Robin Edgar has repeatedly put himself up as the judge of all Unitarian Universalist conduct, following such an extreme ‘counsel of perfection’ that nobody could possible live up to it. Any deviation from his interpretation, and he goes on the warpath to denounce and denigrate them, and in the process declares that UUs are hypocritical.
What about Robin Edgar himself? How well does he live up to these principles which he demands that everybody else live up to in such an absolute degree?
The inherent worth and dignity of every person. Robin Edgar routinely insults people. He does not merely say he disagrees with them, but calls them ‘stupid’, ‘morons’, ‘asshats’ and other derogatory terms. He even brags that he’s deliberately rude and offensive, and uses outlandish excuses to rationalize such behaviour.
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Robin Edgar has probably set a record for the number of misconduct complaints filed against UU ministers, insisting that the fact that he has declared their actions wrong is sufficient grounds for chastising and punishing them. They include his claim that a minister has ‘demonized and marginalized ALL Republicans’ because she expressed dismay at the language used by some GOP leaders. And if the UUA will not follow through on his complaints? Well, then they are guilty of complicity and must be similarly punished! Apparently Mister Edgar believes he is to be the sole arbiter of justice, at least in UU matters.
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. We wonder how picketing churches and meetings, and harassing those who enter them, encourages spiritual growth. Not to mention questioning the Unitarian Church of Montreal’s right to provide free or reduced admission to university students at their events.
A free and responsible search for meaning and truth. Robin Edgar has been playing fast and loose with the truth for years now, often using distortion and hyperbole to make his case. We have already cited how he accuses UUs of a coverup which never happened. Considering how he takes such an extreme approach (his views are beyond question, but woe unto anybody who dares to question him or offer contrary views) just how ‘free and responsible’ is that?
The right of conscience and the use of democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Robin Edgar does not believe that UU ministers have the right to express opinions which he finds objectionable (see above under second Principle). Nor does he respect the right of a congregation’s membership to remove a disruptive individual from their ranks – at least when that individual is him. So, at best, he believes in a selective application of this principle, where he selects when and how it will be applied.
We’ll leave it there for now, the point being clear. Robin Edgar demands perfection from others, then plays fast and loose when it comes to how he lives by them. If he wants to deal with ‘injustices, abuses and hypocrisy,’ then he clearly needs to start with himself.