In our previous post, we mentioned (among other things) that Robin Edgar has resorted to defamation as part of his continual harassment of Unitarian Universalists.
We would anticipate that he would, once again, angrily insist on knowing how exactly he has defamed the UUA. So we feel compelled to explain in advance.
Robin Edgar has repeatedly alleged that the UUA and its Ministerial Fellowship Committee engaged in a ‘cover-up’ regarding sexual assault charges against Reverend Mack Mitchell in 1991.
Not only was Mitchell reported to police in 1991 by members of his own Northborough church, and not only was the matter covered in news media, but the MFC promptly investigated the matter and voted to remove Mitchell from ministerial fellowship, as reported by the UUA’s Information Officer at the time.
So, Mister Edgar, where is this ‘cover-up’ of which you are alleging? Did the UUA attempt to silence the press, or refuse to comment on the matter? No, on both counts. The press covered as they should, and the UUA reported that they followed their procedures for reviewing the evidence and removed Mitchell from their roster of ministers.
And yet, you have continued to accuse the UUA of a ‘cover-up’ in the matter. The facts have been brought to your attention which contradict your accusation, and what do you do? You persist in making the accusation.
That, sir, is defamation!
You can use whatever rationalizations you wish to justify such irresponsible statements, but the fact remains that you made a baseless allegation calculated to discredit a group, and when once made aware of the facts to the contrary, refuse to retract your statement and indeed keep repeating it.
Robin Edgar tries to position himself as the moral judge for Unitarian Universalist ministers and leaders. His hypocritical actions demonstrate that he has no business doing so.