Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chalica, Day 4, A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

Americans don't like truth, at least the American government doesn't. The United States government and most governments are afraid of their own people. You would think that in a democracy things would be different, but they aren't.

The Athenians killed Socrates and some prominent Americans are calling for the death of Julian Assange.

As a marriage counselor I deal with many couples where one of the partners lied to the other about an affair, and there are many families that I get involved in where family secrets have been kept for  years or decades that are quite a shock when revealed.

To tell or not to tell? Don't ask don't tell has been official policy in the U.S. military for a couple of decades now where a person's sexual orientation is to be keep secret. Senator McCain likes it that way and wants the disengenousness to continue even when the military leaders themselves say it is bad for morale.

America is a nation of liars where lying is national policy and where telling the truth has recently been labeled as terrorism and deserving of death.

The Unitarian Univeralist value to truth telling and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning is certainly counter cultural and revolutionary.

George Orwell said, "In the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

Unitarian Universalists are special people who have come together to covenant together to create a revolutionary church. In an age of corruption and deceit our congregations and our fourth principle is worthy of huge celebration.

8 comments:

  1. "The Unitarian Univeralist value to truth telling and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning is certainly counter cultural and revolutionary."

    This professed U*U "value" is not nearly as "counter cultural" or "revolutionary" as you claim David but, in any case. . . U*Us seem no better at actually honoring and upholding that purported principle of Unitarian*Univervalism as any other Americans or Canadians, indeed *some* U*Us repeatedly make a totally mockery of the fourth principle of U*Uism to say nothing of the six others.

    Based on my own well documented experience of the so-called U*U World I could justifiably paraphrase your post by saying -

    Unitarians don't like truth, at least the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations doesn't. The U*U "government" at 25 Beacon Street in Boston is afraid of The Emerson Avenger. You would think that in a supposedly democratic religion things would be different, but they aren't. . .

    The Unitarians "killed" Robin Edgar with character assassination and some prominent Unitarians are calling for the criminalization of The Emerson Avenger's criticism and dissent. Heck I have even had one former board member of the Unitarian Church of Montreal utter a threat of physical violence against me that a 911 dispatcher characterized as "death threats". What this belligerent U*U actually said was -

    "Come back here next week and I will punch your fucking lights out."

    When I told the 911 operator that I did not consider this threat of being beaten into unconsciousness an actual "death threat" the 911 operator politely pointed out to me that some people beaten into unconsciousness never consciousness. . .

    I have had numerous slanderous and libelous lies told about me by Unitarian*Universalists but very few U*Us are the least bit interested in engaging in a free and rresponsible search for the truth and meaning of my clergy misconduct complaints and other legitimate grievances, perhaps least of all UUA administrators and UUA Trustees. Does the U*U produced Robin Edgar Sucks blog look like the product of a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, or does it look more like demonzing and marginalizing character assassination shamelessly attempting to discredit my ongoing fight against glaringly obvious U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy?

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  2. The fourth principle of Unitarian*Universalism, and other U*U principles and ideals, will only be worthy of "huge celebration" when U*Us actually make a serious effort to genuinely honor and uphold them. For now U*Us should hang their heads in shame for all of the lies and deceit, and various other forms of corruption and abuse, that they either directly perpetrate or indirectly perpetuate by doing nothing or next to nothing to confront U*U injustices.

    I doubt that George Orwell would be very impressed with the Seven Principles of U*Uism if he could see how U*Us make such a mockery of them on an ongoing basis. I think that he would probably consider the Seven Principles to be a form of "political language" which he defined as being -

    "designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

    I guess my ongoing public protests are something of a "revolutionary act" since I happen to be telling some "less than pleasant" truths about the Unitarian Church of Montreal, the UUA, and the greater Unitarian*Universalist religious community in a time of well-documented Unitarian*Universalist deceit. . . Most ironically *some* Unitarian*Univeralists have actually gone so far as to characterize me as a terrorist and "stalker" for "tarnishing the image" of The U*U Movement by "going public" with the truth about Unitarian*Universalist injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy.

    How many Unitarian*Universalists have ever entered into a genuinely free and, more importantly. . . *responsible* search for the truth and meaning of what I am saying about the Unitarian Church of Montreal, the UUA, and The U*U Movement more generally?

    Not many.

    Very few indeed.

    Is this worthy of huge celebration?

    I think not.

    This "enraged" incoherent "rant" brought to U*Us U*U World-wide courtesy of The Emerson Avenger.

    Vive La RevolU*Ution! :-)

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  3. Typo correction -

    Please insert the word "regain" between "never" and "consciousness" in the penultimate paragraph of my initial comment.

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  4. And, needless to say David, you are obviously included amongst those very few Unitarian Universalists who actually have engaged in a free and genuinely responsible search for the truth and meaning of what I am saying about U*U injustices, abuses and hypocrisy so please don<t take my "rant" here personally because it is not directed at you personally but rather at all those other U*Us who are all too happy to turn blind eyes and deaf ears to Unitarian*Universalist corruption and deceit etc.

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  5. BTW Your spelling of the word "responsible" in your blog post title is "less than responsible" and needs to be responsibly corrected. ;-)

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  6. Dear Robin:

    I was thinking of you and your efforts to clean up the Unitarian Universalist Association administration and the injustice you have suffered at the voices of the UU church of Montreal.

    I wondered if things were Okay and it is reassuring to me, as someone who respects your voice, complaints, and efforts to make Unitarian Universalism a better church and association of churches, to find out that you seem to be well and continuing the good fight.

    Thanks for your comments.

    All the best,

    David Markham

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  7. Dear Robin:

    Thanks for catching the spelling error. I fixed it "responsibly" I think.

    All the best,

    David Markham

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  8. Yup, looks pretty responsible now Dave. :-)

    I am doing all right and had a rather interesting past month or so in terms of my "alternative spiritual practice" of protesting in front of the Unitarian Church of Montreal. I also received a nice compliment from a supportive Unitarian Universalist minister who concluded an email to me with these words -

    "In appreciation of your prophetic work,"

    Made my day, if not my week.

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