UUA Moderator Gini Courter Gets A Blast From Her Negligent & Complicit & Hypocritical Past. . .
The email copied below was sent to you and all UUA Trustees almost four years ago now.
To the very best of my knowledge neither you, the UUA Board of Trustees, nor the UUA more generally, has ever responded to that email in a manner that genuinely honors and upholds UU principles, especially those principles which affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and call for justice, equity and compassion in human relations. As I recall this email complaining about the highly questionable (mis)handling of my clergy misconduct complaint against Rev. Victoria Weinstein by Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris and Rev. Beth Miller was simply referred back to the very UUA administrators whose negligence and incompetence, and effective complicity in Rev. Weinstein's insulting and abusive unbecoming conduct, I was complaining about to the Board.
I suggest that you (re)read this email and make an effort to respond to the concerns that it raises in a genuinely responsible manner. Ignoring this email, as you have ignored most if not all of my previous emails, is not acceptable to me and I am very confident that most other people of conscience will not be impressed by your own and UUA Trustees’ negligent responses to my serious grievances. If I do not receive a timely response from you I will have little choice but to conclude that you have chosen to stand on the side of the egregious institutional stonewalling and denial that the UUA has engaged in for well over a decade now, rather than choosing to stand on the side of love for victims of UU clergy misconduct.
I demand a proper response to these legitimate concerns, as well as the concerns that I shared about serious flaws in the MFC Rules and other UUA policies and procedures for dealing with clergy misconduct during the April 2010 UUA Board of Trustees meeting. The concerns that I have shared with you and UUA Trustees in the past are both legitimate and very serious. In fact former UUA President Bill Sinkford once described them as "obviously deep concerns" before negligently failing to ensure that my "deep concerns" were responsibly addressed by the UUA and its all too aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee. In light of your complete lack of responsiveness to the follow-up emails that I sent to you after the April 2010 Board meeting it would appear that you and other UUA Trustees have chosen to willfully ignore my "obviously deep concerns" regarding the UUA's mishandling of clergy misconduct, and do little or nothing to responsibly address them.
For the record, believe that the negligent response of the UUA Board Of Trustees to the email copied below makes the UUA Board of Trustees effectively complicit in the UUA's highly questionable decision to allow insulting and abusive U*U ministers to say absolutely anything they want about other people as long as they do so under the cowardly cover of internet anonymity because *that* is the upshot of the following ruling made by former Congregational Services Director Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris which was backed to the hilt by former MFC Executive Secretary Rev. Beth Miller, if not other "less than competent" UUA administrators -
It is the case that in this situation the minister’s blog is anonymous ( though you were able to identify the individual) and that she is free to express her opinions and to do so outside of her professional role as a minister serving a congregation.
The above ruling clearly means that any U*U minister, not just Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang, can express absolutely any opinion whatsoever, no matter how insulting and offensive or otherwise abusive that opinion may be, as long as they do so under the cowardly cover of anonymity. As far as I am concerned the above ruling flies in the face of the letter and the spirit of several clauses of the UUMA Guidelines, to say nothing of the Seven Principles and other claimed ideals of U*Uism. Yet, to date, the UUA has obstinately refused to responsibly review that highly questionable ruling and over-rule it. In fact, as I reported to the Board during the April 2010 Board of Trustees meeting, when I asked UUA President Peter Morales to ensure that the UUA responsibly reopens and reviews the clergy misconduct complaints that I filed against Rev. Ray Drennan and Rev. Victoria Weinstein, he flatly refused to do so saying -
"We will not reopen something that is years and years and years old."
Do you really believe that U*U ministers can say absolutely anything that they want about other people, even suggesting that a person should be kicked in the teeth or "anally impaled on the Statue of Liberty's torch", as long as they do so anonymously? If you continue to fail or refuse to take steps to overturn this remarkably foolish, and ultimately quite harmful, ruling made by Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris and fully supported by Rev. Beth Miller I will have little choice but to believe that UUA Trustees condone such insulting and abusive behavior on the part of U*U clergy. In fact, in light of the negligent response of the UUA Board of Trustees to the email copied below, I consider UUA Trustees to be partially responsible for the libelous Robin Edgar Sucks blog which may well be written by one or more U*U ministers hiding behind the cover of internet anonymity.
One thing is certain, Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris' ruling quoted above means that if the insulting and defamatory, indeed in parts outright libelous, Robin Edgar Sucks blog is written by one or more "less than perfect" U*U ministers they have no fear of facing any accountability from the UUA and the ever so aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee. On the contrary, the UUA and MFC have pretty much expressly told abusive U*U clergy that they can insult and defame people, or otherwise verbally and psychologically abuse people, with complete impunity as long as they do so under the cowardly cover of internet anonymity.
Brilliant. . .
I consider all those UUA Trustees and UUA administrators who received the email copied below to be enablers of verbally and psychologically abusive U*U clergy and the anonymous "collective authorship" of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog, and to be effectively complicit in its deeply insulting and outright defamatory content. Likewise I consider them to be "accessories after the fact" with regard to Rev. Victoria Weinstein's "sodomy fantasy" which luridly, and even sadistically, imagined a Republican U.S. state senator "anally impaled on the Statue of Liberty's torch." If the current UUA Board of Trustees, and the President Peter Morales UUA administration, do not act rapidly to ensure that the UUA responsibly reviews and overturns Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris' highly questionable ruling I will consider the UUA Board of Trustees and current UUA administration to be complicit in that dubious ruling and will govern myself accordingly.
As UUA Moderator you would be very well advised to provide an individualized personal response to this email that clearly expresses your own personal position regarding the serious concerns that I have raised herein. If you fail or refuse to provide a personal response to this email I will consider you to be an enabler of abusive U*U clergy and complicit in the U*U injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy that I am complaining about.
In light of the fact that next Monday is Martin Luther King Day 2011 I will leave you with these words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. –
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Be assured that your obdurate silence, which I consider to be complicit in a variety of U*U injustices and abuses that I have previously brought to your attention, is anything but Golden.
posted by Robin Edgar | 6/28/2012 02:47:00 PM