Unitarian Universalists are not afraid of reasoned and constructive criticism. We learn from it, and grow as a faith movement because of it.
It is another thing altogether, however, when a petulant egotist makes it his mission to try to our faith by citing anything and everything negative he can find, twisting it and exaggerating it, as part of a vindictive campaign of vengeance and self-aggradisemnt.
Robin Edgar continues to do so, and it is utterly shameful.
In his most recent “Emerson Avenger” post, he cites a sermon by Reverend Lynn Strauss, on the topic of clergy sexual abuse within the UUA and its member congregations. He points to her frank discussion of the history of sexual abuse, and the poor way in which many congregations dealt with the matter. Then, in quoting her statement that “There is no more tolerance for misconduct” within the UUA, he pronounces that this is “questionable” and goes on to state that, in his experience, this is not the case.
He continues to claim that the UUA has made no progress in handling the issue, that the policies put into place after years of soul-searching discussion and research amount to nothing. His proof? He offers none. He simply repeats his self-centered assertion that, since he wasn’t satisfied with the way that the UUA handled his complaint of “clergy misconduct,” the UUA has done nothing on the issue, and needs in his view to be vilified and slandered.
Reverend Lynn Strauss specifically addressed sexual abuse and misconduct. Robin Edgar continues to try to convince people that the “abuse” and “misconduct” he allegedly “suffered” from UU clergy is somehow to be equated with the trauma and betrayal of sexual abuse.
Reverend Lynn Strauss points to specific progress in how the UUA and its congregations handle sexual abuse. Robin Edgar claims it is not enough, and. following his absolutist line of thinking (see our post of June 1: Robin Edgar’s Rules of Self-Righteousness) “not enough” might just as well be a “Big Fat U*U zero*.
All to fill his ego. All to continue to whine and yell that his allegations against Reverend Ray Drennan were never addressed to his satisfaction. All to excuse abusive and immature behaviour on his part.
When Robin Edgar continues to distort the truth, to claim that all forms of abuse and misconduct are equally bad, all to make himself the victim and to rationalize how he lashes out at UUs, all while accusing UUs of being liars and hypocrites, he is showing what a liar and a hypocrite he is.
When he does so without providing any constructive alternative to what he perceives is wrong, he shows that he has no real intention of making things better. He only wants to destroy, like a spoiled brat wrecking another child’s toys out of jealousy and rage.
Robin Edgar claims his actions are in keeping with UU traditions and principles. Wrong. Distorting and ignoring truth, undignified ad hominem attacks, and egotistical demands that everybody else stop what they are doing to pay attention to him, run completely counter to UU principles.
Unitarian Universalism welcomes reasoned and constructive criticism. Robin Edgar’s hypocritical denunciations do not fit the bill.