Monday, June 30, 2008

Best New Baha'i Blog...and More

About a year ago or so I used to engage in a little day dreaming about what it would be like to team up with some of my favorite Baha'i bloggers to create a new blog with a variety of writers taking on the issues of the day. Looks like someone else beat me to it and it's the best new Baha'i blog out there in my opinion. It's called Baha'i Perspectives and features some of the smartest, Baha'i text-based blogging I've seen since I first got into the blog game almost three years ago. Here's a taste of their latest post:

"To discriminate against any race, on the ground of its being socially backward, politically immature, and numerically in a minority, is a flagrant violation of the spirit that animates the Faith of Bahá’u'lláh.

(Shoghi Effendi, Advent of Divine Justice, p. 35)

I recently watched a program conducted by Bill Moyers, a journalist for PBS, during which he interviewed a gentleman named Douglas Blackmon about his new book, Slavery by Another Name. This book concerned the world of post-Emancipation slavery in the South, and more generally, the American attitude towards freed slaves. The book discusses the evolution of forced labour by companies in Texas, Alabama and Georgia, and illustrated accounts of labour camps in which African Americans were held under the pretense of imprisonment.

The majority of these cases overwhelmingly affirm that the practice of falsely accusing blacks of perpetrating crimes in the South was a ruse to create a new brand of slavery, one that was technically legal in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction periods of the United States. It was during this time that former slave owners, in compliance with new anti-slavery laws, that slavery took another name and the southern economy, and even the American economy, continued its addiction to forced labour." (Read the whole thing and check out this hot new blog here)

While you're at it here's some more world class blogging you should check out:

Correlating takes on doubt
Baha'i Faith in Egypt and Iran informs us of a recent U.S. Resolution regarding human rights in Egypt
Baha'i Views features an artist piece about the persecution of Baha'is in Iran
Barnabas celebrates Nobel Prize winners speaking out on behalf of the recently imprisoned leadership of the Iranian Baha'i Community
Luminous Realities shares some helpful information for writers
Baha'i News U.K. features a story about a visit from world famous hoop dancer Kevin Locke
Los Angelista has OD'd on love
Anti-Racist Parent has some advice worth pondering

Enjoy and share any good blogging that you've read lately. Gotta go.