Last week, I received news that the United Nations Special Repporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on freedom of religion or belief, Asma Jahangir, published a report expressing serious concerns about apparently new developments regarding the treatment of Baha'is in Iran. I've sat on this since then, debating with myself whether or not I should post something here on an issue that strikes so very close to home with me.

Today, someone forwarded a link to Ruth Gledhill's post yesterday on the subject, and I find the parallels she points out to the historical treatment of Jews to be rather compelling. I can't remain silent, so forgive me for sharing this very off-topic issue here.

Ruth Gledhill's post is excellent, with plenty of links for background information. I don't have much to add except for an anecdote that I think speaks much about the character of the Baha'is in Iran. In 1992, the Baha'is held a world-wide congress in New York. Baha'is from all over the world attended this gathering, except, of course, the Baha'is in Iran. Due to the policies of the Iranian Government, they were unable to attend. In lieu of their attendance, the Baha'is of Iran sent flowers. Not just a handful of flowers, but dozens upon dozens of roses in rather large arrangements.

I'm not asking people to do anything about this. I just want you all to know. Whatever your heart moves you to do about it, even if that's nothing, is fine with me.

 

Rick

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