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

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rev. Cynthia P. Cain Has Memory Holed Her Anti-Republican Bigotry Not To Mention Her Big Fat U*U "Sexual Harassment" Of Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney & ALL Republicans. . .

Minutes ago, in an effort to create a new link to it in my preceding blog post about Rev. Tom Schade's remarkably disingenuous proclamation to the effect that religious liberals do not demonize people, I attempted to revisit Lexington KY U*U minister Rev. Cynthia P. Cain's 'A Jersey Girl in Kentucky' blog post entitled 'OMG! Mean people DO suck.' "Less than perfect" U*U minister Rev. Cain's "less than polite" blog post not only demonized ALL Republicans as "a whole bunch of really mean people" who "DO suck" in a Big Fat U*U Example of anti-Republican bigotry, but it also demonized former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin in such deeply insulting and defamatory language that her blog post serves as an excellent example of the meaning of the words "catty" and "cattiness". I thus discovered that Rev. Cain has apparently very recently deleted her insulting and defamatory anti-Republican "rant", which figures in a an unbecoming conduct complaint that I originally filed against her on Monday February 14, 2011 and recently resubmitted to UUA President Peter Morales with an additional charge of clergy sexual misconduct based upon Rev. Cain's apparent "sexual harassment" of Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and indeed the whole Grand Old Party in asserting that they "DO suck". . .

As I wrote in my resubmitted clergy misconduct complaint against Rev. Cain, I do not agree with the UUA's rather questionable opinion that using the colloquial term "sucks and blows at the same time" (or variations thereof) to describe a person's hypocritical behavior actually constitutes "sexual harassment"; however, in that the UUA is formally accusing me of sexual harassment for using this idiom, I think that it would be completely inconsistent with Unitarian Universalism's Second Principle, which calls for justice, *equity* (aka fairness), and compassion in human relations, for the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and it's ever so aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee to allow Rev. Cynthia P. Cain to get away with her own "sexual harassment" of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and ALL other members of the Republican Party aka "The Grand Old Party" by libeling Republicans (including what few Republican Unitarian Universalists may remain as card-carrying members in the congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association) as "a whole bunch of really mean people" who "DO suck".

Right U*Us?

Here is the very same screenshot that I took of Rev. Cynthia Cain's 'OMG! Mean people DO suck.' blog post just a few days ago. . .



And here is a brand spanking new screenshot that I took of Rev. Cynthia Cain's 'OMG! Mean people DO suck.' blog post just a few minutes ago. . .



Needless to say, in my books, Rev. Cynthia Cain's deletion of her deeply insulting and outright bigoted blog post is what's known as hiding the evidence aka "memory holing". . . 

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Is Rev. Tom Schade A Big Fat U*U Liar?


In a blog post entitled 'How Religious Liberalism does:' Rev. Tom Schade, the 11th Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Worcester, pretends that religious liberals do not demonize other people. In fact Rev. Schade concludes his highly questionable The Lively Tradition blog post by asserting that:

"There is no need ever to demonize and disparage people who need help.

When people do things that seem irrational, or selfish, or dangerous, respect demands that you try to find out why, with some sympathy. People are worthy of respect.

Religious liberals don't demonize; we humanize. It's how we do."

Without further ado, here is the comment that I submitted in response to Rev. Schade's words -

Religious liberals, including U*U clergy and top level UUA leaders, quite regularly demonize and disparage persons of inherent worth and dignity and, what's more, you know it Tom. This "less than honest" blog post of your's is disingenuous at best and outright fraudulent at worst. And, one more time for good measure, you know it. . .

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I dare say that Rev. Tom Schade just went on The Emerson Avenger's "Eat Your Words"  Diet for Hallowe'en 2012. . .

Religious liberals don't demonize; we humanize. It's how we do.

Religious liberals don't demonize; we humanize. It's how we do.

Religious liberals don't demonize; we humanize. It's how we do.

Religious liberals don't demonize; we humanize. It's how we do.

Religious liberals don't demonize; we humanize. It's how we do.

Religious liberals don't demonize; we humanize. It's how we do.

yadda, yadda, yadda ad nauseum. . .



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Monday, October 29, 2012

Unitarian Universalists Suck When It Comes To Feeding The Hungry, Healing The Sick, And Clothing The Naked. . .

Because Unitarian Universalists are usually too busy telling everyone how enlightened they are.

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

Take the word of Christian Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Anthony Lorenzen as posted to the 'In Praise Of My Enemies' post of his Sunflower Chalice blog -

"We UU’s are excellent when it comes to glbt rights, but we suck when it comes to feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and clothing the naked. We are usually too busy telling everyone how enlightened we are."

Of course sucking at feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and clothing the naked is by no means the *only* thing that "less than perfect" Unitarian Universalists aka U*Us suck at. . .

I guess it's only a matter of time now before Rev. Tony Lorenzen is served with and arrogant and aggressive cease and desist demand letter from the American attorneys for the Unitarian Universalist Association, accusing him of insulting and defamatory conduct amounting to sexual harassment against Unitarian Universalists.


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

The "Reach Out" Anti-Bullying Campaign Of Westwood Senior High School In Hudson And Unitarian Universalist Bullying - What's The Connection?

Well for starters, and for now. . . the initial connection between the "Reach Out" Anti-Bullying Campaign of Westwood Senior High School in Hudson, Québec, and Unitarian Universalist bullying is the following comment that I just posted in response to the "Reach Out" - An Anti-Bullying Campaign video on YouTube -

You do not have to believe the harmful verbal abuse and damaging lies of verbal bullies to be harmed by them. The slanderous and libelous character assassination that verbal bullies engage in can cause bullying victims significant harm if the other people who hear or read this slander or libel believe the lies. I have been publicly protesting against such harmful and damaging verbal bullying by intolerant and abusive Montreal Unitarians and other Unitarian Universalists since the summer of 1998.

 Here is the "Reach Out" Anti-Bullying Campaign video in question -

 

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Unitarian Universalist Church Attendance Figures Are Even Worse Than Stagnant Or Declining UUA Membership Statistics

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

Once again take the word of UU World magazine editor Chris Walton, as published in this comment on the online version of his UU World article titled 'UUA membership declines for fourth year' -

The UUA began tracking reported attendance in 2006, so we don't have a full decade's worth of data. The attendance data we have peaked in 2009 at 102,628, then began dropping at increasingly steeper rates. 2012 was down 4 percent from 2009, to 98,483.

A caveat, of course: This is a pretty new data point for congregations to be collecting and reporting, and it isn't clear yet how consistently it is being used compared to the reporting of membership. But the trend line parallels the membership trend, and it's hard to see good news in it.

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Interestingly enough, just off the top of my head, I had previously estimated that actual "church" attendance at UUA congregations on any given Sunday to be approximately 100,000 U*Us. Chris Walton's comment validates that off-the-cuff rough estimate that I came up with in the last few months, and even proves my "guesstimate" to be slightly high. It seems that actual attendance at U*U Sunday services is declining slightly faster than official U*U "church" membership. In any case, 98,483 church attendees for 2012 is a significantly lower figure than 161,502 card-carrying members in The U*U Movement in 2012. And let's not forget that not everyone attending a Unitarian Universalist "church" service is a U*U, thus church attendance in terms of actual U*Us will actually be somewhat lower than 98 thousand. Indeed these official UUA membership statistics mean that fewer than two thirds of the members of The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion even bother to attend U*U Sunday services. As Chris said, it's hard to see good news in these recent UUA statistics isn't it U*Us?

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Membership In Unitarian Universalist Congregations Declined Yet Again In 2011-2012. . .

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

Take the word of UU World magazine editor Christopher L. Walton aka Chris Walton aka Philocrites as published in a brand spanking new UU World article titled 'UUA membership declines for fourth year' on page 55 of the Fall 2012 issue of UU World.

Here are some of the more telling UUA membership statistics as gleaned from that article which gives the Big Fat U*U Lie to Bob Smietana's recent article in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post which, based on highly questionable ASARB statistics pretended that Unitarian Universalism had actually grown by nearly 16% over the last decade or so when in fact aka reality nothing could be further from the Truth. . .

"Over the past decade, 22 percent of congregations have shrunk by 20 percent or more."

"Of the 1,028 local congregations in the United States (excluding the global Church of the Larger Fellow­ship), 28.4 percent grew by more than 3 percent last year. Just over one-third shrank by more than 3 percent, however, while 37.4 percent grew between –3 and 3 percent."

Can someone please explain how a Unitarian Universalist congregation can *grow* by -3 percent?

I think that is commonly known as decline not growth. . .

Clearly any growth greater than 3% that the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations experienced in 28.4% of its congregations in the U.S.A. is more than offset by the loss of members in other UUA congregations.

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Will Kathleen "'Kay" Montgomery UUA Executive Vice President Face Accountability For Her Role In UUA Legal Bullying?

The following email calling into question UUA Executive Vice President Kathleen "'Kay" Montgomery's role in supervising the UUA's highly questionable legal intimidation aka legal bullying of your's Truly, as well as her negligence towards (and effective complicity in) U*U clergy misconduct of all kinds spanning several decades. . . was sent to the UUA Board of Trustees, UUA Moderator Gini Courter, and UUA President Peter Morales on Spirit Day 2012 Friday October 19, 2012. Hopefully the UUA Board of Trustees will respond in responsibility to the Spirit that "bloweth where it listeth". . .

Blasphemous Libel My U*U                                  
Friday, October 19, 2012 3:05:19 PM

FROM: Robin Edgar
TO: board@uua.org
CC: gcourter@uua.org
BCC: pmorales@uua.org

Friday October 19, 2012 aka Spirit Day 2012

Dear UUA Trustee,

As much as I am deeply appreciative of the extraordinary honour and privilege that the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations chose to bestow upon me by falsely accusing me of the archaic crime of blasphemous libel on the unfounded basis that I have made "unfounded and vicious allegations to the effect that ministers of the Association engage in such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape" I believe that it is in the best interests of the UUA and the greater Unitarian Universalist "religion" to formally withdraw that false accusation and to publicly and comprehensively apologize to me for having had that bogus criminal accusation brought against me by one of your "less than perfect" Canadian attorneys from Stikeman Elliott LLP Barristers & Solicitors, namely Maitre Marc-André Coulombe. In fact I firmly believe that the UUA Board of Trustees would be very well advised to take steps to ensure that those staff members of the Rev. Peter Morales' UUA administration who are responsible for hiring Stikeman Elliott LLP solicitor Maitre Marc-André Coulombe to draw up (if not dream up. . .) the highly questionable cease and desist demand letter, that is dated May 29, 2012 and which was initially sent to me via email on June 1st of this year, are help fully accountable for their "less than competent" and "less than ethical" to say nothing of "less than intelligent" behavior which makes a total mockery of many if not most of the purported principles and ideals of Unitarian Universalism.

UUA Executive Vice President Kathleen "'Kay" Montgomery "supervises all senior UUA staff" and, perhaps more to the point. . . "coordinates the work of the UUA's legal counsel" which logically includes coordinating the work of any and all attorneys working for Stikeman Elliott LLP Barristers & Solicitors who claimed to be "the Canadian attorneys for the Unitarian Universalist Association" in the cease and desist demand letter that Maitre Marc-André Coulombe sent to me in early June of this year. I thus have very reasonable grounds to believe that Kathleen "'Kay" Montgomery is responsible for oversight and even approval of the highly questionable content of that legal document. Allow me to remind UUA Trustees that, in her capacity as the supervisor of the day-to-day management of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the coordinator of the work of the UUA's legal counsel for the better part of three decades since being appointed to that position in 1985, UUA Executive Vice President Ms. Kathleen "'Kay" Montgomery is very well positioned to know perfectly well that my (to date) comparatively few "allegations to the effect that ministers of the Association engage in such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape" are anything but *unfounded* as the UUA has falsely, if not outright perjuriously, alleged in the cease and desist demand letter that it hired its Canadian attorney Maitre Marc-André Coulombe to have me served with. In that Kathleen Montgomery was responsible for supervising the negligent and effectively complicit manner in which senior UUA staff Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris and Rev. Beth Miller arbitrarily dismissed my unbecoming conduct complaint against Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang, and thus effectively okayed Peacebang's "sodomy fantasy" amongst other insulting and abusive behavior, "'Kay" Montgomery is similarly well positioned to know perfectly well that Peacebang's "sodomy fantasy", which obscenely (and indeed quite Sadistically) imagined Republican South Dakota state senator Bill Napoli "anally impaled on the Statue of Liberty's torch", is rather more worthy of being described as "threatening and defamatory conduct amounting to sexual harassment" of Republican senator William M. Napoli than my subsequent The Emerson Avenger blog posts which criticized and mocked Peacebang's "sodomy fantasy" and criticized senior UUA staff members Congregational Services Director Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris, and MFC Executive Secretary Rev. Beth Miller, for pretending that Peacebang's insulting and abusive behavior was "outside of her professional role as a minister serving a congregation."

Above and beyond this, UUA Executive Vice President Ms. Kathleen C. Montgomery has coordinated UUA Amici Curiae briefs including one which asserts that ALL blasphemy laws are unconstitutional. Indeed I would not be surprised if it was as a result of supervising that particular Amicus that "'Kay" came up with the cynical and just plain foolish notion to have the UUA's Canadian attorneys accuse me of the archaic crime of blasphemous libel which is still "on the books" in the Canadian Criminal Code. These and other outrageously hypocritical double standards exercised by Ms. Kathleen "'Kay" Montgomery on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Association aka UUA are very well documented and they call into question the moral and ethical integrity of not only the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations but the greater Unitarian Universalist religious community which the UUA ostensibly serves and represents. I thus hereby demand that the UUA Board of Trustees must take steps to ensure that the role of UUA Executive Vice President Kathleen Montgomery in Stikeman Elliott attorney Maitre Marc-André Coulombe's aggressive, arrogant (if not outright hubristic), shamelessly hypocritical, and indeed just plain foolish legal intimidation is thoroughly investigated and that "'Kay" Montgomery is held fully accountable for her personal involvement in this utterly shameful and quite frankly embarrassing act of legal bullying on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. 

DO GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY

Robin Edgar aka The Emerson Avenger

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Spirit Day 2012 And Unitarian Universalist Bullying - What's The Connection?

Well this brand spanking new U*UTube video just for starters. . .

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Rev. Cynthia P. Cain's Sexual Harassment Of Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, And The Whole Grand Old Party DO Kinda Suck Don't It U*Us. . .

Since the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations aka the UUA seems to believe that it constitutes sexual harassment to say that a hypocritical Unitarian Universalist minister "sucks and blows at the same time" I thought that, in all fairness aka *equity*. . . the UUA should hold Lexington KY U*U minister Rev. Cynthia P. Cain accountable for her own sexual harassment of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and ALL other members in the Grand Old Party, by insultingly name-calling Republicans "a whole bunch of really mean people" who "DO suck" in her 'A Jersey Girl in Kentucky' blog post entitled 'OMG! Mean people DO suck.'

Without further ado here is the complete text of the "electronic communication" that I sent to UUA President Peter Morales, UUA Vice President for Ministries and Congregational Support Harlan Limpert, UUA Executive Vice President Kathleen "'Kay" Montgomery, and the UUA Board of Trustees yesterday afternoon. This brand spanking new clergy misconduct complaint was added to a resending of my previous unbecoming conduct complaint against Rev. Cain that I had emailed to President Morales over a year and a half ago during the second observance of 'National Standing On The Side Of Love Day' on Monday February 14, 2011. An email that President Morales negligently, complicitly, and indeed quite foolishly failed to respond in responsibility to.

And so it goes U*Us. . .


Re: Unbecoming Conduct Complaint Against Rev. Cynthia P. Cain

FROM: Robin Edgar

TO: pmorales@uua.org

CC: hlimpert@uua.org, Kay Montgomery

BCC: administration@uua.org, board@uua.org

Thursday, October 18, 2012 2:37:04 PM

Thor's Day October 18, 2012


Dear President Morales,

It is most regrettable that you chose the fate of disregarding my unbecoming conduct complaint against Lexington KY U*U minister Rev. Cynthia P. Cain (copied below) that I sent to you over a year and a half ago now, during the second observance of 'National Standing On The Side Of Love Day'. It is even more regrettable that your UUA administration chose the fate of having me served with an arrogant and aggressive cease and desist demand letter accusing me of "sexual harassment" of another rather hypocritical female U*U minister simply because I had used the colloquial term "sucks and blows at the same time" in blogging about this "less than perfect" U*U pastor's hypocritical behavior. I do not agree with the UUA's rather questionable opinion that using the colloquial term "sucks and blows at the same time" (or variations thereof) to describe a person's hypocritical behavior actually constitutes "sexual harassment"; however, in that the UUA is formally accusing me of sexual harassment for using this idiom, I think that it would be completely inconsistent with Unitarian Universalism's Second Principle, which calls for justice, *equity* (aka fairness), and compassion in human relations, for the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and it's ever so aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee to allow Rev. Cynthia P. Cain to get away with her own "sexual harassment" of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and ALL other members of the Republican Party aka "The Grand Old Party" by libeling Republicans (including what few Republican Unitarian Universalists may remain as card-carrying members in the congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association) as "a whole bunch of really mean people" who "DO suck".

I am thus demanding that, in addition to all of the complaints that I previously submitted to you in my original unbecoming conduct complaint against Rev. Cynthia P. Cain, the UUA must hold Rev. Cain fully accountable for her sexual harassment of Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and indeed ALL other members of "The Grand Old Party" for publicly asserting that these Republican persons of inherent worth and dignity "DO suck" in her insulting and defamatory blog post entitled 'OMG! Mean people DO suck', which was posted to her blog on Wednesday September 8, 2008, and is still available to be read on the interconnected web of the internet to this very day at the same URL that I provided in my original unbecoming conduct complaint on Monday, February 14, 2011.

http://ajerseygirlinkentucky.blogspot.ca/2008/09/omg-mean-people-do-suck.html

If you once again fail, or indeed refuse, to responsibly forward this "new and improved" clergy misconduct complaint against Rev. Cynthia P. Cain to the appropriate UUA department or UUA staff person, so that Rev. Cain may be held fully accountable for her clergy sexual misconduct in accordance with UUA principles and bylaws etc., I will consider you to be knowingly and willfully complicit in Rev. Cynthia P. Cain's "sexual harassment" of Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and ALL other Republicans. To borrow a phrase from one of the UUA's "less than perfect" Canadian attorneys, Maitre Marc-André Coulombe of Stikeman Elliott Barristers & Solicitors LLP,

DO GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY

Robin Edgar

Here is a screenshot that I took of the blog post in question today -


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein aka Vicki The Impaler aka Peacebang Goes Back On The Emerson Avenger's U*U World-Famous "Eat Your Words Diet" Big Time

I have spent the last half-hour or so reading this Peacebang Facebook post and related comments. I have very strong feelings about it. First, it's a HUGE story aka a Big Fat U*U Story for any of us who care about internet ethics and 2. I think it's fantastic that this gal was outed by The Emerson Avenger back in 2006. It's high time the interwebs "community" came to terms with the fact that free speech has never guaranteed privacy or anonymity. I have zero sympathy for Peacebang aka Vicki The Impaler. She's not a victim, she's a perpetrator. Even though she may have been careful to not commit any actual crimes (such as *really* anally impaling senator Bill Napoli on the Statue of Liberty's torch) she nevertheless victimized, slandered, insulted and degraded various persons of inherent worth and dignity, including U*Us, as a regular practice. She was even given Carte Blanche to do so by the UUA's Congregational Services Director Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris and Ministerial Fellowship Committee Executive Secretary Rev. Beth Miller. . . And now that Peacebang's cover has been blown for years, she has to live with the Big Fat U*U Consequences, which include but are by no means limited to this brand spanking new The Emerson Avenger blog post.

Here are some slight reworkings of some of the more pertinent comments that have been posted in response to Peacebang's Facebook "rant" about internet trolls and internet anonymity -

She's been hiding behind white female U*U clergy privilege to perpetrate.

"Religious communities like Unitarian Universalism, which decline because U*U clergy are free to say and do anything they want" -- That sure doesn't sound like community to me. Thanks for the reminder that freedom of the Big Fat U*U Pulpit isn't free. It comes with Big Fat U*U Consequences.

If Peacebang has the right to behave horrendously online under the protection of free speech and the UUA's negligent and complicit MFC, why should The Emerson Avenger not have the right to write about her? How can anyone justify gagging the Emerson Avenger blog posts? Tough shit, Peacebang.

Peacebang is disgusting and appalling and truly atrocious.

Trolling is one thing; stepping right to the line that separates illegal from not is not trolling. I am disturbed by the Big Fat U*U Sodomy Fantasy Peacebang posted and even more disturbed by the number of U*U nitwits that encouraged and supported her in the name of "The U*U Movement".

These people need to read the First Amendment and see what it says. It protects you from the government squelching your free speech. It does not protect you from the consequences of your free speech from other people such as The Emerson Avenger for example. . .

BINGO. (Courtesy of Peacebang herself. . . Doh!)

There are plenty who think that being an obnoxious, anonymous, and disrespectful child is something other than mean and toxic.

100% agree. I've been a BB admin from the olden dayse (sic), and trolls are a constant feature/bug. The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is not a goivernment (sic) actor bound by the 1st Amendment -- they can and should do what is needed to ensure that a Unitarian Universalist minister who they fellowship doesn't offer toxic levels of hate.


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Friday, October 12, 2012

National Coming Out Day And Unitarian Universalist Pedophiles And Rapists. . . What's The Connection?

Happy Belated National Coming Out Day U*Us!

Yes, yesterday was National Coming Out Day in the Land Of The Not So Free, indeed I *had* considered "coming out" about a thing or two myself yesterday. . . however it was Dr. Karen Rayne who finally gave me the proverbial push to "come out" about a thing or two somewhat belatedly today by more or less officially inviting me to do so in her blog post entitled -

Everyone has something to come out about

Like Karen and her students I believe that my "coming out" here today can have "all sorts of benefits for the individual, their community, and society at large."

Without further ado, here is the comment that I just submitted in response to Dr. Karen Rayne's National Coming Out Day invitation to "come out" about *something*. . .

Can I “come out” about being accused of the criminal act aka crime of blasphemous libel by the Unitarian Universalist Association for allegedly making “unfounded and vicious allegations to the effect that ministers of the Association engage in such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape”? 

Just asking. . .

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In that Karen's blog is moderated, and that comment is currently "awaiting moderation", it will be interesting to see if it actually does "see the light of day" by "coming out" on Dr. Karen Rayne's blog. . . That being said, so far. . . Dr. Rayne has really been quite good about posting most if not all of my previous comments submitted to her blog, so I have some reasonable grounds to believe that there is *some* chance that she will refrain from censoring and suppressing this questioning comment which is more or less "on topic" in light of the subject matter of her 'Everyone has *something* to come out about' blog post, as well as the labels that she tagged it with such as -

adolescent sexuality, communication, community, rape, relationships, safe sex, sex education, sexual identity, teaching


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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Unitarian Universalism aka The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion™ Is NOT *Really* Growing In America. . .

A brand spanking new USA Today article by journalist Bob Smietana bearing the highly questionable headline 'Unitarian faith growing nationwide', and bearing the even more questionable subtitle 'Unitarian Universalist congregations hold growing appeal throughout the U.S.', is being latched onto by unquestioning Unitarian Universalists as evidence that Unitarian Universalism is actually growing in the United States of America.

This is because Bob Smietana claims that -

"The denomination grew nationally by 15.8 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies."

Apparently Bob Smietana is blissfully unaware of famous Unitarian Samuel Clemens' pithy saying to the effect that,

"There are liars, damned liars, and statisticians."

 Or something like that. . .

It seems that the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies aka ASARB believes that Unitarian Universalism aka The Uncommonly Small Denomination aka The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion™ is made up of every Tom, Dick and Harry who self-identifies as an U*U in US census data. These questionable ASARB statistics for the "religious body" known as "Corpse-Cold Unitarianism" by my good friend Ralph Waldo Emerson contrast significantly with official UUA "church" membership statistics, which I will assume are not "damned lies" as Mark Twain (or Benjamin Disraeli for that matter) would have U*Us believe. If we are to place some Big Fat U*U Faith in official UUA reports, The Uncommonly Small Denomination *really* grew nationally by 3.1 percent over the last decade or so. Not all that impressive eh?

The same Bob Smietana article, which is a classic "puff piece" that reads like a paid "advertorial" for Unitarian Universalism, was just republished in The Washington Post under the somewhat more Truthful and realistic headline -

Unitarian Universalists see chance for growth in growth of secularism

The key word here being "chance". . .

I can and will say more about this rather misleading article about alleged U*U growth, especially if or when it is republished in other newspapers and magazines, but, for the time being. . . I will ever so greenly recycle the fairly lengthy comment that I just posted in response to The Washington Post website which is itself a synthesized recycling of several comments that I had previously posted in response to the USA Today article -

This article about the alleged growth of Unitarian Universalism in America is highly misleading. Membership in the Unitarian Universalist Association has actually been quite stagnant since the merger of the Unitarians and Universalists in 1961 and, when seen as a percentage of the overall population, Unitarian Universalism is actually losing ground on the membership front. Most ironically, current UUA President Rev. Peter Morales quite truthfully and accurately described Unitarian Universalism as "a tiny, declining, fringe religion" is* his "stump speech" announcing his candidacy for president of the UUA in 2008. Sadly, U*Uism is every bit as much "a tiny, declining, fringe religion" today as it was four years ago when Rev. Morales uttered that unflattering but realistic assessment of what some U*Us call "The U*U Movement". 

How can The Washington Post claim that the "Number of Unitarian Universalists grew nationally by 15.8% from 2000 to 2010" when official UUA statistics claim a total of 216,931 UUs in 2000 and 221,367 in 2009? It should be noted that those UUA membership figures include RE enrollments aka "UU Sunday School" children. Adult UU membership was just under 165,000 in 2009. UUA RE enrollments show a steady decline since the 2002-2003 "church year", going from a high of 63,080 in 2003 to 56,683 in 2009. A loss of over 6000 children attending UU RE. 

In fact these official UUA membership statistics contain the "sad but True" revelation that, in terms of "Membership & RE Enrollments Combined", there are actually fewer Unitarian Universalists today than there were over 50 years ago in 1961 when the American Unitarian Association merged with the Universalist Church. . . 

As they say, "read 'em and weep" for UUA President Rev. Peter Morales' "tiny, declining, fringe religion." 

1961 - Adult members: 151,557 RE enrollments: 77,546 Combined: 229,103 

2009 - Adult members: 164,684 RE enrollments: 56,683 Combined: 221,367 

Yes, over a period of 48 years, between 1961 and 2009, Unitarian Universalism "grew" by a whopping 13,000 adult members, a "less than impressive" growth rate that averages out at only 271 additional adult U*Us per annum. Yet, during the same 48 years, "UU Sunday School" enrollments declined by almost 21,000 children. What do these “discouraging" UUA statistics bode for the future of the Unitarian Universalist "fringe religion" in America? So much for this misleading article's greatly exaggerated rumors about the all but non-existent "growth" of Unitarian Universalism.

* Typo correction: In the context of this particular sentence the meaning of the word "is" should be "in".

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