"The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions." —Abdul-Baha
"The conscience of man is sacred and to be respected."
"Refuse to set up once again a sect similar to that of the Shi'ihs."
"What among human endeavours can be nobler or more useful than the protection of human liberty?" —John Milton
Joel Bjorling says (Dec 14, 2014),
"Mr. Glaysher, in my view, is taking some positive steps to resolve some serious issues in the Baha'i community. Because there are seven million Haifa/Wilmette Baha'is does not make them right or genuine Baha'is. It simply means that they are a large organization. And I emphasize the word "organization." While it is the main source of teaching, it is also an organization that has hurt a lot of people with authoritarian actions, and it has put a damper on honest scholarship unless it agrees with its policies. It is the only religion I know that has a "protection committee" and that spies on alleged dissidents. What are you Baha'is (I assume you are Baha'i) afraid of? What do you need protection from? The Faith widely claims "oneness and unity." There is none. There have been conflicts since the Faith began. This is shameful for a Faith that boasts unity. Fact is, it is a "party line" religion where to be a good Baha'i is to go along and keep your mouth shut. I have loved the Faith, but with its conflicts, I've been tempted to chuck the whole thing. But I've not been able to do that because in spite of them, there is a glitter of truth in it. And believe me, that "truth" is not the organization, but it is in the Faith self. You can't organize or legislate a faith, and, certainly, Haifa/Wilmette does not own it (even though they think they do). The Faith needs a total overhaul. It has forgotten what the real Faith is."
U. S. Federal Courts Rule
*Three Times* against Wilmette, Haifan Baha'is:
November 23, 2010 (2)
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Haifan Baha'is of Wilmette, Illinois
Court Opinion as a PDF from this website.
Related Newspaper Articles - Opinion of US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Case No. 08-2306
Opinion, Judge Sykes, p 14-15: "Considered in light of these First Amendment limitations on the court’s authority, certain aspects of the 1966 injunction are troubling. The decree declares that “there is only one Baha’i Faith,” that Shoghi Effendi was its last Guardian and none has come since, and the National Spiritual Assembly was its representative and “highest authority” in the United States and was “entitled to exclusive use of the marks and symbols of the Faith,” including the exclusive use of the word “Bahá’í.” Declarations of this sort push the boundaries of the court’s authority under Kedroff and Presbyterian Church. In church property disputes (trademark suits obviously qualify), the First Amendment limits the sphere in which civil courts may operate. When a district judge takes sides in a religious schism, purports to decide matters of spiritual succession, and excludes dissenters from using the name, symbols, and marks of the faith (as distinct from the name and marks of a church), the First Amendment line appears to have been crossed" (boldface added).
December 7, 2010 (3) - Wilmette-Haifan Baha'i NSA Petitions for Rehearing to 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Denied by the Court on December 29, 2010
May 18, 2009. The Chicago Tribune Baha'i rift: Baha'is upset with Orthodox Baha'i Faith
Comments posted to Chicago Tribune Forum.
Februrary 20, 2009 - 3-minute Mp3 Recording - Oral Argument
7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judges hammer NSA's attorney
Judge Diane S. Sykes: "Clearly raises some Constitutional concerns"
March 8, 2007 + Reform Bahai Faith Amici Curiae Letters to Judge Amy St Eve
"The Wilmette NSA remains a threat to the First Amendment unless it gives up its mania for squelching the religious freedoms of those who disagree with it. It is my hope and wish that the Wilmette NSA will finally realize that you cannot enforce unity with a court order. The NSA simply must tolerate the existence of other groups of Bahá'í at least in the United States or it runs the risk of forever ruining the name of the Faith making synonymous the word "Bahá'í" an "enemy of freedom of speech and religion." Jeffery Goldberg, Personal Reflections on the Baha'i lawsuits in US Federal Courts from 2006 to 2010. April 29, 2011
Baha'is in My Backyard - Full Interview of FG,
October 18, 2004, by the Israeli Belfilms. 2.4 hours.
Given the US Federal Court decisions ruling three times against the Haifan Baha'i denomination in 2008 to 2010, I believe it is the right moment to make available this full interview for people researching the Bahai Faith.
Transcript of key passages regarding the "Fraud Shop,"demonstrating the concern of the Israelis about who is truly in control of the Baha'i Faith in Israel and where the vast sums of money are coming from for the massive construction projects on Mt Carmel, Haifa, Israel, which is to say, Shiia and/or perhaps Sunni fanatics whose antisemiticism is reflected in the ban on teaching the Baha'i Faith in Israel; Baha'u'llah's universal teachings coopted into a multi-generational form of Islamic dawah or call to become Muslim that Westerners especially fail to perceive and understand; ultimately furthering the goal of subjugation of non-Mulisms, around the world, into dhimmitude.
Newcomers might want to start here or with Essential Readings:
Shunning > Menu Essential Reading *****
The Baha'i Technique - Slander & Shunning Essential Reading *****
Steven Scholl - "Why I voluntarily left the religion" - Shunning of Family
Alison Marshall - "How the Baha'i administration behaves"
Individual Conscience": "A Dangerous Delusion from Christianity"9/23/2001 Doug Martin, uhj member
Dr. C. Ainsworth Mitchell, British Museum document expert, 1930:“That is to say, the writing does not agree with the hypothesis that it was all written by one person.... A minute comparison of the authenticated writing [of Abdul-Baha] with the writing on every page of the alleged will....has failed to detect in any part of the will the characteristics of the writing of Abdul Baha.” The Certified Copy of the Report at the Library of Congress:
Report on the Writing Shown on the Photographs of the Alleged Will of Abdul-Baha.
Comments on Dr. C. Ainsworth Mitchell's Report
Ruth White, EXCERPTS Is The Bahai Organization the Enemy of the Bahai Religion? 1929. Discusses the unauthentic will of Abdul-Baha. The foremost forensic expert of the British Museum, Dr. C. Ainsworth Mitchell, judged it a fraud in 1929. For further details, see Ruth White's Bahai Leads Out of the Labyrinth. New York : Universal Publishing, 1944.
Ruth White Collection Deposited with Library of Congress, 1930
Mirza Ahmad Sohrab, EXCERPTS from Broken Silence: The Story of Today's Struggle for Religious Freedom, 1940 Lawsuit
Julie Chanler, EXCERPTS From Gaslight to Dawn: An Autobiography. The New History Foundation, 1956.
Deborah Buchhorn, New Mexico LAWSUIT against bahai institutions for FRAUD & LIBEL 3/2/2000
Professor Juan Cole Surveys Bahai Censorship
Brief Quotations - Professor Juan Cole Menu - Selected Messages
Biography of Juan Cole on his blog (search keyword "Baha'i" ), for his criticism of "the secretive and duplicitous leadership," among other things.
"Counselor" Birkland Calls Cole in the Night 1996
"Fundamentalism in the Contemporary U.S. Baha'i Community" RSR 2002
"The Baha'i Faith in America as Panopticon, 1963-1997" JSSR 1998
"Abdul-Baha's 'Treatise on Leadership'" May, 1998 (separation of church & state)
"Race, Immorality and Money in the American Bahai Community [LA]" Religion 2000
In "The Evolution of Charismatic Authority in the Baha'i Faith (1863-1921)," in Robert Gleave, ed., Religion and Society in Qajar Iran (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2005), pp. 311-345. [Important article not available online.], Cole writes, "This tying of wealth to charisma was to be crucial for the fortunes of the religion" (314). "Baha'ullah was committed to a separation of religion and state, and renounced any theocratic claims on the civil government by himself or his religion, saying, he only desired the hearts of men" (317). Speaking of Abdul-Baha, Cole states, "...His first major work to be published after Baha'u'llah's death, his Treatise on Leadership. There he explained that leadership is of two sorts, worldly and spiritual. Spiritual leaders 'have no relationship to corporeal concerns, affairs of political leadership, worldly matters'. He added, 'These latter souls have nothing to do with affairs of civil leadership, nor do they seek to interfere in them. Thus, in this most great cycle of the maturity and adulthood of the world, this matter has been put into the text of the divine Book as one might put lead into the structure of a building.' He was emphatic that the 'funcition of the religious leaders' is only to attend to spiritual matters, and that whenever such leaders have 'intervened in the world of political leadership it was has resulted in disaster" (323). Later Cole quotes Abdul-Baha teaching, "'In the religion of God, he asserted, 'there is no practice of declaring believers to be morally corrupt (tafsiq) or of declaring them not believers (takfir), nor is debasing or showing contempt for others permitted' (331, cf. 332-333 for more details on "shunning" )." "Baha'u'llah believed that true discourse (bayan) would always win out, and although he counselled against close association with the ungodly, he never developed a system of shunning" (333). "Once established, shunning became a tool for later leaders with implications far beyond the Muhammad Ali schism, and was used to control and manipulate adherents with regard to issues of personal conscience and even sometimes choice of place of residence! A suspicion of non-conformity, a demand for blind obedience [taqlid], and a concern with being constantly 'firm in the covenant' came to characterize important elements of the community over time" (333). "Still, Abdul-Baha continued to respect individual conscience and individual contributions that acknowledged his authority, and in his talks in the US he often spoke with fervent admiration of rights, liberty and parliamentarly democracy" (339). "The dispute over the succesion to Baha'ullah demonstrated the instability of the system of authority he created" (340). It can not be overemphasized that the role of the "Baha'i merchant clans" is insightfully discussed.
See Juan Cole on New Orthodoxy of Baha'i Faith 2005
Dr. Linda Walbridge, Obituary, 2002, by Juan Cole; Selection of her Talisman posts
"Reply of Juan Cole to Peter Khan Talk in New Zealand of June, 2000"
"Ratcheting further and further toward being similar to Scientology" 1999
Juan Cole On Baha'i Takfir Declaring people infidels, apostates, non-believers.
Cole mentions on his blog that he was "forced out of the community in 1996 by fundamentalist elements in the leadership, who try to impose censorship and conformity on vocal intellectuals.... The more fundamentalist side of the religion is usually hidden from outsiders and new believers, and is probably more pronounced in the US than in the UK anyway."
"A weird Baha'i sub-cult has arisen. It structurally resembles al-Qaida." Juan Cole 2002
"These are effectual and sufficient proofs that the conscience of man is sacred and to be respected; and that liberty thereof produces widening of ideas, amendment of morals, improvement of conduct, disclosure of the secrets of creation, and manifestation of the hidden verities of the contingent world. Moreover, if interrogation of conscience, which is one of the private possessions of the heart and the soul, take place in this world, what further recompense remains for man in the court of divine justice at the day of general resurrection? Convictions and ideas are within the scope of the comprehension of the King of kings, not of kings; and soul and conscience are between the fingers of control of the Lord of hearts, not of [His] servants. So in the world of existence two persons unanimous in all grades [of thought] and all beliefs cannot be found." —Abdul-Baha, A Traveler's Narrative, 91.
"This is a goodly temple and congregation, for--praise be to God!--this is a house of worship [Central Congregational Church in Brooklyn on 16 June 1912] wherein conscientious opinion has free sway. Every religion and every religious aspiration may be freely voiced and expressed here. Just as in the world of politics there is need for free thought, likewise in the world of religion there should be the right of unrestricted individual belief. Consider what a vast difference exists between modern democracy and the old forms of despotism. Under an autocratic government the opinions of men are not free, and development is stifled, whereas in a democracy, because thought and speech are not restricted, the greatest progress is witnessed. It is likewise true in the world of religion. When freedom of conscience, liberty of thought and right of speech prevail--that is to say, when every man according to his own idealization may give expression to his beliefs--development and growth are inevitable. Therefore, this is a blessed church because its pulpit is open to every religion, the ideals of which may be set forth with openness and freedom." —Abdul-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, 197.
Bahai Persecution by Other Baha'is
LA Study Class and origins of conflict (1970) 2/4/2001Karen Bacquet
LA Study Class Documents and Newsletter 1976-83
Censorship of Salmani's Memoirs by the Baha'i Authorities re Kalimat Press 1982
"A Modest Proposal" 1987 David Langness ***
"The Service of Women" 1988 Several authors
Denis MacEoin, Crisis in Babi and Baha'i Studies Bulletin, (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies), Vol. 17, No. 1 (1990), pp. 55-61.
Denis MacEoin, A Few Words in Response to Cole's 'Reply to MacEoin.' British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1 (1991), pp. 86-87.
[Bahai] "Psychiatrist cuts deal on sex assault charges" 4/94 re Dr. Danesh
The Majnun Post 2/7/96 (On talisman) John Walbridge
The Pickering Tape 4/96
"Crisis of Faith" 5/15/96 Steven Scholl ****
Letter: Stephen Birkland, Continental Board of Counsellors 7/16/96
"Baha'i Leaders Vexed by On-Line Critics" Winter 1997 K. Paul Johnson
The suppression of Dialogue Magazine 1997 Steven Scholl
"Critics chafe at Baha'i conservatism" IRA RIFKIN 2/27/1997, Religion News Service
Mark Towfiq's NO Vote Campaign on BCCA mailing lists 3/12/97
uhj expulsion of Michael McKenny from the Bahai faith 7/97 Michael McKenny
BCCA Collusion Suppressing talk.religion.bahai Fall 1997
Susan Maneck's NO Vote Campaign on AOL 12/7/98
Ex-Bahai - NSA warns Australian Bahais 11/4/97 Nima Hazini
Baha'i Encyclopedia hijacked by Farzam Arbab 2/17/1999
To LSA of Arlington. Massachusetts March 21, 1999 Jenifer Tidwell
Dismissal of NSA Member Judge James F. Nelson... April 1999 Juan Cole
Full Text of UHJ's Letter of April 7, 1999
"Commentary" on UHJ's "outburst of vehement ignorance" 6//6/99 Juan Cole
My case - a letter to my friends 7/28/99 Terry Culhane
uhj to Anthony A. Lee, editor of Kalimat Press re Cole's book Cf Cole below 8/99
Juan Cole Responds to the uhj's Backbiting Campaign Cf Kalimat above 8/99
Brief History of Douglas Martin, member, uhj 1/31/2000 Juan Cole
How "Review" acts as Censorship 3/28/2000 Alison Marshall re Bahai World
"Removed your Name from Membership Rolls" 3/29/2000 Alison Marshall
My experience as a member of the Baha'i Faith 2001 Dennis James Rogers
New Mexico LAWSUIT against bahai institutions for FRAUD & LIBEL 3/2/2001 Deborah Buchhorn
New Mexico LAWSUIT - Response to Motion to Dismiss 5/2001 Yorgos D. Marinakis, Attorney
New Mexico LAWSUIT - Attorney's Statement 5/26/2001 Yorgos D. Marinakis, Attorney
New Mexico LAWSUIT - Amicus Curiae 7/13/2001
"Enemies Within: Conflict and Control in the Baha'i Community"2001 Karen Bacquet Cultic Studies Journal
Denis MacEoin Reviews Making the Crooked Straight H-Bahai, 2001
Review of i baha'i by Margit Warburg. Turin, Italy, 2001. Daniela Pinna
bahai faith & its Influence on the United Nations 5/2002
Hoda Mahmoudi's program on the Iranian TV Network (NITV) Nima Hazini 8/30/2002+
Obituary for Linda Walbridge by Juan Cole 12/10/2002
EVIDENCE grows... Dr. David Kelly & the Baha'i Faith > Bahai in Politics
Talisman9 "Moderator" Steve Marshall - "Baby Torturer" summer 2004
Bahai institutions DRIVING people out - Maneck's "get over it" - i.e., injustice of uhj 9/17/03; 12/2005
False Membership Statistics for US Baha'i community, India, & elsewhere
BANK FRAUD: Baha'i technique of loan application, false, inflated statistics to qualify for loans 5/2005
BCCA (Bahai Computer and Communication Association) long history of censoring Baha'is on the Internet
The Baha'i Cadre System, EXCERPTS Randy Burns 2005
The Modern Inquisition: Seven Prominent Catholics and their Struggles with the Vatican. 2000. Australian former priest Paul Collins.
Kalimát Press Petition 2006
Professor Dann May, Phyllis E Bernard Please leave us alone. 2006
Why I Left.... 2-16-07
Susan Maneck - The Video: Shiite Ideology of Baha'i Fanaticism 2007
An environment of intellectual repression September 10, 2007
Lessons for Christians in the history of the Bahai faith. Adrian Worsfold. Episcopal Café. 2008
A Response to Moojan Momen's Takfir & Slanderous Vilification. Frederick Glaysher. Religion 38 No 4 2008.
Challenging apostasy: Responses to Moojan Momen's ‘Marginality and Apostasy in the Baha’i Community’ Original Online
Wikipedia Entry > Baha'i Censorship May 21, 2010
Frederick Glaysher | universal house of justice
To the UHJ - March 31, 1997
"Please remove my name and address from your mailing list." 1996
Antinomies 1996 - 2000
Open Petition for Baha'i Reformation 2/ 8/ 2001
A Bahai in *Perfectly* Good Standing 11/2001
Letter to the Editor - O&E Newspapers MODEL News Release 3/7/2002 circ. 120,000
uhj message to Iranian baha'is Day of the Covenant 11/26/03
Letter to a Baha'i Scholar 2-14-04
The Old Lie
Straw Man 9/14/06
William Garlington. The Bahai Faith in America. Praeger. 2005. Review.
Sen McGlinn & Frederick Glaysher - A 1996 Conversation, Censored....
Sen McGlinn, Church and State. Leiden, 2005. Review.
Letters from the American Desert: Signposts of a Journey, A Vision 2008
Abdul-Baha's Fraudulent will and testament 2007 *****
Talk.Religion.Bahai - Finally Passed on 3rd Vote Jan. 1999
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