Four Ways to Create a Religion of Hypocrites

1. State that religion no longer needs clergy……and replace them with leaders that are as authoritarian as the clergy ever was.
2. Claim that men and women should be equal……but then deny women membership in the all-powerful leadership council of the religion.
3. Condemn as heretics those who believe in your religion but dare to challenge the claims of your religion’s current leadership, while at the same time claiming to welcome as friends the followers of other religions.
4. Claim there is harmony between science and religion, but also claim that anything your leaders say is absolutely true, even if on topics science is expected to address.
Any one of these makes a religion not worth following, but what do you do if you find a religion that has all four such contradictions?

8 thoughts on “Four Ways to Create a Religion of Hypocrites

  1. You’ll love this website:
    http://www.avazedohol.com/eng
    It is basically a website for the book:
    “Twelve Principles: A comprehensive investigation on the Baha’i Teachings”
    It exposes many contradictions and lies regarding the Baha’i principles. For instance Baha’is claim they have no prejudice but Baha’u’llah claims that:
    “My friends are the pearls of [this] order and all others are earthly pebbles . . . a single one of these (Baha’is) is more precious than a million others (non-Baha’is),”
    `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī, vol. 4, p. 353.
    more at:
    http://www.avazedohol.com/eng/index.php/let-us-read-and-ponder?layout=edit&id=25
    http://www.avazedohol.com/eng/index.php/let-us-read-and-ponder

    You can download the book from:
    http://www.avazedohol.com/eng/index.php/download

    • Thank you. Just understand that I have just as many problems with Christianity as I do the Baha’i Faith. If your spiritual orientation is for Christianity, that is fine. It is when people claim it is an exclusive and absolute source of truth that I come out ready to fight. No one but God Himself would ever know that…..and I think He has never told us.

  2. It continues to boggle the mind how Bahai is such a blatant mindgame.. NONE of this makes sense. How the people in this religion can reconcile all of it, I have NO idea.

    (Dale Husband: The actual ideas of a religion are irrelevant. What makes a religious community function is the social interactions among its members. As long as the community fills that need, it will thrive. That is why attempts to debunk religions do not discredit them alone; you have to also provide a social structure that can rival what most religions provide…..which UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM GIVES!)

  3. Well, I am somewhat at a loss as to how to describe my disappointment in Unitarianism……and it isn’t really because of a failure in philosophy so much as a lapse in practice that I experienced.

    I had plenty of reasons to be unhappy with the Baha’i Faith, and I think some of them would make for interesting and enlightening tales for anyone who would care to listen. Nonetheless, I joined a UU congregation in East Texas several years ago more out of loneliness than out of any rejection of the. Baha’is. The fact of the matter is that I was practically isolated and had lost my fervor for “teaching the Cause” some time before. I looked at the UU’s as a “second best option”. I suppose I could have fallen in with the Quakers or the. Sufis just as easily had there been any around.

    At first things seemed OK. I became the largest contributor to the congregation by far. I was elected president of the Fellowship after a couple of years. Then things began to sour. It became apparent that some subsets of the congregation were more equal than others. For instance, the Wiccans were charged money to have “after hours” meetings in the church building while the Christians and the Buddhists and the people with LGBT concerns were not…I also began to resent the fact that it was always assumed that I was a Democrat. (I am a right leaning Libertarian ……a la Ron Paul.)

    Anyway, it eventually got to the point that the Wiccans were being so badly treated and there was so little room for differing opinions on politics and and other subjects that the Wiccans and others left the congregation EN MASS, myself included. (One third of the Angels fell from heaven!)

    I have since joked with the Wiccan High Priestess, who became my S.O., that we should run a listing in the Yellow Pages for a “Reformed Unitarian” congregation, but she will have none of it.

    Please post only my first name for fear of repercussions from the Haifan Bahai’s.

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