Tuesday, March 28, 2006

"I Don't Want to Be Part of Another Conspiracy of Silence"

Just found a great article in the Times Online about the recent developments in the ongoing effort by governmental and religious leaders to destroy the Baha'i community of Iran. The opening paragraph of the piece written by Ruth Gledhill is below:

Monday, 27 March 2006

Bahá'ís face yet more persecution in Iran

Delhisun On the site of Holocaust survivor Alexander Kimel is a fairly comprehensive overview of the factors of anti-Semitism and demonisation of the Jewish people that culminated in the murder of six million Jews, along with many thousands of people from Romany, gay, disabled and other minority communities. Kimel concludes that for many reasons, a Holocaust could not happen again today. One reason that he doubts this is because it would necessitate the recurrence of a particular set of conditions, including the 'silence and indifference of the whole world toward the fate of the Jews.' It is for that reason among other obvious ones that I am highlighting here the current fate of the Baha'i community in Iran. (See this photo of Bahá'í temple in Delhi and others on this site.)

I do not want to be part of another 'conspiracy of silence'. And some Bahá'ís believe that aspects of what they are experiencing in Iran - the officially sanctioned recording of their existence and religious affiliation - bear terrifying comparisons with what happened to Jewish people in Germany in the run-up to their slaughter at Auschwitz and elsewhere.

You can read the entire article here.

Via Baha'i Blog