The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience


Subject: ** bahai ** uhj LIES to United Nations & US Government
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2000 9:37 AM


The uhj in "The Turning Point for All Nations," a 1997 policy piece
aimed at the United Nations, presented to many prominent people in
several different governments, hypocritically writes,

"The minimum standards for conduct by a government towards its
people have been well established in the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and subsequent international covenants, collectively referred
to as the International Bill of Human Rights."

"Without an unshakable commitment to regular and periodic
elections with universal participation by secret ballot, to ***freedom
of expression*** and to other such ***human rights***, a member
state stands in the way of the active and intelligent participation of
the vast majority of its population in the affairs of its own communities."

"We propose that there should be ***consequences*** for member
states that violate these standards. Similarly, nations seeking
recognition should be denied membership until they openly espouse
these standards or make recognizable efforts to move in that

Yet the truth is that uhj has hypocritically violated the human rights
of many, many Bahais, often intellectuals who have candidly
expressed their views, often in the context of their studies and
research, driving them out of the Bahai faith or ostracizing them,
including academics in major American universities.

It has done so without any ***consequences*** whatsoever, with
impunity. The UN and other official government bodies should at
least hold it accountable, instead of always being deceived by
Bahai public relations people every time there is a crisis in Iran.

The uhj continues its hypocrisy by saying

"Far from encouraging the punitive spirit that has often
masqueraded under its name in past ages, justice is the
practical expression of awareness that, in the achievement of
human progress, the interests of the individual and those of
society are inextricably linked. To the extent that justice becomes
a guiding concern of human interaction, a ***consultative climate***
is encouraged that permits options to be examined dispassionately
and appropriate courses of action selected. In such a climate the
perennial tendencies toward manipulation and partisanship are far
less likely to deflect the decision-making process."

It is the uhj itself that has poisoned the climate of the Bahai faith
through suppression and tyranny and a pervasive ***punitive spirit***
that canonly tolerate its own fundamentalist voice. Many such
passages of hypocrisy exist in the documents the uhj generates
for release to the UN and various governments and public officials.

Full text of "The Turning Point for All Nations" may be found at

Professor Juan Cole, of the University of Michigan,
discusses other related human rights issues in his journal article
"The Baha'i Faith in America as Panopticon, 1963-1997":

Professor Juan Cole's "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
and the Baha'i Scriptures" further explores the discrepancies between
the Bahai writings on human rights and the fundamentalism that now
characterizes the uhj:

See also Letter of Resignation from Paul Dodenhoff, former Assistant
to the Auxiliary Board which suggests how widespread hypocrisy is in
the Bahai faith