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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Bahai's - Solidarity


May 17, 2006 Contact:
Rev. Bill Matthews, 214-827-1047 or email (below)

Resolution from Interfaith Leaders:

Whereas, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you is an ages-old principle of human relationships, held in common among many faith tradtions. To exclude anyone from full acceptance as persons denies them the right you would require.

Whereas, Race, class, national origin, faith tradition, gender, orientation, each offers opportunities to build bridges beyond barriers. The most basic law of reciprocation applies to all human rights.
We believe that human rights must be proffered by all who receive them. In the spirit of human oneness, we can do no other.

Therefore, we hereby resolve that we, as representatives of the interfaith community in Dallas, are committed to promote mutual respect and dignity for all. We stand together in support of the religious freedom for members of the Bahá’í Faith in Iran. We speak with one voice to condemn the actions taken against the members of the Bahá’í Faith in Iran and we call upon the Iranian Government to stop persecution of Bahá’ís and eliminate religious intolerance in Iran.

Rev. W. J. Bryan III, United Methodist Church
Rev. Michael Daves, United Methodist Church
Patricia E. Generes, RScP, Center for Spiritual Living
Jamal A. Gharbieh, Islamic Association Of North Texas
Mike Mohamed Ghouse, World Muslim Congress & Foundation for Pluralism
Rev. Roy H. Harrell, retired Baptist Minister
Rev. Dr. Judie, Interfaith Minister
Rev. Daniel C. Kanter, Minister, First Unitarian Church of Dallas
Dr. Bhai Harbans Lal, Sikh Congregation of Dallas/Forth Worth
Rev. Bill (J.W.) Matthews, United Methodist Church
Barbara Nehmann, member of the Jewish faith
Muriel V. Pinkus, Jewish, Christian - Jewish Forum of the Texas Conference of Churches
Kambiz Rafraf, Bahá'i of Dallas
Rev. Ed Townley, Unity Church of Dallas
Chip Pitts, Attorney
Rev. Dr. Petra Weldes, Center for Spiritual Living


  1. Excellent and thanks.

    It would be good to know on what basis such a conclusion was reached. Not that such reasoning is hard to find but that including it explicitly would make the case more substantial and convincing that the groups of signers know what they are signing.

  2. The basis were the report that the Bahai's in Iran were being persecuted.

    Although upon investigation we found that not to be true.