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Old 11-01-2010, 10:12 AM   #1
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Post Baha’is have been challenged and blocked since the founding of their Faith

In Iran, Baha’is have been challenged and blocked since the founding of their faith.

Throughout the history of the Bahá’í Faith, the Bahá’ís of Iran have been persecuted. In the mid-1800s, some 20,000 followers were killed by the authorities or by mobs who viewed the infant movement as heretical to Islam.

In the twentieth century, periodic outbreaks of violence were directed against Bahá’ís in Iran, and the government often used Bahá’ís as a scapegoat. The persecution came in waves; in 1933, for example, Bahá’í literature was banned, Bahá’í marriages were not recognized, and Bahá’ís in public service were demoted or fired. In 1955, the government oversaw the demolition of the Bahá’í national center in Tehran with pickaxes.

Bahá’ís understand this pattern of persecution as a manifestation of the misunderstanding and fear that occur when a new religion emerges from the matrix of a well-established orthodoxy. The pattern has been repeated through the ages; indeed, virtually all of the world’s great religions have faced intense persecution in their early history.

In 1979, with the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the persecutions took a new direction, becoming an official government policy and being pursued in a systematic way. Since then, more than 200 Bahá’ís have been executed or killed, hundreds more have been imprisoned, and tens of thousands have been deprived of jobs, pensions, businesses, and educational opportunities. Formal Bahá’í administration had to be suspended, and holy places, shrines, and cemeteries have been confiscated, vandalized, or destroyed.

Bahá’ís continue to be subject to revolving-door arrests and detentions calculated to sow fear in the Iranian Bahá’í community. Sometimes prisoners are held incommunicado, in unknown locations, while their families desperately search for them. It is not uncommon for government agents to search Baha’i homes, confiscating documents, books, computers, copiers, and other belongings.

The government has put in place systematic measures to suffocate the Bahá’í community both economically and socially. A secret government memorandum came to light in 1993 that indicated a coordinated policy regarding “the Bahá’í question.” Drafted by the Supreme Revolutionary Cultural Council and signed by Ali Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the document states that the “progress and development” of the Bahá’í community “shall be blocked.”

One example of this campaign is the banning of Bahá’ís from attending colleges and universities. The ban started in 1979 and although the government has in recent years pretended to open university doors to Bahá’í students, in truth almost all are blocked and the few that manage to enroll are expelled as soon as their religion becomes known. Harassment extends even to Bahá’í schoolchildren, who are vilified by teachers and clerics and at times pressured to change their religion.

The 300,000-member Bahá’í community of Iran comprises the largest religious minority in that country. Bahá’ís are oppressed solely because of religious hatred. Islamic fundamentalists in Iran and elsewhere have long viewed the Bahá’í Faith as a threat to Islam, branding Bahá’ís as heretics and apostates. The progressive position of the Bahá’í Faith on women’s rights, independent investigation of truth, and education has particularly rankled Muslim clerics.

International protest against the persecution of the Bahá’ís of Iran has been widespread. Thousands of newspaper articles and television and radio segments have appeared around the world, and governments and prominent international organizations have condemned the persecution or expressed concern about the Bahá’ís of Iran. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the UN General Assembly have passed numerous resolutions addressing Iran’s human rights record, with virtually all the resolutions specifically mentioning the Bahá’ís.

Still, the pressure on the Iranian Bahá’ís increases. In 2008, all seven members of a national ad hoc committee that saw to the needs of the Iranian Baha’i community were rounded up and jailed in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison. In the first quarter of 2009, arrests and interrogations were on the rise, economic strangulation continued to tighten, and acts of persecution, including against schoolchildren, continued unabated in cities and towns across the country.
 
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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It is very sad. Let us all pray for the Bahá'ís of Iran.

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Old 09-23-2011, 05:42 PM   #3
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Why do we as baha'is tolerate the mistreatment of our Iranian brethren whom,lest we forget,reside in the birthplace of the faith? They actually walk the same street as the manifstation of God walked.They are a blessed people and they cry to God for justice.Why dont the Baha'is of the world heed their cries.Are we complacent in our comfortable domesticity? Shame on us.we should be deeply ashamed of our inactivity.If every Baha'i simply wrote to the Iranian embassy in their country,imagine the impact of millions of letters protesting.Surely this is an achievble goal possibly with wonderful outcomes brethren? Aidan

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Old 09-24-2011, 12:02 AM   #4
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Our community was recently asked by the Office of External Affairs on the National Spiritual Assembly to share our concern with our Congressman for the Baha'is imprisoned in Iran..as there was a pending House Resolution 134 introduced March 1, 2011 by Representative Robert J. Dodd titled “Condemning the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenant on Human Rights”.

So we drafted our concerns and shared them with the Office of the Congressman in our city.

You can read more about it here:

Illinois lawmakers introduce House, Senate resolut’ns condemning Iran

So it's important to coordinate what we do and use advisable channels.
 
Old 07-13-2018, 04:31 PM   #5
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It is difficult to imagine a more reprehensible perversion of human conduct than the sexual abuse of children, which finds its most debased form in incest. At a time in the fortunes of humanity when, in the words of the Guardian, "The perversion of human nature, the degradation of human conduct, the corruption and dissolution of human institutions, reveal themselves ... in their worst and most revolting aspects," and when "the voice of human conscience is stilled," when "the sense of decency and shame is obscured," the Bahá'í institutions must be uncompromising and vigilant in their commitment to the protection of the children entrusted to their care, and must not allow either threats or appeals to expediency to divert them from their duty. A parent who is aware that the marriage partner is subjecting a child to such sexual abuse should not remain silent, but must take all necessary measures, with the assistance of the Spiritual Assembly or civil authorities if necessary, to bring about an immediate cessation of such grossly immoral behaviour, and to promote healing and therapy.

Bahá'u'lláh has placed great emphasis on the duties of parents toward their children, and He has urged children to have gratitude in their hearts for their parents, whose good pleasure they should strive to win as a means of pleasing God Himself. However, He has indicated that under certain circumstances, the parents could be deprived of the right of parenthood as a consequence of their actions. The Universal House of Justice has the right to legislate on this matter. It has decided for the present that all cases should be referred to it in which the conduct or character of a parent appears to render him unworthy of having such parental rights as that of giving consent to marriage. Such questions could arise, for example, when a parent has committed incest, or when the child was conceived as a consequence of rape, and also when a parent consciously fails to protect the child from flagrant sexual abuse.

(The Universal House of Justice, 1992, Violence and Sexual Abuse of Women and Children)



Quote:
That which can harm Me is the conduct of
those who love Me, who claim to be related to Me, and yet
perpetrate what causeth My heart and My pen to groan."

(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 249)
Whenever Bahais who are materially successful in Western Countries and remember and pray for their persecuted fellow believers for being persecuted Bahais in Iran and other Muslim Countries, If they think the world revolves around their fellow Bahais as the most important persecuted people, and cannot pray for a lot of persecuted children (Bahai or Not) too who are persecuted way worse, they are misguided, Especially if they are still naive and stupid about the reality of victims of Illuminati Satanic Ritual/ MkULTRA Abuse/ Right here in North America, Europe and other Places in the World. You have no excuse for ignorance of this great horrific persecution going on anymore.






, And even especially more with allegations of these cults happening covertly within all religions including Bahai communities.

Your own Universal House of Justice in that letter of 1992 says its understandable that you were stupid and cut you some slack then for Stockholm syndrome ignorance or perhaps nescience?

"It is difficult to imagine a more reprehensible perversion n of human conduct than the sexual abuse of children, which finds its most debased form in incest. At a time in the fortunes of humanity when, in the words of the Guardian, "The perversion of human nature, the degradation of human conduct, the corruption and dissolution of human institutions, reveal themselves ... in their worst and most revolting aspects,"

(The Universal House of Justice, 1992, Violence and Sexual Abuse of Women and Children)"

And in 2000 Ridvan Message from The Universal House of Justice they told you to be more considerate:

But beyond giving attention to these tasks, there is a pressing challenge to be faced: Our children need to be nurtured spiritually and to be integrated into the life of the Cause. They should not be left to drift in a world so laden with moral dangers. In the current state of society, children face a cruel fate. Millions and millions in country after country are dislocated socially. Children find themselves alienated by parents and other adults whether they live in conditions of wealth or poverty. This alienation has its roots in a selfishness that is born of materialism that is at the core of the godlessness seizing the hearts of people everywhere. The social dislocation of children in our time is a sure mark of a society in decline; this condition is not, however, confined to any race, class, nation or economic condition—it cuts across them all. It grieves our hearts to realize that in so many parts of the world children are employed as soldiers, exploited as laborers, sold into virtual slavery, forced into prostitution, made the objects of pornography, abandoned by parents centered on their own desires, and subjected to other forms of victimization too numerous to mention. Many such horrors are inflicted by the parents themselves upon their own children. The spiritual and psychological damage defies estimation. Our worldwide community cannot escape the consequences of these conditions. This realization should spur us all to urgent and sustained effort in the interests of children and the future. "'

- THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
Riḍván 2000

There's no excuse anymore. The cat's out of the bag These children almost never get a chance to be any kind of Bahai because they are so horrifically abused.

Why should these children of all people be any less than the Bahais being persecuted in Iran? THEY HAVE NO CHANCE for BAHAI SPIRITUALITY AND SPIRITUAL PATH: "That is, it is enjoined upon the father and mother, as a duty, to strive with all effort to train the daughter and the son, to nurse them from the breast of knowledge and to rear them in the bosom of sciences and arts. Should they neglect this matter, they shall be held responsible and worthy of reproach in the presence of the stern Lord.

This is a sin unpardonable, for they have made that poor babe a wanderer in the Sahara of ignorance, unfortunate and tormented; to remain during a lifetime a captive of ignorance and pride, negligent and without discernment. Verily, if that babe depart from this world at the age of infancy, it is sweeter and better. In this sense, death is better than life; deprivation than salvation; non-existence lovelier than existence; the grave better than the palace; and the narrow, dingy tomb better than the spacious, regal home; for in the sight of mankind that child is abased and degraded and in the sight of God weak and defective. In gatherings it is ashamed and humiliated and in the arena of examination subdued and defeated by young and old. What a mistake is this! What an everlasting humiliation!

(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 398)"

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Old 07-14-2018, 06:02 AM   #6
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Well, dear ReturnofZealSeeker, it seems like you've had more than your fair share of Bahá'í sociology, psychology and group dynamics. That's an immense test: to look behind those pehonomena and find out what the essence really is.

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Old 07-14-2018, 12:53 PM   #7
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covert cults satanic ritual abuse of children

Sexual Abuse
It is difficult to imagine a more reprehensible perversion of human conduct than the sexual abuse of children, which finds its most debased form in incest. . . . A parent who is aware that the marriage partner is subjecting a child to such sexual abuse should not remain silent, but must take all necessary measures, with the assistance of the Spiritual Assembly or civil authorities if necessary, to bring about an immediate cessation of such grossly immoral behavior, and to promote healing and therapy.

Letter from the Universal House of Justice, dated January 24, 1993, to an individual believer

(Compilations, NSA USA - Developing Distinctive Baha'i Communities)


 
Old 07-14-2018, 01:41 PM   #8
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Well, I deal with particularly nasty custody cases, where one parent accuses the other of all kinds of abuses, often for no reason. Our legal system is unable to deal with these cases, and cannot distinguish between unfounded allegations and real abuse. The result is enormous psychological suffering. So, I know something about these issues.

In the end, not all alleged sexual abuse is real. But many identify with these issues to such an extent that they are ready to engage in witch hunts against the innocent.

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