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"It is true that should a believer read the writings of Covenant-breakers or enemies of the Cause and permit these words to instill doubts about the truth of Bahá'u'lláh's Cause such a believer would then be considered as having been infected by the poison of Covenant-breaking. However, since you returned the book to your local library upon being informed of the true nature of its contents and told your District Teaching Committee and your National Spiritual Assembly about the matter, it is clear that you took the correct steps and should therefore, with complete confidence, turn to Bahá'u'lláh for protection and guidance, fully assured that His promise to assist those who turn to Him will be fulfilled."
(From a letter dated 29 March 1977 to an individual believer)
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. – A Virginia doctor has been arrested and charged with raping victims at his Albemarle County clinic.
Dr. Mark Hormuz Dean, 50, of Keswick, was charged with two felony counts of Rape, two felony counts of Object Sexual Penetration, and one felony count of Forcible Sodomy, according to an Albemarle County Police spokesperson.
Dean was indicted Friday on the five felony charges by an Albemarle-based Central Virginia Multijurisdictional Grand Jury.
“Dean allegedly assaulted victims at the Albemarle Pain Management Associates Clinic,” Albemarle County Police Department Public Information Officer Madeline Curott said. “He is currently being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail without bond. The investigation is ongoing.”
The offense dates span from 2011 to 2015, according to Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci.
Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the Albemarle County Police Department at 434-296-5807.
Doctor’s orders: Physician makes bond, put on house arrest
The Pantops-area doctor arrested last Friday on five felonies related to allegedly raping and sexually assaulting his patients will be released from jail on a $50,000 bond.
A mass of friends and family showed in support of Mark Hormuz Dean, the Albemarle Pain Management Associates Clinic physician, and sat shoulder to shoulder in the crowded courtroom.
Several witnesses, including Dean’s father-in-law and a friend who also was a patient, testified about the character of the man who has been indicted on two counts of rape, two counts of object sexual penetration and one count of forcible sodomy.
Since his January 5 arrest, prosecutor Darby Lowe said five additional victims have come forward.
“When he’s not working, he’s constantly with his children,” said Peter Pellechia, the father of Dean’s wife and a retired NYPD homicide investigator. “He takes them and they go fishing.”
Dean is married to Stacy Pellechia Dean, an adjunct instructor at UVA’s Curry School of Education, and the couple lives in an Ednam Forest with two kids who are 15 and 13 years old, according to Pellechia’s testimony. The Deans purchased the house last year for $1.35 million, according to county property records.
Derrick Stone, the director of software development for the UVA Health System, told the judge that Dean often brings his children to Stone’s home for spiritual education classes on the religion they both share, called Baha’i, which teaches the unity of all people and the worth of all religions.
Stone, like the other witnesses who testified, said he was shocked to learn of the allegations against Dean.
Prominent Indian Baha'i Vikas Dubey gets sanctioned (punished) for ignoring Baha'i Marriage laws. Ironically sitting beside him is Sama Sabet (LSA Member) who has also violated Baha'i Laws by keeping illicit relations with a prominent Indian Journalist, but she was never sanctioned! RIP Baha'i Justice
Baha'is apparently proclaim the Unity of Mankind and Unity of Religions. Now check the ruling of the UHJ's about those Baha'is who marry according to other religious laws.
A different case arises when a believer dissimulates his faith solely for the purpose of getting married under another religion. Such an action merely in order to evade the requirements of Baha’i law and to enable him to have the ceremony of the other religion is not permissible and would usually lead to the imposition of administrative sanctions. In addition, if the parents actively take part in facilitating such a marriage, they would be subject to the same sanctions as would apply to the child.
You also seek guidance with regard to whether parents could attend the Muslim wedding of their daughter, who is seeking to convert to Islam for the sole purpose of marrying under that religion. In such a case, the general principle regarding believers attending weddings of Baha’is who are marrying contrary to Baha’i law would apply. That is, if it is known beforehand that a believer is violating such laws, it would be inappropriate for the friends to attend the ceremony, out of respect for Baha’i law. This same principle would apply to attendance at a reception celebrating the marriage. Nevertheless, the concern and care that the parents have for their child would naturally be unaffected even if she lost her administrative rights as the result of such a marriage.
(From a letter dated 20 July 2009 written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to a National Spiritual Assembly)
Thanks to Rahul D. for sharing the news.
Baha’i leaders always claim that they do not involve themselves in politics, and they are truly a political group, but in reality we find that they are the most political group, playing in the name of FAITH. They have hidden political agenda and work on strategies. See the two different faces of Baha’i Faith. The hidden and the apparent ones.
By: Mohammad Fattahzadeh
The Baha’i Population in different countries seems to be an unsolved puzzle! Despite the existence of an exact statistical system and periodical reports of Baha’i population in every country, the Baha’i administration has been reluctant to publicize them, and has always referred to uncertain estimates that are highly exaggerated.
This article endeavors to examine legality (both as per the Baha’i Writings and the generally accepted human values) of Child Registration in the Baha’i Faith, and establish our responsibility as Members of the Baha’i Faith with regard to the practice.
Why do we and similar sites and cyberspaces which are criticizing cults and revealing the hidden layers of cults confirm that this strategy must be followed?
The history of Babism and Baha’ism is filled with various enmities and conflicts between their leaders and followers. Much can be said about each conflict, but we will only refer to a small number of them below: