Written by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religious News Service
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
He will occasionally edit pages on other religions, such as Islam or Baha’i, or general articles on Christianity.
When he was a student at Brigham Young University three years ago, Anthony Willey came across a Wikipedia page on Mormons. What he read filled him with frustration.
The article focused on polygamy, which seemed odd since Mormons officially outlawed the practice in 1890. “It didn’t say what Mormons believe or what made them unique,” Willey said. “I had the thought, ‘Who’s editing this stuff?’ and that got me hooked.”
Since editing that page and adding 50 percent to the content, Willey has made more than 8,000 edits to the editable online encyclopedia, mostly on articles related to Mormonism. His top edited pages include entries on Joseph Smith, Mormons, Mormonism, and Black people and Mormonism.
Written by Mataura Ensign , Issue 1569, 23 November 1905, Page 4. Papers Past
Monday, 11 August 2014
Having brought the Bible up-to-date, America has "unearth a Messiah," or "Prophet," and his cult, under the name of Bahai Revelation," is spreading from New York and Boston to Chicago, and thence to the Pacific slope.
The whole of this strange new religion is wrapped in mystery, writes a New York correspondent.
The temple in 58th street, to which I gained admittance, was like a little concert hall, with daylight blocked out and electric lights most cunningly arranged. The mystic password was Allah-U-Abha!" Crowds entered, chiefiv ladies. Everybody was introduced to everybody else—"Sister True, of Chicago," to "Miss Blossom, of Boston" and then "Brother" Hoare caused a lectern to revolve and rise, and gave out what sounded like a Surah of the Koran. We responded devoutly, "Allah-U-Abha!" whereupon it was announced that Brother McNutt would address the meeting. This gentleman, an American—keen, welldressed, and alert—discoursed on his travels in Syria to find the "Prophet," who has his headquarters there, and told us of his arguments by starlight with Hindu Swamis and Moslem pillars of Islam from Morocco to Baghdad.
There was no collection, and no one was amazed to find that the basic religion simply rested on the formula of Mahommedanism: "There is no god but God, and Bahai'Ullah is his prophet."
Briefly, the idea is that all the religions on earth are, as it were, so many trees of divergent kind and many species while the "Bahai Revelation" is the parent soil from which they all spring. The cult aims at uniting Jews and Moslems, Christians and Buddhists, Taoists and Hindus and Confucians, all in one fold, wherein all faiths will "consort in love and fragrance."
A tiny, misunderstood, and often-persecuted community is facing a serious crisis in Iraq. The Yezidi, who practice an ancient monotheistic religion, face genocide as militants of the “Islamic State” (IS) have overrun Sinjar, the main hub for this minority, and proceeded to slaughter and torment them, sending tens of thousands of them up into the mountains with no food or water.
When Mohamed Morsi was ousted last year, many celebrated it and often cited the Muslim Brotherhood’s conservative religious doctrine and its effects on the state as to why the group had to go. We were lectured about the dangers of radical Islam and how its presence threatens the existence of the country’s non-Sunni minorities. The Brotherhood did not help itself, often resorting to sectarian rhetoric and incitement.
So how are we doing now more than one year after Morsi?
In a recent poll of religious association by state, the news was that an obscure religion was number 2 in South Carolina. Having lived in North Carolina for many years, I was surprised to find a name that I didn't recognize. The second largest religious affiliation in South Carolina is Baha'i. For most of us, this is not at all familiar and for a valid reason; it's 'messenger of god' didn't declare himself as such until 1866. The leader, Bahá'u'lláh, followed the unconventional teaching of a Shi'a man, Báb. These teachings led him to 3 keys beliefs, which are the basis of the religious faith of his followers today. (1) The unity of god- god is omni this and that, the creator, the force of universal consciousness, which isn't anything terribly different from most major religions. (2) The Unity of religion- all religions are from the same god and are essentially all the same once you remove cultural and time-specific regulations. (3) The unity of humanity- all are created equally and diversity is valuable.