The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience

Subject: My "Ex-Baha'i" Story
Date: 1999/11/06
Newsgroups: talk.religion.bahai
Dear friends,
I appreciate all the feedback about my story about leaving the Faith.
I've got lots of supportive and positive emails back.  Several people
told me they so identified with my story that it could have been them
writing it.
However, I think I should make clear the reason I left, because I did
not see it addressed.  Yes, I did spend many years in a frustrating and
unsatisfying community situation, and did gradually grow more alienated
and inactive as time went by.  But I did not leave the Baha'i Faith for
that reason.  I left upon my discovery of how the NSA lied about
Dialogue magazine.  I was at the 1988 National Convention and heard it
denounced, so when I discovered that there really was no attack from
Dialogue I felt like I had been personally lied to and used for
political purposes. The NSA completely betrayed my trust in them, and
this threw me into a spiritual crisis from which I barely recovered my
faith in Baha'u'llah.  The reason I am not an enrolled Baha'i is that I
don't trust the institutions.  Period.
Love, Karen