The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience

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Subject: Re: Letter of resignation
Date: Monday, July 26, 1999 1:35 AM
Dear Susan and all,
Sorry to jump into the conversation. I usually don't post to these
forums. But something you wrote caught my eye. You said:
"My understanding of our present policy, which is based solely on
empirical observation, not any statement in writing, is that if
a person wishes to leave for reasons other than losing faith in
Baha'u'llah the NSA will write them back and inform them that this is
really not an adequate reason for withdrawing. However, the NSA will
accept their resignation if they write back and second time and insist
on leaving."
This isn't exactly how it happened to me. When I sent in my resignation
letter to the American National Spiritual Assembly back in November
1996, I told them in no uncertain terms that I wished to withdraw from
the *Baha'i community* due to the wrong direction I felt the Baha'i
Faith was currently being led by its leadership given all that
transpired as a result of the Talisman 1 fiasco. But I also spelled it
out to them very strongly that I continued to believe in Baha'u'llah as
the Manifestation of God for the age (which I still do). They speedily
accepted my resignation without why or wherefore, yet didn't seem to
have gotten the distinction I made in my letter that I was merely
leaving the community and not the Faith itself. Interestingly, when the
House responded to my withdrawal (I had cc'd them), they did understand
the distinction I had made but told me it was one I couldn't make. To
make a long story short, I chose to remain on the outside until such
time as the internal contradictions (to use a marxian catch-phrase)
within the Baha'i community are resolved. But I am still very much a
believing Baha'i (Bab, Baha'u'llah, `Abdul-Baha, Shoghi Effendi,
Universal House of Justice and all).
Best regards, Nima
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