Bahai News - Baha'i faith is widespread
Tuesday, March 21, 2000
Baha'i faith is widespread
Thank you for a very good article on one of my favorite people, Vic Damone
(Feb. 23). As a professional singer myself, I have always admired his talent,
especially when I hear what passes for a voice in today's music.
I have, however, one objection to state. The reporter, Charles Passy,
referred to the Baha'i faith as a "Middle Eastern" religion. While it is
true that the faith began in Iran, its World Center is in Israel, where
Baha'u'llah, the founder, was exiled and imprisoned.
I find it interesting that no one refers to Christianity or Judaism as
"Middle Eastern" faiths, although they both originated in the same area of
the world as Islam and Baha'i. They are thought of as world religions, and,
I think, so should Baha'i, since it is the second most widely spread faith
on the planet (next to Christianity), with strong centers in over 200
countries, with over 2000 races, tribes and ethnic groups represented.
In this current climate of anti-Arab, anti-Muslim sentiment being fostered
in the political and religious media, referring to a movement that seeks to
unite all mankind and reconcile the world's religions as "Middle Eastern"
has a prejudicial slant to it.
Thank you for allowing me to state my opinion on your otherwise well-written
and enjoyable piece.
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