The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience


"Please remove my name and address from your mailing list." 

In 1996 my request to the circulation department for the American Bahai, repeated twice and perhaps a third time, read, "Please remove my name and address from your mailing list." I had torn off the preprinted address change label regularly published on the back page of the American Bahai and mailed it into the address given for subscription changes.

I asked for nothing other than my name and address to be removed from the mailing list--no gloss, no explanation, no complaint, no threat, etc....  Dermod Ryder's speculation that willingness to receive the American Bahai has become compulsory should give pause....

Again, note well, I used the address on the back of the American Bahai given specifically for handling subscription addresses. I did not write the nsa, its secretary, etc. My communication was limited to the simplest of requests: remove my name and address from your mailing list. Not a word or suggestion about withdrawing from the Bahai Faith, nor any criticism of it whatsoever, real nor implied. I conveyed my wishes to the proper address, as announced in the American Bahai itself. That I received an ignorant and insulting response back from an entirely different address speaks volumes, as they say. After six years, I believe the time is now right to release it publicly. I've scanned the letter so others might read the original.

I am not about to accept the slander and backbiting of fanatics and fundamentalists nor allow them to provoke me into one action or another. I prefer the facts: Again, I declared my belief in Baha'u'llah in 1976 and notified the nsa, who sent me back the declaration card available on my homepage. I have never notified them otherwise. They have never notified me to the contrary.  I am a Baha'i in Perfectly Good Standing. The nsa owes my wife and I an apology.

The other two letters were related to the Detroit local spiritual assembly and its junk mail. 

Further details at BIGS, Bahai in *Perfectly* Good Standing  

See also the threatening, coercive email to me from an auxiliary board member, Hoda Mahmoudi, in 1997 attempting to interfere in the voting for talk.religion.bahai. Further details on Hoda Mahmoudi's coercive email. My other messages to the uhj may be found on the homepage near the bottom right.

After reading below, you might find interesting, The Old Lie

668 Bolinger
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

December 4, 1997

Louhelen Bahai School
3208 South State Road
Davison, MI 48423

To Whom It May Concern:

Please remove my name and address from all of your mailing lists.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Bahai Faith" <BI*P*>
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2002 5:36 PM
Subject: One Country - "Belief and Tolerance: Lights Amidst the Darkness" - October-December 2001 Issue

 One Country
 Newsletter of the bahai international community
 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120
 NY, NY 10017

 Please remove me from your mailing list. While I was an accredited
 participant at the Millennium Forum (May 22-26, 2000), I never gave
 permission to the bahai international community to use my private
 information for the delivery of its deceptive and hypocritical propaganda.

 RECID#: 26201
 Mr. FG
 [address withheld to protect me from further recriminations]


 The human spirit must be free to know. Apprehending who we are, for what
 purpose we exist, and how we should live our lives, is a basic impluse of
 human consciousness. This quest for self-understanding and meaning is the
 esssence of life itself. The innate and fundamental aspiration to
 investigate reality is thus a right and an obligation of every human being.

 To search for truth--to see with one's "own eyes and not through the eyes of
 other"--is to undertake a procvess of spiritual discovery with a keen sense
 of justice and openness....

 The right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief now codified in
 international human rights instruments directly finds its roots in the
 scriptures of the world's religions. This fact should assure each of us that
 truth need not be feared, as it has many facets and shelters all of our
 diverse expressions of faith. If, after all, people of religious faith
 believe that the Creator is eternal and the center of all existence, then
 they must also believe that the unfettered and genuine search for truth will
 lead to truth.... Etc., etc., etc....


 Please compare these dishonest claims with the 50+ megabyte record of bahai
 coercion and suppression of conscience available on my website below.

 The Bahai Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience