What's the connection?
Or perhaps I should ask - What's the difference?
Herewith, without further ado, is the comment that I just posted in response to Rev. Cynthia Landrum's 'The Lowe Moment
' blog post which publicly criticizes David Caton
, president of the Florida Family Association
, for his alleged or actual "anti-Muslim rhetoric" and "hate-mongering" bigotry etc. etc. -
I regret to have to say so Rev. Cyn, but much of the strong public criticism that you are hereby leveling at David Caton, president of the Florida Family Association, *could* be just as justifiably directed at Rev. Peter Morales, president of *your* Unitarian Universalist Association Of Congregations. . . David Caton's "anti-Muslim rhetoric" that you take issue with here is not all *that* different from the "anti-Muslim rhetoric"* that Rev. Peter Morales spouted in his sermon cum "stump speech"
announcing his candidacy for President of the UUA, but at least David Caton doesn't have the gall to number Islam amongst alleged "obsolete religions". . . How does David Caton's assertion that a Muslim "is a follower of Islam and a follower of Islam believes in radicalization, the use of Sharia law, which provides for honor killings, mutilation of women and numerous other atrocities to women" differ so much from Rev. Peter Morales' assertion that Islam (and other alleged "obsolete religions" like Judaism and Christianity. . .) "lead to tribalism, violence, suspicion, hatred, and oppression" and "contribute to the darkness" of "hatred, injustice, prejudice, ignorance"? I would even suggest that the "anti-Muslim rhetoric" which Rev. Peter Morales' spouted in his "stump speech" paints Islam with a somewhat broader image tarnishing brush than that of your alleged "hate-mongering" bigot David Caton. . .
You are accusing David Caton of being "a religious extremist" who "can't believe that moderates within other religions exist." One who "paints a caricature of Muslims and then claims that anyone who doesn't look like his caricature isn't Muslim, and that moderate, peaceful Islam doesn't exist." Didn't Rev. Peter Morales do pretty much the same thing in his "stump speech" Rev. Cyn? Heck Rev. Peter Morales didn't even have the decency to leave moderate American Muslims the "out" of not being *real* Muslims if they don't look like *his* entirely negative caricature of Islam.
Am I wrong Rev. Cyn?
Where does UUA President Peter Morales leave room for "moderate, peaceful Islam" when he publicly slams ALL of Islam as an "obsolete religion" that leads to "tribalism, violence, suspicion, hatred, and oppression" and contributes to "the darkness" of "hatred, injustice, prejudice, ignorance"?
Forgive me for throwing your well meant words back at you Rev. Cyn but I expect that the Muslims on All-American Muslim are more more peaceful, more American, and without a shadow of a doubt more *Godly* than Rev. Peter Morales and his organization. . . AFA*I*AC Rev. Peter Morales' public statements spouted in his "stump speech" announcing his candidacy for President of the UUA are a disgrace to the faith of *real* Unitarian Universalists, yet all too real Unitarian Universalists went ahead and democratically elected Rev. Peter Morales the president of *their* Association.
What does *that* say about 21st Century Unitarian Universalists Rev. Cyn?
I can assure you that Rev. Peter Morales is not the only Unitarian Universalist U*U to display anti-Muslim, anti-Christian, or other anti-religious intolerance and bigotry in his or her words and actions. Far from it. . . How is it that David Caton's anti-Muslim rhetoric causes you to number him amongst "hate-mongering bigots" but UUA President Peter Morales' even broader anti-Muslim rhetoric apparently gets a pass from you and most if not all other Unitarian Universalists?
And yes Rev. Cyn, I fully expect that *I* would take Dearborn Muslims over Rev. Peter Morales and his All-American Unitarian Universalists as *my* neighbors and friends, any day. . . because Rev. Peter Morales, other "like-minded" U*U "hate-mongering bigots" (such as Rev. Ray Drennan
just for starters), and those numerous (ahem) *chicken-hearted* Unitarian Universalists who happily tolerate, and even expressly condone and outright whitewash, ALL manner of U*U intolerance and bigotry, have repeatedly proven that they are no friends of mine. . .
Robin Edgar aka The Emerson Avenger
* To say nothing of Rev. Peter Morales' anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, and more broadly anti-religious rhetoric. . .
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