The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience

 Subject:      Re censorship (from SRB)
From:         FG <>
Date:         1997/08/12
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Newsgroups:   alt.religion.bahai,talk.religion.misc
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shahin nikjoo wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to question the wisdom of having moderators on this
> usenet.
I and others have basically been doing that for almost a year.
Search under talk.religion.bahai and 
alt.religion.bahai for nearly 3000 messages to that effect.
> My own post was not accepted on thi usenet because it was seen as
> a 'joke' (It was a serious joke).
Serious jokes aren't allowed, only frivolous ones....
> I've had a number of non-Bahais who were q. upset that their
> comments were not posted on this usenet, and have become very
> hostile to the group as a  result.
A topic of frequent discussion on alt.religion.bahai....
> Is the 'moderator' policy asked for by the NSA??
An excellent question. I'm glad someone has finally
had the prescence of mind to ask it....
> Is there an unmoderated Bahai usenet?
Talk.religion.bahai was unfairly defeated in my
opinion by an abuse of the voting guidelines
generally acceptable on UseNet. Alt.religion.bahai
is now the only unmoderated forum for discussion on
the Bahai Faith....
> I think censorship decreases the regard non-bahais have for the
> faith & irritates to the extreme Bahais who gets censored.
I have been saying this for several months at least and
so have other participants. It appears that those
responsible for committing censorship have apparently
convinced themselves that they, and they only, are 
"serving" the Faith.... A very old story in human history....
> I also don't think Bahais have anything to be afraid of w.r.t.
> questions posed - surely there are Bahai scholars well versed in
> Laws etc.?
That's precisely the way it seems to me too....
> --
> shahin nikjoo
I for one appreciate your couragous, thoughtful comments 
on a very serious issue....
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