Seems that, whenever Robin Edgar runs out of ideas, he falls into the same tired old habits. He finds one Google hit, which fits his incredibly narrow, fixated view that ‘UUs are bad’ for whatever reason he can come up with, then whips it into yet another lengthy rant about how – you guessed it – UUs are bad.
This time, he takes a single post, tracks it to two posts where others complain of negative experiences attending UU churches, and offers it as ‘proof’ that Unitarian Universalists are ‘un-welcoming.’
And does he offer any solution to this problem? No, he doesn’t. Which does not surprise us in the least. It’s hard to get Robin Edgar to offer any practical solutions to any of the problems he complains about. Considering how often he distorts and exaggerates these problems, and in a few cases manufactures them, we don’t see how he could find any such solutions.
Let’s also take a good look at his ‘evidence.’ One of the posts which he copies and pastes is close to three years old; the other is six years old. For all he knows, the individual churches in question could have taken a good, hard look at themselves and made changes in how they greeted and interacted with newcomers. Considering how the UUA has been developing programs over the past few years to help congregations address just these issues, you would think that he would look at the whole timeline and see that UUs are working on solutions to the problem.
Nope. Robin Edgar needs a reason to complain, so why should he care about the facts? Why should he do anything more than repeat years-old criticism like it’s yesterday’s news? More important than that, why doesn’t he even bother with coming up with solutions of his own, instead of rehashing the same obsessive gripes?
At the very least, he could try starting his own independent spiritual community, open to all people, and ‘show ’em how its done,’ as they say. Since he is listed as a contact for the breakaway American Unitarian Conference, why doesn’t he try starting a fellowship under their auspices?
No, Robin Edgar?
Apparently not. He is too obsessed with accusing UUs of being ‘unwelcoming’ towards him that he is unable to be welcoming himself.
Not to mention the fact that the Unitarian Church of Montreal did welcome him as a member in 1993. By 1997, his behaviour and demands had gotten so out of hand that the church’s leadership felt they had to suspend that membership for six months. He responds with even more outrageous behaviour, both at church events and his picketing outside, not to mention his refusal to accept the written apology he demanded from Reverend Ray Drennan, that the UCM’s membership voted to expel him – after letting him give yet another lengthy, angry and almost incoherent defense of his actions (in which he actually compared the Board’s motion with the Spanish Inquisition, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and ‘ethnic cleansing’).
Robin Edgar was welcomed, and like an obnoxious party guest, he wore out his welcome. He was told to leave, and told why. But because he cannot accept that, and because the UUA will not punish the Montreal church as he sees fit, he now sees fit to punish all UUs for not conforming to his demands.
Well, Mister Edgar, if you want Unitarian Universalists to even consider your demands – whatever they may be – then we will repeat our condition for such: Go get professional help! At the very least, you can dispel all the statements you so hate concerning your mental health. At best, however, you could finally focus on the real problem here.