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February 25, 2009 Full Show: February 25, 2009
03/17/2009 :: 02:16:24 AM
Loie Mead Says:
I look forward to being able to view this show. I feel sure that it has an important part in the events that are unfolding.
03/12/2009 :: 08:27:27 PM
How wonderful it is to see there are people in the world who care for other human beings who are deprived of their basic human rights. All main religions of the world teach compassion and mercy towards all other human beings. The Baha’is all over the world are at peace with whole humanity. it was very nice of you to bring this matter to the attention of your listeners.
03/12/2009 :: 08:11:50 PM
Martin Flick Says:
Hello – Somehow the video wasn’t available, but I have another link to it. Thanks ever so much for shining a light where the ‘bats of the dark’ don’t want their track picked up. Also, though I know this shouldn’t be used for this purpose, but I think I know Jim Traub. Jim, if you’re originally from Ohio, look me up on FACEBOOK – Marty
03/11/2009 :: 02:19:36 PM
Lisa Biagiotti Says:
Thank you for all your comments and questions about the Baha’i faith. We decided to explore the Baha’is in Iran and learn about the Baha’i faith on our next online radio show. We’ll have more on our Web site later today. You can tune in to our online radio show dedicated to Baha’i on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
For our past radio shows, go to:
Thanks again for your comments,
03/10/2009 :: 08:58:28 AM
Thank you so much for shedding light on the much under-reported story of the persecution of Baha’is in Iran. Please let us know the outcome of the trial of the 7 Baha’is imprisoned in Tehran, and also of the fate of their courageous lawyer, Shirin Ebadi. I look forward to followup stories, and hope other mainstream media take note.
03/08/2009 :: 10:02:47 AM
Thank you for your coverage on this matter. Baha’is have been brutally persecuted in Iran for over 100 years. It is a travesty of justice that the world does not pay more attention to this religious persecution or other religious persecutions until they are on an out of control scale.
03/08/2009 :: 06:46:33 AM
Many innocent people of the Bahai Faith have had to endure imprisonment and more in Iran, because of the leadership that fears the spread of this
peaceful world religion. Thank you for bringing attention to this terrible injustice! The Bahais of many countries pray for an end to the suffering
of our fellow believers.
03/07/2009 :: 09:55:50 PM
Thank you for bringing to light such violation of basic human right, and that is for any human being to tread a spiritual life and thus connecting to the divine. As a family member of the Baha’is of Shiraz that were similarly persecuted – one, as young as 16 – i stand as an evidence that such injustices have not and will never quench the existence of an ever peaceful, harmonious and none-political faith. Please please keep being the voice of those oppressed and denied life.
03/07/2009 :: 04:42:09 PM
Jim Traub Says:
Thank you so much for this coverage. It makes a difference. When tyrants and bullies believe they can do these type of things outside of the glare of international publicity, they do anything and everything. When they know the world sees, it gives them pause and it gives those beleagured Baha’is comfort to know that the world is watching, praying and acting on their behalf. Thank you so much.
03/07/2009 :: 04:18:19 PM
Jocelyne Houghton Says:
Thank you for reporting on this story! It is vital that the media bring the plight of the Baha’is in Iran to the attention of the world.
03/07/2009 :: 03:13:14 PM
This is a very good report on the situations of the Bahais in Iran.Thank you for covering this news and keeping the people of the world of the situation of the Bahais.
03/06/2009 :: 03:50:04 PM
thank you so much for sharing the persecution of the Baha’i’s in Iran with the world! Thank you!
03/06/2009 :: 01:02:36 PM
As a proud American, we should do more for this nation’s people…….not the leaders in charge… More information must be provided by inside the country to see what really is happening…..PLUS we need more help from other nations to deal with these atrocities…
03/06/2009 :: 03:31:51 AM
Thank you very much for telling the world about the situation of Baha’is in Iran.
03/04/2009 :: 11:01:45 PM
Richard Hedrick Says:
Please, lets let the leaders of Iran know how wrong they are to persecute these 7 people, they are no more spies than we are, just because the world headquarters of the Bahai Faith is in Israel does not make them spies.
03/04/2009 :: 03:45:12 PM
Many thanks. Very well said and properly done. Please continue and keep up the good work, this was a great beginning for an urgent and not widley covered news on such a human tragedy.
03/04/2009 :: 12:46:07 PM
Roswitha Wallace Says:
Thank you for covering the story about those innocent Baha´i in Iran. I am pleased that our Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel has also spoken up for them.
03/04/2009 :: 12:29:07 PM
Suzan N. Says:
Thank you for your support in raising awareness of the situation of the Baha’is in Iran.
03/04/2009 :: 11:04:28 AM
Thank you for reporting on this important issue, and I hope your news agency will keep us updated on the events of the Baha’i’s in Iran
03/04/2009 :: 07:47:47 AM
This is the first time that I hear about the situation of the Baha’is of Iran in the news. Thank you for telling the world about their plight. These are innocent peace loving people that should be released not tried.
03/03/2009 :: 03:36:29 PM
I beleive the main reason for the Iranian regime not releasing any information about the heroic martyrdom of many Baha’is, is due to the beleivers’ extraordinary Faith which resulted in their strength to overcome the inhumane atrocities which they were subjected to. Simply it is too shameful for the regime to reveal those unexplainable conditions!
03/03/2009 :: 12:06:31 AM
I hope more attention is given to the people of Iran rather than the Islamic leaders we see that do not care about anyone but themselves….I have heard from my Persian friends of what we see on the news is not what is happening in truth to the people……They are marking Baha’i’s as spies to Isreal as an excuse to KILL innocent people…..we need more News coverage to show these persecutions……..
03/02/2009 :: 11:56:06 PM
thank you for covering this important case of violation of human rights, it should not happen anywhere
03/02/2009 :: 11:55:58 PM
A well known Nobel peace prize winner can not even be allowed to give council…….and the people around the world let Iran’s gov’t get away with it……. We all should learn from the Baha’i’s how to bring PEACE ON EARTH…….
03/02/2009 :: 11:34:32 PM
Thank you so much for bringing the persecution of the Bahai’s in Iran to the attention of the world.
03/02/2009 :: 10:37:57 PM
Sherry Schwabacher Says:
How grateful we are to have the story of the Baha’is of Iran and the persecution they are enduring reported on World Focus. Thank you for bringing the plight of the Baha’is to the sttention of the world
03/02/2009 :: 10:16:06 PM
Thank you for covering the persecution of Baha’is in Iran and the courage of Shirin Ebadi.
03/02/2009 :: 04:04:38 PM
I hope the Leaders of the world would recognize how how important is for Peace to come out of the Middle East. And the world press agencies need to help rather than cause more indifferences between cultures and religions
03/02/2009 :: 03:58:31 PM
This is the reason that so many people in world are looking into the Baha’i teachings…. Brain washing of people using religion…..
03/02/2009 :: 03:55:48 PM
I did not know what is happening in Iran to the Baha’i community until I saw this show……… I am surprised none of the other news agencies are covering this scary issue in Iran……..America needs to step in and help the people like we did in Iraq, Somalia and other countries.
03/02/2009 :: 03:47:43 PM
Why can’t the news in the USA be more vigilant on covering news worthy information like this than wasting time on worthless news—-I am talking about you CNN–
03/02/2009 :: 03:44:25 PM
As a Christian and as a human being we should not let persecution of religion happen in any Country.
03/02/2009 :: 02:37:07 PM
The Melancholy Poet Says:
What constitutes the exact nature of the
differences in Humananity when Physical Bodies
are generically very much the same in the outer
appearances of their Finite Forms at the very times when various Philosophical And Moral Themes upon the Ethics of Ancient and Modern Ideas are being offered among The Nations and are often themselves commonly and agreeably shared among many millions?
What ancestrally genetic tendencies constitute therefore the nature of such hidden differences which may or may not reveal their transparencies in future diplomacies and negotiations for days years or centuries to come?
How find a single common converging point when
so many tribal spiritual trends are ever seen to
be into many linear directions fragmentedly diverging?
How transcend then tribal divergences while
attempting to seek out and find a common
Universally Converging Geometry of Themes?
03/02/2009 :: 11:53:14 AM
Beatriz Ferreira Says:
Justice and injustices are the concern of every citizen in the world. Those of us who claim to be members of a “civilized” society, must not turn our eyes away. We must demand that justice prevail in every part of our world. A civilized society understands that people are more important than commodities. I urge each civilized citizen regardless of age, religion or nationality to demand of their governing representatives to take action against the violation of the rights of these peaceful and innocent people and all other violated persons in our world. We owe it to the future of our children. So that they may never be deprived of education, life or liberty by those who choose selfish egotistical practices! Thank you for all you have done for the Baha’is in Iran.
03/02/2009 :: 10:08:52 AM
Patt Haugen Says:
Please keep up your news coverage of the imprisoned Baha’is in Iran. It is though world wide coverage and attention that these souls may obtain justice. Many praises for the work Mrs. Shirin Ebadi is trying to do, may God keep her safe. Please note the comments of #21 and #34.
03/01/2009 :: 04:08:36 PM
tayebeh ardekani Says:
Thank you for broadcasting this important issue that is going on in Iran; but it’s been thirty years where every type of person, with different religion or ideas are either in Jail or already killed by the Islamic regime. 30 years a go so many leaders were worried about human rights in Iran I am wondering were are those people now don’t they see ,don’t they hear about what is going on in Iran?? President Jimi Carter was one the leaders that was on top of this project. I am sure Iran’s regime will be change by the Iranian people and then every one can have a freedom of relegation, speech,ideas. I don’t see that being that far . Let’s hope for freedom. Tanks again.
02/28/2009 :: 09:21:52 PM
max anis Says:
I am a Bahai and realtively informed about the situation of the Bahais in Iran but still feel there is so much more to be learned through the media. So I would not consider Jack Mccannts disingenuous.
02/28/2009 :: 02:52:30 PM
Mani Ruhani Says:
The Baha’is in Iran deserve fair attention and treatment. Thank you for sharing your report.
The posted comment (below) by a long time and well informed Baha’i leader from the United States, Jack McCants, pretending to be an uninformed viewer is disingenuous.
02/28/2009 :: 02:00:43 PM
The leaders in Iran do not speak for the people of Iran…I hope the world would understand how these Mullahs persuade our people to demonstrate against the West as just mere puppets…..As an Iranian I am ashamed and as a muslim I am insulted in front of God.
02/28/2009 :: 01:54:26 PM
Mahin Vafadari Says:
Thank you for sharing this important message with the world and I hope you can keep us more informed on this matter.
02/28/2009 :: 01:52:13 PM
I would love to see more news about the persecution of the Baha’i’ Faith on your show. It is about time some one speaks out about these injustices in the world…….please remember this can happen any where in the world and is HAPPENING.
02/28/2009 :: 01:49:06 PM
Shapour Vafadari Says:
Please help the continuous efforts of the Baha’i’ community to have all fellow persians released from jail in Iran for their religious beliefs.
02/28/2009 :: 01:45:52 PM
Thank you for being the first news agency for reporting of the injustices happening in Iran and I hope you will keep us more informed on the updates of the 7-Baha’i’s in jail.
02/28/2009 :: 07:00:25 AM
Thank you for reporting about the plight of the Bahai’s in Iran.
02/27/2009 :: 06:18:17 PM
Thank you for your coverage of the plight of the Baha’is in Iran. This has been an ongoing persecution campaign by the Iranian government for years and it’s encouraging to see that it’s finally getting media coverage. I would be interested in seeing more in-depth stories about the documented government campaign against the Baha’is in Iran.
02/27/2009 :: 04:02:19 PM
Thank you for your story about the Baha’is in Iran.
02/27/2009 :: 01:02:24 PM
Great job. All people of the world need to stand against injustice in any part of the world. We are all members of one FAMILY.
02/27/2009 :: 11:33:54 AM
Thank you for your understanding ,this is a barbarisem and cruilty toward the most peacefull segment of world humanity
02/27/2009 :: 11:31:58 AM
Words cannot begin to express the gratitude I feel for airing this segment and informing the world of the plight of the Bahai’s. It was after the Holocaust that the world vowed never to keep their eyes closed to religious injustices yet the same thing is happening now to people who’s only aim is to bring unity to the world. I applaud you for bringing attention to this matter when no one else will. This is a grave matter and the more people are informed, the more we can all join hands and stop this injustice.
Thank you again!
02/27/2009 :: 11:06:40 AM
H. Cott Says:
Thank you for a well balanced report about the plight of the Baha’is in Iran. I wish more stories like this would be covered in our media. Humanity is a global community, so it is important to learn about populations in every corner of our world and how we may work together to improve our mutual well-being.
02/27/2009 :: 10:20:22 AM
jack mccants Says:
would like to know more about the persecurion of the Baha’is in Iran….this is an aspect of society in Iran that I have not seen before on tv
02/27/2009 :: 10:11:00 AM
Thank you so much for this great action to let the world know that how much Bahai’s suffer in their homes just because of their belief
02/27/2009 :: 09:56:31 AM
Edward White Says:
Thank you for covering this story. Religious persecution of any kind, any where, steals something from out collective humanity.
02/27/2009 :: 08:51:53 AM
Khalil S. Says:
Thank you very much for sharing the plight of the Baha’is in Iran,I deeply appreciate for this report.
02/27/2009 :: 12:45:34 AM
THANK YOU FOR THIS REPORT. YOU MADE THE SILENT VOICE OF 300,000 INOCENT AND PECACE LOVERS BE HEARD. MORE ACTINS PLEASE. The free world should not allow sufferings any where specially because of religion beliefs. PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR EXCELLNET PROGRAM.
02/27/2009 :: 12:17:23 AM
Fariba M. Says:
Thank you for bringing attention to this matter. People need to be aware of the injustice that is occuring in Iran against Bahais. I do appriciate your report.
02/26/2009 :: 10:04:47 PM
Thank you so much for sharing the plight of the Iranian Bahai’s to the rest of the world. It is wonderful to know that the world is watching. The outcome of this situation affects over 300,000 believers whose lives ret in the hands of the current regime.
02/26/2009 :: 09:42:52 PM
Habib Hosseiny Says:
I would like to suggest that a trusted broadcasting agency such as yours should do some more research and present everything as accurately as possible. It was truly heart warming to hear about the Baha’is of Iran and listening to Mrs. Shirin Ebadi. The only mistake that should be corrected is that the Baha’i Faith is NOT an offshoot of Islam. It is the latest world religion. Its relationship with Islam is very much like the relationship between Christianity and Judaism.
Thanks for the broadcast,
02/26/2009 :: 09:35:11 PM
Mina Rassekh Says:
Thank you for airing the segment about the Baha’is of Iran. The world needs to know of the atrocities
committed against the Baha’s of Iran, and what better place than PBS to do this.
02/26/2009 :: 09:32:12 PM
Charles Manteghi Says:
The Baha’is of Iran need the support of all who believe in peace, freedom, and equality for all and human’s partnership indoing God’s work for the betterment of entire world. I and my family thank your show for doing such great job in helping such an important agenda.
02/26/2009 :: 09:24:26 PM
The Baha’is in Iran are peace-loving and have been loyal citizens of Iran. They are long-suffering — they have tolerated persecution, sometimes flaring up to alarming levels of violence. This is not becoming of the high cultural level of a great and ancient nation. I hope and pray that these persecutions will cease.
02/26/2009 :: 09:19:02 PM
Dianne Andrea Mahboubi Says:
Although the video was not currently vailable I had seen it before and thank you all for producing this.
As a British Bahai I am very grateful to have this made known to the world and please do show more like this and discover the fate of these poor innocent Bahais in captivity.
Its a wonderful video of the truth
02/26/2009 :: 09:01:57 PM
The Baha’is all over the world are the law abiding citizens in any country they choose the reside and are the well-wishers of their government. They dedicate themselves to the rehabilitation of people. Lucky those countries that have many of these dedicated people who for the love of God and humanity sacrifice what ever they could to bring peace and happiness to all.
02/26/2009 :: 08:41:53 PM
Thank you very much for bringing to light the situation of the Baha’is of Iran. This is a much needed perspective, and people need to know what is happening there to innocent people. Again, thank you for informing us, the public.
02/26/2009 :: 07:07:41 PM
FLORIA DERAVI Says:
I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude in broadcasting the story about the Baha’i of Iran. These type of program , not only will educate the people but make them aware of what is happening around the world. I deeply appreciate this report and looking forward in seeing more in the near future.
Thank you again
02/26/2009 :: 07:00:54 PM
Thank you for a well balanced report about the plight of the Baha’is in Iran and the efforts of the brave and courgeous Shirin Ebadi. Good report.
02/26/2009 :: 07:00:50 PM
Rahmat Tavassoli Says:
Thank you for your coverage of the Baha’is in Iran. It truly is an injustice. Politics and religion should be separated, and religious minorities should be free to practice their faiths freely.
02/26/2009 :: 06:14:23 PM
Parviz Izadi Says:
Thank you for your report about the situation of the Bahais in Iran, if all of us with one voice protest about persecution around the world noboday and no institution will do it.
With sincere gratitude.Parviz Izadi
02/26/2009 :: 05:55:58 PM
Roger K. Doost Says:
Thank you for your coverage of the dangerous situation for Baha’is in Iran. After the Islamic Revolution thirty years ago, over 200 of the best and brightest Baha’is, including university professors, medical doctors, philosophers, poets, scientists, and ordinary citizens were slaughtered by this regime because of their faith which teaches equality, compassion, unity, and harmony for the entire human race. World awareness could help stop the current impending atrocities against thousands of innocent victims of this regime.
02/26/2009 :: 05:35:21 PM
Siavash Vojdani Says:
I would like to express my gratitude for your report about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran. Your exposure of these egregious injustices happening in Iran help the plight of Baha’i community there by raising the consciousness of the international community and governments. Thank you so very much for your program.
02/26/2009 :: 05:26:37 PM
Jalil Rouhanifard Says:
Thanks so much for sharing the news about innocent Baha’is in Iran, they have been tortured and martyred during the ruling of the Islamic government, Shirin Ebadi will be in our prayers for her courageous works and hope the justice will be served for these innocent souls.
02/26/2009 :: 04:41:41 PM
Abby White Says:
Thank you so much for your story about the Baha’is of Iran. My heart goes out to Shirin Ebadi and hope that she remains safe.
02/26/2009 :: 03:13:38 PM
many cruelties around the world continue and it is the media in the free world that can bring their plight to the world’s attention to a day that justice will be the rule of law at every land.
it was saddening to learn of the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran and the denial of their basic rights. I extend my gratitude to the entire team at World Focus for sharing the information with us. but please do not end the story here. Please let us know about the fate of the detained Baha’is in Iran. keep the story alive so that the cry of the world for justice may contribute to the rightful freedom of these people who appear from all accounts that they are innocent.
Would you and your program be the leader in advancing the cause of freedom for the oppressed innocent? Let’s hope so.
My gratitude again for your report on this matter.
02/26/2009 :: 02:26:02 PM
G. W. Says:
Thank you again. Although you mention the Baha’i Faith as an “offshoot of Islam”, which is not accurate, the coverage is essential to provide justice for these human beings. Thank you!
02/26/2009 :: 02:23:09 PM
Geneva Walker Says:
Thank you so very much again for your coverage of the situtation of Baha’is in Iran. This is so important to give them a voice. Such persecution has been happening for years and still few seem to know about it. Thank you thank you!
02/26/2009 :: 02:19:59 PM
Thank you so much for the story on Iran and the injustices to the members of the Baha’i Faith. It makes me very sad to see such a peaceful group of people stripped of their basic human rights. Shirin Ebadi is a courageous and very respectful woman and it is so wonderful that she is willing to support these seven Baha’is and I pray that she is actually allowed to defend them in court. They have done nothing other than tried to practice their own religion and are being persecuted based on false accusations. Thank you for your story on the Baha’is and your interview with Shirin Ebadi and for bringing attention to this dire situation. Hopefully this will open the world’s eyes and something positive will come out of it.
02/26/2009 :: 02:00:14 PM
Thank you so much for your story of the Baha’is in Iran. The defense of fundamental human rights is a necessity in these times, and the media’s coverage of all human rights violations is crucial for making people more aware of the truth.
02/26/2009 :: 01:48:14 PM
Neil Pharr Says:
Yes! Thank you for coverage of the persecution of the Baha’is. I am not Bhah’i, but I have many Amercian and “Persian” friends who are. I have attended their (Fireside meetings) and their collecive meals – yes, Persian food is good!
I was very attracted by their main slogan: “Humaniy is One”. I was also amazed that they have an enlightened world view and their believes are not threatened by science. If fact, it is the only religion I know that accepts evolution with open arms. They also believe that humans will one day not kill animals for food. I find all this very interesting.
02/26/2009 :: 01:29:47 PM
My husband and I watch World Focus regularly and immensely appreciate the quality of your programming and the diversity of your coverage. It was heartwarming to see that our peace loving Baha’i sisters and brothers in Iran are being given a voice and hopefully their voice will continually be echoed throughtout the world until the persecutions cease and their freedom to practice their Beloved Faith is a reality. Another thanks for highlighting Shirin Ebadi’s efforts in this matter, she is truly a courageous woman and a true advocate for human rights.
02/26/2009 :: 01:20:01 PM
Thank you so much for your coverage about the injustice that is going on in Iran about Bahai’s. As a proud American Bahai, I am grateful to ‘World foucs’ and the producers of the show for covering the issue. We should focus on the injustice that is going on not only in Iran, but all over the world such as Dofur and other places.
A quick note. Bahai faith is an independent world religion not an offshoot of Islam.
02/26/2009 :: 12:45:55 PM
Faye Jeffers Says:
Thank you so much for covering the persecutions of the Baha’is in Iran. We need shows like yours to inform the world of all the injustice which has taken place in that country against the Baha’is.
02/26/2009 :: 12:14:24 PM
Your presentation on the Baha’is strikes a note on how quickly we forget the past. Genocide is not new or unique in the world, but until we understand that “an injury to one is an injury to all”, it will continue. Perhaps people will see your program and speak up. Thank you for shedding light on these issues.
02/26/2009 :: 11:18:09 AM
James Holmlund Says:
May I highly commend you for your mature coverage of the serious plight of the Baha’is in Iran at this particular moment. As an American Baha’i who has lived in Europe for nearly 50 years, my heart is warmed that you have seen fit to highlight this critical human rights challenge; very similar coverage to a recent Channel 4 TV programme here in the U.K.
02/26/2009 :: 10:41:43 AM
Thanks for highlighting the noble efforts of Shirin Ebadi – she has been working hard on behalf of the oppressed for some time. Imagine a country or peoples that would deprive children of education because of the religion their family espouses. I can’t think of a more vile action than depriving the young and innocent of learning.
Much gr attitude for highlighting the plight of these Baha’is.
02/26/2009 :: 10:34:01 AM
Jazmin D. Vojdani Says:
Like many other of my friends, I deeply appreciate you covering the story of the seven Baha’i leaders who are in jail right now in Iran, accused of espionage for Israel, and unable to contact their lawyer, Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize 2003.
As a Baha’i, I have never experienced persecution but my husband, born in Iran 1979, and his family have. As we celebrated my husband’s 30th birthday, we could not help but think of his cousin, Haleh Roohi, who is his same age and is also in jail in Iran, for educating underprivileged children (U.S. House Resolution 175 http://iran.bahai.us/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/2009-hr-175-congressional-resolution.pdf). The persecution of Baha’is in Iran for being a religious minority is a real, current global human rights issue and we all appreciate your efforts to bring these type of stories to the spotlight.
02/26/2009 :: 09:30:35 AM
I want to thank you for your coverage of the persecution of the members of the Baha’i Faith in Iran. We live in a country where we can (and often do) take our freedom to practice our religion for granted. Your story was well presented and informative. Hopefully people all over this country will see it and gain a better understanding of what a gift that freedom is. Let’s all pray for those who do not share it!
02/26/2009 :: 07:00:12 AM
Thank you for your coverage of the situation of the Baha’is in Iran. Their continued persecution in that country is chillingly reminiscent of Nazi campaigns against Jews in the 1930s.
Nonetheless, as an American who chose to become a Baha’i after being a Christian, I respectfully urge you to stop perpetuating the longstanding misrepresentation that the Baha’i Faith is an “offshoot of Islam.” It is an independent world religion, with its own holy scriptures, elected administration and holy days. There are more than five million Baha’is worldwide.
Your coverage of the Faith and the plight of its adherents in Iran is deeply appreciated.
02/26/2009 :: 04:46:18 AM
Shaun Thorpe Says:
Thank you so much for showing the interview with Shirin Ebadi and covering the plight of the Bahá’ís in Iran.
02/26/2009 :: 03:47:36 AM
Thank you so much for covering the story of the persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
02/26/2009 :: 02:36:05 AM
I’m so tired of the sensational and negative tone of most TV news programs and greatly appreciate the mature reporting from PBS news programs, including World View.
I especially want to thank World View for the report on the Baha’is in Iran. Being an American, it’s hard for me to imagine facing the death penalty because of the religion I choose to follow. I’m so thankful to live in a country that protects our right to practice whatever religion we choose. Thank you for reminding me of this.
02/26/2009 :: 01:14:38 AM
Thank you for covering the danger facing the Baha’is in Iran. The worldwide Baha’i community — joined by human rights advocates, elected officials, and concerned observers everywhere — is watching the situation closely and deeply appreciative of fair coverage.
02/26/2009 :: 01:00:15 AM
Great segment on the situation of the Bahais in Iran.
The world leaders need to realize that once human rights issues are no longer an issue neither will be Nuclear bombs!
Bahais are a peace loving, law abiding, humanitarian group of people who are not allowed to attend Universities, their assets are frozen, their businesses shut down, jobs taken away, harassed at school, marriages not considered legal, tortured, executed and kidnapped ! For how long can we as a human family watch this kind of injustice and look away??
Thank you so much for this coverage! May it awaken the world!
02/25/2009 :: 11:35:43 PM
No child should be humiliated or expelled from school for simple fact that they believe in Unity of Mankind, the fundamental principal of the Baha’i Faith. But this is exactly what happened to me at the age of 10. Since then my family left Iran in the early 80’s and I often wonder about all those that were left behind. It brings tears to my eyes to see that after 30 years of recent oppression towards peace loving Baha’is that finally there is an outcry for justice.
Thank you for sharing the story of so many.
02/25/2009 :: 11:35:39 PM
We appreciate your coverage of the situation in Iran concerning the Bahai’s, which is an independent religion and not an offshoot, which we understand to be an honest mistake. It should be noted that Bahai’s are admonished to obey and to be the well wishers of the government in whatever country they may live. This is information that need be brought to the forefront of all the world and you are doing it..Thankyou!
02/25/2009 :: 11:18:40 PM
With deepest appreciation to the collaborators for raising awareness on the issue of human and religious rights in Iran concerning the Bahá’í community.
Your commitment to truth is commendable and in this light please allow me to share that The Bahá’í Faith is not an offshoot of Islam, but is an independent world religion whose purpose is to unite all the races and peoples in one universal Cause and one common Faith.
02/25/2009 :: 11:16:25 PM
I appreciated the program; I was particularly interested in the news on Iran, and the segment about the imprionment and upcoming trial of the Baha’i leaders there. I hope to be able to follow these events as they unfold in future programs. Thank you.
02/25/2009 :: 11:16:05 PM
Thank you for your show.
02/25/2009 :: 11:15:15 PM
Great coverage of Iran and the severity of its human rights violations against the Baha’is. Great point brought up by the story line and Mrs Ebadi that our relations with Iran should not focus just on nuclear proliferation but on protecting basic religious freedoms.
02/25/2009 :: 11:13:32 PM
Forough Vakili Says:
Thank you for bringing attention to this matter. It’s good to know the world is starting to become aware of the discriminations that take place against the Bahais of Iran.
Thank you for your show.
02/25/2009 :: 11:02:35 PM
Thank you so much for your segment on the Baha’is of Iran. Your contribution to the global coverage of these persecuted innocents is a testament to your show’s willingness to talk about even the most sensitive of issues effectively.
02/25/2009 :: 10:43:33 PM
Savage acts and intentions against a group of people, like the Baha’i’s, do not begin with mass killings; it begins with bullying, name calling, and discrimination.
Below by Elie Wiesel:
“Sometimes we must interfere.
When human lives are endangered,
when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”
Thank you for bringing attention to these tragic affairs.
02/25/2009 :: 10:25:10 PM
Dear World Focus writers, producers, and reporters: Thank you so very much for covering the issue of the worsening dark situation of human rights under the medieval, bigoted, fundamentalist, reactionary so-called Islamic, so-called Republic of Iran. So very very few others have covered this issue on TV or in print. I just discovered WF three weeks ago, and fell in love with your aims and vision from the beginning.
02/25/2009 :: 09:49:46 PM
Thank you for telling us about the situation of the Bahá’ís in Iran. The actions of Iranian authorities with regard to the arrest and impending trial of seven Bahá’ís is strongly reminiscent of that government’s actions in the early 1980’s when all nine members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Iran, the national governing body of the Bahá’ís of that country, were abducted and never heard from again. Eight of the nine members of the National Spiritual Assembly elected to replace this disappeared Spiritual Assembly were themselves executed by the Iranian Government on December 27, 1981. We would all to well to encourage to remember that, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
02/25/2009 :: 08:16:24 PM
Evelyn Ashrafi Says:
This exposure should prove to be an eye opener that the Baha’is of Iran suffer for being steadfast in their Faith….wherein Faith in this time of economic turmoil is a lifeboat to some, becomes a death sentence to the peace loving Baha’is in Iran whose only crime is believing in their Faith and providing a spiritual connection to their loved ones. Thank you for giving the Baha’is of Iran the voice, they could otherwise not utter.
02/25/2009 :: 07:37:28 PM
Thank you so much for using your segment to shed light on the severe human rights violations occurring in Iran against the Baha’is.
*The Baha’i faith is an independent world religion, not and offshoot of Islam.
02/25/2009 :: 07:26:19 PM
I have been a fan of your show for weeks now.
But to hear the story of the Baha’is of Iran made me appreciate your diverse sense of news coverage even more so than before.
02/25/2009 :: 07:12:26 PM
Thank you for your story about the Baha’is of Iran. These events need to be mentioned for the entire world to know about the injustice that is happening. “It would be hard for Americans to restore full diplomatic relations if the harassment of human right activists and the persecution of the Baha’is continues at this level.”
We can count on world focus to cover such important matters that tend to be forgotten by others.
I appreciate this report on your show.
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