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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.

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!

Take care
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.

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The following comments are for "Bahai Lies?"
by Ogg

no idea
sorry Windchimes, I can't answer either of your questions. I would be very uneasy about trusting what sounds like a Moonie type cult and what little I know of them gives me the creeps. Perhaps it would benefit me to find more out, perhaps not. At the moment I'm up to my ears in work, but might take time out when the dust dies down to have a more detailed look. I'll probably put up another post, depending on what I find.
thanks for commenting anyhow and take care
Paul the Ogg

( Posted by: Ogg [Member] On: April 22, 2006 )

My understanding of Ba'hai is...
...that they're an outgrowth of Islam in the same regard that Christianity was once an outgrowth of Judaism.

They're generally looked upon by Muslims as terrible heretics who water down their faith and even persecuted in more hardline countries like Iran. They get _killed_ in Iran.

They may well have plenty of adherents: I once chatted with a few of them in Australia over IRC back in my early days on the internet, around 1995.

( Posted by: the alienist [Member] On: April 22, 2006 )

the alienist is right. That is what I know about them too. Iranian muslims like to kill Iranian Ba'hai. That's why Islam is called the religion of peace. I've personally known a few American Ba'hai.

( Posted by: TINKER [Member] On: April 24, 2006 )

Ogg five-o

I suppose that this may make Ba'hai the Avis of religions (We're #2- We try harder). Covenant breaking seems to be the deal-breaker (by definition) in our dealings with God. I would propose a union of Man to negotiate a more favorable covenant; but God, like Walmart, exhibits no love for unions, and that Babel thing is an ongoing problem, reminiscent of Reagan's response to the air traffic controllers' strike, preventing any unity, so the story goes.

But I Babel on. Happy 50th birthday, Ogg! I wish you fifty more or as many as you find enjoyable.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: April 24, 2006 )

tsk tsk tsk
maybe you try to understand something more, before publicly criticing it. for someone that seems to bite it's tongue on closed minded comments, you certainly proved to be hypocrite with this one. you are as smalled minded as the woman who condemned homosexuality

( Posted by: fcukedupboi [Member] On: November 4, 2006 )

effed up
'you are as smalled minded as the woman who condemned homosexuality'

The woman who believed in Ba'hai you mean? Look, I've already commented that it might benefit me to find out more, then again it might not. However I stand by my view that condemning anybody because of their sexuality is wrong. I don't believe I am small minded or a hypocrite and I ask you to explain your accusation in more detail and feel free to quote me as much as you like.
Take care

( Posted by: Ogg [Member] On: April 13, 2007 )

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