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N.B. Please rely on my own books and publications as representative of my views. 

About - Brief Bio

I've been stalked, harassed, and misrepresented, on and offline, by fanatical Haifan Baha'is and
Iranian Shiite and other Muslims for over a decade and a half, some of the latter frequently
anti-semites, as well as possibly other religious fanatics, posting to the Internet false information
and mashups intended to libel and discredit me. There's a very long history of Haifan Baha'is
repeatedly opposing a Wikipedia article about me.

Since at least 1996, I have been a critic of Baha'i fanaticism and its attempt to create a
literally global theocracy, founded on a fraudulent 1921 will and testament, a Scientology-like
criminal cult, based on Iranian Shiite millennialism, deceiving and brainwashing its unsuspecting
members into a false version of its history and then using them to carry out Baha'i jihads against
dissidents and

Professor Juan Cole writes in his book  Modernity and the Millennium, Columbia University Press (1998),
that the Baha'i administration has  increasingly come under the control of fundamentalists,
"stressing scriptural literalism... theocracy, censorship, intellectual intolerance, and denying
key democratic values"

My Response to Baha'i Takfir (original, as written)

See also A Response to Baha'i Takfir (as published)

Further Details at the Reform Bahai Faith website,
under Bahai Writings and Secondary Works

At the time the “FG” article on Wikipedia was under debate in 2008, Wjhonson observed,

"Their only purpose is to attack Glaysher. This del entry should be voided on that basis solely...."

"The attacks imho are religion-based as this person is a vocal critic of certain Baha'i institutions.
There is no evidence that his works are vanity-press publications. The article is fairly new and
deserves new eyes to expand it, instead of this pressure by a vested group or a few individuals to
suppress it. Wjhonson 4 April 2008"

It should be noted that many Bahais of various Bahai denominations
have complained about the Haifan Baha'i censorship and dominance
that has existed on Wikipedia since its inception.

"Wikipedia's articles relating to Baha'i are almost transparently influenced by propaganda.
In such cases, Wiki's controllers would be well advised to restrict access to the writing and
editing of such articles, and to append a section for pro-and con- articles or addenda, so
that at least the reader can avail himself of other online resources, for example, the Former
Baha'is website. Unfortunately, most people will, I fear, take the easy way."

See talk.religion.bahai for further examples.

:{{DRV links|FG|xfd_page=Wikipedia:Articles for

May 21, 2010

I am appealing the decision of Wikipedia to delete the article on me, “FG,” in
April of 2008. Because of the dominance of Baha’is of the largest Baha’i denomination on
Wikipedia, I believe my appeal can not and will not receive a fair hearing through the normal
procedure. Because of the increasing importance of Wikipedia during the last decade, and the
Haifan Baha’i determination to keep any article about me off Wikipedia, I believe they have
severely damaged the recognition and growth of my career, as a poet and writer.

At the time the “FG” article was under debate in 2008, Wjhonson observed,

"The attacks imho are religion-based as this person is a vocal critic of certain Baha'i institutions.
There is no evidence that his works are vanity-press publications. The article is fairly new and
deserves new eyes to expand it, instead of this pressure by a vested group or a few individuals to
suppress it. Wjhonson 4 April 2008"

Wjhonson had also stated,"Their only purpose is to attack Glaysher. This del entry should be
voided on that basis solely...."

In addition to Wjhonson, other Wikipedia participants also had misgivings about how the
discussion and deletion were conducted. Please refer to the Wikipedia database for details. The
record of my being a “vocal critic of certain Baha’i institutions” can be found on my website The
Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience, Documenting censorship and suppression of
free speech and conscience within the Baha'i Faith since 1998 [and even back into the 1920s and '40s]:

Wjhonson created a Wiki page for me on his County Historian Wiki at

The “FG” article there has had over 6,500 hits on it during the last two years,
which I believe demonstrate there’s significant interest in who I am and my career, both as a
poet and literary critic and as a reformer within the Bahai religious tradition. During the last two
years, significant new material has also made its way onto the Internet about my work as both a
poet and Bahai reformer.

In order to help Wikipedia understand the ferocity and deception involved in the treatment I have
received from Baha’is who dominate discussion of articles that they perceive to be related to
their interests, I believe it is necessary to describe in a few paragraphs the Bahai religious
conflict that is taking place behind the scenes on Wikipedia, and which led to the deletion of the
“FG” article.

I have been publicly attacked by Baha’is and slandered in many venues, on and off-line, and as
an “apostate” by Moojan Momen in a leading British academic journal: ‘Marginality and
Apostasy in the Baha'i Community’" in Religion 37 [2007] 187–209.

My published “Response to Takfir” (denunciation of infidels) appeared in Religion 38 No 4 2008.
Original journal source

Since the Reform Bahai Faith has often been attacked and slandered in the past by the larger
denomination of the Baha'i Faith located in Haifa, Israel and Wilmette, Illinois, as have several
other Baha'i denominations, I must point out that I believe the Reform Bahai Faith has also been
misrepresented and suppressed on Wikipedia, by the Haifan Baha'is. As documentary evidence
of the harassment that several Bahai denominations regularly experienced from Haifan and
Wilmette Bahais, please visit the website of the Orthodox Bahais who are currently being sued
by the dominant Baha’i denomination in the US Court of Appeals, along with two other small
Bahai denominations. Contempt Motion by Wilmette NSA against Orthodox Bahá'í Faith:

On February 20, 2009, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals of Northern Illinois vigorously
questioned the Haifan Baha'is on their harassment of other denominations, including Reform
Bahai. Judge Diane S. Sykes stated that their conduct "Clearly raises some Constitutional
A brief 3-minute official court recording of the proceedings may be listened to at

A link is provided on the following page to the original 30-minute US Court recording from
which the 3-minute excerpt above is taken, should you wish to verify its authenticity:

The Reform Bahai Faith is a peaceful, open, unorganized, universal interpretation of the spiritual
teachings of the founder Baha'u'llah. Knowing that the Reform Bahai Faith has been misrepresented
on Wikipedia, when not completely suppressed, I ask you to consider our own understanding of
who we are and what we believe, if necessary. About the Reform Bahai Faith

All matters Baha’i aside, my career as a poet and writer is being adversely affected, and I appeal
to Wikipedia on that basis for an impartial evaluation and decision. I wish to note that my two
books of poems received over twenty-five reviews, several of which are available on the
Internet. Many poets on Wikipedia have nowhere near that number of reviews, including my
other citations, for instance, in an interview with the Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow.

If Wikipedia consensus does choose to permit an article on me, I request that consideration be
given to “locking” or handling it in some way that will prevent future abuse of it by continuing
Baha’i fanaticism directed against me out of religious hatred.

Thank you for your careful consideration of my appeal.

Books, poems, essays, reviews, interviews, blogs
Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience
Documenting censorship and suppression of free speech and conscience within the Baha'i Faith
since 1998:
Reform Bahai Faith



See further comments on Baha'i censorship on Wikipedia at

Wikipedia Request for Deletion Review PDF copy May 2010 (The request may have been in April but it appears to have been removed.)

Wikipedia: FG

Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2010 May 21

Wikipedia Discussion for Entry 2008
Full Wikipedia Source:

Deletionpedia - FG (deleted 14 Apr 2008 at 17:10) [includes Page History of discussion]

FG - RoyalWeb entry

CAUTION *** Psychological War Zone *** Newcomers __

I had the County Historian Wiki on me removed in late summer, or September, 2012. I believe the whole issue is confusing to the those unaware of how corrupt and manipulated Baha'i cyberspace can be and now choose to leave up to others to resolved, if ever. I preserve the links, capable of being copied and pasted, up to that time time below:

'''FG''', author (born 1954, Detroit, Michigan), feeling he could not find what he needed in a college, followed the example of Robert Frost and others, and lived and studied independently on a farm in Oakland Township, Michigan, during the early 1970s, tramping the woods, reading Emerson, Whitman, and other poets, until he had found himself as a writer. Eventually, Glaysher entered the University of Michigan to study with the poet [ Robert Hayden] prior to his death in 1980, and is the editor of Hayden’s Collected Prose (University of Michigan Press) and his Collected Poems (Liveright). Glaysher has also taught at several colleges and universities.

Political Views: Cooperative Global Governance, under a seriously developed United Nations, or successor institution, preferably prior to a nuclear, biological, or chemical apocalypse. Board Member, The United Nations Association of Greater Detroit (UNA-USA).

Religious Views: Transcendence, Universality, Reform Bahai Faith, Unitarian Universalist, Tolstoy's Calendar of Wisdom, Emperor Akbar's Divine Faith, Adi Brahmo Samaj, Tagore's Religion of Man, and the universal teachings of Christ, essentially the Shema and the Golden Rule, not the doctrines Tolstoy rightly called "sorcery." Member of the Leadership Team for the Troy Interfaith Group. TIG liaison to the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit.


FG holds two degrees from the University of Michigan, a bachelor’s (1980) and a master’s degree (1981), the latter in English. He completed all but the dissertation for a doctoral degree in English and Rhetoric in 1986 at Illinois State University.

Glaysher lived in [[Japan]] where he taught at [[Gunma University]] in Maebashi in the early 1980s; in [[Arizona]], on the [[Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation]] in the early 1990s; in [[Illinois]], on the central farmlands and on the [[Mississippi River]] for several years; ultimately returning to his suburban hometown of Rochester, near [[Detroit]], [[Michigan]], living again in Oakland Township.

A [[Fulbright Program|Fulbright-Hays scholar]] to [[China]] in 1994, Glaysher studied at [[Beijing University]], the Buddhist Mogao Caves on the old [[Silk Road]], and elsewhere in China, including [[Hong Kong]] and the [[Academia Sinica]] in [[Taiwan]]. While a [[National Endowment for the Humanities]] scholar in 1995 on [[India]], he further explored the conflicts between the traditional regional civilizations of [[Islam]]ic and [[Hindu]] cultures and modernity.

An outspoken advocate of the [[United Nations]] and world governance, Glaysher was an accredited participant at the UN Millennium Forum (2000), and attended the UNA Members Day 2012 on the Millennium Development Goals, held in the General Assembly Hall.

Given the radicalization and the spiritual, moral, and intellectual decline of the humanities in the university, the pervasive nihilism and Marxism underlying deconstruction and other academic theories, the obsession with the self in poetry and literary studies, the corrupting professionalization of both, the duplicities of race politics, and the exploitation of teaching assistants and adjunct faculty, to name only a few of the commonly cited maladies, he resigned from Oakland University in 1996.

Glaysher believes the university has often failed the best interests of poetry, literature, and culture, as have publishing and the media. Under the aegis of scientism, further decline demonstrates that respect for the humanities, which no longer seriously engage with the vital spiritual issues of human experience, their raison d’etre, appears but a remote memory, held, it seems, only by Stendhal’s "lucky few."

* (ed.) Robert Hayden's ''Collected Prose'' (Univ. of Michigan Press, 1984) ISBN 0472063510
* (ed.) Robert Hayden's ''Collected Poems'' (Liveright, 1985). ISBN 0871406497
* ''Into the Ruins: Poems''. Earthrise Press, 1999. Preface. 73 pages. ISBN: 9780967042121
* ''The Bower of Nil: A Narrative Poem''. Earthrise Press, 2002. 71 pages. ISBN: 9780967042145
* [ The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem] Summer Serialization of all twelve Books, in the manner of Charles Dickens and other 19th Century writers, available once a week throughout the entire summer of 2012, on Sunday mornings, by 10:00 am EST. Includes the Preface and Introduction. BOOK I is a free PDF download.
* ''The Grove of the Eumenides: Essays on Literature, Criticism, and Culture''. Earthrise Press, October, 2007. 337 pages. ISBN: 9780967042183. [ Table of Contents]
* ''Letters from the American Desert: Signposts of a Journey, A Vision.'' Earthrise Press, 2008. 172 pages. April, 2008. ISBN: 9780967042114
* (ed.) ''The Universal Principles of the Reform Bahai Faith.'' Baha'u'llah. Abdu'l-Baha. Reform Bahai Press, 2008. 148 pages. January, 2008. ISBN: 9780967042138.
* [ WorldCat] Includes six books, edited or written, showing over 1600 copies in university and local libraries nationwide, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
* [ WorldCat] Includes two books that critique the Haifan Baha'i denomination and renew the Reform Bahai Faith:
* [ The Poetry Foundation Report by Rick Stevens: "Technology: Poetry and New Media."] January 2009. "FG, the founder of Earthrise Press, is a dynamic presence among the advocates of self-publishing and adopting the independent music model of direct purchase from artist to consumer." (search > Glaysher)

* [ Official website of FG]
* [ The Globe] Blog
* [ Facebook FG]
* [ Google+]
* [ Earthrise Press eBooks] A Post-Gutenberg Publisher - DRM free

Selected work, articles, and reviews available on the Internet:

* [ Epic Poetry reading from BOOK III] The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, at the Albany Word Fest. Copyright (c) 2012 FG. 15 minutes.
* [ Epic Poetry reading from BOOK III] The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. In medias res, on the moon. Copyright (c) 2012 FG. 12 minutes.
* [ "The Poet’s Religion of Rabindranath Tagore" in Rupkatha Journal, spring 2012 (Kolkata, India). Direct link: V3/n4/02_Religion
* [ Three poems.] A Little Poetry Summer/Fall, 2007
* [ ] "To Penelope" April 2010
* [ ] "Perseus" August 2010
* [ Poems Niederngasse Review of The Bower of Nil] 2003. "...FG was a Fulbright-Hays scholar to China in 1994...." "This is a doorway into the future...."
* [ Brief autobiography], by FG
* [,+frederick "Robert Hayden in the Morning Time."] In ''The Grove of the Eumenides'' (above: 247-265). Glaysher studied with Robert Hayden, who happened to be a Baha'i, knew him closely on a personal level, worked for him as a secretary, and edited the collected editions of his prose and poems. Includes discussion of Hayden's loathing Baha'i fundamentalism.
* [ Brothers Judd Interview of FG] : "...I grew up in suburban Detroit..." 2002.
* [ Millennium Forum Participant List.] 2000.
* [ "INDIVIDUALISM AND THE STATE IN CHINA: Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad to China"] Archived from to showing that he was a participant in the Fulbright Scholars Abroad program, 1994.
* [ "Meditations in an Old Barn."] Essay in ''Modern Age.'' Vol. 31 (Summer/Fall) 1987.
* [ "T. S. Eliot and 'The Horror! The Horror!'"] Essay in ''Modern Age.'' Vol. 28 (Fall) 1984.
* [ Newsletter of the T. S. Eliot Society] Summer 2009. "T. S. Eliot and 'The Horror! The Horror!'"
* [ The Nineteenth Century: Victorian Period by S REGAN - 1984] "FG's 'At the Dark Tower' (SBHC) openly rejects the Jungian approach and asserts that. 'Childe Roland' is really about 'the struggle of the...'"
* [ American Literature: The Twentieth Century by L KELLY - 1996] "FG discusses what Bellow calls 'soul' in the decline of Western society..."
* [ "Re-centering: The Turning of the Tide and Robert Hayden."] ''World Order'' Vol. 17 (Summer 1983).
* [ Review of Saul Bellow's "Him with His Foot in His Mouth and Other Stories."] "Saul Bellow Journal" (Summer) 1985.
* [ Saul Bellow and the Struggle at the Center.] Glaysher, Frederick. "A Poet Looks at Saul Bellow's Soul." Saul Bellow and the Struggle at the Center. Ed. Eugene Hollahan. Georgia State Literary Studies 12. New York: AMS, 1996. 43–55.

==Role in Renewing the Reform Bahai Faith==

Glaysher and other members of the Reform Bahai Faith, as well as the members of several other Baha'i denominations, have been extensively persecuted, both on and offline, by members of the Baha'i denomination located in Haifa, Israel, and Wilmette, Illinois.

As much inspired by the example and writings of Martin Luther as the Bahai reformers [ Ruth White] and [ Mirza Ahmad Sohrab], Glaysher, since 1976, has been a member of the Reform Bahai Faith, and, since 2004, participated in the renewal of the Reform Bahai Faith, an unorganized form of spiritual belief. "The Bahai Movement is not an organization. You cannot organize the Bahai Movement." —Abdul-Baha

Far from having the exclusive truth and the fanaticism to which that notion has so often led, the Reform Bahai Faith looks to what is universal and non-creedal in human religious experience and in all of the great religious and wisdom traditions. Reform Bahais do not regard the Bahai message as a rigid set of unchanging and inflexible doctrines and formulas. Nor is the universality of the Bahai vision frozen in a form subordinate to the exclusivism of the Judeo-Christian or Islamic and Sufi cultural heritage of the Bahai teachings. The universal, global teachings of Baha'u'llah transcend the limitations of all past Dispensations, inspire and envision a new spiritual worldview and civilization.

Reform Bahais distance themselves from any interpretation of an eventual Bahai theocracy, following the founder Baha'u'llah's vision and his son Abdul-Baha's interpretation of it as a global spiritual democracy, enriched by pluralism. Abdu’l-Baha had spoken throughout the West in Europe, England, and the United States from 1911 to 1913. Abdu’l-Baha’s message of the oneness of God, all religions, and humankind holds out a new hope and vision for a world in spiritual and global crisis. Far from a theocracy, the Reform Bahai Faith envisions a separation of church and state as the will of God, in harmony and balance with universal peace, in a global age of permanent pluralism, in a world of multiplicity, where religion is a reflection of individual distinctiveness, not of communal identity.

The Reform Bahai Faith rejects the purported and fraudulent will and testament of Abdul-Baha of 1921 and affirms his authentic 1912 Covenant, which was delivered in public and is broad, open, and universal, not seeking to create a theocracy, but a pluralistic, spiritual democracy. “To be a Bahai simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.” —Abdul-Baha

* [ Reform Bahai Faith.] Official Website.
* [ Reform Bahai Faith, Presented to the Troy Interfaith Group] FG. March 5, 2012. 26 minutes.
* [ The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience.] Documents censorship and suppression of free speech and conscience within the Baha'i Faith.
* [ The Chicago Tribune.] "Baha'i rift: Baha'is upset with Orthodox Baha'i Faith." May 18, 2009. Newspaper article revealing Baha'i lawsuits in US District Courts.
* [ Comments posted to The Chicago Tribune.] "Baha'i rift: Baha'is upset with Orthodox Baha'i Faith." May 18, 2009 and Topix Forum.
* [ 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, February 20, 2009.] From the Court Record, "Judge Bauer: How about Reform Baha'i? Can they use that term?" [i.e., the word Baha'i]
* [ US Court of Appeals Record.] Three-minute audio clip regarding religious freedom and Reform Bahai. Judge Diane S. Sykes: "Clearly raises some Constitutional concerns."
* [ "A Response to Takfir."] Glaysher replies: In PDF copy of his journal article: Religion 38 No 4 2008. ("Takfir," Arabic, identifying and denouncing people as “kafir,” infidels.)
* [ "A Response to Takfir"] Glaysher replies: In HTML on the Internet at The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience.
* [ "A Response to Takfir"] Glaysher replies: In published journal article of all respondents in "Challenging apostasy: Responses to Moojan Momen's ‘Marginality and Apostasy in the Baha'i Community.’" Pages 384-393. Religion 38 No 4 2008.
* [ Responses to Apostasy ] Full PDF text of Glaysher and several people of other Bahai denominations responding to Haifan Baha'i persecution from the libel on Religion (on Scribd)
* [ Science Direct article.] Published version of attack on him as an "apostate": Religion 37 (2007) 187-209.
* [ Religion 37 (2007) 187-209.] Libelled as an "apostate in text version available on Internet."
* [ Wikipedia FG article deleted after attacks by Baha'i fanatics. April 2008] "The attacks imho are religion-based as this person is a vocal critic of certain Baha'i institutions. There is no evidence that his works are vanity-press publications. The article is fairly new and deserves new eyes to expand it, instead of this pressure by a vested group or a few individuals to suppress it. Wjhonson 4 April 2008" "Their only purpose is to attack Glaysher."
* [ Wikipedia Archived debate of the proposed deletion of the FG article.] 2008. "Their only purpose is to attack Glaysher. This del entry should be voided on that basis solely.... Wjhonson (talk) 23:51, 12 April 2008"
* [ Sects of Bahais.] Role as a Reformer. "Bahais who believe that Will and Testament of Abdul Baha is Fraudulent."
* [ Reform Bahai Faith, "prominent Baha'i dissident FG."] "The only currently existing Baha'i sect that is not based on disputes about the Guardianship or any new claim of spiritual authority is the Reform Bahai Faith, founded in 2004 by prominent Baha'i dissident FG.... This independent Baha'i denomination seeks to promote a more liberal, less authoritarian interpretation of the Baha'i faith."
* [ Full Interview for Baha'is in My Backyard] By Belfilms, Israel, 2004. 2 Hours and 16 minutes. For Mr. Glaysher's written comments on this very important interview see the Bahai Censorship website at []
* [ Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.] Cited as attesting to Baha'i false enrollment statistics.
* [ JRI Cole - Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1998. The Baha'i Faith in America as Panopticon, 1963-1997.] "When Baha'i FG began a campaign for an unmoderated Usenet list (in 1997), the rank-and-file Soc.Religion.Bahai posters were overwhelmingly negative..."

==Assorted Book Reviews, Interviews, Etc.==
* [ The Jewish Daily Forward: Saul Bellow and the Modern Soul] November 2007. "A few years ago, FG wrote that you are the only American writer, along with Isaac Bashevis Singer, who addresses the problem of the modern soul."
* [ Essay and General Literature Index—September 2007] "Poet FG in these essays comments on a variety of literary and social issues, ranging from the plays of Sophocles, and the major works of Japanese literature, to the loss of religion and spirituality in modern society and literature."
* [ Jack Magazine Review of Into the Ruins] Volume 1, No. 2. Circa 2001. "Out of the mass of recent poetry books, here is one you should read." William Allegrezza.
* [ North American Review] 2003. "A litany of horrors updating Eliot’s Waste Land, the book upbraids poets for turning inward only to concerns of the self."
* [ EP&M Online, Review of Into the Ruins] 2000. "A book about something other than an author’s reflections in a mirror."
* [ Review of The Bower of Nil: A Narrative Poem] 2002. "Mr. Glaysher writes with a genuine passion, with an obvious thrill at the play of ideas, and with an often compelling sense of purpose.... On balance the poem is very worthwhile reading and the middle section is just outstanding."
* [ Pulsar Poetry Magazine, Review of The Bower of Nil] "The Bower of Nil is where we all live...."
* [ Expansive Poetry & Music Online Review ] INTO THE RUINS. FG
* [ The 13th Warrior Review] The Bower of Nil. FG
* [ Rambles] The Bower of Nil. FG
* [ Triplopia] The Bower of Nil. FG
* [ Mildred R. Mickle, Review of The Bower of Nil.] The Carolina Quarterly Spring 2003 v55.
* [ NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, 1995], "Hindu and Muslim: Rethinking Religious Boundaries in South Asia". Carl W. Ernst and Tony K. Stewart, Co-Directors, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
* [ Robert Hayden, Collected Prose. UM Press, 1984] Edited.
* [ Robert Hayden, Collected Poems. Liveright, 1996] Edited.
* [ The M&C Interview 1: Charles Johnson, 6/07] On page 2.

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