Hatred and prejudice blind the inner eye and impair judgement. The futile aim of the
authorities in intensifying the persecutions is to demoralize the Bahá’ís and to quench the
divinely kindled flame. They are, however, heedless of the fact that no matter how strong the
storm of enmity, it will never extinguish the lamp lit by the Hand of Divine Power; on the
contrary, the stronger the forces of opposition, the more they will stoke the fire of the love of
God in receptive hearts. These uninformed oppressors, not obtaining the desired results from
their wide-ranging attacks, now also resort to other means of exerting pressure and coercion.
They join forces with the traditional enemies of the Faith, imagining that by sowing the seeds
of doubt in the hearts of the friends, they can foment dissension and discord within the
community. When they see that your discourse on community building attracts and influences
your friends, acquaintances, and neighbours, they desperately resort to circulating distortions
of the truth and spreading fallacious arguments, hoping that by stirring up false controversies
over matters of religious doctrine, they will, as they did in the past, be able to replace
constructive and purposeful discussions with disputation and contention.