Reading Robin Edgar’s comments on other people’s blogs can be confusing. He makes sweeping accusations against Unitarian Universalists, with no specifics to back them up.
For example, on David Markham’s UU A Way Of Life blog, he insists that UUs of ‘egregiously misusing and abusing democratic principles’. How so, Mister Edgar? He gives no examples, and if somebody takes the bait of asking him, he will most likely go on yet another rant about the Unitarian Church of Montreal ‘egregiously misusing and abusing democratic principles’ to have him removed rather than continue letting him harass church members and disrupt church life.
We have found it important that, to understand such vagaries, it is important to know some key elements of Robin Edgar’s self-centered mentality. First and foremost, he is never wrong and can never do any wrong. Even when he is shown to be in error, or to have engaged in the same egregious behaviour he denounces in others, he bends over backwards to deny it, justify it, or simply lash out at his accuser.
Secondly, everything in black and white. If a UU minister says things he doesn’t like, and won’t apologise the way he wants, and Canadian and American UU leaders tell him that his complaints of unethical conduct are not actionable, then he jumps to the conclusion that all these UUs actually endorse what the minister said. Combine that with the first rule that Robin Edgar is never wrong, and he feels he can lash out at any and every UU who dares to even question his perception of events.
Last and certainly not least, any bad news about UUs is proof that UUs are bad. So when a member of a UU church is alleged to have murdered his wife, even though it has nothing to do with how the UUA or its congregations are governed, or how UU organizations handle grievances, in his mind it fits in his ever growing list of UU ‘injustices, abuses and hypocrisies’. Likewise the story of Reverend Mack Mitchell, exposed by his own congregation of false imprisonment and rape, and dismissed from ministry by the UUA – but a UU minister did bad things, and the UUA didn’t act quick enough or publicly enough for his perfectionistic tastes (see second rule) so he’s justified in accusing the UUA of a ‘coverup’ and keeps saying so even after several people have pointed out that there was no such coverup. Why? See the first rule.
So before you ask what Robin Edgar means by something, we suggest that you use these rules to translate what he says for himself.