March 2005
March 2

Missing notables

On the coverage of the Bahai faith in iranian.com:

Dear Editorial Staff,

I scanned your index and lists of names important to Iran for evidence that you hold historical truth in the highest regard.  I was extremely disappointed simply because the most famous of Iranian names worldwide -- those pertaining to the Bahá'í Faith -- were completely disregarded.  

From the UN to Siberia, from Teheran to the remotest islands, the Iranian names Bahá'u'lláh, 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi, and others are revered by growing millions.

I understand Iran's official policy towards this Faith.  Yet, denial of a critical component of Persia's relatively recent past can only lead to greater illusions about its future.

Yes, I am biased as a member of this world-embracing religion. Yet, what scientist would ignore an existing truth if he is a true scientist?  What social theorist or historian would totally discard a revolutionary movement if he was truly attempting to define the spiritual fabric of a nation?  

So without their mention, your readership is being led astray.  For, I know there is a glorious future for Iran.  But, it is a future based upon absolute truth.

I surveyed as much of your website as I could.  I found one contribution about `Abdu'l-Bahá. I also have in my possession one article about Bahá'u'lláh which was written a few years ago by one of your editors. But I could not locate it again using present linkages. 

So, do not misunderstand my intentions. I know you have acknowledged this Faith in the past by your sincere article on Bahá'u'lláh. Yet, such acknowledgement truly needs to be ongoing with current webpage links. Because, the Iranian government's past decree calling for Bahá'í extermination, according to the UN, has never been lifted. Due to international pressure and scrutiny, only the government's methods for wiping Iran clean of this religious movement have changed, which explains its denial of higher education for Bahá'í youth unless they recant their faith, and its demolishing of Bahá'í cemeteries and buildings important to Bahá'is.    

Investigate yourselves. All this is true. So either your Islamic clergy are absolutely correct in saying the Bahá'í Faith is an abomination to the human race, or the Bahá'í Faith, born in Iran, is the ultimate hope for the human race. It is one or the other; it cannot be both, or something in between.

James A. Williams


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