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Voice for Equality: Rainn Wilson

Rainn Wilson wearing white knot

Rainn Wilson is an American actor. He is known for his roles as the egomaniacal Dwight Schrute on the American version of the television comedy, The Office, as the leading role in the 2008 comedy film, The Rocker, and assistant mortician Arthur Martin on HBO's Six Feet Under. Learn more here.

Mr. Wilson was photographed wearing a White Knot at the Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, CA on February 21, 2009. The White Knot for Equality organization is dedicated to the idea of marriage equality. One of their quotes is “Everyone should have the right to tie the knot,” and they illustrate this point by producing and distributing White Knots nationally and worldwide. They encourage marriage equality supporters to “wear the White Knot every day to show support and to create conversation. Share the White Knot and spread the word that all loving couples deserve the same legal rights, benefits, and respect that civil marriage bestows." [Link]

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There is yet hope...

So often this forum is a place for venting of frustration and airing of gripes. I thought I would add something positive today. :)

I'm a newly declared Baha'i (25, Jehovah's Witness background, openly gay, live in a large Southern gay mecca) and I have a Baha'i coworker. He's an older gentleman, in his late 50's or early 60's and he's Persian. Grew up there and came here to study after the Revolution. During the fast we've been going on walks during our lunch hour once or twice a week so I can share the experience of my first fast with him, as well as get to know him better. I've been finding our walks to be very encouraging and uplifting so today I decided to open up to him.

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Homosexuality: Missing Scripture Mystery

{josquote}Several explanations of the missing scripture mystery might be considered.{/josquote}

Many members of the the Baha'i community may be surprised to learn that, according to a "Homosexuality" compilation by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice (UHJ) of the Baha'i Faith, there is no Baha'i scripture on homosexuality. Baha'i scripture is conventionally defined as writings of Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i Faith, and his son, 'Abdu'l-Baha. Nonetheless, the central, highest leadership of the Baha'is is on record claiming that Baha'i scripture on homosexuality does exist. Where is it? What does it say? This article presents the missing scripture mystery and some of its implications.

Homosexuality is an attribute of people -- homosexuals -- a lot of people estimated to number in the 1% to 5% ranges of the population. That is, for every one billion humans, there would be from 10 million to 50 million homosexuals. These statistics may emphasize the significance of the absence of Baha'i scripture on the subject. Search of Baha'i scripture on the internet fails to find the words "homosexuality" or "homosexual".

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Reparative therapy and the things Bahais say

A friend posted the following on facebook recently:

“Peter Drake, sent me the following email to let me know that he will be appearing on the Dr. Oz show to discuss the harm caused by “reparative therapy” for gay people.

I hope you will be able to watch the program, as it is important for Baha’is to be clear about the dangers of something that is suggested in our literature.“

“I appeared on the Dr. Oz show, about reparative therapy, which will air nationally on Wednesday, November 28th in the afternoon. Clay Aiken and a host of others were also on the show. This has become an international topic of great importance. California’s recent ban on this form of therapy is being challenged in court very soon, so the debate still rages. It is professional malpractice, and highly dangerous — particularly for youth.“

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The Baha'i Faith and Homosexuality

Is homosexuality sinful? If so, is it the romantic feelings for a person of the same gender, or the sexual acts themselves? Is it sinful to be in a same-sex relationship if sexual acts aren’t performed? If homosexuality isn’t sinful, what basis is there for most religions of the world declaring it so? The Bahá’í Faith prides itself on accepting a union between science and religion, attacking prejudice, and overcoming “blind superstition” in fighting for the equality of all peoples – but does this thinking extend toward sexuality?

I should start by stating that I will not discuss homosexuality and previous religions, because I myself do not have the background necessary to “dig” into the texts and history necessary to adequately respond to the relationship between Christianity, Islam, and homosexuality. I also do not want to simply “brush off” religious law as limited to the past, because the way in which one does this opens all of religion up to being “brushed off” as an artifact of the past. Generalizations without knowledge are a very poor way of rationalizing individual desires in religion, and are not conducive to the dialogue that needs to occur if we want society to end social pressure against minorities.

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