Bahai News -- The Times - Faith was concerned by suicide
September 03, 2003
Faith was concerned by suicide
By David Charter
THE Bahai faith to which David Kelly belonged put spiritual guidance about suicide on its website after the weapons experts death, the Hutton
inquiry was told.
Barney Leith, secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of the United Kingdom, said that the religion condemned suicide but would not
take a condemnatory attitude to those who took their own life. The act of suicide is condemned in Bahai writings because it is an undue curtailment
of a life that should be followed to the full, he said.
Mr Leith, who had met the weapons expert three or four times, confirmed that Dr Kelly converted in September 1999 in California. He referred to the
disclosure in The Times on Monday that Mai Pederson, a US military linguist, helped to bring Dr Kelly to the faith. Dr Kelly attended meetings of his local
spiritual assembly of the Bahai of the Vale of the White Horse, briefly being one of nine members of the assembly. He also served for a short time as
treasurer. Mr Leith said he had never heard Dr Kelly discuss his work, and other members also said he had not talked about it.
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