The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience


From: LaAeterna <>
Subject: Re: Moonies & Bahais
Date: Friday, October 02, 1998 9:02 AM

Rick asks what should one do when one is confronted with false allegations etc.
 I am not referring to a serious debate, where point and counter point are
offered, in a mature, intelligent and respectful manner.  I am  talking about
the mud slinging, the character assasination and name calling that goes on
Whatever one may feel about what someone has said, I don't think it's
appropriate to dig out one's foulest vocabulary to characterize that person. 

Good grief.

And, to tell you the truth, I think the Bab must be obeyed, period.  It's not
that hard to figure out what a "modest and polite" reply is, afterall.  Maybe
we can re-read our posts before we hit that "send" button.

And--by the way--this was not aimed at any one person, so please don't feel as
though I am singling anyone out.  I often don't even read the sender's name.  I
just get a sick feeling in my stomach when I read some of that verbal violence,
because in my youth, alot of that was aimed at me by alot of Baha'is, for not
agreeing with their views and interpretations.  I developed a real antipathy
towards that method of silencing opponents.


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