Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Baha'i Bloggin' Goes Mainstream (Sort of)

So it seems that Baha'i blogging has stepped from behind the veils of concealment. The American Baha'i News has a nice piece about this grassroots revolution going on throughout the nation. Baha'i Thought gets mentioned in the piece as well, which gives this bare knuckle blogwarrior the warm fuzzies. Here's a taste of the article:

"Anything you ever wanted to know about the Baha'i Faith and weren't afraid to ask is out there in the blogosphere. Blogging , for Baha'is, has proved to be an ideal format to talk about the faith, how it has changed their lives and how it may change the lives of others.

There are about 200-300 Baha'i blogs on the blogsophere at any given time. Conveniently and courteously, many Baha'i blogs provide links to other blogs. They're all in this together -- to connect with those in and outside the faith." (Enjoy the whole thing right here)

The proliferation of Baha'i bloggers reminds me of an interesting statement by Baha'u'llah that I first read ten years ago when I embraced the Baha'i Faith. While it refers to "newspapers" I think that it could be applied to blogging as well which many believe represents the "new media":

In this Day the secrets of the earth are laid bare before the eyes of men. The pages of swiftly-appearing newspapers are indeed the mirror of the world. They reflect the deeds and the pursuits of divers peoples and kindreds. They both reflect them and make them known. They are a mirror endowed with hearing, sight and speech. This is an amazing and potent phenomenon. However, it behoveth the writers thereof to be purged from the promptings of evil passions and desires and to be attired with the raiment of justice and equity. They should enquire into situations as much as possible and ascertain the facts, then set them down in writing.
(Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 39)