Iran's persecution of Baha'i faithful draws crowd to Plaza

Photo: About 200 members of the state's Baha'i community gathered in a candlelight prayer vigil Friday on the Plaza to call attention to the persecution of members of their faith in Iran. Full Story
Gato

Santa Fe, NM

#2 Aug 8, 2009
Theology in both the Christian and Islamic world is being turned toward militant political objectives. A resurgence of a long history religious oppression. Even Atheists aren't about the existence of God as much as broader political agendas. Something in the contentious warlike basic nature of mankind. "And the night goes on forever." Murder masked as a religious requirement and War as a popular Idol. We are apes with pretentions towards a higher form.
Tara

Santa Fe, NM

#4 Aug 8, 2009
A wonderful article with excellent and accurate reporting. Thank you to all the speakers, the musicians, and the Bahais of Santa Fe for hosting such a wonderful event!
Amy

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Aug 8, 2009
Let us Pray for the release of the Bahai's in prison. I 2nd Tara's praise of the article.
Laura Newman

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Aug 8, 2009
The Baha’i Faith teaches activism against any human rights violations, yet the American Baha’i communities are hypocrites. The only (and I mean only) human rights issue they take on is of the very few Iranian Baha’is who are suffering under Iran’s Islamic regime. Baha’is are supposed to strictly abide by national laws where they reside, and most of these Iranian Baha’i’s who are arrested or imprisoned directly break Iranian laws.

You will never hear the American Baha’i community stand up for the hundreds of thousands of people suffering from direct genocide. The American Baha’is did not say a word about Rwanda, did not stand up against the racism of South Africa, nor the genocide of Bosnia, and they directly encourage the discrimination and abuse of the Palestinians by supporting the Zionist state of Israel. They blatantly speak of hatred toward Arabs and Muslims, they encourage classist behavior within their own communities, and there is nothing loving or warm about them. And as a community and organization, they gossip (a direct breach of their own laws).

How do I know this? I wasted years of my life in their communities. Hypocrites.
New Mexican Maverick

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Aug 8, 2009
More religious folk being led where they want to go.
Nury

Santa Fe, NM

#8 Aug 8, 2009
I am an Iranian-American in New Mexico and am completely confused by your comments. The accusations made against the Baha'is in Iran are unfounded, as can be easily seen and has been verified by the US government, the European Union and other international human rights organizations. The only law being consistently broken by those people is the fact that they are believers in Baha'u'llah. My uncle was executed by the government and the only thing he was ever accused of was that he was a Baha'i believer. As to the human rights violations in other countries, Baha'is in those countries fight against the injustices around themselves on a daily basis and the International Baha'i community is constantly supporting every effort for peace and justice. I am saddened by your personal experience with the Baha'is and I hope that you can overcome this feeling of resentment.
Brian Barker - London

UK

#9 Aug 9, 2009
Mi subtenas vin senkondiche.

That means, in English that means "I support you unconditionally. The language I used woz the growing language Esperanto http://www.esperanto.net .

Keep on going

Brian

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