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Baha'i Haifa, Banana St. and the ultimate Other PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Yuval Ben-Ami, +972 Magazine   
Sunday, 26 October 2014
The view from the Bahai Gardens (Photo by Yuval Ben-Ami)

A few weeks ago, my dear friend Osnat had an interesting experience on the slopes of Mt. Carmel. It happened when she came to visit the famed Bahai Gardens: an astounding pillar of greenery rising up from Haifas port district, crowned by the golden-domed Mausoleum.

The group climbed down the higher tiers of the garden, descending toward the Tomb of the Bab the Bahai faiths major prophet. There are 18 tiers in all. They reflect the pillars of faith as described by the Bab, and also provide a fairly nice framework for a guided tour. A basic introduction is given at the top, with a splendid view of the bay. A few steps down, features of the garden can be pointed out, and one or two tiers later its time for a Q&A session.

This was a real conversation killer.

Osnat asks: So say I would like to become Bahai, how would I go about it?

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Kisaasi (Uganda) residents protest Bahais' refusal to allow road construction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by NTV, Uganda   
Monday, 20 October 2014

Residents of Kisaasi -Kikaya Zone in Kampala have held a peaceful demonstration against the Bahai Worship Centre for refusing KCCA and Energo Construction company to construct a road through their land until they are compensated Ushs3 billion. [$US1.1 million]

Residents of Kisaasi -Kikaya Zone have held a peaceful demonstration against the Bahai Worship Centre for refusing KCCA and Energo Construction company to construct a road through their land until they are compensated 3 billion shillings. The residents led by the Kawempe North MP Latiff Ssebagala have given Bahai an ultimatum of two weeks to let the construction proceed.

Currently the Bahai temple has filed a suit in court seeking compensation for the land where the road is supposed to pass.

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Love Means Rebuilding PDF Print E-mail
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Baha'i Life - Community
Written by Caleb Gilleland, NineBranches   
Sunday, 12 October 2014

First I want to tell you a quick story about a city. My city. Then well talk about what it can mean for the growth of your local Bahai community.

Many older Bahais think back longingly on the 60s and 70s as a kind of golden era when the community was bigger, more energetic, and it was changing the world.

My wife and I recently moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, so close to Manhattan that were staring it in the face every morning when we wake up. JC is the definition of an up-and-coming town there are a handful of high-rises under construction at any given time, there are tempting new restaurant options every time we walk over by Grove Street, and tens of thousands of new people like us making it home.

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Being Bahai and Gay PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Howard Russell, Susan Gammage's Web Site   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
James Howard Russell

Allahuabha! I am a 41 year-old third-generation Bahai. Im also gay. On the six-point Kinsey scale I eventually nailed myself as 4.5, which is at about the 75 percent mark across the scale (0 totally straight, 3 bisexual, and 6 totally homosexual). Sadly, this means to me that 75 percent or so of my sexual interest is devoted towards men. Woops, I am one, and people have a problem with that.

I met a Bahai recently who told me he had living in Seattle never even met a gay Bahai, and so after some thought, Ive decided to share a little of my journey from a man that has had homosexual feelings since before puberty, hated himself for them fiercely, and come out alive on the other side to write this.

Just a little background about me: like others in this country who went to school in the 1980s or prior, I was taught by American society that a man being attracted to men was considered morally wrong before I even knew to associate that concept with myself. When later I finally had accept in myself an innate attraction to other men, you can imagine the impact on my self-worth as I had to accept that my brand-new sex drive as a young man, such a part of any young mans excitement when embarking towards manhood, was broken.

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