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January 10, 1986
There is currently an injustice of historic proportions taking place in Iran. A community, the Bahais, is being systematically destroyed by the fundamentalists in power in Iran. These people, whose only crime is believing in a religion different than Islam, are being persecuted, harassed, tortured, and often murdered. What is their crime that the authorities in Tehran have to take such extreme measures against these gentle people? Apparently, there is a great deal of deep-seated jealousy because of the social and economic success of so many of the Bahais, but also, there is the view of them as the "infidel," because they choose to worship in their own way. People should write their congressmen and senators, asking them to apply pressure on the government of Iran to cease and desist from these calumnies and murders.
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July 31, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The free-form documentary "The Gardener" takes acclaimed, exiled Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf ("Kandahar") and son Maysam to Israel to investigate the 170-year-old Bahai faith, which - although based in Haifa - has its roots in Persia. Unfortunately, the elder Makhmalbaf, who wrote and directed, puts many spins on this ethereal mood piece - it is by turns poetic, impressionistic, metaphorical and even a bit trippy - without satisfying such genre basics as structure, depth and resolution.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2000
Madame Rhuiyyih Rabbani, the last member of the Bahai faith's venerated holy family, has died in Haifa, Israel. She was 89. Born in New York as Mary Sutherland Maxwell, Rabbani's parents were Bahais. News of her death on Wednesday brought words of reverence and praise from Bahais throughout the world. "It's the last link to the Bahai holy family," Los Angeles Bahai Center administrator Randy Dobbs said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2009 | Kate Linthicum and Amber Smith
The 2,700 or so followers of the Bahai faith in Southern California enjoy a life their brethren in Iran have cause to desire. Here, they have access to education, work, and, most importantly for them, the right to worship. Iran's fundamentalist Shiite government has barred the country's 300,000 Bahai from holding government jobs, attending universities and practicing their religion, according to human-rights groups and the United Nations.
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May 17, 1992 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a warm, festive spiritual gathering at the home of an Anaheim Hills couple--one that Ghodisi Najafabadi could have only dreamed of in her native Iran, where hundreds of members of her faith have been tortured and killed because of their religious beliefs. "People here are really open," Najafabadi, 47, marveled during a recent Bahai unity feast. "In Iran, you had to be very quiet."
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June 14, 1993 | SARA CATANIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Stringing together brightly colored ribbons urging ethnic unity, a small crowd assembled in downtown Ventura's Mission Park on Sunday and pledged to defeat racism. The gathering commemorated the 36th annual Race Unity Day of the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais. Sunday's event was the first time the Bahais have celebrated Race Unity Day in Ventura County, where about 200 Bahai members practice their faith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1992 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a warm, festive spiritual gathering at the home of an Anaheim Hills couple--one that Ghodisi Najafabadi could have only dreamed of in her native Iran, where hundreds of members of her Bahai faith have been tortured and killed for their religious beliefs. "People here are really open," Najafabadi, 47, marveled during a recent Bahai unity feast. "In Iran, you had to be very quiet."
NEWS
June 30, 1988
Iran's persecution of the Bahai sect, an offshoot of Islam regarded as heretical by the nation's Muslim fundamentalist leaders, has lessened in the past year, Firuz Kazemzadeh, secretary for external affairs of the assembly representing 100,000 American Bahais, told the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on human rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1998
The 12 Baha'i communities in Ventura County received with sorrowful hearts information of the execution by hanging in Iran of a Baha'i named Ruhullah Rawhani on July 21. Mr. Rawhani was 52 years old and arrested last September, accused of converting a young woman from Islam to the Baha'i faith. The woman denied that she had converted, explaining that her mother was a Baha'i and that she herself had been raised as a Baha'i. The execution causes grave concern that the Baha'i community of Iran remains unprotected and officials can continue the persecution of the Baha'is at will and with impunity.
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June 28, 1986 | From Reuters
A member of the Bahai religious community has been hanged in Iran, bringing to more than 200 the number of members of that faith executed there since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Bahai sources here said Friday.
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September 13, 2003 | Religion News Service
Sacred snakes stored in hidden rooms. A gigantic fish tank with a live white whale. A huge fuel tank for German submarines. A meeting place for sun worshippers. The domed structure on seven acres in Wilmette has been the subject of many peculiar rumors over the years, some of which linger even now. But regardless of whether they were drawn by those false stories, about a quarter-million people visit North America's only Baha'i temple each year.
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June 22, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Ventura County Bahais will hold their fourth annual Race Unity celebration from noon to 4 p.m. today at Plaza Park in Oxnard. The event will include music, crafts, dance performances and food. For more information, call 648-1222.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2001 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For three decades, there was a Nativity scene and a giant menorah displayed at a bustling Mission Viejo street corner during the holidays. Last year, a Ramadan display was squeezed in. This year, more faiths were interested in participating in the holiday displays. Or so organizers thought.
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August 11, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The roots of Firuz Kazemzadeh's passion for religious freedom are depicted in a grainy, century-old photo. The photo, published in a report on a minority faith xgroup in Iran known as Bahais, shows four grim-faced males in chains. One was later stabbed to death, another strangled for refusing to renounce their faith; the other two were released.
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May 29, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Bahai communities of Ventura County and western Los Angeles County will hold their third annual Race Unity Day on June 24 in Oxnard's Plaza Park. The event will feature arts and crafts, food, dance and diverse music. Grammy-winner K. C. Porter and Colombian singer Lenor Daly will perform, and race-relations specialist Sharon Firooz will share ideas on raising prejudice-free children. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the park, at 5th and C streets.
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April 10, 2001 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It would never occur to Javier Gonzalez, 41, of Boyle Heights to vote today. Political talk at work has never tempted him. There are no campaign fliers, no TV ads, no issues that would jolt him into a voting booth. Yet, he's neither cynical nor apathetic. As far as he's concerned, he's already voted--for God. As a Jehovah's Witness, Gonzalez has essentially sworn, by his baptism in the faith, not to vote in any earthly election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1997
The Bahais of Fillmore will host a talk by performing artist Kevin Locke at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fillmore's Ebell Club. Locke is known for his revival of the Native American Lakota courting flute and hoop dance, said Bahai member Darrell Metcalf. The Lakotan will talk on the subjects of "The Oneness of Humanity and the Bahai Faith" at the free public meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1996 | CHRISTINA LIMA
The Bahais of Ventura County will hold a conference and workshops on women as peacemakers Sunday at Oxnard College. There will be workshops providing practical solutions toward establishing full equality between men and women. Some of the topics will include communications between men and women, how to eliminate stereotypes and prejudice, and the role of women as peacemakers. The keynote speaker will be Hoda Mahmoudi), a professor of sociology at Cal Lutheran University.
NEWS
October 28, 2000 | AMBERIN ZAMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the prominent Iranian doctor was invited back home last year with promises that he would no longer be persecuted for his adherence to the Bahai faith, he resigned from a well-paid job in Saudi Arabia and flew to Iran. "Within six months, I was in jail," said the frail-looking 65-year-old, who now has fled across the border to eastern Turkey, as he broke down in tears. "They fed me my own flesh."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2000 | MARGARET RAMIREZ
On Sunday, members of the Bahai faith will commemorate the death of Siyyid 'Ali Mohammed, one of the founding figures of the religion. Known as the Bab, which means the Gate in Persian, he was born in 1819 in Shiraz, Iran. The Bab was a Persian merchant known for his generosity to the poor. In 1844, the Bab announced that he was Islam's promised Qa'im, "He Who Will Arise." His coming, the Bab explained, represented the portal through which the Messenger of God would soon appear.
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