The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience

From: Juan Cole <>
Subject: Re: Hooper Dunbar and Austin Powers
Date: Monday, June 28, 1999 1:12 AM

Roger, you are simply mistaken.  The counselors and auxiliary board
members and assistants "for protection" routinely keep Baha'i
individuals under surveillance.  This is not to say that all do, only
that many do.  My files are bulging with evidence for the systematic and
widespread nature of this activity, and Paul Dodenhof, a former
assistant to the auxiliary board himself, confirms it.
When I was a young Baha'i, back in the 1970s, an auxiliary board member
even asked *me* to keep an eye on someone.
It is one thing to say that you agree or disagree with this practice.  T
deny that it occurs is either ostrich-like or frankly dishonest.
cheers   Juan
Juan Cole, History, U of Michigan
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