Individuals who are openly homosexual are not prevented from entering the religion and joining in community life; however, someone involved in a same-sex marriage or union will be prevented from registering as a Baha'i and joining the community.
This response removes the right to contribute to funds, vote in elections for spiritual assemblies, hold office, Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity attend the Nineteen Day Feast. It may be applied to extreme cases of alcoholism, sexual promiscuity, and anything that is considered flagrant immorality. In a Bahai set up the Gay and
Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity Baha'i story project  in which Lesbian and Gay Baha'is and others may share experiences they have had within the Baha'i community.
As of February there are 68 stories there. Shoghi Effendithe appointed head of the religion from totaught "through the advice and help of doctors, through a strong and determined effort, and through prayer, a soul can overcome this handicap. The concept of homosexuality as a disease in need of a cure has been by American mental health professionals.
The Universal House of Justice responds to recent research that claims that homosexuality is innate and not changeable by asserting
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It also argues that statistics may be distorted due to underreporting,  that other genetic predispositions to undesirable behaviors exist, and that other types of bias may exist in the present-day research. To say that it is ideal is no excuse. The Universal House of Justice, in its notes on the text of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, stated that the Baha'i laws restrict "permissible sexual intercourse to that between a man and the woman to whom he is married".
May 9, to an individual . April 23, letter to a National Spiritual Assembly . April 19, letter to a group of individuals . May 9, to an individual  "The contemporary discussion surrounding homosexuality, which began in the West Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity is promoted in other parts of the world, generally takes the form of a false dichotomy, which compels one to choose between a position that is either affirming or rejecting.
And where occasion demands, it would be appropriate to speak out or act against unjust or oppressive measures directed towards homosexuals. Yet, the happiness and well-being of humanity-depend upon the opposite: Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity are embedded in social structures, for instance, racial prejudice and gender discrimination, economic exploitation and political corruption.
Others pertain to personal conduct, especially with respect to the use of alcohol and drugs, to sexual behaviour, and to self-indulgence in general.
They do not pry into the personal lives of individuals. Religious Dimensions of Child and Family Life: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. In the Glory of the Father: The Bahai Faith and Christianity.
Bahai Publishing; New edition. Outside of marital life there can be no lawful or healthy use of the sex impulse. Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America: This may require a hard struggle, but Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity also can be the struggle of a heterosexual person to control his or her desires. This does not mean that people
Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity afflicted must not be helped and advised and sympathized with.
Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity acceptance of this claim is the commitment of the believer embark on the lifelong process of endeavouring to implement the teachings on personal conduct. Associated with this invitation is the expectation that all believers will make a sincere and persistent effort to eradicate those aspects of their conduct which are not in conformity with Divine Law.
With regard to the second case, in general, when a person who wishes to join the Faith is known to have a problem such as drinking, homosexuality, drug abuse, adultery, etc. They will then be free to draw their own conclusions and act accordingly.
Within this context, the question you pose about the possibility of the removal of administrative rights should, therefore, not arise. From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual 5 March 1 2 "The question of how to with homosexuals is a very difficult one.
Obviously at the present time this Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity create an impossible and ridiculous situation. If their activities overstep all bounds and become a matter of public scandal, then the Assembly can consider depriving them Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity their voting rights.
However, he does not advise this course of action and feels that it should only be resorted to in very flagrant cases. Knowing how painful and dangerous it is for such believers to repudiate their former allegiances and friendships, they should try to gradually persuade them of the wisdom and necessity of such an action, and instead of thrusting upon them a new principle, to make them accept it inwardly and out of pure conviction and desire.
Too severe and immediate action in such cases is not only fruitless but actually harmful. It alienates people instead of winning them to the Cause.
Any individual so afflicted must, through prayer, and any other means, seek to overcome this handicap. But, unless the actions of such individuals are flagrantly immoral, it cannot be a pretext for depriving them of their voting rights.
A survey of the letters written on behalf of the Guardian shows that he advised the National Spiritual Assemblies that they should resort to the severe sanction of deprivation of a believer's administrative rights only for such matters as 'disgraceful conduct, flagrantly contrary to our Teachings', 'seriously injuring the Faith in the eyes of the public through his conduct or flagrantly breaking the laws Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity God', 'gross immorality and open opposition to Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity administrative functions of the Faith, and disregard for the laws of personal status', 'conduct which is disgracing the Cause', and 'breaking of laws, such as the consent of parents to Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity, or 'acts of such an immoral character as to damage the good name of the Faith'.
The unmarried homosexual is therefore in the same position as anyone else who does not marry. The Law of God requires them to practice chastity. These are the same requirements as for a heterosexual person who does not marry. Thus, the idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or that the emergence of same-gender sexual among some adolescents is in any way abnormal or mentally unhealthy has no support among health and mental health professional organizations.
Rather, it sees this as an aberration subject to treatment, however intractable exclusive homosexuality may now seem to be. To the question of alteration of bents, much study must be given, and doubtless in the future clear principles of prevention and treatment will emerge. As for those now afflicted, a homosexual does not decide to be a problem human, but he does, as you rightly state, have decision in choosing his way of life, i.
Your work with the homosexual community is praiseworthy, and it permits you personally to exercise the support which is necessary for these often harassed persons, Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity which you call for in your essay. Moreover, your interest cannot but be therapeutic, at least for the more superficial elements of the problem; however, definitive therapy of the underlying predisposition, which you consider to be innate but the Teachings do not, may have to await additional investigations.
If you are sincerely intent on overcoming your problem, you must yourself determine to resist wayward impulses each time they arise and the House of Justice feels that there is no better way than to turn to the Writings to divert our thoughts into spiritual channels On the contrary, the House of Justice feels that just such words can be a great help to the individuals concerned. Human beings suffer from many problems, both physical psychological.
Some human beings are born blind, some suffer from incapacitating accidents or diseases. Such conditions present the individual affected, and those around him, with serious problems, and it is one of the challenges of the human condition that all those concerned should strive to overcome such problems and have understanding and sympathy for the individual so afflicted.
Some people nowadays maintain that homosexuality is not an abnormality and that homosexuals should be encouraged to establish sexual relations with one or more partners of the Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity sex. The Faith, on the contrary, makes it abundantly clear that homosexuality is an abnormality, is a great problem for the individual so afflicted, and that he or she should strive to overcome it.
The social implications of such an attitude are very important. The primary purpose of sexual relations is, clearly, to perpetuate the species.
The fact that personal pleasure is derived therefrom is one of the bounties of God. The sex act is merely one moment Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity a long process, from courtship through marriage, the procreation of children, their nursing and rearing, and involves the establishment of a mutually sustaining relationship between two souls which will endure beyond life on this earth.
Nevertheless there are undoubtedly cases in which the individual finds himself or herself unable to eliminate a physical attraction to members of the same sex, even though he succeeds in controlling his behavior.
This is but one of the many trials and temptations
Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity which human beings are subject in this life. In this regard, it may be important to note that Universal house of justice homosexuality in christianity science may find that a predisposition to homosexuality is caused by genetic aberration, and in that sense may be considered "natural", it does not follow that it is
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A comparison can be drawn with the evidence which suggests that there is a genetic flaw which produces a predisposition to alcoholism. Most people would hesitate to conclude from such evidence that a person with such a genetic aberration would be destined to become an alcoholic in spite of any efforts to the contrary.
As the letter states, "The statistics which indicate that homosexuality is incurable are undoubtedly distorted by the fact that many of those who overcome the problem never speak about it in public, and others solve their problems without consulting professional counselors.
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