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

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Can Unitarian Universalists aka Members Of The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion™ Make It Another 50 Years?

Daniel Burke of the Religion News Service is "just asking" as it were. . .

Aren't U*Us glad that I ever so thoughtfully chose not describe Unitarian*Universalists as "Members In The U*U Movement" in the title of this TEA blog post? :-)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Is Rev. Hank Peirce The Very Model Of Self-Righteous U*U Clergy And Big Fat U*U Hubris?



Reverend Doctor*ed Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang is standing on the side of love for the undoctored version of above "clergy image" of Rev. Hank Peirce of the Unitarian*Universalist Church of Medford. Some of the readers of her Peacebang's Beauty Tips For Ministers blog have some reservations about this particular "clergy image" and I tend to agree with their take on it. . .

Eleanorjane commented -

Ooh, no! The word ‘hubris’ comes to mind. It looks like he’s pretending to be Moses or something. . .

susanp responded -

You know, I have to say I’m with Eleanorejane — without knowing him personally that picture channels every self-righteous colleague I ever met. . .

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I am not quite sure what Eleanorjane and susanp would think of *this* Big Fat U*U Clergy Image of Rev. Hank Peirce, courtesy of UU World editor Christopher Walton, but it does seem to contrast significantly with the image that brought hubris and self-righteousness to their minds and a famous Carl Jung quote to my mind. . .

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Rev. Debra Haffner Inadvertently Kicks UUA President Peter Morales In The Balls For His Failure To Apologize To Victims Of U*U Clergy Misconduct

Rev. Debra W. Haffner of the Religious Institute has publicly called upon Roman Catholic Pope Benedict XVI to publicly apologize "to those the Church has hurt" in her 'The Pope on Twitter: Here's What I'd Like to Read' blog post. Interestingly enough Rev. Haffner has previously called upon UUA President Peter Morales to publicly apologize to *some* of those whom the Unitarian Universalist Church has hurt, i.e. ALL victims of clergy misconduct committed by "less than perfect" Unitarian Universalist ministers, but President Morales has apparently refused to do so to date. . .

Here is the comment that I just submitted to Rev. Debra Haffner's "moderated" 'Sexuality and Religion: What's the Connection?' blog -

"I'm profoundly sorry to those the Church has hurt."

Personally I would like to see UUA President Peter Morales say this to the numerous people that the Unitarian Universalist "church" has hurt in various ways including, but by no means limited to, victims of UU clergy misconduct of various kinds.

Didn't you yourself recommend that the UUA -

"Have President (Morales) issue (a) broad-based statement and *apology* to victims of misconduct at GA 2010 and announce new procedures or task force."

in your 'Toward a Sexually Healthy and Responsible Unitarian Universalist Association' report?

I see no evidence whatsoever of UUA President Peter Morales making any such statement or apology at either the 2010 UUA GA or the 2011 UUA GA.

Apparently President Morales, to say nothing of the UUA more generally. . . just can't bring themselves to genuinely "stand on the side of love" for victims of UU clergy misconduct, or provide any real and tangible restorative justice for ALL victims of UU clergy misconduct. (typo corrected)

Needless to say, I could go on too Rev. Haffner. . .

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And I am very happy to report that Rev. Debra Haffner seemed quite happy to post my critical comment as may be seen below. . .

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Rev. Naomi King Somewhat Inadvertently Kicks "Less Than Perfect" U*U Clergy In The Balls With A "Less Than Perfect" Chalice Lighting. . .

"Imperfect as we are, may we be grateful to those imperfections & to being part of the whole."

Rev. Naomi King

So just how "grateful" do Unitarian*Universalists *really* want to be for "less than perfect" U*U clergy like Rev. Ray Drennan, Rev. Dr. John A. Buehrens, Rev. Diane Miller, Rev. William G. Sinkford, Reverend Doctored Victoria Weinstein, Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris, Rev. Beth Miller, Rev. Cynthia P. Cain, Rev. Peter Morales, Rev. Calvin Dame etc. etc. ad nauseum

ALL of whom are either guilty of clergy misconduct of one kind or another or who have officially condoned and/or "whitewashed" the clergy misconduct of "less than perfect" U*U ministers, or both. . .

Source - Chalice Light

"Brief chalice lightings and chalice extinguishings shared for the Unitarian Universalist devotional practice of lighting and extinguishing a chalice, a sign and symbol of our faith."

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Charlotte Observer Gets A Letter To The Editor From The Emerson Avenger

The Charlotte Observer's dubious decision to not only completely suspend comments of the internet version of Tim Funk's glowing "puff piece" about the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly ('Liberal denomination stands up for its causes') but to also delete aka "memory hole" ALL of the dozens of comments that had already been submitted in response to Tim's article does not inspire confidence in The Observer's commitment to free speech. Just how much "profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views" was there in the 100+ comments anyway? Not that any of these things actually violate the First Amendment in any case. . .

Most ironically the Unitarian Universalist religious community seems only too happy to allow its "less than perfect" ministers to spout profanity and obscenity of various kinds, engage in intolerant and abusive name-calling, and insultingly attack "others" for their views. Indeed the UUA and its all too aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee have repeatedly allowed verbally and psychologically abusive U*U ministers to deeply insult and outright defame good people with complete impunity.

Unitarian Universalists should not be unduly protected from public criticism. Tim's pro-UU article, which might as well have been written by a UU propagandist, contained false and misleading information about UUs. How can the misinformation fed to The Charlotte Observer by Unitarian Universalists be publicly challenged if online commenting is "disabled" and all of the existing comments are relegated to an Orwellian "memory hole"?

Please reinstate the comment function and repost the comments that were "memory holed".

Robin Edgar

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The Charlotte Observer Censorship Of Comments Continued. . .

Well isn't this interesting. . .

It turns out that the UU World magazine website uses the same Discus comment system as The Charlotte Observer newspaper. In having a peek at the UU World reporting of the 2011 UUA GA in Charlotte I noticed that my name was posted above an empty comment submission box and below my name was a notification saying -

5 comments 1 like received

I knew that I had not commented on the UU World blog so I clicked on my name and, lo and behold. . . Discus had preserved the comments that I had submitted to The Charlotte Observer earlier today.

Will small miracles never cease? :-)

Without further ado here are the "memory holed" comments that I had submitted in response to religion & values columnist Tim Funk's article entitled 'Liberal denomination stands up for its causes' -

I see that Tim Funk has written a nice "puff piece" for the Unitarian Universalist "church". He could hardly have done better if he was a UU propagandist working for the UU World magazine. This article presents UUs aka U*Us in a wholely positive light and is thus highly misleading. . . UUs are not in fact as "welcoming" to everyone as they claim to be and there is considerable anti-Christian and more broadly anti-religious intolerance intolerance and bigotry in the "tiny, declining, fringe religion" known as The U*U Movement. Political conservatives in general, and Republicans in particular, will not find themselves very welcome in many so-called "Welcoming Congregations" of The Uncommon Denomination.

For all their empty posturing about being a multi-cultural religion U*Us are almost 100% white. One *could* speak of WASU*Us. . . Many people of color do not find themselves all that welcome in U*U "churches" and I expect that this has a lot to do with the previously mentioned anti-religious intolerance that is found in numerous U*U "churches". I could go on but would just advise readers not to be taken in by this misleading U*U BS that was probably fed to Tim Funk by U*U propagandists. And do feel free to enter into what U*Us would call "a free and responsible search" for the "truth and meaning" of what I have said here by Googling -

anti-Christian Unitarians

anti-religious Unitarians

anti-Republican Unitarians

etc. etc.

on Liberal denomination stands up for its causes 4 hours ago

Actually there are a good number of Unitarian Universalists who are quite anti-Christian or more broadly anti-religious. Many U*Us are atheists aka "Humanists" and there is a subset of U*U atheists that is very anti-religious and quite hostile towards God believing people. I have been subjected to the abusive anti-religious intolerance and bigotry of what I have good reason to call "fundamentalist atheist" U*Us and this intolerant and abusive behavior has been condoned by the highest levels of the UUA. Even those few U*Us who describe themselves as "Christian" U*Us can be quite hostile to Christians of other denominations, most notably Roman Catholics.

Some U*U clergy apparently love to publicly criticize the Roman Catholic church for its clergy sexual abuse problems while not only turning a blind eye to the clergy sexual misconduct of U*U ministers which includes the forcible rape of teenage refugees, but trying to cover up and hide the UUA's negligent and complicit mishandling of clergy sexual misconduct complaints when they are exposed . . .

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The Charlotte Observer Censors And Suppresses ALL Comments On An Article About The 2011 UUA GA In Charlotte North Carolina

In an egregious example of blanket censorship and suppression of free speech, which includes the "memory holing" of numerous comments, The Charlotte Observer has not only "disabled" comments on an article titled 'Liberal denomination stands up for its causes' by it's religion columnist Tim Funk, but has deleted every single one of the dozens of comments that had already been posted in response to Tim Funk's "puff piece" article about the 2011 UUA GA in Charlotte NC. I do not know if any Unitarian*Universalists aka U*Us are responsible for requesting/demanding this pathetic act of censorship by The Charlotte Observer, or if it's editorial staff foolishly decided of its own accord to hide or delete ALL of the previously submitted comments, which numbered over 100, and "disable" aka suppress ALL comments that might have been submitted in response to Tim Funk's "puff piece". I had submitted several comments of my own and saved the pages that those comments were posted to but, in that this kind of egregious censorship had never occurred previously with any other mainstream U.S. publication, I did not save any of the comment pages that did not have one of my own comments on it.

Here are the comments that I submitted to Tim Funk's "puff piece -

Oh dear. . . Perhaps not.

It seems that the comments which were submitted to Tim Funk's article were not actually saved when I saved the pages. This is the first time that *that* has happened as well. In the past, when I saved an online news article that had comments attached to it, everything that was visible on the page was saved, but the files that I just tried to retrieve from my hard drive do not display the comments on the article and have a notification saying -

We were unable to load Disqus. If you are a moderator please see our documentation on identifier and urls.

So EVERY single comment that was posted to Tim Funk's "puff piece" has vanished into thin cyberspace, never to be seen again, unless the editorial staff of The Charlotte Observer reinstate the "memory holed" comments, assuming that *they* are able to do so. . .

For the record I have in fact contacted The Charlotte Observer and have asked them to not only reinstate the numerous "memory holed" comments but reinstate the comments function so that others may continue to comment on Tim Funk's article.

More about this disturbing example of blanket internet censorship and suppression, indeed outright "memory holing", of numerous people's comments by a mainstream American newspaper later. I guess that I will just have to more or less reconstruct the comments that I had submitted and post them here in a new Emerson Avenger blog post, but I *had* hoped to simply copy and paste what I had actually posted to The Charlotte Observer's web site.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang And The Big Fat U*U Clergy Image Of 21st Century Unitarian Universalist Ministers. . .

Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein aka “PeaceBang” is now promoting herself as a "pioneer in the subject of clergy image and self-presentation." I am pretty sure that Vicki The Impaler aka Vicki She Wolf Of The U*Us is speaking about "clergy image" only in terms of the "outward appearance" of the proverbial "sheep's clothing" that she and other clergy "wolves" wear and NOT about how she and other "less than perfect" clergy tarnish the image of both the clergy and the church with their highly questionable words and actions.

Come to think of it. . .

I am pretty sure that Jesus of Nazareth had a word or two to say about that -

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness."

Matthew 23:27

The following is a slightly modified version of her recent announcement for a Peacebang event in the U.K. -

“Here I Am, Lord. . . Now What Strap-On Do I Wear?”
U*U Clergy Image in the 21st Century

The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein, known as “PeaceBang” by readers of her popular blog Beauty Tips For Ministers (www.beautytipsforministers.com) is a pioneer in the subject of clergy image and self-presentation. In her words, “You can either project an image intentionally you will most certainly project one unintentionally and unconsciously.” We live in the visual age of U*UTube, and the old attitudes that equate spirituality with lack of concern for outward appearance are naive and damaging to the Church. Modern ministers must understand their context, understand themselves as those who represent the church visually as well as spiritually, and be camera-ready and media savvy. In our first session we will address such topics as the calling to ministry, our self-esteem as incarnate beings, the deep resistance to attention to personal beauty as either an expression of frivolity or vanity, and self-care. Our second session will deal with presentation of self: voice, body, hair, grooming, clothing, vestments and clericals, how to dress for the various duties of ministry, and where to find comfortable shoes for CPE.

Participants are asked to dress professionally, either for a day of general parish duties or for preaching. Willing volunteers will be solicited for an image “read” by Dr. Weinstein.

More links to be added later. . .

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Those U*Us Who Sow The Wind Shall Reap The Whirlwind

Apparently not just figuratively but quite literally. . .

Who would have thought that a tornado aka whirlwind would ever blow the steeple off of a Unitarian Universalist church in Monson Massachusetts of all places?

I mean maybe a U*U church in Alabama or Missouri or Kansas or something, but Massachusetts?!!

Dare I ask?

Hosea can U*Us see?

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