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Entries - The Subject of Boys
Written by Lukas Jung, Zeit Online   
Friday, 28 November 2014

[automatically translated from German to English by Google Translate]

I'm gay and a follower of the Bahai religion. A dilemma in that the Baha'is do not allow homosexuality.

Bahai temple in New Delhi |  Shilpa Anand / Reuters

A few years ago I resigned from the church and converted to the Baha'i faith. Baha'is believe that the Divine for humans is not clear but is revealed through spiritual personalities in different cultures and eras. These figures include not only Bah'u'llh, the founder of the Baha'i faith, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Krishna, and the founders of other religions.

The aim of the Baha'i Revelation is the unity of mankind in diversity. Bahai not proselytize why. They recognize the other religions unconditionally and enter into a dialogue with them. You want to build a peaceful and united society of people in all their diversity.

These views and the lived spirituality in the form of simple devotions, prayers, meditations and the service of the people told me too much. In a pretty young church I learned to better understand the scriptures, to broaden my horizons to develop myself spiritual, human and intellectual further. Soon I also took over functions in the community. I became a member of spiritual councils, even once chairman of such Council. It was a wonderful time.

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City seeks to get handle on local homeless situation PDF Print E-mail
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Entries - Social Action
Written by John Stroud, Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, USA   
Thursday, 27 November 2014
One of the many faces of the homeless population in Glenwood Springs, Paul Wilm, shown here on a snowy Tuesday morning near Ninth and Blake, recently returned to the area while awaiting word on VA benefits that he is hoping will help ease his own situation.

An unsuccessful attempt to land a job in Denver recently while working to line up benefits through the Veterans Administration ultimately landed Paul Wilm back on the streets of Glenwood Springs Monday night.

Its the place Wilm has called home since 2009 when he first came to Glenwood after a divorce, and amid dealing with lingering trauma from three years of active military duty with the Army National Guard, including a tour in Baghdad, Iraq.

Wilm said he often gets steered toward Christian-based assistance agencies. But as a practitioner of the Bahaii Faith, he said he feels alienated

But home is a relative term for the 37-year-old veteran, since most of his time here has been spent living out of his vehicle while trying to get his life back together.

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Ledoux, Urbain (1874-1941) PDF Print E-mail
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Entries - Individuals and groups
Written by "Encyclopedia of American Recessions and Depressions", edited by Daniel Leab   
Thursday, 27 November 2014

A flamboyant self-promoter, many of whose charitable activities skirted the edge of legality and incurred the wrath of the authorities, he dramatically publicized the plight of the unemployed especially during the economic downturn of 19201921. Ledoux credited much of what he did for the down and out, in bad times and good, to his Baha'i faith (with its emphasis on good works and on ending extremes poverty and wealth). Ledoux was one of Baha'i's earliest practitioners in the United States and Canada

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Bahais demand minority status PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Abantika Ghosh, Indian Express   
Sunday, 23 November 2014

Less than a year after the UPA government declared Jains as a minority community, the Bahai community has reignited its demand for the status. The community much like the Jains is affluent, but it asserts that the status is a matter of recognition rather than plea for help.

We had asked for more information from the community and they did submit some But, that was not enough for the commission

Bahai representatives had met Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla in this regard and she, it was learnt, referred the matter to the National Commission for Minorities. The matter was also taken up by the NCM in more than one meeting, but the commission felt that it did not have enough data on the socio-economic condition of the community to make a concrete recommendation. It is now for the Ministry of Minority Affairs to take a call. There are around two million Bahais in India and the community is perhaps best known for the Lotus Temple. The religion traces its roots to Iran the birthplace of Bahaullah, its prophet.

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