Well, at least Robin Edgar is not claiming to speak for ‘victims’ of UU ‘injustices, abuses and hypocrisies.’ Now his latest complaint is about his ‘peaceful public protest’ being ‘silenced’ by the Unitarian Church of Montreal calling the police.
As reported before by a member of the UCM, the Montreal police were the ones who advised the local church to call them whenever he harassed them.
Robin Edgar now wants his repeated lashing out at the UCM, at UU ministers, and indeed at UUs everywhere, to be a form of ‘dissent’ instead of what it really is: harassment, pure and simple.
Dissenters have a point to get across. Harassers simply attack their targets for the sake of attacking them, and any message they might have had becomes lost in the process. Robin Edgar has been attacking so often and for so long, it has caused scores of individuals all over to ask him why he keeps doing it (and he keeps telling them to go look for themselves, or goes on yet another long tirade about how he was abused by ‘obnoxious’ UUs, all the while neglecting to mention his own abusive and obnoxious behaviour).
The goal of dissent is to get those with whom you disagree to listen and make changes, or to call on other to pressure those into doing so. The goal of harassment is to shame, humiliate and intimidate, with no clear goal in sight. Robin Edgar has not merely ‘disagreed’ with UUs but has resorted to personal attacks, verbal abuse, deliberately offensive behaviour, and even outright defamation; but whenever asked to state what he hopes to accomplish, the only clear answer he’s given has been for a dispute now over a decade past to be reviewed yet again, and to be found in his favour simply because he refuses to even consider that he might be wrong.
Unitarian Universalists welcome healthy disagreement. It is what brought our faith movement into existence. That is a far cry, however, from the blatantly disagreeable conduct of Robin Edgar, which has persisted for far too long.