19 Questions for Baha'is

1.Two alternative Baha'i organizations have been sued by the Baha'i Faith organization for using the word "Baha'i" to describe their beliefs. That's like the Catholic Church suing Protestants for calling themselves "Christians". Do you agree that this makes your faith look ridiculous and petty?

2.You believe that eventually all people and nations should come under the theocratic rule of the infallibly inspired Baha'i Universal House of Justice. How is this any different than the Caliphate, Shari'ah, Wilayat-i-faqih?

3.In the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (Most Holy Book) Baha'u'llah limits the number of wives to 2, but he had 3 wives. Why believe in such a hypocrite?

4.Bahá'u'lláh was a polygamist who allowed men to have up to 2 wives, so why is polygamy forbidden by Baha'i law?

5.In the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (Most Holy Book) Baha'u'llah commands that a thief should have a visible mark put on his forehead after the third offense. Why do you consider this man to be the greatest Manifestation of God?

6.Abdu'l Baha and Shoghi Effendi are both infallible, so why can't they decide if Confucius was or was not a Manifestation?

7.You believe all the greatest faiths founded by Manifestations differ only in non-essential aspects of their doctrines. Even a cursory glance at the doctrines of the major world religions will tell you this is false. So why do you believe this?

8.If Baha'u'llah is the apex of all previous Manifestations, why can't he walk on water or split the moon?

9.According to your faith, each Manifestation is more perfect than the previous one, but do you honestly believe Prophet Muhammad's teachings are superior to Christ's or Buddha's?

10.In "Baha'u'llah and the New Era" (official Baha'i text) Abdu'l Baha ("Slave of Baha", the infallible guide and eldest son of Baha'u'llah) stated that the Kingdom of God would be established on earth by 1957. Where is it, and why has this statemant been removed from the 1970 republication?

11.Bab declared Mirza Yahya (Baha'u'llah's brother) as his successor and presented Baha'u'llah as an inferior. Why do Baha'is suppress this fact?

12.If Baha'is are so peaceful, why was the faith founded on violence and assassinations between supporters of Mirza Yahya and Baha'u'llah?

13.You believe Christianity was perverted during the first century (as per Shoghi Effendi's claim). Isn't this hypocritical coming from a faith that suppresses source materials and revises the writings of deceased authors in futile attempts to make your beliefs match historical reality?

14.Abdu'l Baha "excommunicated" practically all his closest relatives and deprived them of their income from Baha'u'llah's estate after his fathers death. Do you agree that your infallible guide was a cruel and heartless individual?

15.Based on the example set by the infallible Abdu'l Baha, Covenant-breakers (heretics and apostates) are often treated unkindly and ostracized by other Baha'is. So what makes your faith any better than mainstream Islam?

16.Huququllah is the right of guardian, it is clearly stated in your holy writings. Then why Haifan UHJ is accepting it in the absence of guardian?

17.Why you state that Baha'is are united when there are two UHJs and so many guardians and so many sects?

18.When the membership of UHJ will be opened for women?

19.When the teaching of the Baha'i faith will be permitted in the Holy Land (Israel)?

Dale Husband's Resignation from the Baha’i Faith

Posted by Dale Husband on February 22, 2011

In the summer and fall of 2004, I gradually came to the conviction that the Baha’i Faith was no longer worthy of my allegiance. Realizing that I had to remove myself from that community outright as a matter of honor, I wrote the following letter:

To the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States,
After years of investigation and soul-searching, I have finally come to the sad understanding that I can no longer bring myself to believe in Baha’u’llah or any of the institutions established in His name, including the Guardianship and the Universal House of Justice. I am totally convinced that the Baha’i Faith is doomed to fail in its mission to bring peace, unity, and a Golden Age to humanity and I therefore resign from my past membership in the Faith. Goodbye.

Regretfully,

Dale Husband

I composed that letter on my computer and mailed it in January of 2005. A few weeks later, the NSA replied that they had accepted my resignation and expressed hope that I would one day decide to return. That looked like denial to me, so I dismissed it and threw away the letter. Then I cut completely all personal ties to the Baha’is in the Fort Worth area.

Complete post here

http://circleh.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/my-resignation-from-the-bahai-faith/

Leila Shahid

Leila Shahid (born in Beirut in 1949) is, since 2006, is the envoy of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the European Commission in Brussels.

Shahid was the official representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Ireland from 1989, in Netherlands (1990), then the PA in France where she had taken office in Paris in 1993.

Dr. Shahid was a great grandson of the Baha'i prophet Baha'u'llah through his maternal grandfather, Abdu'l-Baha. He was excommunicated from the Baha'i Faith for marrying Serene Husseini, because the Baha'i leader at the time, Shoghi Effendi, disapproved of the marriage due to her background as a member of a prominent and politically powerful Muslim family.

Although she is the great-great-granddaughter of Baha'u'llah, she is not a Baha'i herself.

Iran arrests 'a number' of Baha'is

TEHRAN — A number of Bahais who were "promoting their faith in kindergartens" have been arrested, a prosecutor in the southern city of Bam was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying on Saturday.

"A number of Bahais who were promoting their programmes under the guise of kindergartens in Bam, Kerman and Tehran were arrested by intelligence agents after nine months of intelligence work," prosecutor Mohammad Reza Sanjari said.

"This group had also infiltrated a local newspaper in Kerman province and were weaving Bahai views into children's stories," Sanjari added without naming the publication.

Bahai leaders believe a total of 47 members of their religion are imprisoned in Iran simply for their beliefs.

Complete news here :

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jgUTNGsZzkGbe8HOLAR8yLX2cH0A?docId=CNG.169f36d31634e648d6dcacdc2a3042c3.ae1

The discrepancies in the guardianship disprove and invalidate the entire Baha'i religion

There are many discrepancies in Baha'i teachings, but none so glaringly exposes the falsehood of the Baha'i religion as the controversies surrounding the Guardianship.

From its very inception, the station of Guardianship was on shaky ground at best, and a complete fraud at worst.

This did not go unnoticed during the guardianship, but those who attempted to call attention to it were overwhelmed by those who held power in the religion. Eventually, their protestations, never answered, were simply ignored.

Once the institution of Guardianship had been established and widely accepted, the duties of this station were incumbent upon a man known as Shoghi Effendi, great grandson of the central figure of the religion, Mirza Husayn Ali, known as Baha'u'llah.

Among the Guardian's critical duties was the appointment, in his own lifetime, of a successor. The successor was supposed to be a male descendant of Shoghi, or perhaps any blood relative. But there is sufficient unclarity about this to leave open at least the possibility that any male successor could have been selected.

Surely, whomever Shoghi would have designated as his successor would have been accepted by the vast majority of Baha'is, and the institution would have continued.

But Shoghi died, and there was no clearly designated successor. There was at least one claimant to the succession, but the claim was not credible to the great majority of Baha'is.

And so the institution of the Guardianship was deemed by the majority of Baha'is to have ended. A small minority disagreed, and split away from the main body of believers to form other groups calling themselves Baha'is. They had neither power nor money, and soon came to exist only in the shadows of the main movement.

However, to anyone closely examining the history of the Guardianship, it quickly becomes clear that there is a very serious discrepancy between the claims of the religion prior to Shoghi Effendi's death, and the claims after.

During the guardianship of Shoghi Effendi, the station had been touted as crucial, vital, even central, to the institution of the religion. The guardianship was comparable to the papacy of the Roman Catholic religion. The Guardian was the sole and authoritative interpreter of Baha'i teachings, and it was said that the religion could not exist without that position being occupied by an actual guardian.

Every excuse was offered for the vacancy and voidance of the station. Earlier teachings about the importance of a continuing guardianship were downplayed, reinterpreted, or simply ignored altogether.

But to the objective observer, the truth is unavoidable. The guardianship had been regarded as indispensable, a divinely appointed institution. The responsibility of the Guardian to appoint a successor had been clear and unambiguous. It had also been relatively easy to accomplish, even if only on a contingency basis. Given the enormity of this responsibility, a notarized document (updated as needed) should have been deposited in various secure repositories in multiple copies. Indeed, even a simple, handwritten note would have sufficed.

But nothing. So far as anyone knows, not a single thing was done by the Guardian to meet this unspeakably important duty. (Some claim that he did, but the claims are entirely unverifiable.) Moreover, there had been absolutely no guidance given, concerning any eventuality, in which a clear successor would NOT be appointed. The slightest possibility of that had never been considered until the actual fact of death without succession.

At the very least, all of this screams out at the impartial researcher as blatant negligence, and incomprehensible dereliction of duty, on the part of the most important single leader of the religion at the time.

Worse, it strongly suggests that the guardian himself never believed anything about the teachings of the Baha'i religion, nor took his post seriously in any spiritual sense. If he did, he was inexplicably sloppy in fulfilling his duties, hardly a man to be revered as a representative of divine truth.

In my personal view, the discrepancies in the guardianship disprove and invalidate the entire Baha'i religion in all its forms.

From TRB
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