Saturday, September 20, 2014

... the rising fires of religious prejudice ...

On 27 May 2014,seven candles were lit by
 the representatives of the UK's major
religions at a gathering at Westminster Abbey
,
 
each representing  one of Iran's imprisoned
 former Baha'i leaders
.
As His journey continued in Europe and North America, 'Abdu'l-Baha, son of Baha'u'llah and head of the Baha'i Faith after His passing, reiterated in many public addresses that, just as mankind is one, religions are likewise one, and that while in outward form religions are many, their reality is one, just as the "days are many, but the sun is one".
 More recently, in its letter to the world's religious leaders in 2002, the Universal House of Justice identified religious prejudice as an increasingly dangerous force in the world.
 "With every day that passes, danger grows that the rising fires of religious prejudice will ignite a worldwide conflagration the consequences of which are unthinkable," It wrote. "The crisis calls on religious leadership for a break with the past as decisive as those that opened the way for society to address equally corrosive prejudices of race, gender and nation."

Baha'i World News Service.