Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."



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Trivia of the day: Actress Barbara Hale (Della Street in Perry Mason)has been an adherent of the Bahá'í Faith for decades.

Danny

Not to mention Seals & Croft, Dizzy Gillespie, actor Rainn Wilson, and my wife's favorite actress of all time, Carole Lombard.

Horrifying article with lots of parallels to early Nazi Germany. I didn't see any mention of this in the reports about Ahmadinejad's meeting at Columbia today, but he certainly was full of priceless pearls about the Holocaust and other issues. And what a relief it must be for him that there are NO homosexuals in his country. I guess those two gay teenagers who were executed for "homosexual crimes" last July in Mashhad were mistaken about their preference.

Mary

"Then they came for…" the Baha'is -- we pray the poem ends differently this time.

Still no reason for the United States to consider attacking Iran at this time.

I'm wary of a post that starts out, "Ahmadinejad's Kristallnacht. The "Jews" this time are the Baha'i" because of what might now be urged on America.

Besides, I thought Hussein was the "next Hitler". Wouldn't this make Ahmadinejad HilterII if we're continuing with that rhetoric? And shouldn't we all be wary of that kind of labeling, considering how well it worked out the last time it was employed?

There's a beautiful Baha'i temple in Wilmette, Illinois. I wonder if that's in the 10th Congressional District.


wj

Danny, actually the Baha'is did get mentioned at Columbia. They were among the groups that get attacked by the government in Iran that Columbia's President specifically brought up in his bitingly critical introduction. (My local news station played exerpts, and I heard him with my own ears.)

bilo

Thank you for posting on this. Your thoughts and words are deeply appreciated.

Andrew

With all due respect to your comment that the Baha'i preach "peace, tolerance and diversity of thought," this is simply no more true of the Baha'i than it is of the Shi'i who oppose them. The Baha'i are profoundly intolerant toward those within their own Faith who question any of its tenets (they have disenrolled and shunned several dissident Baha'i scholars over the past few years), but the worst treatment is reserved for so-called "practicing" homosexuals. The following links might serve to put the matter into clearer perspective:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_bah.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_and_Bah%C3%A1'%C3%AD_Faith

http://www.bahairants.com/yes-virginia-gay-bahais-do-exist-250.html

http://bob.seldo.com/?p=361

http://bahaisonline.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1377&Itemid=2

I've known many Baha'i in same-sex relationships who've been treated worse than criminals by their communities (to put it mildly), shunned and cast out of what they were initially led to believe was a progressive and inclusive religion. I don't wish to offer any excuse for the horrid treatment Iran metes out to its Baha'i citizens; however, the last time I checked, the highway runs both ways, and those who wish mercy for themselves must also demonstrate it to others.

amba

Thanks, Andrew. I find that doesn't really surprise me. Saints, among others, may be persecuted, but persecution doesn't create saints. The Baha'i are human and their organization is susceptible to all the normal pathologies (if we can call it that) of human organizations.

Still, it's interesting to note the limitations on the Baha'i's' tolerant, inclusive ideas, and the dissonance between ideals and behavior. No one can be completely inclusive, but where we draw the line has changed. Increasingly, we draw it on the basis of "conduct not category."

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