Dr. August Forel, an Swiss scientist and member of the Monist League (an association of scientific racists in Europe), wrote an article for “Star of the West” magazine in 1928, and it was also published in “Baha’i World” magazine. In this article Forel writes:
Moreover, one makes a pretext that there are differences in races; but if one excepts those races, altogether inferior, with a lighter cerebrum (according to Wedda about eight hundred or eight hundred and fifty grams instead of one thousand) it is a fundamental error. All Europeans, Chinese, Japanese, Hindus, Semites, Americans, and so forth, are equal as races. It is necessary, therefore, to seek for other real causes for the hatreds and the wars than the differences of
languages and of race.” (“The World Vision of a Savant” Baha’i World III, 1928-1930, p. 284)
If you read that paragraph closely, Forel is saying that the European, East Indian, Semtic, and “American” (he no doubt means white American) races are “equal” but other races “altogether inferior” (because of brain size) he omits–such as the African and Australian and Melanesian races.
What are the chances that Shoghi Effendi did not read or was not aware of this article?
Why did not Shoghi Effendi immediately write an article repudiating this?
Forel goes on to write:
“But while some declare Him [God] personal, we Monists look upon Him as representing the Force (metaphysical) of the Universe, unknowalge to human beings.” (ibid.)
Forel still considered himself a Monist, even while being a Baha’i. Do YOU know what the Monists taught? They taught that Negroes were closer to the ape than all other races and “inferior” to the “advanced races”.
Forel was a member and leader of the “Monist League”.
Shoghi Effendi had the opportunity to REFUTE the article by Forel, and politely correct his errors. He did not. He let the article stand!
Were the Monists right? Does brain capacity have anything to do with intelligence? Thousands of scientific papers said they did. Not “one” scientific paper says it does not. Scientists are forbidden even to bring up the subject today for study. If they do, they will be fired or face other sanctions.
Questions for Baha’is:
1) Where in the Holy Texts or letters of Shoghi Effendi does it say that the races are equal in intelligence?
2) Why did not Shoghi Effendi repudiate or refute this article by Forel which was read by all Baha’is in the English speaking world?
3) Why would the “Star of the West” and “Baha’i World” publish a RACIST article?
4) Could it be that Forel and the Monists were correct that brain capacity is tied to intelligence (if not, the chimp has the same intelligence as humans)?
The purpose of the conference in Toronto which was held under chairmanship of Mr. Tavakoli and under the Guidance of Universal House of Justice failed to achieve any of its aim because the conference failed to reflect on very important issues prevailing in the Baha’i organization. For example, The Baha’i NSA of the US recently lost a case in which it attempted to sue rival, schismatic Baha’i groups for trademark infringement of the name Baha’i. The daily increase in the
numerous harassment that Baha’is have been subjected to. The existence of a Baha’i Internet Agency one of whose roles is to spy and isolate online critics. Trying to find out their IP addresses then their home addresses and then bullying them to submission. Forcing Google to disband their blogs/sites.
After all, thinking is our freedom to investigate the truth and follow it. If one is truly liberal then his approaches will not suffocate the human mind to certain ideals only. The conference failed to encourage the audience to seek out the truth in their investigation. It failed in encouraging audience to apply truth to their investigation. Mr. Tavakoli and his Haifan Baha’i friends should note that staying in glass houses one should not through stones at others. In future never use Academic Institute like Toronto University as your implementing agenda forum.
Can Mr. Tavakoli and his Haifan organization answer?
The Haifan Baha’is always preaches tolerance and peace then why do they not extend the same tolerance and peace to their own while demanding it from other religious leaders? is this not hypocrisy?
Why excommunicate Academician and University professor like Prof Firouz Anarki the former member of NSA of Thailand just because he believed that to become a good teacher for Children classes one need not do Ruhi book 3.
Why excommunicate Mr. Jamshed Fozdar who so sincerely worked for Haifan Baha’is as a counselor for a number of years. His only fault was his assertions that the content of the books of the Ruhi Institute are unjustified, and that the only valid way to teach the Cause to the peoples of the world is through the use of the scriptures of their respective religions
Why send Counselors to threaten professors of history and Middle East studies of ‘making statements contrary to the covenant’ in the Spring of 1996 and bully them out of the religion?
Why the crackdown on the talis…@indiana.edu list and its participants? Why bully individuals to retract statements of fact, but when they do under duress, they are Sanctioned?
Why bully the editors of dialogue magazine to close it down and accuse them of negative campaigning and lying for an article entitled *A Modest Proposal* which had gone through the process of pre-publication review by the NSA itself and then accuse these editors of being covenant breakers for following the NSA’s own rules and guidelines on the floor of National Convention in 1988?
Why threaten people believing in freedom of conscience and freedom to express one’s opinion?
Why expel Michael McKenney for merely believing that women should serve on the UHJ?
Why expel Alison Marshall for believing that the UHJ is not infallible?
Why sanction those Iranian Baha’is for leaving Iran via Mehrabad airport because they were required to fill out a form stating their religion?
Why spy on individuals and violate their fundamental right to privacy a year after they had formally left the religion?
Why write libelous and slanderous letters about people and then denounce them as enemies in their national publications?
Why attempt to have people shunned and split up their families because they believe differently from the official line? And so on and so forth, ad nauseum!
Given the current UHJ’s own track record with its own dissidents, it is the last one who can preach about peace and tolerance towards others! They ought to start with themselves first before telling others what to do?
The Baha’i faith as it stands today faces a challenge of becoming irrelevant to the sayings of Baha’u’llah and Abdul Baha. Having failed to attract converts and not getting acceptance from the world society, the Baha’i Faith today is trying to serve itself as a religion in terms of writing OPEN LETTERS (as against Holy writings!!) that have no bearing whatsoever on the targeted people.
Very recently we heard about a petition made by 31 Imminent Indians to the Government of Iran, on another occasion we heard that Baha’is wrote an irrelevant letter to the people of Egypt.
There was again an ‘Open letter’ in the Wall Street Journal republished Dr. Kishan Manocha, Director of the Office of External Affairs of the Bahá’í community of the UK. The document, dated 7th December and addressed to Ayatollah Mohammad Sadeq Larijani, stating the injustices meted out to Iranian Baha’is. Many more open letters must be in the pipe line.
These open letters afford Baha’is opportunity to be in touch with Media, non-governmental organizations, various government officials and prominent individuals.
Although The Guardian of the Baha’i Faith has forbidden Baha’is to take part in any such campaign, which is political in character, the present Baha’is have resorted to this as a last measure. Extract of the Guardians advice is indicated below:
“The Baháís should refrain from signing petitions designed to bring pressure on the Government which may have any political character whatsoever. There are so many other people who can carry on progressive types of activity, but only the Baháís can do the work of Baháulláh”…
(Shoghi Effendi, dated March 19, 1946, in The Unfolding Destiny of the
British Baháí Community, p. 44)
The Baha’is know it very well that these reactions will harm the Baha’is in Iran but the fact is that the UHJ wants MARTYRS IN IRAN so that they can shout BLOOD, BLOOD, BLOOD, Money, Money, Money.
The Baha’is of World have done nothing to help their fellow Baha’is inside or outside of the Iran. They have been content to benefit economically and extract cheap propaganda for themselves. The Baha’is are an inward-looking community which can sacrifice its own people for monetary gains.
We see so much injustice and oppression prevailing in the world, and thousands are dying, but the only thing that comes to the mind of Baha’is is perceived threat, violence to themselves. No mention is made of the fact that Jews, Christians and Muslims have been threatened or attacked. The Baha’is seem to judge the justice of a regime according to how well it treats the Baha’is. An unjust regime treating the Baha’is well is tolerated or even extolled, while a popular regime which deprives Baha’is of certain freedom (perhaps along with other religious groups) is regarded as evil.
When UHJ was approached to give a statement on ‘Iraq invasion’ it said that we follow the policy of non-involvement in politics. This ‘non involvement’ tag on Baha’is are ‘get-out passes’ from just about everything.
Needless to say, the Baha’is are gradually gaining a reputation for hypocrisy and self-interestedness.
The world of Internet has exposed the Baha’i Community that has a deliberate agenda of using education / educational institutions / educational programmes to promote their activities and their faith.
The Baha’is also have a deliberate policy of targeting prominent people, including teachers and other educationalists – all influential strata of society. Issues of common concerns are used to attract these strata but without making apparent it is the Baha’i Faith propagation that gets priority. Crowds are drawn in the names of these prominent personalities but intentions are different.
Look at how events are twisted to know the true character of the Baha’is. Baha’is were caught teaching Baha’i Faith to the children in IRAN, which is an illegal activity in Iran. Instead of humbly accepting their mistake, the Baha’is said they were teaching the underprivileged children (knowing Baha’i nature this can only be far from truth!!!). Baha’is indulge in such ‘social’ activities (read ‘anti-social’) for influencing the children of other community not only related to Iran but in many countries where such activities are not seen appropriate. A question arises in ones mind – is need of education in Baha’i community totally established that they have to educate only other communities?
In Uzbekistan, during a police raid, the Baha’is were caught proselytizing the children as young as 10 years about Baha’i Faith. On being questioned, if they had the consent of the parents, they said, ”we were having Tea together and for having a cup of tea neither the consent of parents nor any authority is required”. Have you heard ten year olds having tea with matured men? Needless to say the Baha’is were immediately deported out of Uzbekistan.
In India they said, “We are creating Promoters of the Community Well being”. When the Baha’is were taken to the police station, Baha’i officials said that “we were conducting practicals for these students”. They were told that schools were better places for the students to get their practical training. On further questioning, the students confessed that they were going to villages for conduction of Baha’i religious classes for children and youths and they were told by their teachers that their course will be completed only when they do
these activities. The teacher had also warned them to be ‘TACTFUL’ while propagating the Baha’i religion. On seeing the Baha’i books it became clear for the Police that it was a conversion class. As the ‘Ruhi Book’ that they were having, contained Baha’i religious material and chapters such as
“UNDERSTANDING THE BAHA’I WRITINGS.” (Refer http://panchgani-bahais.blogspot.com/ for details)
In Indonesia the Bahá’ís were arrested and prosecuted under the Law of Child Protection (23-2002) trying to convert children of other faith as young as 9 to 10 years. The Police found that there is very compelling evidence for the crime and violation of law of land. The Indonesian Government requires that Religious groups and social organizations must obtain permits to hold religious concerts or other public events. Permits usually are granted in an unbiased manner; unless there is concern that the activity could anger members of another faith who live in the area. Baha’is had once again violated the code of conduct (refer http://agamabahai.blogspot.com/ for details)
In 2008 in Yemen four Baha’is, Mr. Zia’u’llah Pourahmari, Mr. Keyvan Qadari, Mr. Behrooz Rohani. and Mr. Sayfi Ibrahim Sayfi, were arrested and deported on charges of “proselytizing” in a manner against Yemeni law.
Reports are also there that the Christian priests have warned the Baha’is, in no uncertain terms, that they should conduct the Ruhi book courses only with Baha’i children and not with non Baha’i children.
With such frustrating experiences the Faith has no option but to gain sympathy from world by writing ‘Open Letters’. The world has now seen the true face of Baha’is and can no longer be deceived. History has never seen such deception ever. The Baha’is should spend rest of the time left for the Faith and reflect on validity of their Faith and the hoax care-takers of the Faith (the Universal House of Justice).
Reality will not be hidden then. In the interest of humanity this is a MUST.
The Baha’is believe that their administration is divine and the House of Justice is infalliable. The Baha’is should submit themselves to the UHJ and let them decide what is good for them, as the Supreme Body is considered ‘Infallible’.
This means that only the First Election of UHJ in 1963 was required as it was for the first time that the infallible body was formed. After that all the subsequent elections and bye elections were absolutely unwanted for because the UHJ is itself Infallible. The retiring member should have put this agenda in front of the UHJ that due to his advanced age he wants to retire and let UHJ decide a new member in his place. Obviously this decision would have been free of error and the most eligible member’s name would have emerged out.
Similarly, after the end of every five years the UHJ should have a special meeting for appointment of members of UHJ for the next five years, and because the UHJ is free from errors, the most appropriate members will be on the list.
It would have been better that The Infallible UHJ itself appoints the members for the infallible body rather than fallible Baha’is appointing an Infallible Body.
Or let the NSA of different countries nominate a pool of names for the appointment of Members of UHJ and then the present UHJ selects the names of the most suitable members for the next UHJ body. I mean, somewhere or the other the role of UHJ as an infallible body, should emerge.
If this is accepted than all the efforts to hold International convention every five years and any bye elections caused by retirement or death of any member will not be required. Thus the Baha’is will also get rid from the accusation that the Elections of UHJ is not actually ‘Election’ but ‘Selection’. The selection will hence be official.
This would be in true spirit of what Mr. Peter Khan has said:
“This is the challenge we face and it’s inherent in the Ridván 2009 Message. The solution is childish simple; the solution is so simple, it hardly worth mentioning. The solution is no more and no less than unreserved acceptance of whatever the central authority of the Cause, in this case the Universal House of Justice decrees.
If we would hold to that, if we would contemplate it deeply, if we would absorb the implications and meaning of unreserved acceptance and implementation of whatever the Central Authority in the Cause decrees we are safe. Nothing can trouble us, we are in an impregnable stronghold, and we would become part of this massive movement of humanity to rescue the world from the perilous disorder, the intense suffering of the declining process and to usher in the ordained new world civilization in the Golden Age of the Cause”
The Baha’is should not hesitate from correcting the situation and accepting mistakes of past. Be logical and adhere to the true spirit of the Faith. The position of Baha’is today is greatly weakened by accepting and following blindly without independent investigation and thoughtful conclusions.
BAHA’I CONTROL ON THEIR ELECTORAL SYSTEM
(IT IS SELECTION NOT ELECTION)
From UHJ to NSA to SBC/RBC down to LSAs all are selections in the name of elections
A- UHJ Elections
1-Every member of the present UHJ is from International Teaching Centre (ITC).It is clear indication that a Baha’i is first appointed on board of counselor, then he is promoted to ITC and finally he is elevated as UHJ member.
2-Mr. Razavi and Correa when promoted to ITC, they were given a world tour (Made a part of the Orchestra) to justify their programmed predetermined election.
3-Mr. Omid Seioshanseian in India and Mr. Jabbar Eidhelkhani in Bangladesh are sending false reports to UHJ with the intention of getting appointed on ITC.
4. India has the highest population of Baha’is of more than 2.2 million, but never even a single Indian has been elected as member of the UHJ. This speaks of the STAGE MANAGED, UHJ election.
5-There are National Spiritual assemblies in almost 200 countries but four members out of nine (45%) on UHJ are Persians.
All with approval of UHJ.
B- Nexus between UHJ and NSA
1-UHJ sees that no undesired member is elected on the NSA. This is done with collaboration of the UHJ member responsible for that country and the continental counselors.
2-Members of NSA also use fraudulent means of getting himself and his group elected every year.
3-When there are so many active local Indian Baha’is and more than half the delegates are Indian then how come the members elected are Persians.
4-Some of those members of the NSA, who are being elected year after year, do not possess an impressive record of services to the Faith.
5-The circle is so vicious and so tightly bound that there doesn’t appear to be any way out of it for sincere active Indian Baha’is.
6-A Baha’i delegate purposely made his ballot invalid by writing 10 names but the report of the chief teller said there was no invalid votes.
7-Those members who get elected to the NSA by fraudulent means, also manage to manipulate the election/appointments to the State Baha’i Councils and Regional Baha’i Councils of their States, besides taking improper action on other matters.
8-There is a close nexus between these people. This has been going on.
All with approval of UHJ.
C- Counting process
The counting process of the Baha’i election is Stage managed, because, it is at this stage that the names mentioned in the votes are not read out correctly to the tellers that is why, year after year, the same men manage to get themselves on the National Assembly. Can appropriate handling of Funds be expected from such cheats!
D- Meetings of NSA
1-Whenever one or two ‘prominent’ members (Persian members) are not able to attend a meeting, the meeting is either cancelled or postponed.
2 Decisions are taken on phone. Although Baha’i administration do not allow for consensus decisions over the phone.
3 Decisions taken in this manner are improper and cannot be acted upon.
4-Mrs. Sorabjee after being removed as counselor tried very desperately to become NSA member despite her advanced age. She use to attend National Conventions and did thorough canvassing for her. With the approval of UHJ (Payman Mohajir) she was declared elected.
5-Certain members like Mr.Anil Sarwal, Dr. Mogbelpur and Dr. Ansari were made to resign to clear the way for Mrs. Sorabjee, Mrs. Farideh Vahedi and Ms. Nazneen Rohani. The love for women is not only the specialty of Dr. Payman but it is of entire Mohajir clan.
6-The undesired member Dr. Ansari was reelected but was again asked to resign after a month to clear the way for Dr. Sohail Mohajir.
7-Days are numbered for Dr. Telli, Mr. Ramsevak and Mr. Ali Merchant.
8. The decision by these women is taken in consultation with Mr. Mohajir and conveyed to the other respected members and they are left with no option but to accept it or else the door is open. Hats off to Mr.Ansari for maintaining his self esteem.
9. When no women member is allowed on the UHJ, then how come on the NSA we have a majority of decisions making by women and the others are made to look like show pieces just to fill in the seats.
All with approval of UHJ
FORMER MEMBERS OF
NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY OF INDIA.