Safety Net website if it believed that the UUA response to clergy sexual misconduct was adequate?

:Some of us maintain contacts with UU leaders to continue this work – and we have found ourselves torn between appreciating your support and experience, and having to distance ourselves from so many of the things you say and do.

I have regrettably come to the conclusion that the UUA needs a bit of a "bad cop" breathing over its shoulder. I have given the UUA every opportunity to have me act as a "good cop" and have been repeatedly rebuffed by UUA officials, including three UUA Presidents now. Feel free to distance yourselves from some of the things that I say and do, but thanks none-the-less for at least grudgingly acknowledging that you do appreciate my support and experience. I will drop the "bad cop" role once the UUA and Unitarian Church of Montreal both take responsible steps that allow me to play a "good cop" role, not before. . . The fact of the matter is that the UUA could definitely benefit from my input and advice but I am not going to be giving much good advice to the UUA until they start to show some respect for me and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct.

:We believe that you do not intend to hurt us, that you share our sense of indignation and desire for justice.

You believe correctly then. When I see some real justice, real equity and genuine compassion coming from the UUA and Unitarian Church of Montreal I will be a lot more polite about pointing out U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy; but as long as the UUA pretends that verbally and psychologically abusive U*U ministers can insult and defame people to their corpse-cold Unitarian heart's content with complete impunity, indeed not the slightest accountability, as evidenced by the Robin Edgar Sucks blog itself which I have very reasonable grounds to believe is authored by one or more "less than perfect" U*U ministers. . . I reserve the right to be in-your-face rude to U*Us when I feel that hypocritical U*Us have gone out of their way to earn my indignation.

:But even a noble sentiment can get twisted into something hurtful, and unfortunately we have come to see that in your case.

Tell that to Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang. I seem to recall her twisting a U.S. state senator's sorry ass onto the Statue of Liberty's torch a while back. . .

What were her exact words?

Oh ya. . .

"Here's my sodomy fantasy, senator Bill Napoli anally impaled on the Statue of Liberty's torch."

Now there's a Big Fat U*U Noble Sentiment for you eh?

One that the UUA all but officially approved of. . .

I say that what's good for *that* Big Fat U*U Goose is good for *this* Excommunicated Unitarian Gander.

If U*Us allow their "less than perfect" ministers to say hurtful and damaging things about me and other people they should not be surprised if I, or indeed others, retaliate every now and then. I have repeatedly asked for real restorative justice and U*Us have repeatedly, indeed quite obstinately, refused to provide any justice whatsoever; so I mete out my own retributive justice on this blog from time to time.

:One example of this is your pattern of tracking down those who doubt or disagree with your methods, and lashing out at them to the point of harassment – this is the main reason why we have declined to put our names to this letter.

I do not go "tracking down those who doubt or disagree" with my methods. I occasionally "out" abusive U*U clergy be their abuse of a sexual nature or non-sexual nature. As a rule the only people I "lash out" at are people who have thoroughly earned a good tongue lashing through their own words and actions. I challenge you to name a single person who I have "lashed out" at who has not said or done something that deserved a good tongue lashing. Don't you think that the Robin Edgar Sucks blog is a fine example of U*Us, indeed almost certainly one or more U*U ministers, lashing out at me to the point of harassment? Yet you see fit to publish your letter on it, unless of course it was published without your knowledge or consent. . .

:We are respectfully asking that you no longer speak on our behalf, and consider how painful your actions have become.

I do not consider speaking openly about U*U clergy sexual misconduct to be speaking on your behalf as though I were some kind of official spokesperson for U*U CSM victims. I will continue to speak out about U*U clergy sexual misconduct when I feel that there is good reason to do so. This blog is dedicated to talking about ALL U*U injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy and clergy sexual misconduct is most certainly included amongst those categories.

As far as how painful my actions have become goes, all I can say is that U*Us would do well to give some thought to just how painful the words and actions of some of their ministers are and, above and beyond that, just how painful the UUA's ongoing negligent response to clergy misconduct complaints is to those people who are victims of any form of clergy misconduct. I am quite aware of how painful *some* of my words and actions have become. My own carefully chosen painful words and actions directed at hypocritical U*Us are intended to be just a tad painful to intolerant and abusive U*Us in general, and "less than perfect" U*U clergy in particular, as well as all of those complacent and callously indifferent "corpse-cold" Unitarian*Universalists who condone or otherwise enable U*U clergy abuse and other U*U injustices and abuses.

:We say this to you with out of empathy and compassion. We know all too well how pain can lead to rage, how the desire to set things right can become distorted into a lust for personal retribution.

Rage is not an emotion that I have much truck with. I have much better control over my anger than most people do. You only have to see how calmly I react to U*U COP's harassment to see that I don't get angry easily. As far as personal retribution goes, if the UUA and MFC abjectly fail and obstinately refuse to provide any justice, equity, or compassion to victims of U*U clergy misconduct, I see no reason why I and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct shouldn't subject abusive U*U clergy and negligent UUA administrators to some strongly worded public criticism.

:But we have also come to know the joy and peace of healing, of letting go and moving on. We can only hope that you will begin that process yourself.

Not likely. I have absolutely no intention of "letting go and moving on" until *after* the UUA and Unitarian Church of Montreal provide some long overdue restorative justice to me and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct. I have no intention whatsoever of rewarding the egregious institutional stonewalling and denial of either the UUA or the Unitarian Church of Montreal.

No justice. No peace.

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