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Entries - The Subject of Boys
Written by James Howard Russell, Susan Gammage's Web Site   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
James Howard Russell

Allahuabha! I am a 41 year-old third-generation Bahai. Im also gay. On the six-point Kinsey scale I eventually nailed myself as 4.5, which is at about the 75 percent mark across the scale (0 totally straight, 3 bisexual, and 6 totally homosexual). Sadly, this means to me that 75 percent or so of my sexual interest is devoted towards men. Woops, I am one, and people have a problem with that.

I met a Bahai recently who told me he had living in Seattle never even met a gay Bahai, and so after some thought, Ive decided to share a little of my journey from a man that has had homosexual feelings since before puberty, hated himself for them fiercely, and come out alive on the other side to write this.

Just a little background about me: like others in this country who went to school in the 1980s or prior, I was taught by American society that a man being attracted to men was considered morally wrong before I even knew to associate that concept with myself. When later I finally had accept in myself an innate attraction to other men, you can imagine the impact on my self-worth as I had to accept that my brand-new sex drive as a young man, such a part of any young mans excitement when embarking towards manhood, was broken.

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Help! Bahais are taking over the gardens! PDF Print E-mail
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Entries - Bahais in Iran
Written by Sen McGlinn, Sen's Daily   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The latest story in Iran’s government-approved media is that Bahais are up to no good in an extensive park on the Western outskirts of Tehran, on the road to Kharaj, known as the Vardavard gardens. A google search at 17.30 GMT today found 408 media sites expressing their concern at Bahai activities in the area, in identical words. The stories have two different titles: “The Vardavard gardens are a safe place for immoral Bahai activities” [example] and “A place for having sex with girls, on condition of becoming a Bahai.” [example]. With respect to the latter: if Iranian society is full of young men and women who want to have sex with strangers, wouldn’t they simply find one other without needing to become Bahais? And find a nice mullah who will make sex with strangers all right an proper, by giving them a sigheh marriage for an hour or two?

According to the story, the Bahais attract converts through allowing immoral acts with Bahai women and girls, and therefore they are always on the lookout for safe places. In fact they are even attracting homosexuals! They have a big property in the area of the park, with lots of rooms and a pool and sound-proofing, where they have cocktail parties for boys and girls together. One of the sites even has a photograph. The camera doesn’t lie. Not only are there Bahais drinking beer and cocktails, there are women without hejab, the doors to the street are wide open, and there are no crowds of basij and hezbollah on motorcycles. Tehran is not what it used to be.

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Singapore gets 9 religious leaders to bless F1 track again this year PDF Print E-mail
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Entries - Interfaith
Written by The Real Singapore   
Sunday, 14 September 2014

The SIA Formula 1 Grand Prix is set to start in Singapore next week and organisers have again invited 9 religious leaders to pray for and bless the track before the event.

A ceremony was held at the track yesterday (Sept 10) where the religious leaders prayed for good weather and the safety of all those involved in the race including drivers, teams, officials and spectators.

The nine different faith groups that were represented were Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism, Judaism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and the Bahai faith.

Organisers explained that they didn't want to leave anything to chance and that's why they continued the tradition of bringing in religious leaders to bless the track and pray.

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The 60-year journey of the ashes of Alain Locke, father of the Harlem Renaissance PDF Print E-mail
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Entries - The Subject of Boys
Written by Frances Stead Sellers, Washington Post   
Saturday, 13 September 2014

Look what Ive got!

Black, gay and short, Locke hardly fit the stereotype of the strapping Rhodes scholar...

Joellen ElBashir is standing, smiling, in front of filing cabinets with two long, low drawers agape. On a counter, she has laid out her finds: typewritten documents and a stained brown paper bag bearing a few faint lines of handwriting. Its not the first time ElBashir, curator of Howard Universitys Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, has seen the bag. But every time she sees it, shes struck.

If Alain Locke had known, he ...

The container that held Lockes ashes for almost 60 years. It was kept in a paper bag. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

ElBashir chuckles and shakes her head, but its clear what she means: If Locke had known his cremated remains had been inside that grubby paper bag, hed be rolling in his grave.

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