Social & Political & Human Rights

  SH (Bahá'ís) Iran CG (2006) UKAIT 00041

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           The Bahá'í Faith, best-known for its liberal social teachings and tolerance towards other religions, has an authoritarian governing structure that has caused a high level of disillusionment amo

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This article analyzes the dissolution of the Bahai local assembly of Los Angeles in 1986-1988 by the National Assembly. Official explanations for this move focused on lapses in morality and administrative discipline. But local interviewees, as well as some official pronouncements, suggest that the conflict had two roots: The globalization of the community and resultant ethnic conflict among whites, African-Americans and newly immigrant Iranians; and national/local conflicts over power and money. The article concludes that low-information elections, the unaccountability of elected officials, censorship, and difficulties in acknowledging social conflict, make for such episodes in the Bahai religion.

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      Baha’u’llah has repeatedly warned the Baha’i not to indulge in politics:

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   By Mohsen Faiz

   Introduction

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           If the Universal House of Justice throws someone out of the Bahá'í Faith like Sen McGlinn and Alison Marshall and Juan Cole or condones the NSA of the United States commanding 

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           "...Sir 'Abbas Effendi' Abdul-Baha had travelled extensively in Europe and America to expound his doctrines, and on the 4th December, 1919, was created by King George V. a K.B.E.

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          The Bahá'í Faith proudly states that it has no priesthood, yet Auxiliary Board Members, Counselors of Continental Boards, individual travel-teaching “stars” an

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