Conspiracy Demand Exceeds Supply

Breaking News: New Attack on Baha'i Faith by Canadian Alternate News Publisher

Conspiracy theorists are becoming desperate, and publishers, too. Consider Illuminati Plan Third Temple in Jerusalem, April 16, 2010, by Max Bryant, who begins with the following text juxtaposed next to large pictures of the Wilmette, Illinois, Baha'i Temple and the Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel:

The world view of the Third Temple will be that of Unitarian-coordinating Interfaith and of the Baha'i temples, such as those in Chicago and Haifa. One can picture nights when Chicago socialists Rahm Emanuel and Obama walked passed the Wilmington Baha'i temple, contemplating the dark success of the future Temple in Israel...

{josquote}...supposed construction of an underground temple in Jerusalem that will be raised hydraulically to the surface...{/josquote}

Bryant seems unconcerned if this makes no sense, if the so-called illuminati have nothing in common with the Baha'i Faith, if the Temple is not in Chicago or Wilmington, if the Shrine in Haifa is really the resting place of the sacred remains of The Bab and not a temple per se, if it is questionable that Emanuel and Obama are socialists or ever visited the Wilmette Baha'i Temple together, if nobody has a clue about any presently contemplated Baha'i Temple in Israel, what "dark success" might mean (although it does sound spooky) or if there is any connection of substance among any of these things.

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The PilgrimsÂ’ Hostel & the Mashriq

In the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar at Burlaw
One of the friends asked about the “Pilgrim’s Hostel” which is mentioned by Shoghi Effendi as one of the “component parts” at the center of a Bahai community. (God Passes By, 339) Has this become redundant, now that we fly to Israel overnight rather than walking for months to perform our pilgrimage?
I think the meaning is wider than simply “pilgrim’s hostel.” This is borne out by the Persian term used:

The Mashriqu’l-Adhkar is one of the most vital institutions in the world, and it hath many subsidiary branches. Although it is a House of Worship, it is also connected with a hospital, a drug dispensary, a traveller’s hospice [musaafer-khaneh], a school for orphans, and a university for advanced studies. (Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, 99; Persian text here)

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Fort Worth company getting business from Chinese distributor

3M Nomad Carpet Matting

Extract: What does surprise Hillas are the calls out of the blue, like one from a Danish woman who saw a sale item — a Taiwan-made device that opened plastic bags with an air blast.

Then there was the early-morning call last week from Israel. A representative of the Baha’i faith’s world center in Haifa spotted on Hillas’ Web site a floor mat that pulls dirt from folks’ feet.

"It’s 7 in the morning, and I’m settled down reading the Star-Telegram, and this guy wants me to send mats to Israel. 'This is strange,’ I tell myself.

"But this guy’s from a religion, so I guess he’s all right, and I e-mailed him a quote."

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Holiday trains run circles around Obama homes

Visitors watch a train pass by a model of the Bahai House at the garden's annual Wonderland Express holiday train show.

Models of the Obama White House, the Obama home in Chicago and the house Michelle Obama grew up in are on display at holiday train shows at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington.

Holiday train shows are also held in other gardens around the country, with each show featuring trains running past miniature versions of local landmark buildings. Other locations for the holiday train shows include the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati.

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