Meet Iran’s Oldest Security Threat – 80 Year Old Baha’i Leader Behind Bars

The following op-ed by Rachel Wolfe appeared in iranian.com on February 05, 2013. What is the definition of a criminal? At its most basic level, it is someone who deliberately breaks a law. Now, picture a man who is a loving father and grandfather, a devoted husband, and a businessman who is open, warm, and … Read More

Building ‘Men of Strength’: A Response to Sexual Violence

The following op-ed by Donna Hakimian appeared in The Huffington Post on February 04, 2013. As reports of the egregious acts of rape around the world continue to stream in, I pause to reflect on what this says about our collective humanity. The stories that have emerged the past few weeks seem to have disquieting … Read More

Faith under siege: The Baha’is of Semnan, Iran

The following op-ed by Rachel Wolfe appeared in The Washington Post on November 28, 2012. Imagine if you lived in a world where it is government-sanctioned practice to be constantly under surveillance, to have your property confiscated or destroyed, your educational rights denied, your children harassed, and your livelihood taken away. Worse yet, imagine that … Read More

The Power of Interfaith Collaboration: Linking Energy Conservation and Faith Communities

The following op-ed by Peter Adriance appeared in The Huffington Post on September 25, 2012. Looking out over the audience, I saw that the room was filled with every seat taken and a number of participants standing along the edges. It was a gathering sponsored by the White House office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, … Read More

Iran’s Neo-Apartheid: Rampant Persecution of Baha’is in Cradle of Faith

The following op-ed by Winston Nagan appeared in PBS Frontline on September 14, 2012. Later this month, the United Nations will host Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his final annual visit as president of Iran. His ineligibility for reelection next year due to a term limit means that he will not return in September 2013. His government’s … Read More

A Moral Challenge: Moving From F to A+ on Climate Change

The following op-ed by Peter Adriance appeared in The Huffington Post on May 07, 2012. The Islamic call to prayer resonated from the balcony of the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, once regularly attended by Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C. The cry of “Allah-u-Akbar” proclaimed the greatness of God. The piercing blast of the … Read More

Reflections on Outer Space and Our Inner Soul

The following op-ed by Shastri Purushotma appeared in The Huffington Post on July 12, 2011. At 11:26 a.m. last Friday (July 8), I joined millions to watch in silent awe as the space shuttle Atlantis, for the last time, “slipped the surly bonds of earth” and soared into orbit. Our generation has seen the shuttle … Read More

July 4th, 1776: Preview of the United States of the World?

The following op-ed by Shastri Purushotma appeared in The Huffington Post on June 22, 2011. The approaching July 4th holiday provides an opportunity to reflect on the remarkable events that occurred over two centuries ago that have a profound impact on our lives today. As a member of the American Baha’i community, I find myself … Read More

What do Baha’is believe about gender?

The following op-ed by Gleibys L. Buchanan appeared in The Washington Post on April 15, 2011. Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, stated that, “Women and men have been and will always be equal in the sight of God,” and Baha’is believe this equality must be manifested as a social reality, indeed, as an … Read More

Being Baha’i In Iran: Where Friendship is Illegal

The following op-ed by Anthony Vance appeared in The Huffington Post on February 08, 2011. Imagine a country where it is not only illegal for some human beings to be friends with each other because of their religions, but where even their cows were once banned from grazing together in the same field. In recent … Read More