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  1. Emily K
    December 6, 2009

    Baha’i might be “liberal” for the most part regarding their main tennants, but they are extremely conservative regarding homosexuality. They have a history of trying to cure it.

  2. Jim Burroway
    December 6, 2009

    Emily, thanks for the tip. I’ve updated the post accordingly.

  3. Richard W. Fitch
    December 6, 2009

    Great to see another edition of “Sunday Driver”. Each time helps remind me that we are all a part of the fabric of life.

  4. Phil
    December 6, 2009

    Jim, your great-grandmother hit the nail right on the head! I’ve known hicks, many with college degrees, who go to high-paying jobs, live in fancy houses in big cosmopolitan cities, but couldn’t tell you who is the governor of their state!

    All they concern themselves are things that affect their lives – which bars are “in,” what’s fashionable to wear or decorate one’s home with, mostly status symbols. I guess what it all comes down to is a lack of curiosity and/or a case of being extremely self-centered.

  5. Arvin
    December 6, 2009

    As an Iranian-American (or American-Iranian, just in case the precedence of either ethnicity or nationality does not advance prejudice) who lived in Iran half of his life and inevitably rubbed against a number of Bahais–especially here in the US–I can tell you from my own humble experience that the majority of Bahais that I have come in contact with adhere mainly to the mystical nature of the Bahaism rather than the strict literal theological decree one usually “read” off of the official manuscripts.

    That being said, Bahais do tend to have a noticeable tie to their faith, and they do indeed assist each other in a confide of their religious community — think of it as Jews who support Jews or marrying mainly among their own faith.

    As far as homosexuality, I believe they are more acceptable than other monolithic religions but personally haven’t probed enough to give you a definitive answer in this regard. I remember being invited to my parent’s friend’s daughter’s wedding who had decided to conduct their religious ceremony in Bahai customs. The most striking feature was the way they went on about their vows and culmination that led the spiritual assembly to declare them as a couple. They were simply asked:

    “Do you take this man as you husband?… Do you take this woman as your wife?…”

    And bam, That was it. No embellishment, no dragged out litany of mindless gabber; just a simple “yes” and we were off to the partying. Sweet and lucid.

  6. Joe_in_PHX
    December 7, 2009

    I have been to (or through) Cuba, NM at least a dozen times. It definitely does have a certain something that’s hard to put your finger on. It’s not one of those quirky, progressive revamped old mining towns like Jerome or Bisbee. But it doesn’t feel like one of those dismal little dying cowtowns either (for example, Bowie, AZ).

  7. Karen Bacquet
    December 7, 2009

    Just because there are two communities of Baha’is doesn’t mean that there are a lot of them. Baha’i create a separate community within each civic entity — Baha’is within a city limits will make up a different administrative entity than those outside. A Local Spiritual Assembly is elected when the number of people Baha’is reaches nine, and a Baha’i group can be formed with only two Baha’is. My guess is that Cuba has two Baha’i couples in the area — one living in the city limits, one in the county (or judicial district)outside those limits.

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