By: Dennis James Rogers
I became a member of the Baha’i Faith in the early seventies while an undergraduate at a small private Midwestern university. The initial attraction was to the social teachings of the Faith particularly the tenets about gender and racial equality.
“As the two Indian cavalry brigades fighting under British General Edmund Allenby helped liberate Haifa from the Turkish-German forces, the British authorities heaved a sigh of relief.
These days the tragic dimensions of Gaza, has shown its inhuman face, Every condemnation of the crimes of the various groups around the world face (such as the recent rally Mothers for Peace). Every time news of the crime spread and the number of victims in Gaza is increasing. Not only the quality or quantity of victims of crime are surprised observers have earned.
Baha’u’llah contrary to his own laws that permits two wives, and contrary to the laws of his predecessor the Bab who only permitted a single wife, practiced polygamy and was married to three wives (officially). He also had another wife that Baha’is usually don’t speak about who was a young maid in his house.
It is true that Baha’u’llah lays on every Baha’i the duty to teach His Faith. At the same time, however, we are forbidden to proselytize, so it is important for all believers to understand the difference between teaching and proselytizing.