The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience

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Subject: Censored e-mail to srb
Date: Saturday, March 06, 1999 6:50 AM
I have lurked on srb and trb and decided to post a comment on srb.  I waited
24 hours and saw other messages, but not mine.	I'll post it here.  It
relates to Dr. Maneck's post on Dr. Cole's post.
Smaneck wrote:
>While there were no doubt numerous mistakes made in the manner in which Dr.
Cole and
>some other academics were dealt with ...
I think there is a question about whether Dr. Cole was dealt with by
individual members
of the UHJ - or the House as a body.  By dealing with him through ABMs and
Councelors, is there a
"legitimate sphere of authority" as you have written?
The way Dr. Cole, and other academics were dealt with, as well as the changed
stance on
unmoderated internet discussions -- it raises legitimate questions about...
> whether or not the Universal House of Justice *is* operating within "its
> legitimate sphere of authority"?
It would not hurt to review what is the legitimate sphere of authority of the
Speaking for myself, a Bahai of over 20 years, I never paid to much attention
to this and just
lumped all their actions into "divinely inspired", but the events of last 5
years have been a wake-up call to deepen myself on this topic.
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