The World’s Most Perfect People

That’s how the so-called UUs (Unitarian Universalists) would describe themselves to you if their perfect sense of modesty did not intervene. UU is the colloquial cult speak of this so called “Uncommon Denomination” as they like to style themselves. After 11 years of off and on again involvement with this particular anti-religious religious cult I would describe them as the perfect combination of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant or WASP arrogance combined with the most perfectly obnoxious form of anti-Catholic bigotry melded perfectly to the most equally obnoxious form of Jewish chauvinism and puerile Islamophobic hate that exists today for anyone who refuses to adopt the official party line in regard to the divine nature of the standard Zionist, feminist, and identity politics enterprise.

The most extraordinary, equally offensive, and bizarre aspect of this anti-religious religious cult is that they can maintain their federal tax exemption status as a religious organization in spite of the fact that their sole mission is political. I would describe the Unitarian Universalist Society of the Greater Daytona Beach Area (that is the actual and precise name that this cult goes by here in Ormond Beach, Florida where I live) as nothing so much as an adjunct to the Democratic Party that has made this former slave owners party into an object of idolatrous worship that it attempts to sell to the masses as something religious in some manner, shape, or form when it clearly isn’t.

Truth in advertizing may be a legal requirement for manufacturers and marketers of all sorts of products that we use on a daily basis but for the consumers in the religious marketplace it’s definitely “buyer beware.” Religious cult groups should come with a health warning and if I had my way it would read something like this: CAUTION: MEMBERSHIP IN THIS CULT MAY BE HARMFUL TO YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. This health warning would by law have to be posted up at the entrance to such establishments for the safety and well being of the entire community.

The essence of the problem with this all to common denomination that desperately tries to style itself as something different in the religious marketplace is that basically its nothing but a political movement dressed up as something “different” and in that sense it truly is because it is purely and simply nothing more than the idolatrous worship of the old slave owners party that has the chutzpah to call itself “Democratic.”

Registering with the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections as a “Democrat” for purposes of being able to vote in that party’s primary is one thing. Turning that particular political organization into an object of idolatrous religious worship is something else altogether but this is what the Unitarian Universalists have done and in spite of the fact that I have no interest in worshipping the old slave owners political party that stylizes itself as “progressive” these days, I have to say that there is some element of genius at work in regard to the whole enterprise albeit an evil genius IMHO.

Not that I have not been reasonably successful in my own rather sly way of playing these suckers for all they’re worth in terms of what I have been able to get out of them; but now at last that the time for truth telling has arrived and the battle lines are drawn, I think that it is incumbent upon yours truly to offer up what nuggets of carefully collected truths that he has gathered in regard to this all too common cult or denomination as they prefer to call themselves as a sort of public service which is what investigative journalism even the muckraking variety that I specialize in, is all about!

So I guess it’s so long suckers! It was not all that great from the getgo, but if I played you fools like a “harp from hell” then I guess we’re equal and all is square as the old folks used to say.

I think of myself in regard to so much that has happened to me over the years as someone akin to Coleridge’s ancient mariner. I am a sadder but a wiser wise guy for having sailed into such a shit-storm to begin with and to have survived it all no less the worst for wear. I wonder if all of the “Uncommon Denominations” minions, past, present, and/or future will be able to say the same thing and indeed isn’t it my sacred civic duty to offer up some measure of warning for the benefit of untold other future consumers of cult ware.

There are a lot of reasons why people such as myself and others get themselves involved with cult groups. A lot of it has to do with the fact that so many of us seem to be searching for that happy sense of community that all human beings need in order to be fully functional, happy, and whole in a hyper-capitalistic culture that is really a form of anti-culture because it has essentially and in fact destroyed the very basis of community that once existed here in America but exists no more accept in some sort of faux form that these capitalistic cults try to recreate much to the great harm of the many that fall victim to their noxious influence.

I was raised a Roman Catholic and as a child and teen attended Catholic schools for nine years. Public education in the form of my own old hometown high school created a new and much healthier world for me than the dark and dank inquisitional world of Roman Catholicism. But my own personal problems seemed to develop at the same time as a result of my personal exposure to a worldview that seemed more naturalistic and even pantheistic. The works of Emerson and Thoreau read in English class and by assignment as homework seemed to open me up to a new level of cosmic consciousness that was purely and simply American in so many ways but equally universal as well as cosmic.

Untroubled teen years that bought trouble in their wake as a result of uncomfortable questions related to sexuality and why I was different or at least felt different( in spite of the fact that I really wasn’t) saw my dependence upon religion of the organized variety slacken off. I found something like a new age pseudo religion in the hippy dippy drug and pop culture of the late sixties and early seventies and bailed out under the incubus of the proverbial nervous breakdown that bought relief in the form of Thorazine.

On and off this tug of war between the inner and the outer world and all that that implied for my sanity as an introvert in an extroverted culture and time. The inner world of the spirit and the psyche seemed highly marketable given the nature of the many proliferating pop psychologies of the era such as EST that to some extent I fell victim to as well as the thriving business in new age religion, Eastern mysticism and the Jesus freaks repackaging something old as something new. Let the buyer beware could never have had more meaning than in the religious marketplace of that era! Once again a sadder but a wiser man emerged from all of that and the spiritual and psychic ship wreck that that entailed. The sound of one hand clapping is all I can remember from that long ago lost era of my seriously misspent youth as well as a few encounter groups and ashrams interspersed with Thorazine induced dream states.

A few things changed me along the way the chief of which I would attempt to describe as the power of human thought to transcend what we might want to call destiny and my own personal ability to find hope and solace in what Jews call Torah which means dedicating ones life to a life of study for the benefit of ones self and for all of humanity. In that sense and in that manner I discovered (or maybe rediscovered once again) my own humanity both inner and outer and I am thankful to many fellow travelers that I met along the way for helping to reinforce in me the rightful true meaning of Torah and how it could change and shape me a person as well as the world that I would forever be a part of.

They say that G-d works in mysterious ways and I can attest to that fact which has been the source of my only true salvation.


About charlesknause

I was born in Camden, N.J. (now the poorest city in America) in 1950 and grew up in a beautiful old Victorian town in South Jersey called Collingswood. I now live in Ormond Beach, FL where the weather suits my spirit. My personal life was impacted at an early point in my life by a psychiatric diagnosis that changed my life and put me on the workers scrap heap. I have refused to accept such a miserable fate and today consider myself a social activist dedicated to changing the way that people who have been diagnosed with a serious psychiatric disability are perceived by society and the people in their community. I have a B.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and 18 graduate credits in Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University in DeLand, FL as well as 24 graduate credits in an MSW program at UCF. I am a member of the Volusia County Behavioral Health Care Providers Consortium where I function as an advocate. I am a daily reader of the World Socialist Website and an occasional contributor.
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