Tuesday, March 3, 2009

As If I Weren't Enamo(u)red Enough...

So you're probably aware that I'm a Bahá’í, service at the Bahá’í World Centre is the reason I'm in Israel, afterall. What you may not know is that since the Revelation of the Bahá’í Faith in modern day Iran, Bahá’ís have been continually persecuted by religious and political leaders in that country.
As of today, seven Iranian Bahá’ís, who work to oversee the well-being of the Bahá’í community in Iran (which, at 300,000, represents the largest religious minority in Iran), have been in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison for nearly 9 months.
What, then, do the following people have in common? Three people from diverse backgrounds, dwelling on three separate continents....
Shirin Ebadi:
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for
"her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women's, children's, and refugee rights." (wikipedia)
Rainn Wilson:
Emmy Nominate & SAG Award winning actor

Omid Djalili:
Comedian, Film & Stage Actor
They are each doing what they do to support and defend the heavily persecuted Baha’i community of Iran. To start, even though she has had no access to her clients, Shirin Ebadi - Iran's first Nobel Prize winner - has taken on the case of these seven Baha’is who have been imprisoned for so long.

Last week while I was still reeling from my fantastic vacation and all around love of all things London (notes on Paris coming soon - pinky swear!), several well known Brittish comedians were waxing productive with their fame and joined "with the governments, human rights organisations and people of goodwill throughout the world who have so far raised their voices calling for a fair trial, if not the complete release of the Baha’i leaders in Iran". I strongly encourage you to read the original in the Times Online.

...you may also like what Rainn Wilson, of The Office fame (amongst other things), contributed to CNN on this topic.

It's time to learn, friends - we owe it to too many people to not turn a blind eye when we see rampant persecutions....

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