Re: Chicago Tribune Article

I will applaud Fredrick for all his work at exposing the sad horrible situation with the Sans-Guardian Baha’is. Hey, in 1987 I was arrested at the Temple in Willmette for being inside and praying as I was hoping to have my wedding there the next day. We had been there the previous day handing out some booklets and the next day they recognized me as being “one of them” and they called the cops and I was hauled off to the Willmette Police Station. Fun fun.

Has anyone ever considered the fact that Shoghi Effendi knew the will & testament backwards and forwards and in the Will Abdu’l-Baha says that it is “Incumbent” upon the Guardian to appoint in his own lifetime him that shall become his successor. Has anyone ever thought that by saying Shoghi Effendi failed to appoint a successor is saying Shoghi Effendi is a Covenant-breaker! Shoghi had almost forty years to appoint a successor and he failed to do it? Even though he knew very very well that it was incumbent, mandatory, neccessary, required? Shoghi Effendi, the meticulous, detailed, hard-lined, to-the-letter, down to business guy that he was, left as an important a requirement of this from the Will of Abdu’l-Baha by the wayside and failed to accomplish this incumbent requirement from the Covenant? I DON”T THINK SO. They are all calling Shoghi Effendi a Goddamn Covenant-breaker! The Guardians are not required to name their successor in a Will. The only two criteria are that they must be a son, “Aghsan” and that they must be appointed by the previous Guardian. That’s it. To add anyother requirements like he has to be appointed in a Will or that he has to be made known to the people first, or anything that is added is not the criteria established in the Will & Testament. Abdu’l-Baha told everybody that Mason was his “Aghsan”….the whole Baha’i world he told. And then Shoghi Effendi didn’t “appoint” Mason to be the president of the IBC, if you read the cablegram, Shoghi says that he “greatly welcomes” Mason as its president, because the IBC Shoghi set up WAS the UHJ as he told everybody. The IBC was the child that
Shoghi said would grow and effloresce into the UHJ with the same president and head. As an adult, you still have the same head as when you were a child, it has just grown and developed along with the rest of your body. You didn’t change heads. By Shoghi creating the IBC and lauding it as the most incredible event in the history of the Baha;i faith second only to the three central figures of the Faith, The Bab, Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha, Shoghi was telling everybody that this was the UHJ and that he was “welcoming” the only person in the Baha;i world that fulfilled the criteria for sitting at the head of the UHJ, which, in the Will & Testament, is the Guardian. This was a BIG TEST for the believers. Baha’u’llah says, “Though you say ‘I believe’, do you not think you will be tested?” This was the greatest test, as the test is always on the Covenant, and the majority of the Baha’is throughout the world failed this test.

Oh, yeah I would like to address also the notion everyone seems to have that says “Oh those ones can’t be anything important, they are so few in numbers and we are so many”..I like how in the Baha’i Faith we accept all the scriptures and Abdu’l-Baha and Baha’u’llah were keen on quoting biblical scripture as I will as well.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction and those who find it are many. But the gate is narrow and the way hard that leads to everlasting life and those who find it are few.”

Matthew 7:13-14


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