I was at a party (my 50th birthday with lots of jelly and ice-cream, yummy!) at a friend's house. I heard a woman (no - I wasn't hallucinating) holding forth on the subject of the religious cult Bahai. She was apparently a believer in this all-embracing faith and so on. A claim to be the second largest faith in the world after Christianity must have meant somebody spiked my beer and I imagined it.
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Nope, I didn't, I was on a website today that also claimed Bahai was 2nd biggest in da world. Another website listed it as being 13th (or 12th if you don't count atheism as a religion (it's still a valid belief though). So somebody's playing silly buggers with the truth there.
Back to the party, and the lady claimed that homosexuals had something wrong with them. Hooooo boy! My wife gave me one of those looks that said a million words and I bit my tongue and said nothing. It was a special party that my friend had gone to great pains to arrange and I didn't want to upset her by strangling one of the guests - it's not considered polite and we hadn't been formally introduced.
Hokay, what else? Oh yeah - this is fun, you are commanded to say at least one prayer a day but free to choose from several set prayers - ermmm? Well okay it's a religion so prayer is not unusual - but mandatory prayer?
One final thing that kinda worried me, if a person is considered to be a covenant-breaker (breaking one of the Bahai rules) they are to be shunned, ignored, even by their own family! Now, for a religion that claims to be peace-loving etc. it does seem to have a few contradictions that need to be addressed.
Well, that's my soap-box rant for today. I've hardly had time for any casual writing just lately and I'm still going like the clappers to get work finished on time for the University. I should know quite soon whether I've made it through to the third and final year of the course. Keep everything crossed please!
Paul the ranting Ogg
In five hundred years time, most of us will be forgotten dust. But Hitler will still be remembered, God loves irony.