The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience

From: FG <>
Subject: Fw: 3rd RFD sent to David Lawrence
Date: Friday, June 19, 1998 11:03 AM
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From: FG <>
To: <>
Date: Sunday, January 04, 1998 11:42 AM
Subject: Fw: 3rd RFD sent to David Lawrence
>Here's your message to me. I never saw it posted to news.groups so I
>suppose it was strictly private email. I think it would help a lot for
>Bahais and non-Bahais, to hear your views.... Too often I'm the lone
>voice with only an occasional person sharing their experiences with
>the Bahai Faith.....
>UseNet: alt.religion.bahai
>The RFD for talk.religion.bahai can be found on news.groups,
>news.announce.newgroups, or at <>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: MusMan1 <>
>Newsgroups: news.groups
>To: FG <>
>Date: Saturday, December 27, 1997 12:41 PM
>Subject: Re: 3rd RFD sent to David Lawrence
>>Thanks for putting an RFD for talk.religion.bahai in.
>>I think you're to be commended for your persistence in the face of
>>One of the reasons why I left the faith is that there was consistent peer
>>pressure to do as we were told. I can understand being told outright to do
>>something; once it's out in the open, I can accept or reject that without
>>feeling like an immature baby. People understand that perhaps obeying open
>>orders might violate one's conscience. But subtle peer pressure to
>conform -
>>when you don't even know you're being pressured to do so - is what gives me
>>willies. I am afraid that mainstream Baha'is might be subtly coerced to
>>their consciences (not to mention unwritten Internet policy, which is
>>written explicitly in many Internet books for newbies) and "stack the deck"
>>"vote Chicago style - early and often" against talk.religion.bahai.
>>Thanks again.
>>Robin Peters