Well said Scott,
I can assure you that your experiences of Unitarian Universalism align very close with my own, and those of numerous other people. I can assure you that there have been cases of child sex abuse committed by not only Unitarian Universalist Religious Educators aka UU Sunday School teachers, but also by some UUA ministers. A few of these UU sex offenders have been charged tried and convicted of sex crimes like pedophilia, and even forcible rape of children. Even when UUs have been convicted of pedophilia and rape UU congregations, and the UUA, have tried to keep this hidden as much as possible. In June 2012 the UUA had me served with a bullshit cease and desist demand letter that, amongst other ludicrous accusations, falsely accused me of the archaic criminal act of "blasphemous libel" for allegedly making "unfounded and vicious allegations to the effect that ministers of the Association engage in such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape". Needless to say my blog posts about UU pedophiles & and rapists were by no means "unfounded" as falsely alleged by the UUA's Canadian attorney, but were based on newspaper reports about Unitarian Universalists who had actually been convicted of pedophilia and-or rape and had been sentenced to jail terms for their "despicable crimes". It is truly shameful the lengths that Unitarian Universalist "moral leaders" will go to to conceal clergy sexual misconduct in general, and UU child sex abuse in particular.
You sound like someone who actually values Unitarian Universalist principles and ideals, unlike most of the U*Us I have the misfortune to know. Like you, my expectation that U*Us should make a serious effort to actually practice what U*Us so emptily, if not outright fraudulently, preach has led to serious conflict with not only my local Unitarian Universalist "church", but the UUA and numerous hypocritical U*Us.
I am either keenly aware of, or have directly experienced, pretty much everything you speak about in this video.
I have not had any full-on death threats made against me by Unitarian Universalists, but several U*Us have made statements to the effect that they would celebrate my death or would like to kill me.
I have been physically assaulted by Unitarian Univeralists on several occasions, although these assaults are of a comparatively low end nature that have yet to result in anything beyond scratches and bruises and damage of camera equipment. Two of these assaults were recorded on video and uploaded to YouTube.
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Thanks so much for your comments! It's especially nice to read them given that my changing videos around on YouTube deleted some of your comments there. I’m so sorry about that, and I really appreciate your patience with my sub-par technical skills.
I’ve heard from several people who’ve had negative experiences with UU congregations in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, California, Vermont - and now, of course, in Canada. I really appreciate your being willing to post your comments (and to protest as you do). The others I’ve spoken with were too afraid to discuss their situations with me outside of the context of private emails or messages; I totally understand their fears, but I’m still glad to meet someone else who speaks out openly against UU injustice. And it feels good to know that my family and I aren’t alone, as we felt when we started questioning our local UU church.
I honestly can’t believe they brought a libel case against you on the grounds they did! Of course the information is available! In fact, only a few months ago, I stumbled upon this admission of UU sexual misconduct from Jim Key: http://www.uusafety.net/truthtopower/2014/board-apology/. Ok, so it’s dated later than your court case, but I’ve also seen other information about UU sexual misconduct from 2012 and before. The Key statement just surprised me because it made me think, “It must have been something really bad and really public for them to actually admit to wrongdoing” - even if the statement is really more of an “unpology” than anything else.
I do value the principles. And one of the reasons I left my local congregation was because I felt most of the members routinely trampled on them.
Yes, I recently watched the videos of the assaults you mentioned. Honestly, both in the case of your being pushed down and in the case of your camera being damaged, I would have pressed charges. If it did nothing else, it would stop people like the woman who started throwing your signs into traffic - I’d be surprised if that didn’t endanger at least one child. Kudos, once more, on your patience. If I could prove beyond a reasonable doubt who was on the other end of the computer which was used to make the death threat against me, I’d sue them in a heartbeat.
Thanks again. I’ve subscribed to your YouTube page and will check out some of your other videos, as well. It’s good to see someone striving to follow the principles - even if I had to look outside of the UUA to find them.
I'm a former Unitarian Universalist minister (still am, technically) and I agree with everything you've said. I've seen it all, literally in this case. You can read more of my experiences at my blog Unitarian Universalist Nightmares: http://changeandinertia.blogspot.com/ Thank you for this video. I had a DRE who used to tell everyone (board, minister, anyone in charge) that she ran background checks on everyone who worked with the kids. The reality was that she checked no one, but lied about it. When this was brought to lay "leaders" attention, it was excused away.
With your permission, I would like to repost this video and part 2 on my blog, hopefully to a somewhat wider audience.
I would encourage both of you to comment on The Emerson Avenger blog which gets more visits and page views than UUA leadership might suspect.
Devilhead: Thanks so much for your comments! It feels good to know I'm not alone in my experiences, even though it's sad to realize that the problems with UUism are more widespread than I initially realized.
We actually had a great DRE when I started attending... but I think the minister wanted someone a little more obedient and less intelligent - which is exactly what she got with the DRE who wouldn't even fill out the background check paperwork.
U*U Know Who and Devilhead: I plan to check out both of your blogs when I have the chance. You're welcome to link to my site and/or use my videos if you'd like (they’re probably easier to embed from YouTube, by the way). Please consider linking to my home page, my blog, and/or this post if you feel it relevant. Notice that I explain, on my links page, that no one who links to my site necessarily endorses or condones anything I post here (and vice versa).
Best to Both of You,
Here is a video clip from this weekend's protest outside the Unitarian "Church" of Montreal that might be of particular interest to you.
Thanks for the link! It’s so rare for UUs to actually work together without squabbling. Then, when they do, it’s to support censorship! Where is the “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” they claim to support?