It’s no surprise that Robin Edgar reads one UU minister’s blog entry, critical of some aspect of Unitarian Universalism, and makes it into a broad denunciation of anything and everything UUs believe and do. But this time his accusation is the greatest of all hypocrisies.
Yes, Robin Edgar has decreed that Unitarian Universalists are narcissists.
This from the man who, for some two decades, has lashed out at an increasing number of UU ministers and leaders and congregations, indeed the entire UU movement, because they will not do what he demands. Nothing else matters to Robin Edgar but what Robin Edgar wants. Fail to do so, and he sees it as justification to insult, belittle, attack and harass those whom he once idealized and now devalues.
Forget that Unitarian Universalists have done so much work for the benefit of others, simply because it is the right thing to do. Unitarians and Universalists worked for the abolition of slavery, equality for women, helping refugees from Nazi Germany, civil rights and racial equality, and now equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Not good enough for Robin Edgar, and not simply because Unitarian Universalists are no more perfect than anybody else. No, it’s not good enough for Robin Edgar because Robin Edgar does not like how some UUs treated him.
Nor does it matter how outrageous his own behaviour has been. If the Unitarian Church of Montreal will not authorise a second ‘Creation Day’ event, then he believes himself justified to throw a temper tantrum, accuse others in the church of intolerance, and demand that the minister meet him in his small apartment – and nowhere else – to ‘explain’ why total eclipses are such spiritual events.
It also does not matter that UUs have always been engaged in self-critical discussions about the evolution of our faith, and the needs of our members. Once again, another example of his egoistic black-and-white thinking – only those who kowtow to him are good and right, and anybody who dares to question or criticise him are bad and wrong.
For Robin Edgar to accuse anybody else of narcissism is a classic example of ‘the pot calling the kettle black.’ Of course, when somebody becomes as self-centred and self-absorbed as he is, it’s expected that he fails to see this. All we can hope is that UUs will remember all the good we have, and can continue, to do, and learn from that.