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
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
The "Less Than Excellent" To Say Nothing Of Less Than Ethical Rev. Diane Rollert And The Unitarian Church of Montreal Are Just Minutes Away. . .
From starting off the New Year, and the second decade of the "Third Millennium". . . on a rather U*Unfortunate footing by standing firmly on the side of the anti-religious intolerance and bigotry and various other U*U injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy that I have spent well over a decade protesting against now.
Oh well. . .
I guess I will just have to govern myself accordingly in 2010, if not 2011, 2012 and a "less than lucky" 2013 etc. etc. etc.
These outrageously hypocritical Unitarian*UIniversalists truly are remarkably pig-headed U*Us.
Shoulda known better than to cast my pearls before these swine.
Is Rev. Victoria Weinstein A BiPolar Bear As It Were? That Is To Say. . . Is The Mind Of Peacebang As Depressive As It Is Manic?
Peacebang aka Rev. Victoria Weinstein just went into a "hibernation" brought on by a "post holiday slump" within a day of quite typically manically attacking some hapless FedEx employees who weren't up to her stU*Uperficial standards of "beauty", as is her U*Unfortunate habit aka Big Fat U*U Wont that the UUA's Ministerial *Fellowship* Community* apparently approve of. . .
Here is a new and somewhat improved version of a comment that I attempted to post to Peacebang's 'Hibernating' post on her Peacebang's Beauty Tips For Ministers blog with some additional embedded hyperlinks -
Maybe Peacebang could use some "professional help".
No I am not "diagnosing" Rev. Victoria Weinstein with yet another mental illness beyond the one which she has already been diagnosed as suffering from because I am not asserting with any certainty that she does suffer from manic depression aka bipolar disorder, but if I was to learn one day that "the manic mind" of Peacebang has in fact been diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder by competent mental health profesionals I for one would not be the least bit surprised. What was it that Rev. Dan Hotchkiss said on 'The cost of credentialing "mistakes"' post of Rev. Christine Robinson's iminister blog not so long ago?
The settlement "mistakes" that I think of as terribly costly and damaging, the ones which come up over and over again in histories of congregations are not simple matters of lack of skill or focus, they are instead matters of poor ministerial mental health, personality disorder, leadership style, lack of emotional intelligence, and inability to maintain good boundaries. (All of these problems can become predominant in the lay leadership of a congregation, which also causes settlement failures but that's another subject.) It may be that others have a different take on this issue, but if I could wave my magic wand, I'd give us a foolproof tool for weeding out candidates with the above issues. Lacking the magic wand, I'd focus ministerial credentialing on doing a better job on this part of the score.
* "Ministerial *Fellowship* Community" was an unintended typographical error but "the shoe fits" to the hypocritical U*U *behind* of the UUA's Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee so the MFC will just have to grin and *bear* it for this TEA blog post.
Famous Last Words Of In*Famous Unitarian Universalist Historian The Late Lamentable Rev. Dr. Tim UU Jensen aka The Rather *Too* Eclectic Cleric
Why not let 2009, and the first decade of the "Third Millennium". . . go out with a bit of a bang eh U*Us?
Especially since it is Thor's Day today. :-)
Think of this as yet another cautionary warning shot across the bow of the U*U Ship of Fools that is still quite obstinately *steaming* towards "The Ends Of The U*U World" on the U*U Sea of Hypocrisy. . .
The Knight Of The Living Dead. . . In Living Memory Of Totalitarian Unitarian "Citizens' Police Officer" aka U*U COP Peter Kohl. . .
It seems that in all the Big Fat U*U hU*Uplah arising from "Less Than Silent Knight" Garrison Keillor kicking U*Us in the X M*as tree balls for Christmas, and various other Big Fat U*U distractions, I somehow managed to forget to freely and (ir)responsibly commemorate the passing of that great *champion* of corpse-cold Montreal Unitarians "The Knight Of The Living Dead" Peter Kohl known U*U World-wide as U*U COP. Yes, December 27th 2009 marked the second anniversary of the passing of "The Knight Of The Living Dead" aka U*U COP just months after he managed to gain his 15 minutes worth of U*U World fame, to say nothing of *real* world fame, by *immortalizing* himself in my U*UTube videos docU*Umenting the visibly vigorous vigilante vandalism of this Totalitarian Unitarian "Citizens' Police Officer".
Oh well, at least they are a lot more entertaining than any U*UTube videos of U*Us in inaction. . .
And in that these U*UTube videos *are* quite entertaining, while being quite educational about how Totalitarian Unitarians go to considerable (and quite foolish) lengths to try to censor and suppress criticism and dissent and/or intimidate critics and dissenters into silence, I will celebrate the passing of the Year Of Our Lord 2009 by providing U*Us with a little U*UTube film festival featuring "The Knight Of The Living Dead" aka U*U COP.
And to think that U*Us accuse me of harrassment. . .
AFA*I*AC the simple act of dying, which everybody in the whole wide U*U World is thoroughly capable of doing no matter how incompetent they may be in other aspects of life. . . does not provide immU*Unity from legitimate criticism (or even thoroughly earned ridicU*Ule) although it *may* provide some temporary respite for a few weeks or months if I am feeling generous and somewhat compassionate towards the friends and family of the quite literally corpse-cold Unitarian in question. These U*UTube videos record a little slice of Unitarian*Universalist history, as do my blog posts about the late and quite lamentable U*U historian (to say nothing of U*U history maker) Rev. Dr. Timothy W. Jensen, so the fact that Peter Kohl *is* history should not prevent me, or otherwise disU*Uade me, from reminding U*Us about this shameful episode of Big Fat U*U Vigilante Vandalism every now and then. . . With "knights" like Peter Kohl, to say nothing of "champions" like Elizabeth Champion-Speyer, who needs enemies U*Us?
Come to think of it. . . I must get around to posting the vitriol filled aka hate filled letter to the editor that corpse-cold Montreal Unitarian Elizabeth Champion-Speyer once wrote about your's truly before she is quite literally a corpse-cold Montreal Unitarian like her crone*y Peter Kohl and all those other "aging and dwindling" Montreal Unitarian U*U hypocrites. I should also get around to following up my post about corpse-cold Montreal UnitarianRev. Charles Eddis' rather *old*, "obsolete", and effectively fraudU*Ulent U*U religious propaganda en*titled 'What Unitarians And Universalists Believe'* before he too is quite literally a corpse-cold Montreal Unitarian. To all those paranoid corpse-cold Unitarians who *pretend* in paranoid and/or perjurious depositions to Montreal police and Quebec Crown prosecutors that I want to murder Montreal Unitarians à la Jim David Adkisson all I can say is, even if that was true which is not the case at all, why would I bother to put aging U*U hypocrites out of their miserly U*U misery when so many of these Big Fat U*U Geriatrics will die of old age and other natural causes like PneU*Umonia and Pig-Headed U*U Swine FlU*U any day now?
Could I Interest Corpse-Cold Unitarian*Universalist U*Us In A Date With Elvis? Just How Far *Can* Too Far Go U*Us?
U*U blogger Braidwood is desperately seeking a date on the 'eHarmony is free from now until Jan 3rd' post of her Authentic Threads blog today. I considered waggishly offering her a date with the dreaded Emerson Avenger but then thought the better of it. . . Then I thought of suggesting that she *might* want a date with Elvis since I happen to be a fan of The Cramps and once owned *their* A Date With Elvis recording. I mean, let's face it U*Us, what more could any corpse-cold Unitarian want than a date with Elvis, or some other corpse-cold celebrity? :-) Butt seriously, I have nothing personal against Braidwood, and therefore imposed a restraining order against myself aka refrained from waggishly suggesting a date with Elvis to her. Anyway, for all I know, she might be more interested in a date with Elvira.
Still. . .
This train of thought *did* remind me that I have been meaning to use one or two songs of The Cramps to poke fun at hypocritical U*Us as part of my U*Us Face The Music campaign. For some strange reason I can't help but think of U*Us in general, and Peacebang in particular. . . whenever I hear The Cramps song 'How Far Can Too Far Go?'. . .
So, without further ado, here is a U*UTube video of The Cramps song 'How Far Can Too Far Go' along with its questionable questioning lyrics courtesy of The Emerson Avenger. Just think of it as being included amongst my ways of burning a Big Fat U*U Question Mark in front of hypocritical U*Us -
For the record The Emerson Avenger freely and responsibly prodded the "less than conscientious" U*Us at the UUA to finally get around to providing the updated membership statistics which were out of date by almost a decade when I suggested that it was time to update them and make them publicly available so that U*Us can see for themselves how The Tiny Declining Fringe religion is doing these days. . .
The Emerson Avenger takes note of the fact that the number of UUA congregations is "less than stable" and that the UUA only has a "less than lucky" 13 congregations more than it had way back in 1961.
Can U*Us say *stagnation*?
The Emerson Avenger *also* takes note of the fact that the number of UUA *fellowshipped* U*U ministers has dramatically risen from 856 ministers in fellowship in 1961 to an all time high of 1,752 ministers in fellowship in 2009. . . In fact The Emerson Avenger has been aware of this high number of U*U ministers for some time now.
Can U*Us say *surplus* U*U ministers and Big Fat U*U financial *deficit* in the same breath?
Maybe The U*U Movement could do worse than to purge itself of some of those "less than excellent" ministers that this blog talks about. Forgive me for being somewhat simplistic, but it seems to me that the UUA *could* defellowship a whopping 704 fellowshipped U*U ministers and still have one fellowshipped minister per congregation. I am not suggesting that the UUA do so however since there may well be some good reasons for *some* UUA congregations to have more than one fellowshipped minister. I am not convinced however that the UUA *really* needs 704 more fellowshipped U*U ministers than there are U*U congregrations. It seems that as many as two ot three hundred U*U ministers, especially those of the "less than excellent" variety, could be defellowshipped and there would still be plenty of extra aka surplus U*U ministers left behind as it were.
Insert the word "demonization" where it says "racism" in this video and much of it applies very well to our little "War of the U*U World" and a whole lot of other wars, be they wars of words or real wars where racism cannot be used to motivate troops. In fact the first part of the video makes it abundantly clear that words are more powerful weapons than guns, and tanks, attack helicopters, and even battleships, to say nothing of the U*U Jihad Navy's top secret Stealth U*U-Boats. . . :-) which is *one* of the points that I am trying to make with most of my U*U Jihad blog posts. . . What in God's name *are* U*Us doing at war with little old me anyway? Why do the UUA and Unitarian Church of Montreal, and various other cowardly U*Us, seem intent on continuing "The War of the U*U World" into the second decade of the "Third Millennium" when they have been given numerous opportunities to responsibly wage peace with me in accordance with U*U principles and ideals in the past? Even within the last several months. . .
The Few. . . The Proud. . . The Marines! - U.S. Marine Corps Officers And "Less Than Ethical" Big Fat U*U Ministers - What's The Connection?
For a variety of reasons, not the least of them being that U*Us in general, and U*U ministers in particular, are definitely *few* and quite regrettably all too often overweeningly proud aka filled with hubris. . . I have been meaning to lampU*Un the U.S. Marines' recruiting slogan -
Rev. Earl Koteen, the once and future anonymous author of the 'Calling Ministers' blog, just gave me the perfect opportunity to finally get around to using *that* ammunition against overly prideful and hubris filled U*Us today. In a quite revealing blog post en*titled 'Marine Corps Officers & UU Ministers' Rev. Earl UU Koteen compares U.S. Marine Corps officers with Big Fat U*U ministers, most of whom wouldn`t last a week in the United States Marine Corps, or any other country's Marines, if their life depended on it. . . Quite frankly I expect that at least a few proud Marines, U.S. Marines and otherwise, will be utterly appalled that Rev. Earl Koteen actually dared to compare Big Fat U*U ministers, especially those rather pathetic "less than excellent" ones that I blog about here, to U.S. Marine Corps officers. Come to think of it. . . a few U*U ministers might be equally appalled at being compared to U.S. Marine Corps officers in light of their anti-military stances.
Without further ado here is a typo corrected version of the comment that I submitted to Rev. Earl W. Koteen's "moderated" aka *censored* 'Calling Ministers' blog earlier today -
"The Marines Corps officer corps is a very tight-knit, caring bunch. They literally are willing to lay down their lives for one another. They certainly do not wish to badmouth one another in fitness reports. Giving nearly everyone outstanding ratings is one way of recognizing the contributions of these hard working, talented, and dedicated individuals. When officers not yet eligible for retirement do need to work on their growing edges, the outstanding ratings demonstrate the respect in which they are held and the confidence that they have the capacity to make the needed changes."
Why am I not surprised to learn that you support the unethical UUA "ethos" of evaluation of U*U ministers that *pretends* that "less than excellent" U*U ministers, indeed pathetic mediocrities who give U*Uism a bad name. . . are "outstanding" Earl?
Don't confuse U*U ministers with the U.S. Marines Earl. Most U*U ministers, even the truly "outstanding ones" (of which there are *very* few), wouldn't last a week in the Marines.
Adios My Friend*,
Robin Edgar aka The Emerson Avenger
* I expect that you know the flip side of that U.S. Marine "coin". . .
In that Rev. Earl Koteen's very revealing 'Calling Ministers' blog post about the culture of *pretending* that "less than excellent" U*U ministers, aka pathetically if not pathologically unprofessional U*U ministers, are actually "outstanding" (or at least that their intolerant and abusive, or otherwise "less than professional" unbecoming conduct is "within the appropriate guidelines of ministerial leadership" or otherwise acceptable to the UUA and MFC) there will definitely be some further ado about this issue, either in this blog post or in some brand-spanking new TEA blog posts down the road a bit. . . Rev. Earl Koteen, and other "less than excellent" U*U ministers who actually approve of the "less than ethical" *ethos* of U*U ministers that effectively prohibits U*U ministers from badmouthing one another in "fitness reports" etc., while allowing them to egregiously badmouth pretty much anyone else these ever to tight-knit and caring U*U clerics *care* to badmouth. . . and thus leads to U*U "pastors" getting away with all kinds of "murder", including but by no means limited to harmful and damaging character assassination of me and other people, had better get braced for a U.S. Marine Corps style Big Fat U*U Ass Chewing courtesy of The Emerson Avenger.
God forbid that any U*U minister should ever "badmouth" another U*U minister aka a professional colleague aka a croney. . . who thoroughly deserves a dressing down for "less than perfect" behavior of one kind or another.
Do enjoy this U*UTube video of a Marine Corps Drill Instructor giving an ass chewing aka U*U chewing to a young recruit.
Don't Let The Bastards Get You Down. . . Don't Let The Big Fat U*U AssHats Get You Down Either. . .
Well that is more or less what one member of the American public told me in a private "electronic communication" in response to my bringing the Robin Edgar Sucks blog to his attention yesterday.
The exact quote was -
"Don't let the asshats get you down."
I just exercised my "artistic licence" by adding my now pretty much obligatory "Big Fat U*U" prefix before the word "asshats".
Here is what else he said in an "electronic communcation" in a more public internet forum -
A cyber bully stalker, proclaiming that Robin Edgar, is a cyberbully stalker. I would like to state, that I have been an online friend of Robin Edgar for a very long time now, and I would say I have never seen this person be a "cyberbully" and I know that I for one have never been "cyberstalked" by Robin Edgar. I think the anonymous asshat that started this website should really shit his or her knickers if Robin Edgar decides to go after them in a legal way.
Long live free speech, keep the faith Robin Edgar!
Do Unitarian*Universalist Bloggers *Really* Post My Comments Out Of Fear aka Dread Of The Dark Knight Of The U*U World aka The Emerson Avenger?
In the blog post titled 'UU A Way of Life: What Happened, eh?' the cowardly anonymous writer(s) of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog manage to insult the intelligence of most UU bloggers, if not more directly and personally insult *most* UU bloggers who do in fact post most if not all of my comments submitted to their UU blogs, by *pretending* that "most UU bloggers" post my critical comments out of fear aka dread aka cowardice "in the desperate hope that he won’t attack them (at least too much)." This sounds like an excellent example of Big Fat U*U Psychological Projection to me, in light of the fact that the writer(s) of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog quite evidently write their Big Fat U*U BS under the cover of internet anonymity in *ahem* "the desperate hope" that The Emerson Avenger "won’t attack them (at least too much)". . . Maybe psychotherapist David Markham, who is the secondary if not primary target of *that* cowardly anonymous attack on Robin Edgar Sucks blog, can let everyone know if he thinks that my "amateur psychologist" "diagnosis" of this cowardly U*U blogger, or indeed cowardly U*U bloggers. . . holds any water. :-)
I had intended to address this issue as a brand-spanking new TEA blog post but UU blogger "JohnFranc", who writes the thoughtful 'Under the Ancient Oaks' blog, and (like *most* UU bloggers) has allowed most if not all of my comments posted to his unmoderated UU blog to remain in place to be read by blog readers, quite serendipitously posted a blog post titled 'Than To Live With Fear in Your Heart' which opportunistically presented me with a perfect opportunity to bring this matter to his attention, and hopefully that of other UU bloggers.
Here is the comment that I just posted to that blog post -
BTW Speaking of fear and all. . .
Some cowardly anonymous U*U blogger is *pretending* that you and most other U*U bloggers who *dare* to publish my critical comments on your blogs are motivated solely by fear aka dread of the dreaded Emerson Avenger. Here are their exact words as quoted from the brand-spanking new Robin Edgar Sucks blog -
"Most UU bloggers have either banned Robin Edgar for his insulting attacks, or post his comments in the desperate hope that he won’t attack them (at least too much)"
It seems to me that this U*U ass*ertion of a quite evidently cowardly U*U blogger is insulting to the many (if not most. . .) UU bloggers who do see fit to post my comments for various reasons that have little or nothing to do with any real fear of The Emerson Avenger. I mean after all what is the worst "attack" that I have ever launched upon any hypocritical U*U blogger who has knowingly and willfully censored and suppressed my critical comments submitted to their blog in order to complicitly "cover up and hide" the various U*U injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy which cause "worship-related stress" as it were that I am exposing and denouncing so that they *might* be responsibly addressed and redressed, or otherwise corrected, by U*Us?
So you and other U*U bloggers who do choose to post my comments may want to gather up the moral courage required to tell this cowardly anonymous U*U blogger why it is that you do publish most if not all of my comments.
Robin Edgar aka The Emerson Sucker
I find it remarkably ironic that this cowardly anonymous U*U blogger has the unmitigated gall to publicly accuse "most UU bloggers" who publish my comments (and most UU bloggers who I submit comments to do in fact post most if not all of my comments these days. . .) of only posting my comments because they are motivated by fear and are thus cowards themselves. If anything it takes a certain amount of courage for UU bloggers to post my critical comments, especially if the UU blogger happens to be a U*U minister. The last time I checked *most* U*U ministers who have blogs publish many, if not most, if not ALL of the critical comments that I submit to their blogs. Only a "visible minority" of the UU bloggers who are also U*U ministers are guilty of being hypocritical moral cowards and effectively complicit *enablers* and perpetuators of the *diverse* (and even *perverse*) U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy that I am exposing and denouncing in my critical comments submitted to their blogs as a result of either outright banning me from posting comments to their UU blogs, censoring and suppressing all or most of my comments submitted to their blogs, or "memory holing" comments that I have successfully submitted to their unmoderated blogs.
Herwith Four Questions *For* Wayne Arnason as quoted (with a few typo corrections and additional embedded hyper*links) from the email that I sent Wayne well over two weeks ago now -
How is it possible Wayne that in the UUMA Guidelines U*U ministers pledge -
"I will not speak scornfully or in derogation of any colleague in public. In any private conversation critical of a colleague, I will speak responsibly and temperately."
But, in my own very well-documented experience and my ongoing observation of the "tiny, declining, fringe religion" known as The U*U Movement*, "less than polite" U*U ministers are happily allowed to speak very scornfully, or in deeply insulting and outright defamatory *derogation*, of pretty much *anyone* else they care to insult or otherwise verbally abuse in public and/or in private?
Does the MFC *really* believe that its well documented negligent and complicit responses to my legitimate clergy misconduct complaints against Rev. Ray Drennan and Rev. Victoria Weinstein for intolerantly demonizing and marginalizing me, and speaking scornfully and in deeply insulting and defamatory derogation of me (and other people) in any way exemplify the MFC's purported "dedication to excellence in ministry"?
When is the MFC aka Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee finally going to get around to responsibly reviewing the possibilities for a competency in common civility aka politeness and internet etiquette for "less than polite" U*U ministers?
So just when is the MFC going to responsibly acknowledge its own negligent, incompetent, and effectively complicit responses to my own and other people's clergy misconduct complaints Wayne?
When do I and other victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct perpetrated by abusive U*U clergy, and perpetuated by the negligent and effectively complicit responses of the MFC to our clergy misconduct complaints, get *our* official UUA apology for being left lonely aka left alone, and/or confused, and/or afraid, and/or angry, and unquestionably betrayed and capital 'U' Un-ministered to by the Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee?
Oh dear it looks like a "bonus question" somehow slipped in there. . .
An *Example* Of A Thank-You Note For A Christmas Present Courtesy Of The Emerson Avenger. . .
It always shows good form to send a thank-you note to someone who gives you a present aka gift, whether it is a Christmas *present*, birthday present, or some other form of *gift*. Here is the complete text of the short but "less than sweet" thank-you note that I just sent to the cowardly anonymous writers of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog. Hopefully it will serve as an *example* to not only the U*Us of the U*U World but all kinds of other people in the *real* world who might want a sample thank-you note to model their own thank you notes on:
Thanks so much for this belated Christmas present aka X M*as gift Anonymous U*U(s). What more could I possibly ask for from U*Us? It should be boatloads of fun showing the U*U World and the *real* world just how full of Big Fat U*U Shit you are aka "poo*poo" U on The Emerson Avenger blog.
All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth But All I Got From A Big Fat U*U Hypocrite (Or More. . .) Is The Robin Edgar Sucks Blog. . .
Trust some deeply misguided and hypocritical Unitarian*Universalist to pass me some more Big Fat U*U AmmU*Unition to use in our little "war of words" for a slightly belated Christmas present aka X M*as gift. Not that I do not have a Big Fat U*U AmmU*Unition Dump in the form of a growing backlog of U*U injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy to deal with already. . .
I am not sure which moronic U*U decided to give me the Robin Edgar Sucks blog as a slightly belated X M*as present but I can hazard a few guesses. . . including the ghost aka *spirit* of the late and quite lamentable Rev. Dr. Timothy W. Jensen aka The Spirit Of Hypocritical U*U Slander Past. I dare say that engaging in a little guessing game about the possible identity of the hypocritical U*U moral moron(s) who created the Robin Edgar Sucks blog *could* prove to be quite a bit of fun, as it has already! :-)
As is typically the case with those foolish U*Us who try to discredit me, if not demonize and marginalize me, rather than responsibly address and redress the various U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy that I am exposing and denouncing here on this blog, in my comments on other blogs and elsewhere on the internet, and in my peaceful public protest in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, the writer(s) of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog spread plenty of highly misleading, or outright false, misinformation and disinformation about me, some of which has already been very thoroughly rebutted in the past. As just one *example* the alleged "own side of the story" of the Unitarian Church of Montreal aka The Other Side of the Robin Edgar Story is mostly misleading "spin" that a cowardly "Anonymous U*U" from Montreal repeatedly spammed this blog with, even *after* I thoroughly rebutted his and/or her words. In fact, because the Big Fat U*U SPAMMER remained anonymous, it is not even established beyond any reasonable doubt that the misleading "spin" that they posted here and elsewhere on the internet really is the *official* "other side of the story" of the Unitarian Church of Montreal. Of course I wouldn't put it past the outrageously hypocritical and deeply misguided leaders of the Unitarian Church of Montreal to try to pass off such misleading disinformation as their official "other side of the story" but, to date, I have not seen any clear and reliable evidence that this U*U BS posted by an anonymous U*U troll is actually the official position of the Unitarian Church of Montreal.
Here is more misleading U*U BS quoted from the Robin Edgar sucks blog -
"Why does Robin Edgar have it out for anyone who is Unitarian Universalist?"
No doubt something of a rhetorical question. . .
but one that conveniently ignores the fact that I actually get along quite well with Unitarian*Universalists who make a reasonable effort to actually practice what U*Uism preaches. There are a good number of U*U bloggers with whom I have good relations and I have even had some civil if not cordial private email communications with a number of U*U ministers (no not just One).
Nope the only Unitarian*Universalists aka U*Us I "have it out for" are the U*U slanderers, U*U bullies, U*U liars, and U*U hypocrites, and U*U idiots that this blog is dedicated to exposing and denouncing.
"If you read his account, he is the victim of “repeated injustices, abuses and hypocrisies” starting with Reverend Ray Drennan poo-pooing his religious experience, then the Unitarian Church of Montreal, and finally every single UU he’s complained to."
Thanks so much for *that* wonderful example of hypocritical U*U DIM Thinking, which none-the-less unwittingly acknowledges that the intolerant and abusive fundamentalist atheist "Humanist" U*U "pastor" Rev. Ray Drennan verbally defecated on aka verbally shat all over my monotheistic aka Unitarian religious beliefs and practices. The false and malicious labeling of Creation Day as a "manipulative and secretive" "cult" by not only Rev. Ray Drennan but other fundamentalist atheist leaders of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, such as former UCM Board Presidents Frank Greene and John Inder, goes well beyond just "poo-pooing" my religious experience, as does Rev. Drennan's bigotted and contemptuous dismissal of my revelatory religious experience as "your psychotic experience" combined with his angry insistance that I seek "professional help" immediately. . . Outright banning Creation Day from being celebrated in the Unitarian Church of Montreal in a definitely *secretive* and in many ways *manipulative* anti-democratic "in camera" segement of the October 1995 UCM Board meeting, no doubt largely if not *exclusively* on the basis of such prejudiced fundamentalist atheist anti-religious intolerance and bigotry, ALSO goes well beyond just "poo-pooing" Creation Day. And those were but some of the *inititial* injustices and abuses that I rightfully complained about that have NEVER been responded to in a manner that genuinely honors and upholds the U*U principle calling for justice, equity, and compassion in human relations, to say nothing of other U*U principles that call for respect for "the inherent worth and dignity of every person", "*acceptance* of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations" and working towards "the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all". . . Do tell how ANY of those U*U principles have been lived up to aka actually practiced by U*U in their human relations with me oh so anymouse writers of the Robin Edgar Sucks blog. While you are at it perhaps you can explain to everyone how calling your blog the Robin Edgar Sucks blog honors and upholds the first principle of The U*U Movement.
More later. . .
I may add some more to this initial TEA blog post about the Robin Edgar Sucks blog but I will almost certainly dedicate a few brand-spanking new Emerson Avenger blog posts to challenging, critiquing, and outright re*butt*ing the Big fat U*U BS that is being presented by yet another "Anonymous U*U" on the Robin Edgar Sucks blog.
I have not said all that much about Garrison Keillor's alleged or actual anti-Unitarian "rant" on this blog yet. I have however made a number of comments on various U*U blogs that have devoted a post or two to discussing, or indeed "ranting" against. . . the "perceived insult" of Garrison Keillor's satirical, or indeed "less than satirical", rant against Unitarians aka Unitarian*Universalists that was originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and picked up by the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun and various websites like Salon.com. I expect that I will say a few things here soon enough, but for the time being I am posting a comment that I just submitted in response to Rev. Debra Haffner's blog post responding to Garrison Keillor's "rant" entitled 'A Response to Garrision (sic) Keiller: Our Unitarian Universalist Christmas' on her 'Garrison Keillor And The U*U Movement: What's The Connection?' blog. :-)
I am pretty sure that Garrison Keillor *actually* concluded,
“Christmas is a *Christian* holiday – if you’re not in the club, buzz off.”
Not unlike how *some* U*Us are wont to effectively say, in one way or another. . .
“This Unitarian Church is *actually* an Atheist Social Club – if you’re not in the club, buzz off.”
Garrison Keillor seemed to be quite specifically sharing his concerns (as it were) about the rather problematic U*U propensity to remove any and all reference to God and Jesus from traditional Christian hymns, not just Christmas carols by any means. . . in a manner that is not all *that* far removed from the Stalinistic purging of persona non grata from historical records and similar "memory holing" as described in George Orwell's 1984.
Or at least that is how I read his saying -
"I discovered that "Silent Night" has been cleverly rewritten to make it more about silence and night and not so much about God. . ."
I have reasonable grounds to believe that is precisely why he went on to say -
"it is wrong, wrong, wrong to rewrite "Silent Night." If you don't believe Jesus was God, OK, go write your own damn "Silent Night" and leave ours alone. This is spiritual piracy and cultural elitism and we Christians have stood for it long enough."
Perhaps Garrison Keillor should have spoken about spiritual vandalism. . . Besides being comparable to Stalin's purging of the images and historical records of political rivals, the Unitarian purging of God and Jesus from many if not most U*U hymns is not that far removed from how some ancient Egyptian pharaohs chiseled out the cartouches of problematic predecessors from their monuments.
I happen to believe that *those* concerns of Garrison Keillor are quite legitimate having seen no shortage of U*U hymns that have been subject to the UUA's Stalinist "pogrom" against God. How many "churches" do you know of where a "pastor" can dogmatically preach from the pulpit that God is "a non-existent being" and that belief in God "seems primitive"? Heck I well recall how Rev. XXXXXXX XXXXX of the Unitarian Church of XXXXXXXX (just making a point while complying with the Code of Silence that is written into the UUMA Guidelines that I am not actually a party to in any case. . .) somewhat gratuitously concluding a Sunday sermon in which he spoke about witnessing bush fires in Australia by declaring -
"God can be a son of a bitch."
Not that God *can't* be a bit of an S.O.B. every now and then. . . but this is hardly the kind of public pronouncement that one expects to hear from the minister of any "church" during a Sunday service.
So it would *appear* that when Unitarians aren't busy purging any mention of God or Jesus from their hymnals *some* Unitarians are busy publicly denying the very existence of God or even calling God an S.O.B. in front of a "captive audience". I am pretty sure *that* is more or less what Garrison Keillor was "ranting" about.
Ministerial Fellowship Committee Chair Rev. Wayne Arnason Gets An "Electronic Communication" From The "Less Than Silent" Knight Of The U*U World
On Woden's Day December 9th I sent an "electronic communication" aka email to Rev. Wayne Arnason who is currently the Chair of the UUA's very aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee calling upon the UUA and MFC to provide some real and tangible restorative justice for ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct, be it clergy sexual misconduct or diverse non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct. It is now over two weeks since I sent this email to Rev. Wayne Arnason and, as is typical with most of my recent communications with UUA administrators, I have not even received an acknowledgement of receipt. I am hereby posting the follow-up email that I sent to Rev. Arnason minutes ago which includes the full text of my email of December 9th, 2009. U*Us may consider this blog post to be a kind of "Open Letter" to the UUA and MFC and to U*Us more generally -
It is now more than two weeks since I sent you this email and I have not received the slightest reply to it, not even a simple acknowledgement of receipt.
Please take the time and effort to properly respond to this "electronic communication" between Christmas and New Year's Day.
BTW The MFC might be very well advised to "Stand On The Side Of Love" for ALL victims of clergy misconduct, clergy sexual misconduct and otherwise, on February 14th 2010 since the UUA's 'Standing On The Side Of Love' campaign has decided to designate St. Valentine's Day as “National Standing on the Side of Love Day.” It would be a shame if that symbolically significant day passed and the Ministerial Fellowship Committee did absolutely nothing aka *love* to stand on the side of love for victims of clergy misconduct, especially those who it has neglected and failed in the past. . .
Need I remind you of these words of the UUA's official apology to victims of clergy sexual misconduct that was delivered nearly a decade ago now at the 2000 UUA GA in Nashville?
"These brave and bruised people have, more often than not I suspect, been left lonely, confused, afraid, angry and betrayed. Un-ministered to."
I and other victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct have been left lonely and/or confused and/or afraid and/or angry and definitely betrayed and capital 'U' *Un-ministered* to by the the UUA, its very aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee, and more recently the UUA's now defunct department of Congregational Services. I dare say that your negligent non-response to the attached email is just one of the numerous ways that the UUA and Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee etc. have left us "Un-ministered to" Rev. Arnason. What ever happened to that "pledge" that "this gap, this failure, will be remedied" Wayne? When will the UUA and MFC finally get around to actually bending toward justice for me and other victims of nonp-sexual forms of clergy miconduct?
I think that February 14th of 2010 is a quite reasonable symbolic date for the UUA and MFC to begin to take steps to publicly stand on the side of love for ALL victims of clergy misconduct perpetrated by "less than excellent" U*U ministers, and to responsibly initiate the long overdue process of actually providing some real and tangible restorative justice for ALL those people whose personal worth and dignity has been not only directly attacked and diminished by unethical and abusive U*U clergy, but indirectly disregarded and diminished by the indifferent, incompetent, negligent, and thus effectively complicit, (non)responses of the UUA and MFC to their legitimate clergy misconduct complaints.
P.S. I have decided to make this "electronic communication" an "Open Letter" addressed to you and every other member of the UUA's Ministerial Fellowship Committee, as well as every other UUA officvial and U*Us more generally, by posting it to the interconnected and interdependent web of the internet on The Emerson Avenger blog. Any continued negligent silence from you and the UUA and MFC will be considered to be complicit silence by me and I expect most other people people of intelligence and conscience.
Complicit silence is by no means golden and will not be tolerated by me.
--- On Wed, 12/9/09, Robin Edgar wrote:
From: Robin Edgar firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: How About Some Long Overdue Justice Equity And Compassion Wayne? To: email@example.com Received: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 2:41 PM
Dear Rev. Arnason,
I read with interest your recent guest blog posts in Rev. Christine Robinson's iminister blog. I responded to some of what you said with a comment but Rev. Robinson apparently found it to be a bit too hot to handle and did not post it.
You may read the questioning comment in question on The Emerson Avenger blog here -
I will attach most of its content below this note so you don't have to follow the link but I would suggest that you browse through The Emerson Avenger blog anyway, since it is largely dedicated to the subject of U*U clergy misconduct and incompetence in ministry.
So just when is the MFC going to responsibly acknowledge its own negligent, incompetent, and effectively complicit responses to my own and other people's clergy misconduct complaints Wayne?
Does the MFC *really* believe that its well documented negligent and complicit responses to to my legitimate clergy misconduct complaints against Rev. Ray Drennan and Rev. Victoria Weinstein for intolerantly demonizing and marginalizing me, and speaking scornfully and in deeply insulting and defamatory derogation of me (and other people) in any way exemplify the MFC's purported "dedication to excellence in ministry"?
In case you have forgotten my complaints, or are as yet unaware of my "experimental" clergy misconduct complaint I brought against Rev. Victoria Weinstein in 2006, I will direct you to The Emerson Avenger blog posts which *demonstrate* how they were both negligently (mis)handled by the UUA's aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee -
I hereby invite you and the rest of the Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee to start standing on the side of love for ALL those people who have been demonized and marginalized by U*U clergy, or otherwise unjustly and abusively mistreated by "less than excellent" U*U ministers. I expect the MFC to responsibly acknowledge that victims of non-sexual forms of clergy nisconduct have also "been left lonely, confused, afraid, angry and betrayed. Un-ministered to" by the MFC and UUA, just as many victims of clergy sexual misconduct have been. Yes, that does mean that I expect the UUA and MFC to officially apologize to ALL of us for the negligent and effectively complicit manners in which the UUA and MFC responded to our serious complaints about various kinds of non-sexual clergy misconduct including, but by no means limited to, being insulted and defamed and/or demonized and marginalized by intolerant and abusive aka "less than polite" Unitarian*Universalist clergy.
I expect what former UUA President Bill Sinkford once rightly described as my "obviously deep concerns" that I am once again sharing with the MFC and UUA to be reopened and fully investigated and reviewed by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee as a whole (i.e. not just the executive of the MFC or a few individual UUA bureaucrats as was done in the past) and responsibly dealt with at the MFC meeting in March of 2010. I expect the MFC's long overdue official apology to me and ALL other victims of non-sexual clergy misconduct to be publicly delivered at the 2010 UUA GA in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The UUA might want to consider apologizing to victims of clergy sexual misconduct once again, since it seems that the "promise" of its 2000 official apology has not been lived up to. Individualized personal apologies to ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct are recommended as well.
Without further ado here is the comment that I submitted to Rev. Christine Robinson's iminister blog. I want you to answer the questions I posed in it, in your reply to this email.
The suppressed comment -
The Emerson Avenger has a few thoughts to share with MFC Chair Rev. Wayne Arnason on this second day of Chalica 2009 which, as U*Us must know, is dedicated to affirming and promoting the second U*U principles of justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
Speaking of "the quality and tone of most of this conversation" Wayne. . .
When is the MFC aka Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee finally going to get around to responsibly reviewing the possibilities for a competency in common civility aka politeness and internet etiquette for "less than polite" U*U ministers? As you almost certainly know Wayne, I have now filed two clergy misconduct complaints as a result of "less than excellent" (to be polite. . .) U*U ministers who have not only been extremely rude to me and other people, but who have both engaged in what UUA President Peter Morales and many other people might call demonization and marginalization of me and other people. The fact of the matter is that I could have brought a few more similar complaints against a handful of "less than polite" U*U ministers, aka verbally abusive U*U clergy, who have deeply insulted and indeed demonized and marginalized me and other people on their blogs or elsewhere on the internet, sometimes under the cowardly cover of internet anonymity, but I held off doing so because I had zero confidence in the MFC's readiness, willingness, or indeed ability to "stand on the side of love" for me and other people who have been insulted and defamed, verbally and psychologically abused, or otherwise demonized and marginalized by "less than perfect" U*U ministers.
How is it possible Wayne that in the UUMA Guidelines U*U ministers pledge -
"I will not speak scornfully or in derogation of any colleague in public. In any private conversation critical of a colleague, I will speak responsibly and temperately."
But, in my own very well-document experience and my ongoing observation of the "tiny, declining, fringe religion" known as The U*U Movement*, "less than polite" U*U ministers are happily allowed to speak very scornfully, or in deeply insulting and outright defamatory *derogation*, of pretty much *anyone* else they care to insult or otherwise verbally abuse in public and/or in private? It seems to me Wayne that *responsibly* holding "less than polite" U*U clergy accountable for speaking scornfully or in derogation of people (even if there may be some "just cause" for giving *some* of them a public or private "dressing down") would be something of a "critical success factor" for the UUA and The U*U Movement™ in general, and the UUMA and MFC in particular.
BTW I was just talking about this very subject aka issue earlier today, so thank you so much for presenting me with this wonderful opportunity aka *foil* to be very Green and recycle and reuse this UU A Way of Life blog comment in my ongoing efforts aka U*U Jihad to *reduce* the scornful and derogatory "insulting and defamatory language" and other verbal abuse that the UUA and the Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee it *owns* have apparently quite happily allowed "less than polite" U*U ministers to abusively dish out for well over a decade now. . .
When do I and other victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct perpetrated by abusive U*U clergy and perpetuated by the negligent and effectively complicit responses of the MFC to out clergy misconduct complaints get *our* official UUA apology for being left lonely aka left alone, and/or confused, and/or afraid, and/or angry, and unquestionably betrayed and capital 'U' Un-ministered to by the Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee? When will the UUA provide some bona fide restorative justice to me and ALL other victims of ALL forms of clergy misconduct Wayne?
* If you find the terms "tiny, declining, fringe religion" and/or The U*U Movement to be "less than polite" ways to describe Unitarian*Universalism in general and the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in particular please take the matter up with the prominent U*U clergy or prominent U*U lay leaders who originally came up with those terms. Current UUA President Rev. Peter Morales is of course the original owner of the descriptive phrase "tiny, declining, fringe religion" but I dare say that The Emerson Avenger™ is the proud "owner" of The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion™, to say nothing of The Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee™. . . :-)
Fundamentalist Atheist Asshole And All Round Big Fat ASS* P. Z. Myers And Unitarian*Universalism What's The Connection?
OK U*Us, to the best of my knowledge. . . fundamentalist atheist asshole, and Atheist Supremacist Spokesperson, aka ASS P.Z. Myers is not a member of any Unitarian*Universalist "church" aka "Welcoming Congregation" and therefore the "less than PC" P. Z. is not officially a Unitarian*Universalist aka a member in The U*U Movement. He is however something of an obnoxious asshole which interconnects him to the ever so inclusive U ass*to*risk U acronym for The U*U Movement that "less than stellar" CUC Executive Director Mary Bennett ever so U*Unilateraly decided would be the brandspanking new "corporate identity" of the tiny, declining, fringe religion known as Unitarian*Universalism about this time six "less than lucky" years ago now. . .
Besides being what former UUA President Rev. Dr. John A* Buehrens would probably call an "obnoxious atheist", P.Z. Myers is what I like to refer to as a "fundamentalist atheist" if not an outright Atheist Supremacist. In fact P.Z. Myers' obnoxious assholism seems to be strongly interconnected with, and interdependent with, his brand of offensive "in your face" anti-religious militant atheism. P.Z. Myers is thus what Rev. Victoria Weinstein might call a "poster boy" for the species of intolerant and obnoxious "fundamentalist atheist" anti-religious bigot who is not only very welcome to be a member of any number of "Humanist" dominated U*U "Welcoming Congregations" but who could even be ordained as an ever so "Humanist" U*U minister like the "obnoxious atheist" "Humansist" U*U minister Rev. Ray Drennan as just one *example*. . .
So, besides the fact that "obnoxious asshole" P.Z. Myers *could* be a member of The U*U Movement, there is almost no question that the Atheist Supremacist Spokesperson aka ASS P. Z. Myers has a good number of like-minded "obnoxious atheist" Unitarian*Universalists numbered amongst his fan base and supporters, or what this atheist thug apparently likes to refer to as his "gang". The Emerson Avenger thus hereby "honors" the "less than honorable" fundamentalist atheist P. Z. Myers by making him an honorary U*U today so that he may be in the "less than esteemed" company of his fellow Atheist Supremacist pompous ASS Richard Dawkins who is also a "less than honorable" honorary U*U in The Emerson Avenger's books. . .
Today's brand*spanking new TEA blog post was brought to U*Us by Almighty Google and Statcounter. As I was checking my ever increasing web statistics earlier today it came to my attention that P. Z. Myers has the "less than proud" distinction being the subject of a TEA blog posts that currently ranks number one in Google when someone runs a search for -
Most ironically, the kind of person who would be most likely to run such a Google search would be a fundamentalist atheist of the likes of the not so good professer Paul Zachary Myers and members of his thuggish "gang" of obnoxious militant fundamentalist atheists if not Atheist Supremacists. . .
I dare say that The Emerson Avenger's "vengeance" is a dish best served with Google! :-)
Of course posting a big fat honorary U*U "heads up" comment on atheist AssHat P. Z. Myers' Pharyngula blog runs a close second. . .
Here is the comment that I left on The New Wave of Evangelist Creationism blog post of P.Z. Myers' Pharyngula "science" blog earlier today notifying honorary "obnoxious atheist" U*U P. Z. Myers of his "less than lucky" status in a Google search for fundamentalist asshole. P. Z. Myers can consider my comment to be an early X M*as *present* from up your's truly -
"Get to work on it, gang."
The key word here being *gang* P.Z.?
Thanks for providing a barrel of laughs this morning P.Z. I just discovered that you are currently ranked Numbero Uno aka Number One aka #1 in Google when someone runs a search for -
Just enter -
into Google's search term window and then click on the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.
For the record I do not have any problem with "less than brand-spanking new" but none-the-less comparatively recently ordained, British Unitarian U*U minister Rev. Stephen Lingwood's "Church Of The Lager Fellowship".
What Inappropriate Language?!! A Robo Censor Suppresses A Valid Comment Submitted To An Examiner.com Article About Right Wing Hate Speech
I just tried to post a comment to an Examiner.com article/blog post titled 'Why the right is rightfully being called out for inciting hatred' by Johnson County Democrat Examiner Michael Czerniewski but the comment has been automatically rejected because it allegedly contains "inappropriate language". I have reread the comment several times now and cannot see any inappropriate language in it, with the possible exception of my use of Mary Bennett's Big Fat U*U "corporate identity" acronym for Unitarian*Universalism aka The U*U Movement. Michael Czerniewski's article presents the common argument that right wing talk radio and TV commentators like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Michael Savage are responsible for inciting hatred and encouraging violence against liberals on their radio or television shows, and that their anti-liberal hate speech is what motivated Jim David Adkisson`s act of domestic terrorism against Knoxville Unitarian Universalists. While I do not doubt that such anti-liberal vitriol may well have helped to motivate Jim Adkisson's terrorist act it was probably not the sole motivation and point out, as I have done before, that Jim Adkisson may well have been motivated in part by the anti-Republican and broader anti-conservative hate that some U*Us engage in themselves. . . Here is my comment that was suppressed by some kind of automatic "inappropriate language" filter aka Robo Censor. . . please let me know what "inappropriate language" it contains, I can't find any myself -
You seem to have overlooked some hard evidence for what is probably *one* of Jim David Adkisson`s motivations for murdering U*Us at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian*Universalist Church in Knoxville. Most ironically it would seem that *he* felt hated by Unitarian*Universalists himself. . .
In his manifesto cum suicide note Jim Adkisson wrote -
Having seen clear evidence of capital H Hate expressed by U*Us towards political conservatives in general, and Republicans in particular, I regret to have to say that Knoxville Unitarians may well have reaped the proverbial whirlwind, in the form of murderous shotgun blasts, from their own anti-conservative and anti-Republican "Hate speech" that Jim Adkisson was apparently familiar with. . .
Does this justify Jim Adkisson's terrorist act?
Absolutely not. It does however show that U*Us and other liberals engage in their own Hate speech and that Hate can be a vicious circle.
Michael Czerniewski's Examiner.com article does conclude with an important point aka *observation* that outrageously hypocritical U*Us might want to bear in mind. . .
O'Reilly and company seem to not completely understand media and technology in the 21st century - where everything they say is recorded and readily accessible by anybody with Internet access and a curious mind.
Think about it U*Us. . .
Big Fat U*U U*Update -
In the "shoulda known" department. . .
It has ahem "come to light" that the "inappropriate language" which caused my comment to be automatically and arbitrarily censored and suppressed by Examiner.com was the four letter word "cum" in -
"In his manifesto cum suicide note. . ."
I have removed the perfectly legitimate "inappropriate" aka offensive "four letter word" and have successfully resubmitted my comment. Next thing U*Us know it will be considered to be "inappropriate" to sing the Christmas Carol 'O Come All Ye Faithful' or something. . .
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Kicks Unitarian*Universalist U*U Rights Abusers In The Balls On International Human Rights Day 2009
Not that it hasn't done so before. . .
Here is an U*Uithering blast from the past for Unitarian*Universalist U*Us to engage in a free and *responsible* search for the truth and meaning of on International Human Rights Day 2009, and the Fourth Day of Chalica 2009, this Thor's Day December 10, 2009.
Brand*spanking new (im)pertinent hyperlinks will be added later -
I am reposting this thread from Beliefnet UU Challenge and Critique
In my 'Disruptive Behavior' thread I said -
If it is perfectly acceptable to solicit people to sign Amnesty International petitions and to hand out other letters and pamphlets etc. about human rights abuses during "Coffee Hour" why is it not acceptable to distribute letters of grievance about internal human rights abuses at the same time? Other than hypocritical double standards of course...
"ChaliceChick" responded -
What human rights abuse? The UDHR is here:
Where was it violated? I mean, you may think that your situation is as bad as a torture victim's but you've got understand that many people won't see it that way.
Here is my response to CCs' challenge...
Here we go CC...
As promised, you will find below the full text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights interspersed with my commentary contained in brackets showing how UUs have flagrantly disregarded or clearly violated numerous articles of the UDHR within the context of the UU religious community.
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
(I dare say that maybe the UUA would do well to see to it that every UU congregation has a copy of the UDHA displayed for its members to see. The UUA, its Ministerial Fellowship Committee, and the congregation of the Unitarian "Church" of Montreal could benefit considerably from refamiliarizing themselves with the ideals expounded in the UDHR...)
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
(I'm still waiting for UUs to show some recognition of my own inherent dignity to say nothing of the inherent dignity of other God believing people in general and Christians in particular... I and other UUs have yet to benefit from equal and inalienable rights within the pathetically dysfunctional UU family. It is abundantly evident that UUs have willfully and flagrantly undermined freedom, justice, and peace within the UU religious community in terms of this particular conflict but no doubt UUs have done this in many other ways...)
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the commonpeople,
(UUs have displayed disregard and contempt for my human rights. Rev. Ray Drennan's abusive clergy misconduct and subsequent UU injustices and abuses could justifiably be described as "barbarous acts" and they have outraged the conscience of some members of humankind... not the least of them my conscience. Sadly, as I have previously remarked most of the UUs I know seem to confuse freedom OF conscience with freedom FROM conscience... UUs have clearly infringed in my ability to "enjoy freedom of speech and belief" to say nothing of "freedom from fear and want"...)
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
(Because UUs have abjectly failed, indeed obstinately refused... to ensure that my own and other people's human rights are protected by UU "rule of law" I have been compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to a certain amount of rebellion against UU tyranny and oppression...)
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
(UUs have failed miserably to promote the development of friendly relations with me to say nothing of many other God believing people...)
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
(Too bad UUs can't manage to walk this talk...)
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
(Regrettably many of the UUs that I know display little respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms with respect to me and other people...)
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
(I agree. A common understanding of these rights and freedoms by UUs is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge by UUs...)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
(I can't say that UUs "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures secure their effective recognition and observance by UUs. Of course I could say the same thing about the "covenants" expressed in the Seven Principles and other UU empty promises and hypocritical posturing...)
Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Rev. Ray Drennan and a whole lot of other UUs have failed miserably to act towards me in a spirit of brotherhood)
Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
(Rev. Ray Drennan and other UUs have infringed on my liberty and even my security of person)
Article 4. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
(I have been subjected to what could rightly be described as moderate to considerable psychological torture by Rev. Ray Drennan and other UUs. Having my religious beliefs repeatedly ridiculed by Rev. Drennan and other anti-religious UUs is degrading treatment. Being labeled as "psychotic" "a nutcase" "crazy" "sick prick" "delusional" "suffering from a personality disorder" etc. etc. etc. is degrading treatment. Having Creation Day falsely labeled as a "cult" by Rev. Ray Drennan, Frank Green, John Inder (both past Presidents of the UCM Board) and other UUs is not only degrading it seriously infringes on my religious freedom. The "kangaroo court" cum special congregational meeting and various other unjust punishments by UUs would be seen as being quite humiliating and degrading by most people.)
Article 6. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
(Sometimes I wonder if I have the right to recognition as a person before UUs... Much of the demeaning and abusive labeling serves to dehumanize me and thus deny me a person...)
Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
(I was by no means equal before "UU law" I was most certainly discriminated against in UU "legal" processes as is clear just in terms of the MFC letters. Not only did I receive virtually no protection from the abusive clergy misconduct of Rev. Ray Drennan but I was repeatedly punished for complaining about it while Rev. Ray Drennan has never been held accountable for his abusive clergy misconduct. There is more that I could add in terms of wider UU discrimination and unjust and unequitable (to say nothing of uncompassionate) treatment of me but the foregoing should be sufficient in terms of illustrating how UU have violated my human rights within the context of the UU religious community.)
Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
(I have yet to receive an "effective remedy" by "competent" UU tribunals for the acts of Rev. Ray Drennan and other UUs that are clearly violating the fundamental rights granted me by the UU "constitution" (i.e. Seven Principles) or UU "law" (i.e. UUMA Guidelines and Code of Professional Practice) In fact some of my mistreatment by UUs may well violate the provisions of the Canadian constitution and Canadian law. UUs are skating on very thin ice by charging me under a criminal law that is clearly meant to prevent disruption of an actual church service when I am peacefully and usually quite quietly protesting out of sight and out of earshot of the UCM's sanctuary. I may well challenge these charges on constitutional grounds if my case ever gets heard that is...)
Article 9. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
(I put it to you that I was repeatedly subjected to "arbitrary arrest" in terms of internal UU sanctions and punishments. I put it to you that my "exile" from the Unitarian Church of Montreal is unjust, unequitable, uncompassionate and in many ways quite "arbitrary"... Even my arrest on trumped up "public nuisance" charges might fit the "arbitrary arrrest" provisions here. Maybe I should look into that... Certainly the sworn testimony of UUs that finally persuaded the police to arrest me, after they had repeatedly told church members that I had a constitutional right to protest, is full of half truths and whole lies that may well constitute perjury...)
Article 10. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
(I put it to you that I have not been treated with "full equality" under UU "law". I have yet to receive a "fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial UU tribunal in the determinition of my rights" in terms of my grievances. The "kangaroo court" cum special congregational meeting in which I defended myself against the trumped up "criminal charges" that were brought against me by the UCM's Board was very "public" but it was far from "independent", far from impartial and far from fair. In fact it was a carefully maniputed process that was heavily biased in favor of the "church" and I was essentially treated as though I was "guilty until proven innocent". These and other UUs still have a "guilty until proven innocent" attitude but of course they dare not provide a "fair and public hearing" where I could prove my innocence to say nothing of Rev. Ray Drennan's guilt...)
Article 11. (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
(Ah well there we go... In terms of the "penal offences" that I was accused with in the UCM's "kangaroo court" I was in fact presumed guilty and given very little fair chance to prove my innocence. In fact I was cut off before I could respond to the third and most serious of the three "charges" that they brought against me. I had few guarantees necessary for my defence but I can assure you that these UUs did everything they could in terms of manipulating the process to guarantee that I would be expelled by the congregation.)
(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
(Actually my first six month expulsion from the UCM, ostensibly for writing one more letter to the Board than they wanted to throw in their recycling bin, can readily be seen as my being "held guilty" of a "penal offence" on account of an act which did not constitute a "penal offence" under UCM "law" at the time when it was committed... The same might be said about my subsequent temporary expulsions for picketing the "church". You may recall that the chair of the UCM's "Stalinistic" Disruptive Behavior Committee told me loudly and clearly that they did not care if I did handed out my letters off of church property (which is exactly what I was doing when I was first expelled for six months...) and he even specifically said that they did not care if I picketed the church. Yet I was subsequently temporarily expelled for a year when I began picketing and this year long expulsion was extended by a further six months. An examination of the "penalties" that I was subjected to will show that the UCM repeatedly changed their own rules in the middle of the "game" to suit their unjust, unequitable, and uncompassionate purposes...
Article 12. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
(Seems to me that Rev. Ray Drennan's abusive clergy misconduct as I have previously described it clearly constitutes "attacks" upon my "honour and reputation"... Yet to this very day I have received absolutely no protection whatsoever from UU "law" against Rev. Ray Drennan's demeaning and abusive attacks on me.)
Article 13. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
(Well this may be stretching the above a bit but, just to make a point, my freedom of "movement" within the borders of the Unitarian Church of Montreal was repeatedly restricted... There is no provision for my "return" to the Unitarian Church of Montreal. Indeed I should mention that there was no provision for any appeal of my expulsion from the UCM...
Article 14. (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
Well I do have the right to seek and enjoy asylum from UU persecution in other UU congregations.
(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
(I dare say that my "crimes" against hypocritical UUs are in fact quite "political"... Of course they have everything to do with exposing and denouncing Rev. Ray Drennan's and other UUs' anti-religious and abusive acts that are contrary to the purported purposes and principles of the UUA to say nothing of the UUMA Guidelines and Code of Professional Practice)
Article 15. (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
(Again this might be stretching this clause a bit but I have been quite unjustly and arbitrarily deprived of my "citizenship" in the Unitarian Church of Montreal...)
Article 16. (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
Article 17. (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Hmmm... I seem to recall having been "arbitrarily deprived" of some picket signs... In fact various UUs have at various times "arbitrarily deprived" me of my picket signs but all of them, except retired Queen's Counsel lawyer Kenneth Howard QC (who really should have known better...), had the good sense to return them to me when I made it clear that I would file theft charges against them.
Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
(I dare say that within the context of UUism this article of the IDHR has been flagrantly and repeatedly violated by Rev. Ray Drennan and many other UUs. I will spare you the details for now as they should be obvious to all but the most DIM Thinking UUs.)
Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
(UUs have in fact repeatedly censored or suppressed my freedom of opinion and expression. They have repeatedly interfered with my ability to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media.)
Article 20. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(Within the context of the Unitarian Church of Montreal my own freedom of peaceful assembly and association was infringed when the UCM's Board arbitrarily and unjustly banned Creation Day from being celebrated on church property even though it had been unanimously approved by the RE committee as an adult RE activity. Imight add that the meeting was both a secretive and manipulative perversion of the democratic process... Previously Frank Green, while the UCM's President, had arbitrarily and unilaterally prevented me from starting a group to discuss spirituality because "some people might think that you're trying to start a movement within the church..." He later made a "joke" insinuating a link between Creation Day and the notorious Solar Temple cult while I was organizing the first Creation Day in the fall of 1994. I was later informed that Frank Green had repeatedly labeled Creation day as a "cult" but had had the political astuteness to do so behind my back...)
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
God forbid that anyone should be compelled to join the Unitarian Universalist Association...
Article 21. (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(I never tried to get on the Board of the Unitarian Church of Montreal but I am sure that if I had tried to do so they would have found ways to make it difficult or impossible for me to do so. I should have been allowed to be present at the October 1994 UCM Board meeting in order to answer questions about Creation Day and respond to any objections. I was barred from the totally secretive and quite manipulative "in camera" segment of this meeting in which they banned Creation Day from being celebrated on "church" property. Less than a month later Rev. Ray Drennan was labeling Creation Day as "your cult" to my face... Need I say more?)
(2) Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country.
(It seems to me that I did not have equal access to the "public service" of the UCM...)
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
(Some, even much, UU "democracy" is a pathetic sham that in no way parallels normal political processes. Many UU "elections" are far from "genuine" and the "suffrage" is neither universal nor equal.)
Article 22. Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
(I think that I could reasonably argue that the UCM's anti-democratic banning of Creation Day, to say nothing of Rev. Ray Drennan's and other UUs' more serious demeaning and abusive treatment of me, infringed on my entitlement to "realize" my own and others' "cultural rights" that are "indispensable" for my own and others' dignity and the free development of my own and others' personality.)
Article 23. (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
N/A but... I was arbitrarily passed over (discriminated against) by Frank Green when the UCM needed to replace its caretaker, even though I really could have used the job at the time and had previously filled in for the caretaker when he took a few weeks holiday in Europe. In fact, the caretaker recommended me to replace him and I had made it clear to the church secretary that I was ready, willing and able to replace him. Of course this had nothing to to with Frank Green's suspicious minded labeling of Creation Day as a "cult" etc.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
N/A However... The repeated malicious interference of UUs in my religious activities, including but not limited to my efforts to establish Creation Day as a legitimate inter-religious event sponsored by the UU religious community, has clear parallels to union-busting dirty tricks...
Article 24. Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
(Well I get plenty of "leisure" picketing the UCM...)
Article 25. (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
Article 26. (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
N/A However, by banning Creation Day the UCM denied some UUs and non-UUs the right to participate in Religious Education on their property...
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
The Unitarian Church of Montreal and indeed the greater UU "religious community" have indirectly made a mockery of this article in terms of how they have treated me. Creation Day most certainly promoted understanding, tolerance, and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups but these UUs banned it and did whatever they could to destroy my ability to promote Creation Day by labeling it as a "cult"...
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Article 27. (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
(Seems to me that I did not, and still do not, have the right to freely and fully participate in the "cultural life" of the UU community, or to share in its religious advancement and benefits...
(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
It is possible that by labeling Creation Day as a "cult" etc. that UUs have infringed on my moral rights in terms of Creation Day but this is not certain.
Article 28. Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
(As should be quite evident by, the "social order" of the UU religious community has in fact clearly infringed on the basic rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration of Human Rights. Far from seeing to it that they are "fully realized" within the UU religious community UUs have in fact repeatedly made a complete mockery of some of these rights and freedoms...)
Article 29. (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
I put it to you that Rev. Ray Drennan, Rev. Diane Miller and many other UUs have been quite derelict in their duties to the UU religious community. As a direct result of this deriliction of duty the development of my personality, and indeed many other personalities UU and otherwise, has neither been free nor full...)
(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
So far I'm in the clear here at least in terms of Canadian law. I'm still waiting for due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of myself and other God believing UUs. I'm still waiting for the UU "religious community" to meet the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a UU "democratic society", to say nothing of larger society...
(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Article 30. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
(I dare say that within the context of the Unitarian Universalist "religious community" UUs do in fact engage in activity and/or perform acts aimed at the destruction of the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.)
There you go CC...
I am sure that you are familiar with the saying -
"Be careful what you ask for lest you get it..."
It is a saying that you and other UUs would do well to pay heed to when dealing with me.