Facts Worth Repeating About Shoghi Effendi

Shoghi Effendi is known to Baha’is around the world as the Guardian of their Faith. But with a Guardian like him, the Baha’i Faith never needed enemies to destroy it!

Consider that in 1957, he:

  1. Died at age 60,
  2. Died suddenly of Asiatic Flu,
  3. Died in London, not the Baha’i World Center,
  4. Died in the middle of the Ten Year World Crusade (1953-1963),
  5. Left no will and testament,
  6. Had appointed no successor, and
  7. Had expelled from the Baha’i Community, often for trivial reasons, EVERY ONE OF HIS BROTHERS, SISTERS, AND MALE AND FEMALE COUSINS! None of them were spared his holy wrath.

And every single issue cited above was either a discrediting or disobedience of some Baha’i scripture or is something that was totally unnecessary and made the obedience to Baha’i scripture impossible.

Also, if Abdu’l-Baha really believed in the equality of men and women, he would not have appointed his 21 year old grandSON his immediate successor, but would have instead appointed his eldest DAUGHTER. But she, even as the mother of Shoghi Effendi, is merely a footnote in Baha’i history. So Abdu’l-Baha was himself a hypocrite! Did you know that in the early years of his Guardianship, Shoghi Effendi tended to take long vacations in the Swiss Alps to get away from his duties and his relatives had to beg him to return? As long as the Greatest Holy Leaf, Abdu’l-Baha’s sister, was still alive, she could keep him in check, but after she died, he became a tyrant to his relatives, treating them like mere servants and punishing them whenever they dared to question his orders and demands. This is what happens when you give a man so much power that he thinks he is like God! Shoghi Effendi was a megalomanic that official Baha’i propaganda has tried to whitewash with false narratives decades after the fact, but the truth speaks for itself and cannot be excused.

This is a direct quote from the Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha:

The sacred and youthful branch, the Guardian of the Cause of God, as well as the Universal House of Justice, to be universally elected and established, are both under the care and protection of the Abhá Beauty, under the shelter and unerring guidance of the Exalted One (may my life be offered up for them both).

Read again the above the circumstances of the Guardian’s death. I guess the issue of “care and protection” for him was indeed a lie!

The Covenant of the Baha’i Faith is dead, may it be buried forever!

Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses

I’ve never been a Jehovah’s Witness (JW), but I think I can still relate to people that have left that religious group, having been both a Christian (Southern Baptist, specifically) and a Baha’i and rejected both faiths due to personal investigation of their claims and histories.

On YouTube, there are several testimonies by people that have left the JWs.

Note that some of them later promoted orthodox Christianity. Would they look at their new religion as critically as their former one? I doubt it. Just because you are AGAINST something false does not mean you are for objective truth. You may merely trade one set of falsehoods for another because it is more acceptable to a larger community. See my previous blog entry, where I noted that the difference between a cult and a world religion is popularity and not substance.

In later blog entries I will look up testimonies by ex-Mormons, ex-Baha’is, ex-Muslims, ex-Christians, and others. For now, enjoy these stories.

Private schools be damned!

One of the most contemptible stunts American conservatives have pulled over the past several decades is attempting to undermine the public school systems in the various states of the USA (which are expected to be open to and educate ALL children) and promote private schools which are designed to teach members of one specific religion. The results can be places of brainwashing instead of genuine education. Instead of merely teaching ABOUT religions, they often indoctrinate children with lies to justify religious bigotry.

This was shown clearly to me by this comment on another blog:
http://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/01/12/no-my-diversity-doesnt-have-to-include-your-bigotry/#comment-189808

I spent first through fourth grades in a Roman Catholic private school. We were taught that the only people who were Christians and who were going to Heaven were Roman Catholics. Everyone else was damned. No one else believed in God.

The summer between fourth and fifth grades my parents bought a house and I was told I would be going to the public school. I was terrified because I was going to be associating with the damned.

On the very first day of fifth grade I had a crisis of faith because how did the school day start? One of the kids stood up in front of the classroom and read five verses from the Psalms. In four years of school at a RC private school, we never once read from the Bible.

In my public school there were Jews who believed in God, Methodists who believed in God, Presbyterians who believed in God, black people who believed in God, Asians who believed in God…

That was the beginning of my leave-taking from the Roman Catholic Church because those lay teachers, nuns, and priests had lied to me.

I find it hard to believe that the Roman Catholic Church would deny the Christianity of Protestants, of Eastern Orthodox believers, or of others. Then again, it is common for conservative Protestants to claim that Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, or even Seventh Day Adventists are not true Christians, but are “cults” instead. But from a Jewish perspective, Christianity clearly began as a cult breaking away from orthodox Judaism. A cult is merely a dogmatic religion that has not (yet) gotten very popular.

Which is why I said elsewhere, “It is easy to assume you have the only true faith when you have only that one faith in your community and do not know followers of other religions except through crude stereotypes. Once you get to know those followers as people, those stereotypes tend to break down. Exposure to those people breeds tolerance quite naturally.”

In places like Saudi Arabia, only Islam is tolerated and it is therefore like a cult there. In some other countries of South and Central America, Roman Catholicism may be the cult. In parts of Israel, Hasidic Judaism may be the cult. When the state directly supports ANY religion and excludes all others, the religion no longer becomes a healthy means of support for the community and instead becomes an instrument of oppression and thus EVIL!

Weren’t Christians persecuted by Romans before they came to dominate the Roman Empire later? Wasn’t the Prophet Muhammad and his first followers persecuted by their pagan neighbors? Weren’t the Puritans persecuted by the Anglicans before leaving England to found the colony of Massachusettes….only to oppress others who were not Puritans, even killing some suspected of being witches? And don’t get me started on Israel’s Jewish dominated government and its bigotry against Arabs and Muslims!

These things happened because people did not fight for religious FREEDOM for all, but only for the right of their own specific religion to take over and rule the society. And that is evil. Equating any religion with exclusive goodness and truth is to lie to people. Goodness and truth can only be determined by how it actually affects real people in the present time; it does not matter in the slightest what scriptures said in the past, because we are not living in the past!

We need to stop the lies in the USA, in the Middle East, and elsewhere in the world. We have to oppose and condemn private schools that are designed for one specific religion so that all children can be exposed to as much truth as possible.

Quite simply, I do not want children being taught only religious bullshit like what is recorded on these earlier blog entries without some sort of response from non-believers:

https://dalehusband.com/2011/03/09/insulting-and-libeling-unbelievers/

https://dalehusband.com/2009/10/12/lying-about-history-for-the-bible/

https://dalehusband.com/2017/03/12/lying-about-history-for-the-bible-round-2/

https://dalehusband.com/2010/09/14/the-book-of-mormon-is-a-p-o-s/

https://dalehusband.com/2011/01/05/how-to-lie-to-children-about-evolution/

https://dalehusband.com/2010/08/20/the-prophet-isaiah-did-not-predict-the-coming-of-jesus/

And it is not just religion I worry about. What if private schools teach nonsense like that from the “Health Ranger” Mike Adams and insist everything he says is true?  https://dalehusband.com/category/skepticism/natural-news/

Or the lunacy of Pamela Geller as if she is always correct:  https://dalehusband.com/2014/08/30/pamela-geller-pathological-liar-hypocrite-and-bigot/

Or how about these dogmas?

https://dalehusband.com/2017/03/16/responding-to-the-future-of-freedom-foundation/

Yes, I already said similar things here, but I think it is well worth repeating now.

Brexit, a retreat from a global economic reality.

The same idiotic impulses that drove American voters to elect Donald Trump to the Presidency seems to have fueled the vote last year in the United Kingdom over “Brexit”, the possible departure of the UK from the European Union. The EU was formed to promote free trade and end travel and residence restrictions between its members. Many British people hate the EU because it seemed to be a threat to British sovereignty. But just as the rights of INDIVIDUALS in the USA should be more important than that of its STATES (that’s what the American Civil War was all about), so should that same issue be in Europe! People matter, countries do not!

Some in Britain may have realized that and are making  a backlash against that earlier vote. Read this story:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/08/europe/uk-general-election-2017-live-updates/index.html

UK General Election: Political turmoil awaits after shock results

London (CNN) UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s future is looking uncertain after her election gamble appears to have backfired. The opposition Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, has performed far better than polls indicated and has cost May her majority in the UK Parliament.

Britain has been plunged into political chaos overnight.

Theresa May favored Brexit and she is clearly a moron for taking so strongly a position that made her country look like a hotbed of bigotry.

Meanwhile:

Record number of female MPs

As well as being an astonishing election, it has also been a record breaking one with more than 200 women elected to Parliament, the highest number in history.

In 1918 only one of the 707 Members of Parliament (MPs) elected was a woman. That was Sinn Feinn’s Constance Markievicz, who did not take up her seat.

For the curious, Nancy Astor was the first woman to take up a seat at Westminster after winning a by-election in 1919.

In 2012, 145 out of 650 MPs were female, while in 2015 a then record number of 196 women were elected in the general election and subsequent by-elections.

Britain also elected its first female Sikh MP Thursday when Labour’s Preet Kaur Gill won the Birmingham Edgbaston seat.

Women tend to be more liberal/progressive than men, so this shows the actual trend in British politics. But that one woman that is the current Prime Minister has got to go!

Ironically, the overwhelming majority of the people in Scotland voted AGAINST Brexit. Wouldn’t it be ironic if the UK did leave the EU only to have Scotland revolt and leave the UK? What goes around comes around!

The Dishonorable Versailles Treaty

This is a blog entry I’ve been wanting to write for over a year now, but I’ve been very hesitant to do so because of its controversial subject matter (and that’s saying a LOT, considering what I have written in the past). When it comes to issues like the Holocaust, you have to be very sensitive about them because they involved the loss of many innocent lives. But I have always believed in telling the truth, period. I know this blog entry may be subject to misrepresentation by those who want to see absolutely nothing good or honorable about one of the sides in World War II, but this is an attempt to EXPLAIN what led to that war, not JUSTIFY the extreme results of it.

Today, I will write about the Versailles Treaty, which was forced on Germany after World War I ended. Contrary to official accounts, it was not a “peace treaty” at all, since a real peace treaty would have enabled all nations involved in a war situation to repair themselves and move forward together. Instead, it was actually a treaty of continued aggression against Germany. Indeed, the entire premise of the treaty that Germany was primarily to blame for starting the war was an outright lie; the war actually began because of the assassination of the Archduke of Austria by a Serbian nationalist, prompting the Austro-Hungarian Empire to declare war on Serbia. Russia was in a pact to defend Serbia, so it declared war on Austria-Hungary and then Germany joined the war to defend its ally Austria-Hungary. So in truth, Serbia, Austria-Hungary, Russia AND Germany were all to blame. But Germany was the strongest of the Central Powers left standing after the collapse of Austria-Hungary, so it was made the obvious target. In addition to paying vast reparations to France and Britain, Germany lost all its African colonies, which were taken over by the western allies. How convenient! Weren’t the worldwide British and French Empires massive enough?!

Honestly, if I’d been a German living after World War I, I would have seen the Versailles Treaty for what it was, a power and resource grab by France and Britain and would have opposed it from day one. And I would have been very happy to see France get defeated in World War II. If only Hitler had stopped there, he might have gotten the revenge against France that most Germans really did want. No Holocaust, no war with the Soviet Union and no stupid alliance with Japan that later caused the USA to declare war on Germany after it did so against Japan. But Hitler got greedy, and two wrongs certainly do not make a right! But most Germans fighting in the war were not really evil like Hitler was; they merely wanted to right what they saw as a wrong committed against their country by France and Britain. Hitler took advantage of their frustration, and that would not have happened if a real peace treaty favored by President Woodrow Wilson of the USA been drawn up instead.