The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience

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Subject: Re: Censorship - Bahai Chairman Steals from Dead Widow
Date: Friday, May 07, 1999 12:37 PM
I do want to dissociate myself from this title heading.  In fact, my own
complaint is that it doesn't appear to me that there is any evidence that Jim
Nelson (a former municipal court judge for Los Angeles) did anything
egregiously wrong in this particular instance, and that the executor of the
estate has said so, as well.  I personally think the Baha'is were owed a more
detailed accounting of the incident by the NSA.  The *way* this announcment
was made was calculated to signal to the delegates not to reelect Nelson, and
because of its vagueness did damage to his reputation beyond, perhaps, what
was warranted with regard to this matter.  I really wonder if he wasn't made
an object lesson by the UHJ--that Baha'i officials are expected to fork over
estates willed to huquq (a 19% tax on Baha'is' wealth that goes straight to
the Universal House of Justice in Haifa) immediately and without regard to
the decedent's wishes for things like putting it in an endowment instead.  At
the upper levels of the Baha'i adminitration, obviously, hardball is played
and long knives flash in the night.  It is hard to think of a "prominent"
Baha'i who hasn't been mauled by this stuff.
cheers   Juan
In article <>, (Kathy Pascoe) wrote:
> On Fri, 7 May 1999 05:58:30 -0400, "Patrick Henry"
> <> wrote:
> > Dismissal of Judge James F. Nelson, Chair of the National Spiritual
> > Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States, in April, 1999.
> Did you ask Juan's permission and did he grant it before you added this
> to your pantheon of complaints?
> --
> Kathy Pascoe ~ (at home)
Juan Cole, History, U of Michigan
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