Moojan Momen’s “Marginality and Apostasy in the Baha’i Community,” Religion 37 (2007), pp. 187-209.
And see Pdf of referreed journal article, here.
Yours truly is the apostate designated “BB,” and characterized as,
“Another apostate, “BB”, was born into an Iranian Baha’i family resident in Australia and had a marginal career on Talisman before resigning membership of the Baha’i community in 1996 stating he still believed in Baha’u’llah but did not accept the leadership of the Universal House of Justice. He then became involved in Sufism before announcing a messianic claim for himself and finally becoming a Babi – the religion that preceded the Baha’i Faith in Iran. There are still a few people who regard themselves as Babis and followers of Azal (1832-1912), who claimed to be the true successor of the Bab and opposed Baha’u’llah. These Azalis would however probably be somewhat bemused by BB’s idiosyncratic mix of Neo-Platonism, Kabbala and Sufism. His main occupation now, however, seems to be inhabiting various marginal Baha’i e-mail lists and Usenet groups and issuing vitriolic denunciations of the Baha’i Faith as an evil “cult”.”
Since the Haifan Baha’i organization practices pre-publication censorship of anything written and published by enrolled Haifan Baha’is, and since Ayat’ul-Baha’ Moojan Momen is considered one of the official scholars of this organization (not to mention that his wife, Wendi Momen, has been serving on the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the UK on and off in excess of thirty years), the views expressed by Momen are indeed the official views of the UHJ itself. As we know the designation of ‘apostate‘ and ‘apostasy‘ (murtad) carries with it a sentence of death. In Iran the Baha’is claim that the regime harrasses them because they are deemed apostates. Here in broad daylight is the Haifan Baha’i organization itself practicing both takfir and declarations of apostasy against its ideological enemies, which it bewails regarding its own treatment by the mullahs of Iran. Birds of a feather flock together!
Yet another example of blatant Haifan Baha’i hypocrisy at work.