Wasn’t it Karl Marx who argued that “quantity has a quality all its own”? Then perhaps Robin Edgar is attempting to apply Marxist theory to his “Emerson Avenger” blog.
In the past day, he has posted three times. Does he believe that drowning us in more repetitious ranting will somehow make more progress than his years and years of childish attacks and insults? Or perhaps he’s in one of his particularly more manic and obsessive phases?
Robin Edgar’s first post is yet another rage-filled attack on anybody who dares to critcize or question him without revealing their names. Do tell, Mister Edgar, why you will not then reveal the name of the UU minister whom you allege praised you as “prophetic” by way of “electronic communication”. You, sir, who love to condemn hypocrisy, perhaps you should look in the mirror.
Then Robin Edgar tries once again to compare the Unitarian Universalist Association with the Roman Catholic church with regard to sexual abuse by clergy. He quotes Kay Montgomery’s admission of how the UUA had fallen short of dealing with the problem, but in a way which strongly implies that nothing had been done. Ms. Montgomery’s words were said at a UUA General Assembly ten years ago, and since then both the UUA and the UU Ministerial Association has done considerable work in addressing the issue, including measures to screen out potential abusers. Oh, and while we’re at it, perhaps Mister Edgar forgot about the letter addressed to him by a group of sexual abuse survivors a year ago. (see our March post: Abuse Survivors to Robin Edgar: You Don’t Speak for Us)
Robin Edgar’s last attack is directed to Meg Riley. As she laments the recent tax-cut package ratified by the US Congress, he asks why the UUA did not organize the kind of resistance which she had wanted to see. Perhaps he is unaware that the US Constitution’s separation of church and state severely limits what religious denominations can do in response to specific legislation. Then again, perhaps he is aware, but chooses to ignore the fact because it would spoil yet another chance for him to lash out at UU ministers, and therefore continue to nurse the grudge which he has been carrying for close to two decades now.
Worse, he believes that, because the newspaper website on which he posted his comment to Riley calls for “civil, thought-provoking and high-quality public discussion”, and because they left his comment on (for now, at least) that he can call the totality of his juvenile attacks in this light. Yet another example of Robin Edgar’s self-centered and warped view of reality: he is all good, UUs (and especially UU ministers) are all bad. Even when he tries to qualify such statements with the word some, he feels compelled to bracket the qualifier in asterisks (strange that he can figure out all sorts of computer tricks, but italics and bold-face elude him) as if to show off: “See, I’m not as extreme as those boneheaded Big Fat U*U asshats would have you believe!” Since you’ve failed to notice, Mister Edgar, UUs don’t need to make anybody else believe such things about you, as you have successfully done so yourself.
There is no quality in Robin Edgar’s written ranting and raving, no matter the quantity he turns out. He is merely repeated the same tired complaints and insults. Unfortunately, he doesn’t stop at his computer keyboard (assuming that he actually has a computer of his own) but feels the obsessive need to harass Montreal Unitarians on the street, in a vain attempt to make himself feel utterly right and righteous. “Look at me! Look at me! I’m protesting! I’m making them look bad! That makes me look good, right?”
Wrong, Mister Edgar. But you just go on believing that your antics actually mean anything. Go on believing that being deliberately annoying and insulting (your own words) will actually accomplish anything constructive. Go on harassing, stalking and bullying people who are wise to how mean-spirited and disturbed you truly are.