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Syrian refugees that certain politicians call a "swarm" and "scum" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ray Brocklesby, Facebook   
Friday, 21 August 2015

Syrian refugees that certain politicians call a "swarm" and "scum".please share this photo

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A response to a gay Baha'i PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Eric Hadley-Ives , Hadley-Ives family update   
Thursday, 20 August 2015

It seemed to me the same things kept getting discussed, and the same ideas were repeated so often that I became very bored with the whole topic.

Back before the Internet's widespread use, when people were using electronic bulletin boards and e-mail lists to discuss various things, I was often engaged in groups that discussed the Baha'i Faith. Back then, a common topic was the fact that our religion, the Baha'i Faith, teaches that people ought not express love through homosexual behaviors. The sources of that teaching, the actual teaching, how that teaching is interpreted, what was actually intended, how the teaching is implemented in Baha'i community life... all these things were regularly discussed. And then, in the later 1990s more people became involved in internet discussions of these things. It seemed to me the same things kept getting discussed, and the same ideas were repeated so often that I became very bored with the whole topic. It's been over ten years since I've ever posted on this topic, but a recent blog post inspired me to write about it again. I think I offer a few insights that are not often repeated in these discussions.

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Multi faith prayer held at Lotus Temple for APJ Abdul Kalam PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Avinash Sharma, One India   
Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Baha'i faith hosts special prayer for Dr Kalam National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India on Friday organised multi faith prayer for the soul of former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

People from several religious backgrounds and section of society attended a multi faith prayer service at New Delhi's Baha'i House of Worship, commonly known as Lotus Temple.

Special prayers from the sacred scriptures of different religions including Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and the Baha'i faith were recited for the progress of Dr Kalam's soul.

Ms Nazneen Rowhani, Secretary General of National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India recalled that Dr. Kalam, also known as Missile Man, visited the Lotus Temple on more than one occasion.

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Baha'i beliefs: The 'last' religion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Phnom Penh Post   
Saturday, 15 August 2015

The Bahai believe in the unity of all religions: there is one God, and the various world religions have all arisen as different ways of communicating His message in different places and at different times.

All religions are gradually and inevitably moving towards bringing about world peace, and the Bahai see their own faith as the final fulfillment of this religious trajectory.

Its an evolution Bahai explain through the metaphor of a school. Other religions are equivalent to the early grades, while the Bahai are in the final class.

But of course you still obey and respect the other religions, Keo Davuth, a 26-year-old Bahai based in Phnom Penh, hastens to add.

Just like you still love and respect your grade 1 and grade 2 teachers. The Bahai have their own distinct set of practices, which include particular ceremonies for weddings and funerals, and a 19-day month one of which is spent fasting.

...the faith has come under fire for apparently draconian enforcement of certain principles.

In some parts of the world, the faith has come under fire for apparently draconian enforcement of certain principles.

Marriage has been a particular pressure point: members who marry outside of the faith or in same-sex ceremonies report having their membership revoked.

But in Cambodia, these concerns remain distant. Hou Sopheap laughs when asked about what a Bahai funeral entails.

...for important life events, people often opt to revert to Buddhist traditions.

We havent done one yet, so we dont quite know, he says, explaining that for important life events, people often opt to revert to Buddhist traditions.

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