I just bought a book titled “A Gadfly Report”, written by retired UU minister Dennis McCarty, who has written many other books in the past. It is a critical analysis of the “Gadflies”, the infamous faction among UUs who reject the efforts to eliminate White Supremacy Culture among UUs.
The book is being sold here:
And here is McCarty’s own account in Facebook:
At one point, McCarty mentions that Todd Eklof has founded a new group, called the North American Unitarian Association. So I looked it up.
And found this list:
Current Board: The founding NAUA members have elected a provisional Board of Directors. A new Board will be elected at the first Annual General Meeting.
- President: Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof, Spokane WA.
- Vice President: TBD
- Treasurer: Lynn Jinishian, Spokane WA.
- Secretary: Frank Casper, Atlanta GA
- Directors at Large:
- Ron Strange, Port Townsend WA
- Terry Anderson, PhD, Edmonton AB
- Candace Schmidt, Spokane WA
- Richard Gammon, Spokane WA
- Robert Jinishian, Spokane, WA
- Mike Long, Charlotte, NC
Note the large number of leading members from Spokane, WA, which is Todd Eklof’s base of operations. Clearly, this is little more than a fan club of his. Including Frank Casper, who I have seen in Facebook. After seeing how arrogant he is, I blocked him in disgust.
Because of the decentralized and libertarian nature of the UUA, these people cannot be excommunicated from the Unitarian Universalist movement, but it is clear they want to create an outright split among UUs. After all, Todd Eklof himself said so, even titling a chapter in one of his books “I WANT A DIVORCE”.
I have written about this matter before:
Reopening Old Wounds Among Unitarian Universalists
A Debate in the UU Subreddit Over the 2017 Hiring Controversy
Another Fight in Reddit Over Rev. Todd Eklof’s Publicity Stunt of 2019
Another call for Unitarian Universalists to stop fighting for consistent racial justice
Reading and Reacting to “The Gadfly Molehill”
Too many people seem to have become UUs, ironically, out of an elitist desire to reject and scorn religious fundamentalism, not a desire to improve themselves and their society for the good of all. But religious fundamentalism is itself a form of bigotry. Why abandon one form while clinging to others?
McCarty’s new book should put the final nail in the coffin of Todd Eklof’s credibility. He is a TRAITOR and should be rejected by all those loyal to the principles of Unitarian Universalism. He came from the Southern Baptist Convention…..and in my mind, he still belongs there, not among UUs!