The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience

From: Juan Cole <>
Subject: Re: Character Assassination
Date: Saturday, June 26, 1999 6:37 PM

Dear Roger:
First of all, I didn't assassinate anyone's character.  I pointed out
that Hooper Dunbar was obviously spying on me.  In its April 7, 1999,
letter, the whole UHJ already admitted to spying on people's email, so
this isn't really a revelation, and it can't be character assassination
to provide evidence for the truth of their earlier statement.
Second, I pointed out that he was elected to the UHJ from the ITC, and
that it seems to me that this is a troubling and growing pattern, since
counselors at the ITC have unfair advantage in being able informally to
campaign for office with the NSA members who elect them.
Finally, I am sure that Mr. Dunbar showed a great deal of courage and
tenacity at his pioneering posts in Latin America.  However, he is not
alone in that.  Many of the people his body has harmed sacrificed a
great deal for the Baha'i faith and put themselves in harm's way for it
just as he did.  Linda Walbridge also showed such courage and tenacity
in even more difficult places, like Lebanon and Jordan, and Mr. Dunbar
nevertheless is partially responsible for pushing Linda out of the faith
by threatening to have her declared a covenant breaker over her messages supporting women's rights.  If he doesn't
think that the right thing was done to Linda, he should say so.
Otherwise, we are justified in assuming that he supported and supports
such intellectual repression.  The infamous April 7, 1999, letter also
came implicitly over his signature.
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time doesn't make you a good,
kind, wise or upright person, Roger.
cheers    Juan
In article <7l13kr$iku$>, wrote:
> Dear Friends
> I just read a post here which neatly and methodically assassinates the
> character of an individual, as well as the body to which he was
> It demonstrates to me once again that what is important to each one of
> us is revealed in what we do and say - our actions.
> Many years ago I decided and subsequently volunteered to go
> I was asked if I would go to Panama, and in due course flew out of
> Lake City in a snow storm and landed shortly thereafter in Panama
> which has to import its snow from Columbia.
> I spent two years working out of the agricultural city of David (Dah-
> VEED), which lies near Costa Rica. I inherited a feeble Baha'i
> community and a sign which said "Baha'i Center", which was attached to
> an adobe and tin structure which formerly held something large which
> mooed, I think. Two years earlier, during the riots which attended the
> transference of the Panamaniam government from an elected president to
> a military dictator, a large crowd descended upon that very same
> washed building with the intent to do bodily harm to its American
> Baha'i pioneer. The neighbors who lived in the near vicinity of this
> Baha'i surrounded his home and defended him from the anti-American
> fervor of their countrymen. They risked their lives to save his, not
> for money and not because they wanted to be known for aiding a yanqui,
> but because they knew he was a Baha'i above and beyond anything else.
> This pioneer later went on to South America, leaving behind numerous
> stories and legends of his "why not?" approach to obstacles. Everyone
> who knew this man liked and respected him. He never turned back, never
> decided that he had done enough and now it was time to return to the
> soft life, he just kept pushing against the old world order with a
> laugh and a prayer, not necessarily in that order.
> His name was Hooper Dunbar.
> Robert A. Little
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Juan Cole, History, U of Michigan
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