- Mar 2013
- Edwardsville, Illinois, USA
Hi Tony, Simply from the point that any time I tell a seeker that we say women must be equal, then have to say, but they aren't qualified enough to be a part of the UHJ, even though we are told humanity will not fly without equality of gender. It just cannot pass the smell test, it reminds me of the conflicts contained in older teachings, which many point to in the Judaeo-Christian Bible. I know for a fact the many seekers will call out BS and I cannot see that they would be wrong, I fear many in all faiths and blindly following gibberish will not help bring people to God.
It does not mean that women are not "qualified" to be members of the highest international council of the Faith, because women were part if the International Baha'i Council when it was established by Shoghi Effendi in the 1950s. And of course women are part of all National and Local Spiritual Assemblies, which in the future will be Houses of Justice. In terms of "rank" within the Faith, the Hands of the Cause are of a higher spiritual rank than members of the House of Justice, and women were Hands of the Cause. Women are also Continental Counsellors, an institution that was created to carry on the functions of the Hands of the Cause. Of course a woman was also a Letter of the Living, a chosen apostle of the Bab. Women have been and still are among the greatest teachers of the Faith. There is absolutely no lack of opportunity for women to serve, and to continue to be vital to the development of the Faith and the transformation of the world as Baha'u'lah foretold.