"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
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
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
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
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*GS@liberty.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2002 5:36 PM
Subject: One Country - "Belief and Tolerance: Lights Amidst the Darkness" - October-December 2001 Issue
Newsletter of the bahai international community
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120
NY, NY 10017 email@example.com
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.
[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