When the President of Iran proclaims that there is religious harmony in Iran and that the mission of all religions is the same as they all come from the same source, the Western media fails to mention the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran, the largest religious minority in that country. Baha’is have been targets of officially-sanctioned discrimination and violence since the religion began there in the mid-nineteenth century.
Before the Iranian Revolution in 1979 in the city of Shiraz, Iran, there was a house that belonged to the Bab, the first of the two Baha'i prophets; and in that house there was a holy room filled with artifacts belonging to the Bab. This was the most sacred site for the Baha'is.
Pictured above are Revolutionary Guards destroying that house which should have been a part of Iran's national heritage.
The Official Website of the Baha'is in the United States,
Persecution of Baha'is in Iran
Today the Iranian government regards Baha’is as apostates and "unprotected infidels.” Baha’is in Iran have no legal rights, and they are not permitted to elect leaders of their community. The Baha’i Faith has no clergy, and community affairs are coordinated by democratically elected governing councils called Spiritual Assemblies.
Baha'is in Iran are systematically denied jobs, pensions and the right to inherit property. More than 10,000 Baha’is have been dismissed from government and university posts since Iran’s 1979 revolution.
So if you are of the Baha’i Faith, where would you go to put your most holy relics for safekeeping? Where in the whole world can one find a place where the people are not racists nor bigots, where they do not persecute you for your religion, where all religions are, in fact, tolerated? Why Israel, of course.
Yes, Israel, which has been compared to the Nazis, which has been called an apartheid and fascist state.
It happens that the Seat of the Universal House of Justice, the governing body of the Bahá'ís, is in Haifa, Israel.
In the supposed "fascist" State of Israel, one can find the Shrine of the Bab, pictured here below.
It is interesting to note that the Bahá'ís are building and expanding their holiest shrines and world center in the middle of a state with supposedly the worst human rights record in the world. Perhaps the BBC and the New York Times and other leftists and Jew haters are wrong about Israel? Contrary to what you may have read, Israel is in fact the most tolerant land in the world. Nothing personal, but if Muslims in New Jersey were blowing up buses every day with women and children in them, I would certainly not allow Muslims to live among us as they do in Israel. I believe that contrary to the policies of Israel, we in the United States would have done to Muslims what we did before to the Japanese during WWII. How Israel tolerates these sand fleas I will never understand, so please spare me the fascist state nonsense.
All Photos are courtesy of Marco Abrar - BahaiPictures.com; for more photos of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, click here.