Abdul Baha was a Racist !!!

As a true seeker of the independent variety, I am sorry to say one of the three Bahai central figures called  Abdu’l-Bahá `Abbás did make remarks which would be considered in today’s European Union as racist, but are considered divine and sacred by the institutions of the Baha’i Faith.

Tablets of `Abdu’l-Bahá `Abbás   Pages 576-580
“O ye beloved of God and maid-servants of the Merciful!.
http://www.ibiblio.org/Bahai/Texts/EN/TAB/TAB-628.html

“The inhabitants of a country like Africa are all as wandering savages and wild animals; they lack intelligence and knowledge; all are uncivilized; not one civilized and wise man is to be found among them.
On the contrary, consider the civilized countries, the inhabitants of
which are living in the highest state of culture and ethics, solidarity and inter-dependence; possessing, with few exceptions, acute power of comprehensions and sound mind”

A century ago such remarks would have been the accepted norm amongst white Europeans and  less than white Iranians. But calling someone with a dark skin “savage, a wild animal or a Nigger” today, can end you up in jail  in the new EU of 26 countries as this report in the Irish Emigrant shows:

“Michael McNulty (40), of Cabra in Dublin, was sentenced to a month in prison for shouting a racist remark at a man from Sierra Leone.
McNulty was cycling in the city centre in May when he shouted at Nicholas Jacob, who had been living in Ireland for the past three years, “Hey, you nigger, go home to your own country, you black bastard”. Two gardaí who were in the vicinity heard the remark and
arrested McNulty immediately.
http://www.emigrant.ie/article.asp?iCategoryID=177&iArticleID=5466

There are a number of other cases recently were a Member of Parliament, a sports presenter and a TV show host have all been severely reprimanded for racist remarks to the public, the media, or
on TV.

However, in challenging  Abdu’l-Bahá’s above statement,  I have to say Africa is not a country, but a large continent. History also informs us there were civilizations in Egypt, Ethiopia and the Sudan (countries within Africa) long before civilizations appeared in Europe and certain parts of Asia.

In another book titled The Secret of Divine Civilization http://www.ibiblio.org/Bahai/Texts/EN/SDC/SDC-1.htmlauthor Abdul Baha informs the Persian people of the historical collapse of their own past empire and civilisation. So who is  Abdul Baha to judge, that Africa never had previous civilisations who have come and gone long before Dr Livingstone discovered “Dark Africa” for Christ and “The British Empire”  in the 1860’s
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/haywardlad/darkafrica1.html

Regards
Trueseeker.

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