I was just listening to Oprah’s Soul Series webcast of an interview she had with Rainn Wilson on life’s big questions when I was struck by Rainn’s reference to religion based on the etymology of the word religio which means… to bind together, to reconnect. What an uplifting concept, and what an unfortunate contrast with the way religion is used in the case of the false accusations against the seven members of the Baha’i council in Iran. It is not the first time Rainn Wilson has publicly stated his adherence to the Baha’i Faith and used wisely and tastefully his prominent position in media. You might recall his recent commentary on CNN “Stop religious persecution in Iran“.
So, what about us who are not Holywood stars? Shall we sit silently when such unfair persecution takes place or shall we speak out for the Baha’is in Iran?
The Baha’i International Community gave us a marvelous answer by addressing directly Iran’s prosecutor general in an open letter outlining the tragic history of the persecution of Baha’is in that country, explaining their innocence in the face of accusations made by the government, and asking for fairness in any upcoming trial of seven Baha’i prisoners.
The Baha’is News Service provided wonderful summary of the letter but the full text is very much worth reading and pondering. Please share the news of this dignified missive and continue praying for the speedy release of these noble souls. I will make sure tonight’s Prayer Station includes prayers for justice and freedom for the Iranian Baha’i friends.
You can read the full text of the letter by the Baha’i International Community to Iran’s prosecutor general by following this link (requires Adobe PDF reader).