I do no understand some people. A certain blog post from last week hung out enough dirty laundry of a just-deceased Massachusetts senator and his family to fill the Kiel Center floor to ceiling. I didn't storm out on to the balcony of the hotel at which my buddy and I were staying in Biloxi when the flash came over that Reagan had died; it wasn't my damn place then and it isn't now. Sorry, but castigating someone for breaches in ethics and character posthumously is contemptible in the extreme. Kicking a man when he's dead--which he'd already been for quite some time when you consider the sharp plummet in his mental and physical health--is kicking a family when it is dead. Absolutely repugnant.
I'm not going to go into more detail than you really need to know about Canadian blogger Robin Edgar or his leaving the Unitarian-Universalist faith but I have a hunch it may have dragged him down the apocalyptic hallway into his new psychological home. All the posts on his blog and myriad troll comments at which he more than dutifully excels really just have to be read to be believed. Edgar's calling card terms and phrases--memory hole, DIM thinking, corpse*cold Unitarians--and an eerie personal feeling of destiny to make sure every UU quivers to her knees and and proclaims how sorry she is for tormenting him may just be the impetus fate needs to induct him into this most hallowed institution alonside Mr. Dec and Tom Lloyd.
But Robin Edgar knows a thing or two about kicking a man when he's dead. And one post in particular nailed it shut for me that he is a callously sleazy, pious douchebag.
On August 9th a UU minister named Tim Jensen passed away suddenly at the age of 52 after fighting lung cancer for a year-and-a-half. Not that Edgar gave a crap. He was expecting Jensen to mend some fences--make that mend all fences since, hey, Edgar is completely blameless for everything--because Jensen also contributed to the verbal pruning over Edgar's religious conversion but didn't offer anything in the way of a sincere, heartfelt apology before he CROAKED. Unacceptable, says the self-appointed "Emerson Avenger":
For Rev. Tim Jensen's sake, as much as my own, I regret that our online conflict aka "pissing match" never reached a satisfactory resolution before his untimely death and still remains unresolved. Had Rev. Dr. Timothy W. Jensen taken a moment or two to responsibly retract his insulting and defamatory allegations about me, and offer an acceptable apology for making them, those words and actions would have gone a long way to restoring (or creating) right relations between us, but Rev. Tim Jensen quite evidently had other priorities in his life and took *those* conflict resolving, aka peacemaking, aka right relations restoring moments for granted.
Now, I can't say all the UU's I've met or known--I used to be one--necessarily fit the profile of the mentally "composed". I once met a UU of about 17 or 18 at a Young Religious UU conference who told me his parents had him checked in to a psychiatric facility after he ran away from home...once. (Gee, who are the crazies now?) But the conduct of someone who used to subscribe to UU tenets and principles to act so cavalierly and unsympathetically toward someone whose just died has to be the result of more than just the glaringly obvious psychiatric face plant Edgar took after that 'profound revelatory experience'. He is narcissistic and borderline histrionic but that's another ball of wax: Robin Edgar is a piece of garbage.
You by chance had breakfast yet? In the most disgusting part of the post Edgar, out of "respect" for Jensen's family and their time of mourning, wants to do the most decent thing at this time and hold off on writing more posts outlining Jensen's numerous moral transgressions or going ahead with that clergy misconduct complaint against Jensen until after the family has had its time to grieve:
Out of respect for Rev. Tim Jensen's mourning family and friends I will not be posting a couple of blog posts about our online "pissing match" that I had intended to post last week but which were delayed by other priorities. I do not intend to make any new posts here about our online conflict for at least a couple of weeks, nor do I intend to proceed with my formal unbecoming conduct / clergy misconduct complaint against Rev. Dr. Tim Jensen unless some compelling reason convinces me that it really is in my own and other people's best interests to do so. The main point of filing a formal clergy misconduct complaint against Rev. Tim Jensen was to make yet another attempt to persuade the UUA and its ever so aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee to properly hold U*U ministers accountable when they insult and defame people on the internet or in "real life" (as it were), rather than turning a willfully blind eye to their "less than excellent" ministry or even go so far as to pretend that their unbecoming conduct, or even worse clergy misconduct, is "within the appropriate guidelines of ministerial leadership". As it happens there are a few other living U*U ministers who can still serve that purpose well enough even though Rev. Tim Jensen's well documented insults and defamation presented a pretty solid case against him. . .
Awww, isn't that beautiful? Another calling card term Edgar uses is "less than excellent", usually toward ministers and fellowship committees. He desperately needs to heed his own words. How about this for a profound revelatory experience? He should stand in the middle of his back yard and not move until the next solar eclipse. Then he would actually be doing something constructive.