For many years, I’ve been lurking around Iranian.com, enjoying its philosophy of openness and especially the contributions of my compatriots and others. Perhaps, out of selfishness, I have never bothered to blog or contribute in any way. There have always been people smarter and more enlightened than me from whom I could learn. Thankfully, there have also been plenty of idiots who would keep me entertained for hours on end. I had the best of both worlds.
*Darius Kadivar*, if you read this blog, this video is especially for you as I’ve enjoyed many of your movie references before:
It was until a few days ago, when I was reading the Kazemi DUI Video blog (//iranian.com/main/2009/jul/kazemi-dui-vi...), which innocently enough started out by reporting on the tragic murder/suicide case of Sahel Kazemi and Steve McNair. I was then absolutely appalled to see how that particular blog had become the outlet for some people to spew their hatred and venom against the Baha’is! It’s true that according to *JJ*, Nothing Is Sacred, but ؟ در دیزی وازه، حیای گربه کجا رفته
That’s what prompted me to write and, as I am new to this, I ask that you overlook my deficiencies.
I’m specifically referring to certain comments by *Zulfiqar110* and *sophia*. The amount of hatred, expressed in an inappropriate blog, just incensed me. They even have the gall to label the Baha’is pointing out their misplaced hatred as Basiji! Do you know the difference between a Basiji and a Baha’i? A Basiji kills for his religion, whereas the Baha’i dies for his!
Perhaps, one of the “Ex-Baha’is” would be kind enough to enlighten others as whose quote this is: “When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love.”
Isn’t it interesting that when someone writes about a positive and progressive idea or defends the human rights of others, they are immediately accused of being a Baha’i? To name just a few, *JJ*, *Faramarz_Fateh*, and *Souri*. No matter how many times they themselves deny that they are Baha’is! There are many Baha’is currently imprisoned and persecuted in Iran, Egypt, and other culturally similar countries. All they have to do to gain their freedom and livelihood is to say no, I’m not a Baha’i. Do you guys think that Baha’is would succumb to Cyber Bullying and deny that they are Baha’is? No! Truth be told, and before you accuse me of being a Baha’i, let me proudly proclaim that, yes, I am a fourth generation Baha’i. Let me tell you something else. To us Baha’is, people who share certain exhibited mentality come across as hateful, vindictive, venomous, and close minded. They may have learned a few buzz words here and there, and may think that they can intimidate the uninitiated or try to overwhelm them with misinformation, but most people are not impressed and don’t get baffled by their nonsense.
*Zulfiqar110* and *sophia* wrote: "Such criticism also is meant in the spirit of informing the wider community so it does not happen again, since as of now there are many Sahel Kazemis amongst the Baha'i community waiting to happen at any moment…”
Really? Do you think anybody believes you are sincere about what you say and truly care about the Baha’i youth?
After you wipe away your crocodile tears, why don’t you take a look at this video in which a Muslim cleric describes the Baha’i youth? To whom he even refers to as enemies and wolves! (4min):
How about this hidden video “documenting” the nefarious Baha’i youth activities in Shiraz? (Which, as a result, many were imprisoned) – (10min):
Do you know another difference between the Basijis and Baha’is?
Basijis get to flash their ID cards and enroll in universities, while the Baha’is who even pass the entrance exam with flying colors, get thrown out of universities.
(So they create their own Institute for Higher Education)
//denial.bahai.org/004.php (<<< informative to read other chapters too)
//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basij (<<< see member profile and benefits)
For every Sahel Kazemi there are thousands of Nava Ghalili - (8min):
Is it a coincidence that we keep hearing about Sahels but never about Navas?
Thank you for your disingenuous concern, but the Baha’i youth are doing wonderfully around the globe!
And now for something completely different:
I would like to turn this blog into an unofficial survey. In which, we first invite all who have anything to say about the Baha’is and the Baha’i Faith (be it negative, positive, false, true, hateful, or loving), to freely express it here.
Do you have a problem with the equality of men and women? Have an issue with educating the children? Don’t like the concept of independent search for truth? Disagree with the notion of spiritual solutions to economic problems? Are you bothered that the Baha’is do not participate in partisan politics? - The fact that we were the only group who didn’t sign up for the one Pahlavi “Rastaakhiz” party, while millions of others did? (ask your friends and family if they did) - That we did not vote in the 1979 “referendum” while millions of others did? (ask your friends and family if they did) (Consequently, we did not get a stamp on our birth certificates which, later on, deprived us from receiving food rationings and coupons.) - Or perhaps, you can’t understand how come not even one Baha’i was perceptive enough to see the features of Imam Khomeini on the moon that at least half the population of the country saw. (ask your friends and family if they did)
Whatever your issues are, let’s talk.
Chances are that the protagonists and antagonists, in this conversation, will not change each other’s minds. And that’s not the idea either. The idea is to provide a somewhat free and respectful forum for the exchange of opinions. The unofficial survey would entail the effect of these interactions on the collective consciousness of the rest of the hundreds of thousands of intelligent readers of Iranian.com.
Let’s find out whose philosophy will prevail - Those who just curse the darkness or those who light candles.
P.S.: Since this is not about the person of me, I may not participate very often. Unless, of course, my “masters” the Israelis (or the British, or the Russians – hmmm, I forget whose agenda I’m supposed to be advancing this decade!) make it worth my while.
Then again, I just found out that Baha’i faith was supposedly created by Iranian Shiites to destroy Arab Sunnis! As a side show, and a humorous break, check out the lunatic ranting of this precious gem to humanity in Egypt:
//www.memritv.org/clip/en/2125.htm (video w/subtitles - 2min)
Boy! Can a brother get a break?
! چوب هر دو سر طلا
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